Black Light by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan and Stephen Romano. Book Review

BLACK LIGHT by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan and Stephen Romano

Mulholland Books, s/b, £12.99

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

The cover of this book proudly exclaims ‘by writers from the Saw franchise’, but this does the book an injustice. This statement sets a certain expectation – fiendish traps, torture and much bloodletting – that it just doesn’t deliver on.

Thankfully, it delivers a whole different experience. This tells the tale of Buck Carlsbad.  Private eye, exorcist and martial arts expert, Buck is the go to guy for anyone with serious issues from beyond the grave. Like a much grittier and much more kick ass Ghostbusters, if you will.

An orphan, his early years are a blank that he keeps trying to fill in his excursions into the Blacklight – the space on the other side of death. Here, Buck can see things that previously existed and even bring things back from the other side.

He is recruited by a billionaire to safeguard a revolutionary new magnetic train that promises to hit over 400mph which has been hit by some ghost issues. Things, though, are not as they seem…

This book is a definite page turner, and kept me engaged throughout. The characters are easy to relate to and the dialogue wittily crafted. Whether you like the Saw films or not, this book is a cracker and should be sought out at your first opportunity.

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Hailing from the rain-sodden, North Western wastelands of England, Phil has dabbled in many an arcane vocation. From rock-star to conveyor-belt scraper at a bread factory, 'Dairy Logistics Technician' to world's worst waiter. He's currently a freelance designer, actor, sometime writer/editor and Chair of the British Fantasy Society. He is on the Global Frequency and is still considering becoming an astronaut when he grows up.