LAST EXIT FOR THE LOST Booklist review

June 3rd, 2010 • Posted in Reviews & Interviews |

“During a 15-year career, award-winning horror author Lebbon has received many alms of praise. But perhaps none are more emphatic than the words of genre colleague Joe R. Lansdale, who, in introducing this collection, calls Lebbon a “magical and damned great writer.” The 19 tales sumptuously showcased here make a compelling case that Lansdale is right on target. In the title story, a despondent alcoholic learns the whereabouts of his long-lost daughter from a series of portrait paintings that transfer intimate moments from the lives of their subjects. The father of an abducted child in “Pay the Ghost” comes face-to-face with the ghoul behind the abduction on a genuinely haunting Halloween night. “Old Light” recounts the fate of a man given an ancient torchlight that shines on a sometimes unwelcome future. Lebbon’s prodigious gifts include a compelling narrative voice and an uncanny understanding of the human psyche. This first-rate collection is guaranteed to win new fans and provide older ones with much to savor.”
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