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.


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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