Saturday, January 1, 2011
What They Hear in the Dark by Gary McMahon
There's no sound in the quiet room. After the death of their son, Rob and Becky move into a new house and discover the room. It's a room that shouldn't exist and like grief, the couple experience the space differently. For Becky it is a comforting place, somewhere to feel close to her son. For Rob, it is a different experience altogether.
There is a sense of menace to the tale and McMahon weaves these characters and the room into our hearts and our nightmares.
What They Hear in the Dark is a gorgeous chapbook--both the story and the presentation. The publisher Simon Marshall Jones has produced a top quality chapbook and I highly recommend it. I should however note (though there is no bias towards the story in this review--I hope) that I have a chapbook forthcoming from Spectral Press.
You can find out more about the imprint and how to purchase either subscriptions or Gary McMahon's chapbook at the Spectral Press website.