Scott Thomas’ novella titled The Sea of Ash is both a stunning and obsessive voyage into the unknown that would indeed make Lovecraft proud. He blends the narrative and the atmospheric elements together in a virtually seamless way that leads the reader into the past, the present and all the while teasing us with glimpses of overlapping dimensions of the unknown.
Thomas’ vivid descriptions of place and his ability to convey the unknown in such a way that easily ignites the reader’s imagination is his most remarkable talent. His writing can transport you into his vision of the world in such a picturesque yet concise way that reading even a few sentences of this work will draw you in and never make you want to glance up from its hypnotic pages.
I think one of the main attributes of being a weird writer is the ability to transport your reader to the point where their consciousness can overlap with a glimpse of the author’s vision of reality. While reading this book I felt as though I was following in the footsteps of the three adventurers in the story and I could really feel this overlap happening in a subtle, yet dramatic way.
One of the things that stand out to me the most is Thomas’ depth of characterization. He weaves an intricate tale from three different points of view, in three different time periods and even with the limitations he placed on himself he pulls the task off admirably.
The ending was very good and left a haunting impression on me. This book creates several images that will leave the reader with a glimpse of darkness and wonder of the unknown for days, months and even years to come.
In my humble, bookish opinion, I gave this book 5 stars and I highly recommend it to any reader of a not so typical horror fiction. I am very excited and wait in eager anticipation for Thomas’ next book.
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