The Ballad of Black Tom

Posted on July 24, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Book Review: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

This is great book. A quick read, and as fine a tale of Lovecraftian horror as you'll find anywhere. LaValle calls up all the grim and wretched detail of the author he draws inspiration from. LaValle also tells a tale that Lovecraft never would.

I'll confess, readily, that despite trying on three occasions I simply cannot read HPL's stories to completion. At some point, often within the first chapter or two, Lovecraft's prose grows impenetrable to my eye. I love the atmosphere, and then quickly grow impatient with Lovecraft's incessant need to convince me he's writing a book.

So I can't compare LaValle's book to The Horror at Red Hook. I can say that not once while reading LaValle's story did I find myself wanting to put it down or skip ahead looking for the good bits.The atmostphere grabbed me, the plot intrigued me, and the writing kept me in my chair and turning pages one after another.

The Ballad of Black Tom is a great story. Check it out at LaValle's website.

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