Book review: Night Shall Overtake

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Night Shall Overtake by Michael R. Collins is an urban fantasy, set in a world like our own but full of supernatural creatures ( there are no vampires, thank goodness.) The protagonist is a detective with special powers.  What starts out as a standard case turns into more than this detective and her coworkers bargained for.

I received this book in the Lovecraft ezine winter sale. I was not drawn in by the cover, which I don’t think does the book justice. When I started reading and saw that it was about a detective that solves supernatural mysteries, I assumed it would be a Harry Dresden knock-off. I started reading, anyway. And kept reading. The story and writing sucked me in and couldn’t stop reading until the end!

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Many of the creatures found in Night Shall Overtake are familiar: demons, lamia, shades, and boogeymen. A new monster is introduced in this book: a Ry’leth. The Ry’leth is a creature that starts out as humanoid Cthulhu-thing and then grows up into a big insanity-inducing nightmare.

The protagonist, Twila, is a woman. Her sidekick is a gay man. Her other sidekick is a black man. That’s different than your average horror character set. These facts were pointed out and neutral; I didn’t feel that the author was beating you over the head with the fact that he was adding some diversity to the mix as if to win some politically-correct brownie points.

Overall, the character development was pretty basic, but it worked fine in the context of the book. I was skeptical of the lead character being a woman since the story seems to be written by a man, but I actually liked Twila. While the character was more masculine than your typical woman, I do know a few women who are like her.

There is some graphic sexual content in this book. I usually enjoy sexuality in weird fiction the way good Lovecraft wrote it; so repressed you need a shovel and a psychology textbook to unearth it. However the sexual content in this book was not bad. And to be fair, this book is not weird fiction; it is pulp horror with a sprinkle of cosmic terror and a mystery on top.

While there were no misspellings, there were a few typos in this book. One word was replaced for another similar but incorrect word in some spots. Two women with similar names were mixed up a few times towards the end of the book and that was pretty confusing. Also, the e-book had chapters but you could not access them from the kindle side bar which was annoying.

This book has solid pacing, a fun premise and powerful ideas and descriptions. I highly recommend it and look forward to reading more by this author.

Night Shall Overtake

Michael R. Collins

A Black Bed Sheet/Diverse Media Book

June 2014

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