The Empty Ones
Robert Brockway is a Senior Editor and columnist for Cracked corn. He is the author of two books, the cyberpunk novel Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity, and the essay collection Everything is Going to Kill Everybody: The Terrifyingly Real Ways the World Wants You Dead. He lives in Portland. Oregon, with his wife Meagan and their two dogs. He has been known, on occasion, to have a beard.
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I don't know if that's a question anyone can answer with objective sincerity, but if it were possible for a book to be in any way punk rock, this is that book. I'm not sure if there's been a better boots-on-the-ground perspective of the burgeoning punk scenes ever put to paper. You can practically smell the sweat and blood and cheap urine-scented beer dripping from its pages, and that's not half of it. If there were any justice in the world, this book would come wrapped in spiked leather, shuddering through a case of the DTs with a filthy safety pin in its nose.
The '70s punk scene might seem like a strange place to set a horror story, but it's a testament to Robert Brockway's peculiar genius to find a perfect niche for his characters in that mad time of discarded youth. What better place for soulless monstrosities to hunt victims than among disaffected runaways and gutter trash who are all but forgotten by society?
The horrors from The Unnoticeables are all back, and then there is a new twist that leads to some really warped characters. Speaking of characters, Carey and Kaitlyn both continue their action-packed battles with ... well, I'm still not even sure what they are battling. Alien monsters, most definitely not of the little green men variety. There are new faces here too, well developed personalities that you probably don't know anyone like, in real life.
If you enjoy reading Peter Clines or Joe Hill, then do yourself a treat and check this series out.
If you like dark comedy horror stories, this is a series you need to read. The characters, the setting, and the empty ones.....It's awesome, check it out!
If you read a funnier book this year, email me. Seriously: firstname.lastname@example.org.
But “The Empty Ones” is more than that. It’s a tightly written, fast-moving story that draws equally from its compelling characters and its engaging plot. Brockway cares as much about a well-crafted story as he does about a well-timed laugh.
Now stop reading this review and start reading the book. Your life is about to get better.