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Friday, January 5, 2018

The 3 H's Trilogy (Horror)

By Brian Barr

Publisher: Brian Barr Books; 1st edition (June 13, 2017)

Softcover 186 pages

Finished 1/5/2017

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          This is a collection of three interconnected short stories by emerging writer Brian Barr. The action begins when a young lady discovers a severed head on her front lawn, which she quickly falls in love with. Compelled by overwhelming forces, the head leads her to a mysterious house and the evil denizens lurking within.
Some claim that this is a ghost story, but I have to disagree. While it might initially appear to be so, the supernatural elements presented here have more to do with interdimensional mysticism than the nature of spirits. While this can be considered part of the overall plot arc, it is a minor part of the story. This reminds me somewhat of Phantasm, in that the villains are sort of involved in an alien invasion (granted an invasion of previously living subjects) to reclaim their lives by using still-living hosts.
          Playing on the haunted house motif, the structure itself is the lynchpin for multiple worlds and the secret of immortality. And like the 2009 French film Martyrs what they find lurking beyond the here-and-now
This is a different type of story which plays on classic horror motifs without resorting to clich├ęs. It is worth a try if you are looking for something different in the horror category.

           For more readings, try books by Rex Hurst. 

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