Up for Review: Bad Glass

Hmm, weirdness and horror.

Bad Glass by Richard E. Gropp (Del Rey)

Marketing copy from NetGalley:

One of the most hauntingly original dark fantasy debuts in years-perfect for fans of Lost and Mark Danielewski’s cult classic, House of Leaves.

Something has happened in Spokane. The military has evacuated the city and locked it down. Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spreading curiosity, skepticism, and panic. For what they show is-or should be-impossible: strange creatures that cannot exist, sudden disappearances that violate the laws of physics, human bodies fused with inanimate objects, trapped yet still half alive. . . .

Dean Walker, an aspiring photographer, sneaks into the quarantined city in search of fame. What he finds will change him in unimaginable ways. Hooking up with a group of outcasts led by a beautiful young woman named Taylor, Dean embarks on a journey into the heart of a mystery whose philosophical implications are as terrifying as its physical manifestations. Even as he falls in love with Taylor – a woman as damaged and seductive as the city itself – his already tenuous hold on reality starts to come loose. Or perhaps it is Spokane’s grip on the world that is coming undone.

Now, caught up in a web of interlacing secrets and betrayals, Dean, Taylor, and their friends must make their way through this ever-shifting maze of a city, a city that is actively hunting them down, herding them toward a shocking destiny.

 

Bad Glass will be published on 25 September 2012 by Del Rey, a division of Random House Publishing. The novel was the winner of the Suvudu Writing Contest, beating almost 700 qualifying manuscripts. Author Richard E. Gropp won a full edit of his manuscript by Dely Rey’s Editor in Chief, as well as a selection of Del Rey and Spectra titles. Publication wasn’t part of the prize, but Del Rey liked Bad Glass so much they offered Gropp a book deal too.

Links:
Download a 50-page excerpt from Scribd (pdf)
Buy a copy at The Book Depository
Add it on Goodreads

About the author:
Richard E. Gropp lives on a mountain outside of Seattle with his partner of fifteen years. It is a small mountain. He studied literature and psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has worked as a bookstore clerk, a forklift driver, and an accountant. He has a hard time spelling the word broccoli, and in his spare time he dabbles in photography and cooking. – from Random House
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