Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Dark Matter.

Just read the most haunting(No pun intended)ghost story I have read in some time. A real Boys Own Yarn telling of an Artic expedition, a journey to the land of the midnight sun(What a fantastic expression.) which becomes a teeth chattering tale of terror. Twenty eight year old Jack is a lonely young man determined to better his life and break free of his inner city isolation by engaging in a scientific adventure in one of the loneliest and remote areas of the planet. The year is 1937 and the world is about to plunge into the most horrific conflict in the history of humanity. The eagerness with which the five brave young men embark on this expedition is a mirror to youthful optimism which is about to endure a world wide seismic shock that will change it forever.
              The Bay Of Gruhuken is a haunted shore and what walks there is a wretched diseased spirit twisted with hate. An almost primal fury manifest as a dark shape in a land filled with silhouettes.
              I loved this book and yet came across it quite by accident whilst searching for a book of an altogether different hue.It has made me remember the great classics I discovered as a kid. Books full of adventure, telling of journeys through distant lands, unexplored jungles, misty mountain tops, mysterious coral islands. A classic tale that feels thoroughly modern and actually delivers on the promise extolled on the cover jacket.
                Dark Matter has that unsettling quality Alien has. The way the crew of The Nostromo drifts through space towards a wind swept nightmare landscape where something dreadful lies silently in wait. The lonely Artic Michelle Pevin writes off feels very real as does the character at the center of events Jack. Poor lonely Jack. My heart ached for him as he scribbled frantically in his journal not knowing if anyone would ever hear the voice screaming in his head. Not for the first time I felt myself falling in love with a fictional character. Mind you, I do not think I would have the courage to trade places with him. The thing padding softly behind him is too terrifying to contemplate.
                 Give this book some time and a space in your collection. You too will feel the icy touch of the unquiet soul that haunts the shadowlands of Gruhuken.
                                                  (National Geographic Northern Lights.)