Escape from Hell!
Monkey Brain, 2008
-You hear that? she says. What the fuck is that sound?
A siren waver so faint only the peaks of pitch and volume are audible over the drip of pipes. Then, too clear and close to mistake, an answer or echo, ragged as a cat’s yowl or a baby’s wail.
-Fuck me, says Seven. I’d say that’s exactly the sort of creepy shit you don’t want to hear in an abandoned lunatic asylum.
-I’m not sure it’s abandoned, says Matthew. It’s just that all the doors are open.
– That’s really not comforting.
Hal Duncan’s Vellum is a challenging and thought provoking piece of fiction that bounces back and forth between familiarity and originality never settling on one side of the fence for too long. By the time its sequel Ink came along I was too busy and bit too far removed from my reading of Vellum to finish out the series. Thus when Monkey Brain Books published his novella Escape from Hell! back in December (oddly enough, two months prior to Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s Escape from Hell) I was excited to give Duncan another try. While it has take me a while to finally get around to reading the novella I am most definitely glad I did.
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