Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Transformation by Rab Swannock Fulton

We're moving today from friendly fun-loving ghosts to a far more sinister, shape-shifting creature from Irish folk-lore, the Pooka....

review by Maryom

Donnacha and Eimir meet, fall in love and plan to marry. A happy ending is in view until they realise that they've inadvertently antagonised an evil spirit which is now bent on their destruction. At first Donnacha tries to pass it off as an hallucination but as it grows in power there's no denying it's physical presence and impact on their lives.

As in all good horror stories, Transformation is told in the first person with Donnacha reflecting on the seemingly trivial mistakes that brought him to the dreadful point he's now reached. I found things started rather slowly - there was a lot of setting up the background and getting the romance going - but after the incident where Donnacha offends the pooka I was gripped by the rising tension leading to a truly terrifying ending. Unusually, I couldn't see where the story was leading - though I don't really want to mention more of the plot as that, obviously, would spoil things. Just be warned this isn't a nice, grown-up yet cutesy fairy tale but a violent, blood-curdling one!
It's quite short - novella length at 117 pages - so you could download it and read it tonight - just the thing to scare yourself for Halloween.

Maryom's review -  4 stars
Genre - Adult, Folk/Fairy tale

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