Another couple of reviews in for Apartment 16. All hail the Speculative Scotsman for this terrific critique!
A mixed, but considered review from Horrornews.net. The reviewer has taken a lot of time here to review the book, and to chew over a variety of its ingredients, and I appreciate that.
What’s really coming as a relief, and a pleasant surprise, is the positive reaction to the character Seth. Most editors tell you to avoid pessimistic characters, to not dwell on the unstable, the unhinged, but to seek the ‘everyman’ who finds redemption; but Seth’s mania, obsessiveness, and his exit from the path that others walk, seems to be pushing the right buttons in readers. Personally, I crave troubled and conflicted ‘outsider’ characters with a misanthropic temperament. If you can’t use them in horror, then where? And in some ways Seth is a tribute to the characters of the novels Notes from the Underground, Hunger, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Steppenwolf, The Outsider, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Moon and Sixpence. The very books that made me want to write in the first place, and that keep me going.
Long live the scowling misfit.