by Stephen Coghlan
Burned out and drugged up, Alec LeGuerrier spends his days faking it while living in a haze of confusion and medicated mellowness. That is, until he stops a gang of nightmarish oddities from killing a strange young woman with indigo eyes.
Dragged into the lands of the dreaming, he must come to terms with his brutal past and his grim imagined future in a land his body knows is real, but his mind refuses to acknowledge.
Genre: Fantasy, Dreampunk, Contemporary Fantasy
Length: Novella / Approx. 150 pages
Publication Date: March 8, 2019
MSRP: eBook – $4.75 / Paperback – $9.85
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Concocted from equal parts Lewis Carroll and Neil Gaiman, Urban Gothic is a tale surreal and strange, yet powerfully evocative. Coghlan’s work is excellent. He paints a vivid reality that we come to accept as not only real, but true. My only complaint is that the experience was over too soon, but maybe that’s more my fault, because once I started, I could not put the book down.
Raw emotion is laid bare for all to see in this fast-moving dreampunk thriller. Author Coghlan wastes no time in introducing an existential threat to both the dreamscape and the waking world, featuring point-of-view character Alec LeGuerrier as the perfect lens through which to observe this alternate reality.
The descriptions used to depict the dream realm were intense. I was scared yet, enthralled all at the same time. To learn how this world was created was fascinating, and it just kept pulling me further into the tale. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that there are a whole bunch of plot twists that threw me for a loop. I have no idea how to explain them without giving it all away. But let’s say that these twists made me smile a big smile, and Mr. Coghlan has earned my utmost respect by throwing those into the storyline.
Wow. This is a brilliant, wild ride with a main character my heart hurt for. I’m now a fan of this author and will look up all their books.
The author has set a masterful tale of wonder, danger and the impossible in this run away story. His world building creates an environment that is similar to the Rabbit’s Hole that Alice might have fallen down. There is enough action and suspense to keep everyone on edge and the band must fight impossible odds.
Hailing from the capital of the Great White North [Canada], Stephen Coghlan spends his days erecting buildings, and his nights reveling in the dreamscape. Since 2017, he has produced a myriad of flash fictions, short stories, novellas and novels, including, but not limited to, the GENMOS Saga, the Nobilis series, and has had his works read on podcasts and featured in anthologies.
Find out more about Stephen at his website.