Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I know it's billed as an IT clone but really it's a journey of over-the-top alcoholism without SK's AA meetings, self-destructiveness, and the idea that going back home might be a little cathartic but... damn... really, thanks, but NO thanks.
If I grew up in Black Mouth, I'd never ever try to reconcile myself.
That being said, I liked the slow burn if not amazingly over-the-top self-abuse. The true horror elements are a toss up between the animal cruelty and the overall mystery and the intensely intimate nature of the pain.
The novel is good, all told. It's not epic, but it satisfies that need for abuse. :)
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