Another terror-ific review from Theresa! This one sounds awesome!
Bonespin Slipspace (Release Date: October 2016)
In Bonespin Slipspace, all is not what it seems. Rudy and Tammy may have made the biggest mistake of their lives by accepting an invitation to Blackburn’s manor to party with the depraved Manorites. Head-games, ghoulish hallucinations, and disturbing memories lurk around every corner of the psychic and physical labyrinth that is The Manor Experience. Rudy and Tammy may never get out alive, but, in Blackburn’s world, even death may no longer offer the familiar escape. Give Rimbaud an x-ray machine. Tie up and gag Baudelaire. Introduce Poe to bondage. Do you dare enter the realm of Bonespin Slipspace?
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Consider yourself warned that this book is not for the squeamish or conservative reader. If you are easily bothered by sexual material or gore, then you can stop right here. Go back to your happy place. If, on the other hand, you are up for taking an imaginative and nightmarish jaunt into Robertson’s creative mind, then all aboard!
In a world full of readily available digital entertainment, it’s not hard to conceive of our youth getting bored or desensitized to both media and everyday life. Take a few young characters who are searching for something to do, something that might make them feel alive, and you have the premise for the beginning of this story. Robertson is one of those writers who makes himself accessible to his fans—through his podcast Losing the Plot and his open communication on forums like Goodreads. I stumbled upon his insights regarding this book and was quick to absorb what he had to say. I mean, how often are readers lucky enough to find an author who is open about his inspiration and his way of thinking—not to mention who responds to comments and questions on social media? For those of you who want to get a more in-depth interpretation of the story, I encourage you to check out his post on Goodreads.
Here’s one of the things Robertson said regarding Bonespin: “…I also wanted to flavour it with my own experience of being young, unhappy and desperate to be seen as cool or outrageous. I don’t think I’d’ve gone as far as signing up for McKamey Manor, but I understand the impulse, and I think for some it must have something to do with attention starvation as a manifestation of not feeling loved enough.” Most of us have been there and can relate to what Robertson has captured in his characterization. He does it by taking us through differing and effective viewpoints of the manor experience, including that of the slimy owner/creator himself, Blackburn.
Overall, you will get lost in the author’s vibrant and cringe-worthy descriptions of what goes on in this ‘club’. I really can’t tell you any more without ruining the read and the ending, but if you have the stomach for it, I suggest allowing Robertson to help you blur the lines between pleasure and pain, youth and age, time and space, and reality and fantasy, not to mention issues of gender and sexuality (and a whole host of other polar opposites). It’s something Robertson does with ease.
This is another quality publication released by Unnerving Magazine that’s worth picking up. And, it’s short enough to be read in one sitting—that is, if you can handle it.
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