Journeyed there and back again
I finished In Silent Graves by Gary A Braunbeck recently. This is the second time I've read this book. It had a real big impact on me when I initially read it and so it's just a book I've thought about a lot and that's the reason I decided to re-read it. When I first read it, it was out of print but last year it was republished in both physical format and on kindle. I'm really glad it was republished because it's a very good book that needs to be saved from obscurity (still it doesn't have enough readers though). It may be labeled as horror but there is some mythology in the story about angels and creation and it has a very mythic feel to it. You almost feel like you're living and experience the tale instead of simply just reading it..... It's hard to explain....reading this a second time I think I appreciate it more than the first time I read it now that I understand better some of what Braunbeck is doing literary wise. However, I actually didn't enjoy it as much and I think that's just because there were some scenes I wasn't too fond of. I should point out to prospective readers that there are some scenes towards the end of the book that are very nauseating, so please get out the throw up bowl if you have a weak stomach (I'm being serious). This is one of the most emotional and depressing novels I've ever read so you might also want to get out the handkerchief too if you tear up easily. In the afterward Braunbeck tells about what an intense emotional experience it was writing this book, that after he finished it he literally hated it and that in his mind this was how he knew he had succeeded.... It really does show how involved the writer got into this work since it is so absorbing. It's also a very, very weird novel and it's literary horror, so do expect to do some thinking about the intellectual concepts the author introduces and how that connects to everything else. So if you're lover of dark literature, emotional intense literature, literary stuff and weird literature than this is the book for you. I think @fbones24 would enjoy it.