Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Red Tree

Do you like Neil Gaiman? Clive Barker? Poppy Z. Brite? H.P. Lovecraft? Good, then you'll like Caitlin Kiernan too. Caitlin's been around for a while, churning out works of primal horror such as Threshold, Silk and Low Red Moon.  She also wrote one of my most favorite Lovecraft inspired short stories: "A Redress For Andromeda" which you really should dig up if you can manage it.

Now she's back with The Red Tree, the story of Sarah, a grieving author who abandons Atlanta for rural Rhode Island, renting a broken down house out in the boonies. When she finds a half finished manuscript in the basement, left behind by the previous owner (who later killed himself) she becomes obsessed - just as he had - with a humungous red oak tree growing on the property. Is the tree Evil Incarnate, or is Sarah just losing her mind? Or both?

I'm not finished with it yet, but I gotta tellya - I have a hard time putting it down at night. It's so melancholy and autumnal (despite its summer setting) and yet crazy intense and downright freaky. Perfect reading for the upcoming Halloween season.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello, I do believe you have her name wrong - it's Kiernan.

~Wendy~ said...

It was just a lil typo -all fixed up!
Thank you for reading!

Evil Lily said...

I see a new book in my very near future.

Patchouli Skye said...

Thanks so much for posting this. Her books are right up my alley, and I can't believe I hadn't discovered her before. I've got an Amazon gift card just burning a hole in my pocket!

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