Hey, this is really good, a really fun summer read – but be warned: it’s comedy horror and while it really is comic, it’s also genuinely horrific.
As I understand it, the author, who writes under the pseudonym David Wong, is now the editor of Cracked.com, a very good comedy website based on that old Mad Magazine rip-off Cracked. Wong started publishing his novel online in 2001 while working odd jobs. It garnered a readership, eventually got published by Permuted Press and Thomas Dunne Books and is now slated to be a movie directed by Don Coscarelli of Phantasm fame.
Which is a good story in and of itself but not as good as the novel’s tale of two layabout ghost busters who happen on a bunch of time-shifting weirdness and follow it through to its terrifying conclusion. There are some annoyances, growing out of the novel’s patchwork history: namely, it’s badly edited, with some grammatical errors that should’ve been caught in copy-edit. But listen, I laughed out loud every couple of pages and then a few pages later was reading in wide-eyed horror. There’s real emotion and real insight – and a scene where the narrator gets possessed by an evil spirit and turns into a liberal!
All in all: good stuff, a pleasure. I really enjoyed it a lot and, if it’s in your wheelhouse, you will too.
There seems to be a movement going on of post-modern horror, by the way. The best I’ve read yet is House of Leaves. This is way less intellectual, more populist, but a worthy contribution. A sequel is in the works.