Jensen's Holler by Brian C. Petroziello

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Post April 03, 2007, 03:54:33 PM

Jensen's Holler by Brian C. Petroziello

I was thinking, as I got sucked into this story, that it was a fabulous Lovecraft pastiche, so the big reveal at the end was less a revelation and more of a confirmation. Deliciously creepy, with a great eye for detail and a good use of language. This was a story well told, and reminiscent of one of my favourite early aphelion writers, Allen Woods.

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Post April 26, 2007, 04:11:58 AM

Jensen's Holler by Brian C. Petroziello

surely a mix of Lovecraft with Rosemary's Baby and that jungle monster from Lost. and a dollop of Mothman thrown in for good measure.

Very gripping and superb atmosphere...couldn't stop reading this despite the dialogue sometimes going astray to the point where it wasn't clear when the protag was talking to Abbott or to the reader. apt name here! and good, rich language, too. i think "eldritch" was one word sorely missing from this composition!

the mythology was excellently implemented and the history interesting and easy to follow. Brian also did a good job including many horror stalwarts like academia and the failure of technology to handle otherworldly terror. Plus, the on-the-road feel helped a lot: having the protag driving cross country just to tell this story while guzzling liquor and smokes was a nice added bonus.

good stuff.

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Post April 30, 2007, 03:43:44 PM

Re: Jensen's Holler by Brian C. Petroziello

Dammit, this story seems similar to another Aphelion submission. It was so familiar that I thought it might have been a reprint. However, for the life of me, I can't seem to find the original I was referring to. Does anyone else recall a similar story, where a woman escapes a bizarre clan? Please help. It's not fun to feel senile, especially at such a young age...

As for the story, I enjoyed it quite a bit. The only quibble was that I was underwhelmed with the ending:
"Let me show you something--it was an object I tripped over on our way to the clearing." I shoved the smooth, onyx colored, curved shape thing at Abbott. "You're a paleontologist, Abbott, you tell me what kind of animal has a claw like this."
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Post April 30, 2007, 03:55:41 PM

Re: Jensen's Holler by Brian C. Petroziello

Um, "Meet the Wendels"? But they weren't NEARLY as bizarre as the Jensens.


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