The Hole

I am impressed by the productivity of William Meikle and his ability to still keep a high standard in his publications. I finished reading Island Life last week, and I really enjoyed that book. It combines the atmosphere of Scotland with the classic monster story (watch any monster movie from the 1950’s and you get a glimpse into the atmosphere of Island Life) and Cthulhu Mythos. I was genuinely  surprised by the direct reference to Cthulhu in the story, but it made sense to do so, and it fit perfectly into the plot.

Today Darkfuse published his latest novel, The Hole, which I have ordered.

Official description:

It starts with a hum that brings headaches and nosebleeds to the inhabitants of a sleepy country town. The next morning a sinkhole is noticed on a local landowner’s property. In that first day the town doctor tends to an increasing stream of patients, and the Sheriff tries to handle an ever growing subsidence problem. Two workmen, Fred and Charlie, are almost the first fatalities, working on the edge of the sinkhole when a fresh collapse begins, one that signals the start of holes forming all over town.

Soon the town is a disaster zone of collapsed houses, roads and lost people. And reports start to come in of things in the holes. Strange reports that vary wildly dependent on the persons seeing the phenomena. 

Things get worse. When the survivors try to flee the town, they find that the authorities have barricaded them in, and are shooting anyone who tries to leave. A small band take refuge in a local diner, hostage to both the CDC and more frequent visits from the creatures coming up out of the holes.

The matter comes to a climax when 6 survivors descend into the collapsed area, trying to survive while facing their worst fears, and looking for a way to save what is left of their town. Sacrifices have to be made. 

But will they be enough?

Meikle - The Hole

 

This should be interesting.

Crustaceans

Willilam Meikle is making some of his Kindle editions free from time to time. It has so far been his stort stories, but now he has made available the novel Crustaceans for free for a limited time here.

Official description:

It begins with a dead whale on a Boston shoreline–not in itself an unusual occurrence. But the things that claw their way out of the blubber are very unusual indeed. A cast of giant crabs, evolved over centuries, descends on a small coastal town and, having feasted, make their way to the city using the sewer system. Soon they are swarming around Manhattan, hunted and harried by a SWAT team tasked with ridding the city of the menace…before the menace gets big enough to rid itself of the city.

I encourage you to read this and also explore his other works as well.

Island Life

It was only recently that I discovered the Works of William Meikle. A friend pointed me in the direction of The Amulet which is the first book in The Midnight Eye Files series. The Midnight Eye Files is a wonderful Lovecraftian noir series in the vein of Lovecraft meets Chandler, and I read the three books in the series in no time. I have since then bought most of his work available in print and a number of his short stories only available on Kindle. Besides The Midnight Eye Files series I in particular enjoy his Dark Melodies Collection, Carnacki: Heaven and Hell, The Creeping Kelp, The Invasion and Clockwork Dolls.

There is one book which is highly acclaimed among the readers of William Meikle. It is Island Life. the official description is:

On a small, sparsely populated island in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, a group of archaeology students are opening what seems to be an early Neolithic burial mound. Marine biologist Duncan McKenzie is also working on the island, staying with the lighthouse caretakers, Dick and Tom, while he completes his studies of the local water supply.

One afternoon the three men are disturbed in their work by the appearance of a dazed female student from the excavation, who is badly traumatized. She tells of the slaughter of the rest of her party by something released from the mound.

Soon everyone Duncan knows is either missing or dead and there are things moving in the fog.

Large, hulking, unholy things.

Things with a taste for human flesh.

It is praised as some of his best work, and I have been wanting to read it ever since learning about this book. Only problem is, I prefer printed books over digital copies any day, and Island Life has been out of print for quite a while. Used copies are selling for high prices, and I have been waiting for a new edition to surface.

This time has finally come. Gryphonwood Press published the new printed edition on June 4th and it is now available on Amazon

Island Life

 

Gryphonwood Press is also planning to publish Berserker in print for the first time. My inner bibliophile is very pleased.