TENEBRION by James H Longmore (Black Bed Sheet Books)
A group of young film makers, hoping to land the coveted first place spot of a contest, have a doozy of a plan to do so. First, they’ll film their movie at the scene of a horrific crime, a school shooting that haunts the city to this day. Second, they’ll perform a black magic ritual and invoke a demon – on film. Third, they’ll win all the fame and accolades. Solid plan…until it goes south. The ritual is a success and our crew of film folks find themselves pursued through a haunted school by an evil beast bent of ravaging their bodies as well as their minds. It could be boiled down as PECKER meets NIGHT OF THE DEMONS.
The cast of TENEBRION are not the most likeable, that’s what I liked about it. And the depth Longmore gives them is remarkable. What would surely be another shallow pulp horror novel is elevated by the attention to character detail and the gallows humor he peppers this with. Much like the last thing I read from him, FLANAGAN, Longmore lets his comic side show through at the darkest times. A bloody good time to be had here. (John Boden)