In this novella, Kiernan takes Lovecraftian horror elements, and transposes them into an X-Files-type setting. A government agent known as The Signalman is set to meet another operative, Immacolata, regarding the actions of a California doomsday cult. For some reason, he finds his fellow operative even more frightening than the cult; even though brutal, horrific deaths have occurred.
Meanwhile, a young woman explains how the “Children of the Next Level” gave her life the hope and meaning she’d always lacked, with its leader’s promises of transcendence and transformation. Well, transformation, of a kind, there certainly will be.
The writing is non-linear and obscure; and I wanted more from the ending… but I still loved it.
Definitely recommended for fans of VanDerMeer’s ‘Southern Reach’ trilogy, as well as anyone who’s interested by cult psychology and the weirder elements of the X-Files.
Many thanks to Tor and NetGalley for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinion is unrelated to the source of the book.