Garth Marenghi’s TerrorTome: Dreamweaver, Doomsage, Sunday Times bestseller

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Garth Marenghi’s TerrorTome: Dreamweaver, Doomsage, Sunday Times bestseller

Garth Marenghi’s TerrorTome: Dreamweaver, Doomsage, Sunday Times bestseller

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His obvious and out of place rants on minor things that annoy him really do make you shake your head (like when he stops in the middle of a life-or-death scenario to lecture his partner on all the ways you can accidentally drain your car’s battery). Hand-signed by the Archduke of Darkdom himself, this collector's edition features an exclusive new short story, 'Throttle and Bribes'. Can he and Roz, his frequently incorrect female editor, hunt down these incarnate denizens of Nick’s rampaging imaginata before they destroy Stalkford, outer Stalkford and possibly slightly further?

Fans of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace will inevitably hear his unique voice while reading, but for a proper experience that follows naturally from the TV show format, you should listen to this one. Mayhap, the Dark Forces of the Nether Pit conspired to send this worthy volume to my trembling meat-clamps.Forced to fight his escaping imagination - now leaking out of his own brain - Nick must defend the town of Stalkford from his own fictional horrors, including avascular-necrosis-obsessed serial killer Nelson Strain and Nick's dreaded throppleganger, the Dark Third. Collectively, they put (torn and bloody) flesh on the bones of Marenghi’s leaden prose, and added duff, dopey theatricality to the duff, dopey writing that formed the show’s raw material. It’s admittedly a bit long and at times the wackiness did get a little hard to keep track of, but it’s difficult to know how much of that is really just the joke. There was no aroma on earth quite like the smell of a freshly printed paperback, even if ultimately it was the smell of dead trees.

I initially struggled to find the sweet spot of the rhythm to his writing style which is hand-in-glove with the sardonic, sarcastic, at-times-puerile, clever humour utilised almost constantly. So when the TV concept is replicated for a pulp paper-back horror some 18 years later, it was an unexpected but very welcomed surprise! I've put off reading it for a few months, knowing I could use it as a pick-me-up in a reading slump, and it definitely did that. My review may be slightly biased as I am a massive fan of the original Gareth Marenghi's Darkplace television show. Garth’s inability to understand metaphor or treat the reader as anything more than an abject moron is consistently amusing (like when he stops in the middle of a suspense scene to repeat the plot in slow, methodical detail).

These stories continue with Nick as the protagonist, but deal with an ongoing arc of fighting the demons he directly unleashed from his imagination. These man-on-keyboard erotic encounters are purple and blue in equal measure; so too the saucy goings-on with Nick’s agent Roz (“she rode me like a butcher’s cutting machine”) in the final excerpt. He wrote, directed and starred in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace for the Peruvian market, which subsequently aired on Channel 4 and has not been repeated due to its radical and polemic content. Those wiper blades may or may not remain an issue and there’s plenty more car battery talk to sink your teeth into in the full book (but not literally, you’ll ruin the genuine foil embossed book cover).



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