I see “Clive Barker” and I say, “Yes please!”
But in this case, I should’ve investigated further. This is another publication like 2014’s “Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium.” It is NOT a novella; it’s a collection of brief texts that were designed to accompany collectible figures produced by McFarlane Toys.
The texts (or ‘chapters’) don’t come together as a finished whole – which makes sense, as they weren’t really designed to. They simply form the premise for having a collection of gruesome and grotesque horror characters and why they might appear together: a vicious executed killer comes back from the dead, and is ‘assigned’? to collect a group of similarly depraved and tortured souls to form a kind of carnival procession of the damned. Why? To what purpose? Dunno.
As is to be expected, the segments are well-written and imaginative – but they didn’t need to be collected as a book.
Thanks to Subterranean and NetGalley for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinions are solely my own.