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Twilight by William Gay

11 Ratings: 2.0
Book by William Gay

A Southern gothic novel about an undertaker who won't let the dead rest. Suspecting that something is amiss with their father's burial, teenager Kenneth Tyler and his sister Corrie venture to his gravesite and make a horrific discovery: their father, … see full wiki

Publisher: MacAdam Cage
Date Published: September 7, 2007
1 review about Twilight by William Gay

"He hadn't known there were perversions this dark, souls this twisted."

  • Mar 10, 2009
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Described by the author as a modern-day "Hansel and Gretel", this riveting novel addresses the nature of good and evil, social facades stripped away in a plot that is both fearsome and beautifully written, the protagonists trapped in a bad dream peopled with goblins and ghosts, while a very human monster roams freely in a Gothic 1950's landscape. Fenton Breece, the local undertaker, has the look and demeanor of the otherworldly, giving off the scent of decay and dementia. Shunned by the townsfolk, Breece keeps to himself, his shameful secrets hidden behind crafty, scheming eyes. But when Kenneth and Corrie Tyler, two local teenagers, unearth their father's grave and find it filled with desecration, they extend their search to other sites, only to find them equally defiled by the horrors of a sick mind.

Watching Breece's house, Kenneth takes advantage of an opportunity to steal a briefcase that contains no money, but a trove of incriminating evidence against the vile undertaker. Thinking to take advantage of this sudden windfall, Corrie sets a plan in motion by which brother and sister can extort money from Breece. In their naiveté, neither realizes the Pandora's Box they have opened until misery arrives in the person of Granville Sutter, a stone killer charged to retrieve the booty and a generous reward for his efforts. Thus plays out a stunning nightmare, as picturesque as it is terrifying, where true evil stalks the land, Kenneth Tyler gone to ground along with the evidence in the Harrikin, an eerie backwoods filled with tangled brush and vegetation, the very place a symbol for ill luck.

While Breece slides further into the moral morass of his delusions, Sutter tracks Kenneth Tyler through the Harrikin, seemingly prescient, ever but one step behind Tyler, savoring the taste of the kill, terrorizing any brave spirits who help the boy. Set against nature's bountiful chaos, hunter and prey wend through their macabre dance with only the stars and beasts for audience. Like the so-called Preacher in "Night of the Hunter", Sutter stalks his innocent victim, Tyler sure he carries "the seed of some dread plague that would lay waste all before him so that folks... fled into the woods with doors left ajar." Stunning, haunting and primal, Gay has fashioned a luckless pair, retelling a fable laced with the hopelessness of despair and senseless violence. The genius is in the prose, images as striking and memorable as the theme, fate looming in the final clash, where only good or evil will be victorious. Luan Gaines.


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