[Ebook] ➠ The Broken Hours ➦ Jacqueline Baker – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Broken Hours In The Cold Spring Of 1936, Arthor Crandle, Down On His Luck And Desperate For Work, Accepts A Position In Providence, Rhode Island, As A Live In Secretary Assistant For An Unnamed Shut In.He Arrives At The Gloomy Colonial Style House To Discover That His Strange Employer Is An Author Of Disturbing, Bizarre Fiction Health Issues Have Confined Him To His Bedroom, Where He Is Never To Be Disturbed But The Writer, Who Crandle Knows Only As Ech Pi, Refuses To Meet Him, Communicating Only By Letters Left On A Table Outside His Room Soon The Home Reveals Other Unnerving Peculiarities There Is An Ominous Presence Crandle Feels On The Main Stairwell Light Shines Out Underneath The Door Of The Writer S Room, But Is Invisible From The Street It Becomes Increasingly Clear There Is Something Not Right About The House Or Its Occupant.Haunting Visions Of A Young Girl In A White Nightgown Wandering The Walled In Garden Behind The House Motivate Crandle To Investigate The Circumstances Of His Employer S Dark Family History Meanwhile, The Unsettling Aura Of The House Pulls Him Into A World Increasingly Cut Off From Reality, Into Black Depths, Where An Unspeakable Secret Lies Waiting. I dislike giving the impression I m a literary snob, so let me set the record straight, immediately I love horror, and I love good writing, and I m as likely to read Stephen King as a I am to read Shirley Jackson Nevertheless, there are some who question if modern horror can ever transcend its genre ghetto, and having just finished Jacqueline Baker s The Broken Hours, I m optimistic it not only can, but already has Google literary horror, and you ll get lists pointing you toward Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Joyce Carol Oates With rare exceptions, these lists don t contain anything written in the past 30 years, as though literary status is denied to horror until it s aged sufficiently to have lost much of its potency However, like SF and Fantasy, literary writers are turning their attentions towards horror And since I finished it with Halloween just a few days hence, it is my recommendation for those who not only appreciate good storytelling, but careful wordsmithing and poetic prose.Baker s writing has always been haunted From her short stories in A Hard Witching to her stark vision of Canada s western prairies in The Horseman s Graves, there s always a sense of the Review BROKEN HOURS by Jacqueline BakerI have been extraordinarily blessed in the last few years by discovering several perfect books BROKEN HOURS A NOVEL OF H P LOVECRAFT is one I don t even feel capable of doing this novel justice in my review BROKEN HOURS should be an award winner, multiple times.Mike Davis at LOVECRAFT EZINE highly recommended BROKEN HOURS, and I was impelled to pre order it even though mire expensive than I usually buy and it is worth every single penny Fiction which uses real historical characters can be tricky and sometimes disappointing if the reader knows about the historical figure than the author Happily, this is not the case with this novel Baker uses weird fiction writer H.P Lovecraft as a character but has obviously done her research Although she takes a few liberties with facts as sometimes fiction must she remains true to the essence of both his character and some of the tone of his stories to weave her own rather creepy tale into which Lovecraft figures The prevailing tone of a cold spring in Providence provides the setting for a ghostly story which touches on madness, identity, and hints of things otherworldly which captiva H.P Lovecraft is experiencing a revival The strange author of even stranger stories had a life, it seems, that was crying out to be turned into fiction Within the last year, I ve seen Lovecraft turned into a character in stories based in his fiction His settings have been revived for even novels Jacqueline Baker s The Broken Hours Delightfully eerie. i will admit to some initial surprise at the lack of what one comes to expect from a novel of H.P Lovecraft but that hardly seemed to matter, as i tore through this book in one sitting OK, i got up to make tea, so two sittings technically the writing for this tale was period perfect, and full of wonderful phrases and word choices just grand definitely an odd literary trip, but quite enjoyable one was consistently left to wonder what was happening, and what one might have missed, or what was not being said told a palpable sense of dread or wrongness or doom threaded throughout, all that though it s not even that kind of story at all one might think that would disappoint, but not so, it simply adds to the strength of the author s talents that such a misdirection, brought solely by the reader, as one is never told The Old Ones will be seeping from the void in any wa I guess it was only a matter of time before Lovecraft himself started winding his proverbial tentacles into the New Weird as a character, but here we are with The Broken Hours, a quiet, creepy affair.The story is mainly about a man who takes an assistant position in an old house in Providence He never meets the man he works for, communicating only in letters The house is believed to be haunted, there is unexplained phenomena throughout, and the book follows these reveals slowly throughout.The most frustrating part of reading this book is that Jacqueline Baker makes a conscious decision to place all quotes within italics instead, which is something I never got used to and really drew me out of the story instead of perhaps drawing me inward as intended The result is that the narrative itself, while an interesting, slow burn, feels than a little stilted as one tries to get back into the tale Other readers might not have the same issue, though.There s not a lot of obvious mythos here, and the payoff isn t what I personally expected, but this is still a fun read Things are just uneasy and creepy enough to keep the reader engaged, and the Providence of this book feels appropriately Lovecrafti I had mixed feelings about The Broken Hours The book was not at all what I expected, in good and bad ways The writing itself was spectacular, scalpel precise but never too simple or sparse Every word felt like it was exactly where it was supposed to be There was a beauty and intensity and than a little melancholy that cut right into my perception and continued its work deep into my brain matter Lines like the coldly muscled coursing of the river provided perfect, delicious moments of imagery so vivid in both what they evoked and the sheer genius of that particular combination of words that I often found myself re reading them over and over again under my breath until the rhythm became familiar with my tongue.The story, which was not exactly plot heavy, opting instead for a gloomy slow burn character study, was engaging in terms of psychology and atmosphere, but confounded my initial expectations of the cover s promise that this was a novel of H.P Lovecraft I kept expecting hoping some eldritch horror would come squirming from the shadows, and was inevitably disappointed when this SPOILERS didn t happen But to judge a book by something it is not and something that it isn t trying to be, specifically is somewhat unfair.The real problem I had with The Broken Hours was the at once implausibility and predictability of what constitutes the book s major climactic twist Although the mystery is underpla This is a delicious slow burn of a reading experience And experience really captures it for me the haunting prose kept me in the moment, fully engaged with disbelief suspended I purposefully did not try to anticipate where the mystery was going or what the end point would be, and I think that s the best way to enjoy this dreamlike and deeply psychological book If you re looking for non stop action, you ll be disappointed That said, I was riveted the entire time.The you know about the life of H.P Lovecraft, the you will appreciate this novel I felt especially connected to Jacqueline Baker s masterful descriptions because I


About the Author: Jacqueline Baker

Jacqueline Baker is the author of A Hard Witching and Other Stories , which won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize and the Howard O Hagan Award for Short Fiction, and was also a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize Her first novel, The Horseman s Graves won wide critical acclaim and was a finalist for the Evergreen Award Jacqueline


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