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Old October 29 2008, 01:57 AM   #234
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Re: Hallowe'en Reading and Viewing, 2008!

Well, I read Come Closer by Sara Gran.

It was a very quick read--I finished it in a few hours--and not at all what I was expecting.

When I started reading, the style struck me as very noir-ish--first-person, matter-of-fact--not what I would expect from a horror novel.

And sure enough, it basically turned out to be demonic noir--as if James M. Cain had written Rosemary's Baby. In fact, it reminded me strongly of Jason Starr's Hard Feelings, with a supernatural twist. And now that I think about it, it also reminds me of William Hjortsberg's Falling Angel, which was filmed as Angel Heart

In retrospect, I shouldn't have been so surprised. Gran's second novel, Dope, is a more traditional noir.

Quite a good little novel. I didn't find it as scary as the blurbs indicated, but it was creepy, and a real page-turner.
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