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BOOM: A Lovecraftian Urban Fantasy Thriller

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In the darkest corners of Washington D.C. lies the Periphery—the entrance into the infinite dimensions that touch our own. Everard stays far away from the Periphery—after all, nobody who enters comes back untouched. Some return with strange abilities. Others deformed. Most don’t come back at all. But then Everard is almost killed by a woman whose skin is covered in a swarm o In the darkest corners of Washington D.C. lies the Periphery—the entrance into the infinite dimensions that touch our own. Everard stays far away from the Periphery—after all, nobody who enters comes back untouched. Some return with strange abilities. Others deformed. Most don’t come back at all. But then Everard is almost killed by a woman whose skin is covered in a swarm of holes. Someone in the Periphery has put a bounty on his head. As it turns out, Everard isn’t just human—he’s a Rebellist. He can alter reality with a single word, an ability that makes him the most dangerous supernatural in the Periphery. Soon, Everard is thrown into an underground world of magic and danger, where legendary monsters are real, historical cults tout protection, and lethal nightmares lurk around every corner. With an undead strongman trying to recruit him, a magic-wielding lynch mob out for his head, and an ancient soul-eating evil only he can stop, Everard’s only shot at survival lies in embracing his true nature—even if the price he risks paying is a fate worse than death. For fans of the urban fantasy thrills of The Dresden Files and Sandman Slim, crossed with the weird worldbuilding of Clive Barker and Jeff VanderMeer. BOOM is “non-stop action” with Lovecraftian horrors, unwilling heroes, and a villain who Apex Magazine Managing Editor Lesley Conner called “the stuff of my freaking nightmares.”


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In the darkest corners of Washington D.C. lies the Periphery—the entrance into the infinite dimensions that touch our own. Everard stays far away from the Periphery—after all, nobody who enters comes back untouched. Some return with strange abilities. Others deformed. Most don’t come back at all. But then Everard is almost killed by a woman whose skin is covered in a swarm o In the darkest corners of Washington D.C. lies the Periphery—the entrance into the infinite dimensions that touch our own. Everard stays far away from the Periphery—after all, nobody who enters comes back untouched. Some return with strange abilities. Others deformed. Most don’t come back at all. But then Everard is almost killed by a woman whose skin is covered in a swarm of holes. Someone in the Periphery has put a bounty on his head. As it turns out, Everard isn’t just human—he’s a Rebellist. He can alter reality with a single word, an ability that makes him the most dangerous supernatural in the Periphery. Soon, Everard is thrown into an underground world of magic and danger, where legendary monsters are real, historical cults tout protection, and lethal nightmares lurk around every corner. With an undead strongman trying to recruit him, a magic-wielding lynch mob out for his head, and an ancient soul-eating evil only he can stop, Everard’s only shot at survival lies in embracing his true nature—even if the price he risks paying is a fate worse than death. For fans of the urban fantasy thrills of The Dresden Files and Sandman Slim, crossed with the weird worldbuilding of Clive Barker and Jeff VanderMeer. BOOM is “non-stop action” with Lovecraftian horrors, unwilling heroes, and a villain who Apex Magazine Managing Editor Lesley Conner called “the stuff of my freaking nightmares.”

30 review for BOOM: A Lovecraftian Urban Fantasy Thriller

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Steinacker

    A delightful story that really uses its surreal elements well. You've got that David Lynch feel that something is off (bolstered by some truly unsettling scenes and bizarre occurrences), but Farthing wisely gives you a story that can hold its own weight without the reader worrying it's going to fall apart into abstract mush the way some more heavily magical realist stories do. With that strong core you've got all of the little details to add color: American Colonial history cults (!) fighting on A delightful story that really uses its surreal elements well. You've got that David Lynch feel that something is off (bolstered by some truly unsettling scenes and bizarre occurrences), but Farthing wisely gives you a story that can hold its own weight without the reader worrying it's going to fall apart into abstract mush the way some more heavily magical realist stories do. With that strong core you've got all of the little details to add color: American Colonial history cults (!) fighting one another, truly grisly stuff, magic that's abstract and unreliable enough to stay interesting, and fantasy creatures out for your hide with names that stick (seriously, the minute you hear the name "Undone Duncan" your brain has already created an image of a guy to stay away from). The supernatural elements shouldn't work together but they do. A smooth read with just enough little baroque touches and stylistic turns to elevate it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David

    DNF @ 7%. I wasn't at all engaged by the characters or the YA feel. May suit others it seems. DNF @ 7%. I wasn't at all engaged by the characters or the YA feel. May suit others it seems.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Witch-at-Heart

    As a horror fan I found Boom to be a richly layered story that was character driven. Boom is unique as far as my normal choice for horror and it is my first Lovecraftian horror book. This definitely ticks all the boxes of horrific, bizarre and different. I am not sure it is my style but I still found it interesting and thought provoking so if you like this style of horror you will most likely enjoy this book. I received this book from Booksirens for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jday

    Fantastic book! Great characters, non-stop action and a fairly unique premise. I supposed to see that this is the author's first book. I have followed this author and am looking forward to a sequel. Fantastic book! Great characters, non-stop action and a fairly unique premise. I supposed to see that this is the author's first book. I have followed this author and am looking forward to a sequel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    M Reynolds

    Exciting and griping This is a well-written story which uses Urban myths in a new way. It kept my attention, and made me care about the characters, which is the whole point.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Max

  7. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Shearer

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  9. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jolene Lewis

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tamey Taylor

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Jane

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dan

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joel C Bunning

  15. 4 out of 5

    martha mendiola

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Wittenberg

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen Downey

  18. 5 out of 5

    peter marcotte

  19. 5 out of 5

    C

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jimi

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tara Schwier

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alfredo

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaaren

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Toenniessen

  27. 5 out of 5

    Greg Norup

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

  29. 5 out of 5

    melissa

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann Kotras

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