book reviews by Althea

Review: Things With Beards

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Things With Beards
Things With Beards by Sam J. Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After a stint working on a research station in Antarctica – a job that ended badly, with a mysterious but fatal disaster – a man is back in New York. he’s ready to meet up with his old friends and lovers, a social scene which overlaps the Black Power movement and the 1970’s gay scene. But he’s experiencing strange blackouts, blanks in his memory where evidence hints that something strange may have happened. And he still can’t remember exactly what happened in Antarctica. He doesn’t want to say it; even think it – but did he bring back something with him?

I liked this far more than I expected to, from the blurb I’d read beforehand. Issues of race and gender identity are smoothly woven into an effective horror tale.

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