Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Thing From Lover's Lane by Nancy Collins (Audiobook Review)

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”TheThe Thing From Lover’s Lane
by Nancy Collins
narrated by Shandon Loring

Copyright: 2012 Nancy A Collins
Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes unabridged
Genres: horror, monster fiction
Filed in: Audiobook Reviews
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PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: H.P. Lovecraft Meets Peyton Place: It's the 1950s and Misty Valley is just another sleepy, All-American town, nestled along the Miskatonic River. Unlike sister cities Arkham and Dunwich, Misty Valley has managed to avoid the peculiar occurrences that have plagued the region since the days of the colonial witch trials. That is, until the night Carol Anne Fairweather and her boyfriend, Billy Mahan, parked too far down on Lover's Lane. On that old, foggy night Billy was attacked and knocked unconscious, while Carol Anne was brutally raped by someone - or something - that came out of the woods.

Now, in order to clear his name, Billy must discover what really happened that horrible night. But can his mind withstand the awful truth he uncovers? Or will he end up as mad as Old Gooney, the crazed hermit who claims to keep watch against the dark forces that would make Misty Valley their own? Inspired by the work of H.P.Lovecraft, award-winning horror writer Nancy A. Collins adds another tale of terror to the never-ending Cthulhu Mythos.

©1995 Nancy A. Collins (P)2012 Nancy A. Collins

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Here’s a special treat for all you lovers celebrating Valentine’s Day. From the deep, dark woods at the far end of Lover’s Lane comes…The Thing From Lover’s Lane!

High school sweethearts Billy and Carol Anne are spending some quality time together out on the far end of lover’s lane. While the two aren’t paying attention, a mighty wicked fog rolls in. Suddenly there is a loud thump on the back of the car. Billy, sure that one of his friends is playing a prank on him, runs off into the fog in chase. The next thing we know, Billy is waking up on the ground with a swollen face from the tree he ran into, and Carol Anne is found some distance away, beaten and raped.

It’s a pretty classic set-up for a horror story, but The Thing From Lover’s Lane is not your typical creature-feature. It has many of the elements we have come to know and love, such as the high school sweethearts, the small town scene, a sheriff who is relatively new in town and not entirely accepted by the locals, and of course an old coot who lives out in the woods. Yes, it starts out like a typical late, late movie, but then things begin to shift toward the unexpected. It is when the sheriff questions Old Gooney, who found the unconscious girl, that this shift begins. “Who did it?” the sheriff asks him. Gooney replies, “Not who, but what!” What makes this story a little different from all the others is the monster itself. This is no Blob, or Creature From the Black Lagoon, but something much more ancient and terrifying; an evil presence that has walked these woods for generation upon generation. This is a well-written and suspenseful story that is sure to give you a thrill.

Narrator Shandon Loring did a pretty good job with The Thing From Lover’s Lane. He differentiated the character voices reasonably well and there was a certain thoughtfulness to his reading. It felt like he was really getting into the story and not just reading it.

My only complaint is in regards to the production quality. The Thing From Lover’s Lane was produced for Audible ACX. If I understand this correctly, ACX is a system where anyone can record a story and offer it up for sale on Audible. Kind of like the eBay of the audiobook world. There was a little more hiss in this recording than there should have been and towards the end of the story there was actually a cricket chirping in the background. The Thing From Lover’s Lane is a good story and it deserves better.

Nancy A. Collins is a horror fiction writer best known for her series of vampire novels featuring her character Sonja Blue. Collins has also written for comic books, including the Swamp Thing series, Jason Vs. Leatherface, Predator: Hell Come A Walkin and her own one-shot Dhampire: Stillborn. Her novelette, The Thing From Lover’s Lane, originally appeared in It Came From The Drive-In (DAW, 1995) and was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novelette in 1996. It is available on audio for the first time.

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Special thanks to Nancy Collins for this review copy.
Audiobook review by Steven Brandt.
This audiobook review is based on the unabridged audiobook.
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