Clock the Chaos Mage. A stranger out of time, hidden in the folds of shadow. He is the guardian of Coney Island's supernatural borderlands, and the only thing standing between our reality and the demons that thirst to destroy it.
Clock's Watch. An anthology of heroic dark fantasy and terror. Illustrations by Sean Bova, Jay Campbell and MV.
"Clock's Watch" is a very interesting horror collection. The idea of a guardian between two worlds, human and evil, perhaps has been used before, but not in this way. Our protagonist is one and only.
There are two things I especially liked in this book:
For starters, the great investigation and research about sorcery and demonology. Every story has those elements. The chants or spells Clock pours over the demons as well as the method to hunt them bring a dose of realism that keeps you interested, not only in the story, but in the occult content.
Also, I love so much the protagonist. Hero or antihero? I couldn't say.
I like his form and personality. Not excessively broken but absolute with his preys. Always empathises with the "other" character just enough to make them feel they're not alone.
This title is certainly catching and gets you stuck to it. I like demonic horror, so I enjoyed this piece. Evil entities interact with their hunter in a very familiar way —they know each other. They wait for each other.
Reyes plays with the visible and invisible. Who sees what? We don't know, and he disguises his threads between these veils.
It's a quick read, but it leaves remains in your mind. You keep on thinking about Clock, about his fate, about his... eternity.
I'm already recommending this book. Not only to horror readers but for paranormal and thriller lovers.
Congrats to the author!!
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