TIM WAGGONER: THE MOUTH OF THE DARK
Reviewed by Brian Bogart
Tim Waggoner has published over 40 novels and 3 short story collections. He writes horror, dark fantasy and tie-in novelizations for X-Files, Nightmare on Elm Street, Supernatural and more. I first ran across Waggoner years ago with his contributions to Dungeons and Dragons Eberron campaign setting novels and his Nekropolis series was a fun read as well.
His first contribution to Flame Tree Press is a strange ride. Given his excursions into dark urban fantasy, I wasn’t surprised that this tale falls somewhere between that realm and horror. What I was surprised by, was how balls-to-the-wall each chapter would delight in its perverse weirdness, slapping you across the face with oddities in rapid succession.
Clocking in at just over 200 pages, there is so much hinted at or quickly explained in so few pages. From the first chapter, you are given a sexualized and grotesque introduction and a few pages in, you have to start suspending your disbelief almost immediately. If you can’t do that, you are going to have a hard time reading this. It gets stranger and stranger as time goes on.
This is the story of Jayce, a divorced father, looking for his lost 20 year old daughter Emory. Jayce has a recurring voice in his head, berating him and warning him of the dangers surrounding him. It belongs to his mother. She chimes in at odd times, some repressed memories surfacing as his search continues….
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