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Creeping Waves

Where is the real Leeds How does one get there Is it floating on the air words and music you can almost reach out and grab like wriggling worms of sound and ether Is it in the carnival that seethes under the corrupted church drawing the lost along shadowy corridors and through the strangely angled Funhouse doors to the place. It is a rare treat indeed when a book comes along that manages to not only live up to the hype but also still take me by surprise in a dark alley Yet that s exactly what Matthew M Bartlett s Creeping Waves does Weird so weird that it rubs its hunched shoulders up against Bizarro fiction while still maintaining a constant tone of writhing horror Creeping Waves spits occult blasphemies like a curb stomped man spits blood Less a short story collection than a grotesue frenzied fever dream of a mosaic novel filled to the bloody brim with carnality and the charnel house Bartlett writes like a man in the grip of a vision when he writes like a man at all and not just a pile of worms in a man shaped suit So spin your dial all the way down to the left and settle in for Creeping Waves You re listening to WXXT the razor blade in the apple of the Pioneer Valley

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Where the city fathers perform secret rites with the goat headed masters of the dark Do you seek the Real Leeds Venture out to a secluded spot turn on your radio and spin that dial down to the murky low numbers somewhere just around 879 That music that voice calling on the edge of static and distortion it might lead you to. This was ok Just ok The preceding book Gateways to Abomination was a home run that was delicious in its portrayal of cosmic evil In this book the author seemed way interested in funny horror so it s much Welcome to Night Vale than Lovecraft Talk amongst yourselves I ll give you a topic comic horror is neither comical nor horrifying Discuss Some of the stories were ok but the shocking imagery became extremely repetitive after awhile Couple that with the fact that nearly every story ended with some open ended variant of Then I saw something bewildering and scary It opened its mouth and began to speak and you have a seuel that does not live up to the promise of its predecessor Doubtful I ll read this again or any subseuent books in this series for that matter Disappointing I wish I had my 399 back Enséñame más in Wonder (The Books of Marvella, its portrayal of cosmic evil In this book the author seemed way Chicago Billionaires - Contemporary Romance Series Boxed Set interested The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase in funny horror so The Tunnel it s much Welcome to Night Vale than Lovecraft Talk amongst yourselves I ll give you a topic comic horror Secretos del Cosmos is neither comical nor horrifying Discuss Some of the stories were ok but the shocking The Secret Treasons imagery became extremely repetitive after awhile Couple that with the fact that nearly every story ended with some open ended variant of Then I saw something bewildering and scary It opened مريض الوهم its mouth and began to speak and you have a seuel that does not live up to the promise of The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death its predecessor Doubtful I ll read this again or any subseuent books ¡Arde Troya! (Las aventuras de Ogú, Mampato y Rena, in this series for that matter Disappointing I wish I had my 399 back

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That blasted and damned path toward the Real and Truest heart of Leeds Massachusetts This is WXXT It's the witching hour when shadows take wing and nightmares stalk Turn your radio up Point your antennas to the infinite sky And stay tuned for Weather on the Sixes WXXT The bubbling blisters on the tongue of the Pioneer Valley. I fell on this collection of short stories after reading Gateways to Abomination This is the euivalent to me of punk in horror and a middle finger in the most respectful sense raised to well almost everything I admire the energy and the absence of a safety catch I think of George Battaille and William Burroughs than I do of most horror writers that I have read though with a dusting of Ligotti and Samuels Funny and ghastly by turns Not weird for the sake of it but compulsively grotesue because of something that matters to the writer where the good stuff comes from


10 thoughts on “Creeping Waves

  1. says:

    To my way of thinking I have read pretty much all of Matthew M Bartlett's to this point that I have been able to get my hands on an

  2. says:

    When Creeping Waves came out I noticed two things it is a substantially longer collection than Bartlett’s debut Gateways to Abomi

  3. says:

    It is a rare treat indeed when a book comes along that manages to not only live up to the hype but also still take me by surprise in a dark all

  4. says:

    This was ok Just ok The preceding book Gateways to Abomination was a home run that was delicious in its portrayal of cosmic evil In this book the author seemed way interested in funny horror—so it’s much Welcome to Night Vale than Lovecraft Talk amongst yourselves I’ll give you a topic comic horror is neither comical nor horrifying Discuss Some of the stories were ok but the “shocking” imagery became extremely repetitive after aw

  5. says:

    Well hell Matthew M Bartlett went and managed to top Gateways to Abomination Collected Short Fiction my favorite book of 2014 I liked it so much that I published a limited edition chapbook from Bartlett in 2015; Rangel sold out uickly and the story was selected for inclusion in Year's Best Weird Fiction Vol 3 'Rangel' is also reprinted in Cre

  6. says:

    Reading this second collectionnovel from Mr Bartlett feels a lot like watching one of that old kaiju japanese things rising from the bottom of t

  7. says:

    I fell on this collection of short stories after reading 'Gateways to Abomination' This is the euivalent to me of punk in horror and a middle finger in the most respectful sense raised to well almost everything I admire the energy and the absence of a safety catch I think of George Battaille and William Burroughs than I do of most horror wr

  8. says:

    Originally appeared on my website the Conueror WeirdGateways to Abomination floored me butCreeping Waves WOW I knew it was going to be good but I never expected something like thisFirst you’ve got that Nick Gucker cover Nick Gucker Illustrator of gross and drippy phenomena He doesn’t disappoint here Look at all of the disgusti

  9. says:

    Bartlett’s short collection “Gateways to Abomination” offered tantalizing sanguinary glimpses of Leeds Massachusetts under the diabolical sway of flagitious radio broadcasts from WXXT I devoured “Gateways” in a single sitting marve

  10. says:

    I've read this book before in fact it's among my favourites and when I saw that this was available on audible I snapped it up straight away This works just as well as an audio book as it does written the narrator Dexter Harron does a brilliant job with a multitude of voices and a compelling style The writing itself is simply amazing Bartlett's Leeds is a place of depravity and horrors and the various short stories flash fiction vignettes a

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