The Mirror Of The Nameless: Luke Walker
Reviewed by D.K. Hundt
Luke Walker has been writing horror, fantasy, and dark thrillers for most of his life. Some of his horror novels include The Unredeemed, Hometown, Die Laughing; a collection of short horror, and the dark fantasy Dead Sun. Ascent and The Dead Room will be published by Hellbound Books in 2018/9. Several of his short stories have been published online and in magazines/books. The Mirror of the Nameless, featured in this review, is going to be followed by the prequel novel The Day of The Gods. (Yay!).
The Mirror of the Nameless, a Lovecraftian horror novella, (republished this year by Kensington Gore) is a first-person narrative that drops the reader into a world controlled by three tempestuous gods who are ready to destroy all human life on a whim. It is through the eyes of the protagonist, Dave Anderson, that we can feel and experience the love and fear he has for his teenage daughter, who is willing to risk her life in the resistance movement against the demonic tyrants. Dave, an unlikely hero, joins forces with his daughter’s boyfriend in a frantic and action-packed hunt to save her life before the authorities feed her to their dark-overlords. The only way to bring peace to this totalitarian society, according to legend, rests solely on a secret weapon to defeat the gods, which may risk opening a doorway to something much, much worse.
My first impression of Luke Walker’s novella after reading it – in a word – Wow! In my opinion, the level of horror is equally balanced with the empathy and compassion I felt for Dave and many of the characters. The tension throughout this fast-paced Lovecraftian story is palpable within the narrative, which never felt rushed or lagged in any way. I must admit, by the end of chapter seventeen my eyes started to well up a bit, and I had that hand-to-the-chest Awwww moment that I get when a scene pulls at my heartstrings and refuses to let go – and I love it! I’m also a HUGE fan of The Walking Dead (Coraaall – and Glenn – don’t get me started!), so when I read that there are zombies in The Mirror of the Nameless, I just knew I had to read it. The creatures that feature in this novella and the action-packed pacing are what enticed me to read this book, but it was Luke Walkers ability to create down to earth characters that kept me glued to my Kindle until three in the morning. What can I say, I’m a sucker for stories about resilience, family, love, and especially hope.
If my review sparked your interest in this book, then, by all means, take a bite, and delve into the creative mind of the author – you may be surprised by what you find lurking within.
In a world controlled by three tempestuous gods ready to destroy all human life on a whim, Dave Anderson knows he should follow the herd and not make waves or he may end up sacrificed to the monsters from the darkest reaches of the universe.
All that goes up in smoke when he discovers his teenage daughter is risking her life in the resistance movement against the demonic tyrants.
Dave, an unlikely hero, joins forces with her boyfriend in a frantic hunt to save his beloved daughter before the authorities feed her to their dark-overlords.
Their sole hope of overthrowing them and bringing peace to this totalitarian society is finding a secret weapon which, legend says, is the only way to defeat the gods.
But unleashing the weapon may risk opening a doorway to something much, much worse.
The first novella by Luke Walker for KGHH Publishing is a dark, fast-paced, horror, adventure.
D. K. Hundt is an American writer with a BA degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. When she’s not writing contemporary fiction and horror/supernatural stories, she likes to spend her free time working as a volunteer in her community, being a minion for her cat Simon, warding off carnivorous spiders, and throwing herself into and around the dark alleyways of Stephen King novels in search of inspiration. D. K. resides in California with her husband, and she is currently working on a horror novel titled, Cheveyo–a story about a young boy who goes to live with his grandpa on a reservation, and soon discovers that the malevolent creatures that lurk in the Okanogan Forest aren’t the only deadly secret the locals are hiding.
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