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Night in the Shadowy November

Night in the Shadowy November

In his new short story, “Out of the Mirror, Darkness,” Garth Nix revisits the protagonists of 2020’s “Many Mouths to Make a Meal”: Jordan Harper, the hard-boiled “studio fixer” for Pharos Pictures, and his plane increasingly capable companion, the fountain-of-arcane knowledge Mrs. Hope. This time around, the duo deals with the strange specimen of deep sleep and photosensitivity involving a lead actress and her canine costar. The weird mystery traces to an warmed-over evil–the “Gnawer of Shadows”–that has escaped from the titular fabrication unwittingly employed as a set prop. Hope and Harper have to combine brains and bravery to save the mucosa production (and perhaps the world) by vanquishing the supernatural threat. Nix’s smart, seamless splicing of old Hollywood history and visionless fantasy is terrifically entertaining, and sure to request of fans of Kim Newman’s Something Increasingly than Night (which I reviewed here last year). Currently misogynist as a self-ruling download for Amazon Prime subscribers, this tale of harrowing shadows makes for a perfect tropical to the month of Noirvember in the Macabre Republic.

 

 

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