So it seems that I alone can see the adverts on here. Probably some sort of booze-related, itchy-skinned gremlin. That's okay then. I'm used to that. However, here is an advert...well...for me!
The Narwhal and other stories.
This portmanteau of stories deals with the unknown, of the howling chaos that we insulate ourselves against, with our mortgages, our satellite television packages and our celebrity cellulite obsessions. John Patrick Higgins’ occultism is never hidden. His monsters are on the street where you live: doctors, business men and work colleagues; grey-faced invisibles and quotidian killers. These are paranoid tales where the ultimate fear is that of being found out, of being taken to task, of not getting away with it. There are no soft landings for his protagonists; the best that they can hope for is a stay of execution, a phone-call from the governor that never comes.
In “temp” the titular office worker discovers exactly how far his new company will go to stay ahead of the pack.
“The Narwhal” presents us with a city boy who pays a heavy price for both his vanity and his giant, robotic penis.
In “Something old, something blue” hapless club comedian, Jimmy Gemini finds that an accidental death propels him to the top of his profession.
“The Rum Barbers” sees a library book on sympathetic magic used in a turf war between two South London hairdressers.
All of these stories find people attempting to use a power that they don’t understand and suffering for that ignorance.
In “Ding, Dong, Dell” an interior designer discovers the bones of a child under the floor of a stately home that she is refurbishing.
And “A Cup of Cold Sick” remains a disturbingly literal title.
There is a morbid uncertainty at play, a notion that nothing is yours and that everything can be taken away from you at a moment’s notice. And you won’t know why because you don’t know the rules.
John Patrick Higgins makes every day feel like your first day at big school. He throws you in the swimming pool with your shoes on. Here’s to that sinking feeling.
- Guy Smiley, North Hampshire.
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