Another advanced reading copy of a Darkfuse release means that I have another great book to look forward to. This book has another very good cover that has a retro feel to it and immediately peaked my interest. Even though I had never heard of the author, I just knew that this was going to be another great book. “Mirror of the nameless” by Luke Walker is the next entry in the great library of books published by Darkfuse.
The world has become the domain of the gods of nightmares pulled straight from the twisted mind of H.P. Lovecraft. The people live in fear and have become completely subservient to these gods or run the risk of becoming sacrifices that are simply fodder for the twisted desires of these beings. Police scour for freethinkers to feed to the gods while rogue religious groups roam the cities looking for anyone different to offer up. In the countryside, outlaws rule the day. Sometimes, the gods roam over the earth killing thousands as they twist the world into their own hellish visions.
Dave Anderson has learned how to lay low to avoid the attention of the gods, police, and religious fanatics. He had given up his life as a writer to avoid suspicion and now works in a small bar. His life changes, however, when he is attacked by a religious group looking for a sacrifice and is then saved by his daughter’s boyfriend. His daughter, however, has not accepted conformity and her boyfriend has sought Dave out to help save his daughter. She has become convinced that an old writer has written more truth than fiction and is searching for a way to rid the world of the evil gods. Dave finds himself travelling across the war zone that the world has become to save his daughter and maybe, just maybe, to rid the world of evil. Change, however, is not necessarily a good thing and Dave may do more harm than good if he is able to save his daughter and help her find what she is looking for: the mirror of the nameless.
I started “Mirror of the nameless” knowing nothing about the book except that it had a great cover and was published by Darkfuse and that was enough to give me high expectations for the book. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. “Mirror of the nameless” is really a tale of high adventure in the Lovecraft mythos that is not something that is seen too often. When authors delve into Lovecraftian themes, they tend to take the same approach that worked for Lovecraft and focus heavy on atmosphere rather than action and this has led to some very good works such as much of Brian Lumley’s mythos works or the recent Darfuse release “Conjure house” by Gary Fry. It is harder for an author to take this mythos and make it his own to craft an entirely new type of tale within that world. Walker succeeds in doing this by creating an original and fun tale in “Mirror of the nameless.” Walker was able to capture the horror of the mythos, and to even expand on the mythos, while still crafting a thrilling tale. It is not often that an author can terrify and thrill me at the same time. Walker achieved this in “Mirror of the nameless.”
I have to admit that I have been a little burned out on Lovecraftian books lately as I had read too many that were just more of the same old thing. This has been changing, however, as I have read a couple books lately that have taken a new angle at the mythos and succeeded in building something new. “Mirror of the nameless” is one of those books. This book is sure to please fans of Lovecraft or Lumley but it is much more than just another mythos book. “Mirror of the nameless” immediately jumps into the top ten books I have read this year (and I read a lot). This book is quite simply a great horror book and a great read in general. I tend to enjoy almost everything that Darkfuse publishes but sometimes the publisher can even outdo its high standards. “Mirror of the nameless” is one of those rare books that made me forget everything else and race toward the end.
I would like to give a special thank you to NetGalley and Darkfuse for this advance reading copy. “Mirror of the nameless” will be available from Darkfuse in September.