Dead Bad Things by Gary McMahon — book review

Dead Bad Things by Gary McMahon. Angry Robot ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jim McLeod

Dead Bad Things sees the return of Gary McMahon’s Thomas Usher. Having fled Leeds for London at the end of Pretty Little Dead Things, Thomas is holed up in one of the most haunted places in the UK. He is a broken man, the lure of the bottle ever present. Then a mysterious phone call from a mysterious clockwork voice soon has Usher back on the case.

A twisted child killer urged on by a vile creature, a young WPC, haunted by her abusive father, and a disgraced stage psychic, battling his darkest innermost desires. These are just some of the brilliantly detailed characters that inhabit this book. Gary McMahon has filled this novel with some of the most twisted and vile humans to ever see print.

Whilst this is a satisfying novel, that shows you exactly why Gary McMahon is one of the best horror writers working today, it is one of the most intensely beak and harrowing novels I have ever read. This is no lightweight pulp horror; this is a horror novel that will worm it’s way deep into your psyche, and take root. The real human monsters here are just as, if not even more, evil than the supernatural monsters. McMahon is a master of the urban horror, and Dead bad Things is another jewel in his crown. This is the perfect book to start reading now that the nights are drawing in. 

Dead Bad Things by Gary McMahon. Angry Robot ‘7.99

Reviewed by Jim McLeod

Dead Bad Things sees the return of Gary McMahon’s Thomas Usher. Having fled Leeds for London at the end of Pretty Little Dead Things, Thomas is holed up in one of the most haunted places in the UK. He is a broken man, the lure of the bottle ever present. Then a mysterious phone call from a mysterious clockwork voice soon has Usher back on the case.

A twisted child killer urged on by a vile creature, a young WPC, haunted by her abusive father, and a disgraced stage psychic, battling his darkest innermost desires. These are just some of the brilliantly detailed characters that inhabit this book. Gary McMahon has filled this novel with some of the most twisted and vile humans to ever see print.

Whilst this is a satisfying novel, that shows you exactly why Gary McMahon is one of the best horror writers working today, it is one of the most intensely beak and harrowing novels I have ever read. This is no lightweight pulp horror; this is a horror novel that will worm it’s way deep into your psyche, and take root. The real human monsters here are just as, if not even more, evil than the supernatural monsters. McMahon is a master of the urban horror, and Dead bad Things is another jewel in his crown. This is the perfect book to start reading now that the nights are drawing in.