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Dreamers ~ Ted Farrar

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    Posted: 27 Jan 2014 at 9:20pm
This is Ted's first novel and it's a belter! Normally I pass on police procedure/murder mysteries but the fantasy element in this is not only irresistible, but also highly original, pacey and absorbing - one of those can't it put down books that you don't want to end... Here's the review anyway -

Nightmares Rock...

... if you're an adept at dreaming. I loved this inventive, jazzy, street-smart fantasy horror so much I stayed up until the not so wee small hours to finish devouring it - and my tablet died at the beginning of the culminating chapter, though thankfully after the definitive climax where the not so helpless heroine is put beyond the malevolent clutches of the main antagonist.

I will have a hard enough job doing this review without committing major spoilers so let's get nebulous - imagine a season of Buffy penned by Clive Barker? Or if PD James had preferred writing gothic horror? Or Jackie Collins had thought of interviewing vampires, instead of idly studying Hollywood and mobsters? Set mostly in the 1980's where cigarettes are still smoked everywhere and there's no alternative to landlines, the setting around and in Leeds has the ring of truth and a gritty authenticity to underlay the frankly stunning and original fantasy elements, where dreams are most certainly real and, if you die in your sleep, your mind is condemned to gurgling zombiedom, always supposing that your body had not already been murdered by one of your fellow Dreamers... The four central characters, Cole, Anemos, Bright and Greenspite, two living, one murdered and the other very much at death's door, lead the Leeds police force, and in particular DI Gumbold, in a grisly, but frequently comedic danse macabre as twenty leading sleep clinic subjects and their researchers are systematically hunted down by a serial killer with gut-curdling supernatural powers and a viciously audacious masterplan to obliviate the nightmarish Land of Sheol - and to invade heaven itself.

If you appreciate dark fantasy, black comedy and pushing your imagination to rollercoaster heights and troughs then please, please do yourself a real favour and read this rarity - a truly original and funky Tale of the Unexpected. Oh - and forget the vampires. They were just a motif on which to hang the rhetoric. There are none. There are slayers and plenty of literal and metaphoric demons though.

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