Every author is terrified of Kirkus. Any author who says they aren’t is lying. Kirkus is tough. Really tough. So imagine how relieved, how elated, how downright gobsmacked I was with the glowing review The Remaking received today. Check it out:
“Horror on film is relatively easy: jump scares, gore, the occasional torture porn, and always the final girls. Horror in fiction is a little trickier, but occasionally you get something special like Mark Z. Danielewski’s puzzle box, House of Leaves (2000), John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In(2007), or, more recently, Josh Malerman’s runaway hit Bird Box (2014). Chapman’s (Nothing Untoward, 2017, etc.) spooky story solidly fits the mold of nothing you’ve ever read before. The book is divided into quarters, each entirely original yet always connected and deeply unnerving…
Something like Stephen King’s imperfect masterpiece The Shining (1977)... it’s a deeply eerie and evocative portrayal of what it’s like to stare into the abyss and find something there waiting for you.
A memorable, disquieting ghost story about stories, rendered inside a Möbius strip.”
Please etch this review on my tombstone. You can read the full review online here.
July 16, 2019Related: The Remaking: A Novel
“A brutal and rewarding first novel… Chapman’s landscape often resembles the gothic terrain of Flannery O’Connor or the early works of Cormac McCarthy.”
— Amazon.com editorial review