Aetherchrist by Kirk Jones
Reviewed by Morgan K. Tanner
This book was like nothing I’ve ever read before. It’s a sci-fi tale in essence, but there’s enough strange and weird shit for the fear-loving horror fan to devour. For such a fast-paced novella there’s so much going on and I really needed to concentrate to work out what in the hell just happened.
Rey’s a knife salesman. When he goes to a small town to try and sell some knives he stumbles across the best-kept secret in, well, the world probably.
On one such sales call he encounters a series of TVs in a redneck’s home that seem to be showing snapshots of Rey’s life with a CCTV/snuff movie kinda vibe. I told you it was weird. As the story progresses Rey discovers that flicking through the channels on a bust-up old TV he bought shows him his future, recent past, and present.
But it seems it’s not only Rey who possesses this gift?
This is one book that you really don’t want to know too much about going in, because it would take away from the mind-bending journey Rey sets off on. On one TV channel he sees himself lying in a pool of his own blood, so it’s not spoilery to say he’s going to die. But when will this happen?
Told in the first person this novella really takes you through this journey of self-discovery along with our guy, Rey. He ends up doing a few really horrific things, but you’re with him every step. The premise is so bizarre there’s no smug ‘well I wouldn’t have done that‘ going on.
Eventually he makes sense (kind of) of this whole situation – a little better than I did – and the closing portion of the book races along towards the riveting climax.
There was a very welcome dark humour throughout, one that never felt forced or out of place. There were genuine funny moments, quickly turned into terrifying ordeals at the flick of an old TV switch.
This is certainly one that will require a re-read, because you really need to think. I was having so much fun with it that I may have missed a few things. Or perhaps my tiny mind isn’t as finely-tuned with the airwaves to fully appreciate it.
Either way, Aetherchrist is a book that should be on many people’s TBR pile.
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About Morgan K. Tanner
Morgan K Tanner is a writer, drummer, and golfist currently residing in the English countryside. The idyllic surroundings make it an ideal place to write, drum, and hide the bodies. The busy sound of the typewriter is perfect to drown out the hum of the antiquated torture equipment.
When he’s not writing or inflicting pain and suffering on his numerous victims, he indulges himself in all things horror and metal.
His debut novella, An Army of Skin is available now.