Werther de Goethe in Blue (cinzazul) wrote,
Werther de Goethe in Blue

Review of Andy Deane's The Third House.

Full disclosure before I write this review; I've known Andy Deane for probably more than 10 years. I first met him at "Goth Con" in New Orleans while I was still in college. I became a fan of his music when I heard his band "Bella Morte" play, and I've seen him perform live well over 20 times. I became a fan of him when I heard him talk to people at the convention and just be real. He's a great guy with a great sense of humor. "The Third House" is the second book of Andy’s that I have read. I have a signed copy of his first novel "The Sticks" around here somewhere which I read in between shifts when I was working a Vampire themed haunted house at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream a few years back. Maybe sometime I'll write a review of that one too. The Third House is the story of a touring rock group that makes a wrong turn one night after a show and ends up meeting something inbred and evil in an abandoned town off the main route. The true nature of the horror is never made completely clear, but it could be eldritch in nature or extraterrestrial perhaps, but or this story it doesn't matter. This book is a creature feature and if you're a fan of slasher movies, splatter punk novels, or violent video games then there is something for you in this thin tome. Weighing in at 113 pages, The Third House is a quick morsel to whet your appetite for the works of Mr. Deane. Although some of his similes can feel a bit strained at times, and you may find yourself smacking your head at the dumb actions our hero and his friends take along the course of the story, I do give my whole hearted recommendation that you pick up a copy, if you have the chance. You should also check out his music if this is the first time you've heard of Bella Morte. A finer Death Rock band I would be hard pressed to recommend.
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