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Altair Australia Books

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  • Writer
    Fan Fund
  • Publisher
    MirrorDanse Books
  • Scary Minds
  • Fan Writer
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ScaryMinds - Horror's Last Colonial Outpost, 23 Aug 2015 [cached]
Creeping In Reptile Flesh - Robert Hood ScaryMinds - Horror's Last Colonial Outpost
Robert Hood Publisher Altair Australia Books
Robert Hood's latest collection boasts 13 short stories, one novella, and excellent cover art work by Cat Sparks.
Creeping In Reptile flesh has a common thread running through all the stories which I guess lead to Rob Hood's decision on which tales to include. I'm not going to spoil the reader's discovery of what that thread might be, determining what it means is one of the fun parts about reading the collection, but rest assured each entry in the book is of the normal excellent Rob Hood standard. Actually that's going to make choosing personal favourites later in the review real difficult, damn you Robert Hood!
I love a pun and Rob Hood delivers the best ones in Australian horror since the immortal town name of "Flow" had people chuckling during Howling III: The Marsupials. You will however have to approach Creeping In Reptile Flesh with an eye to detail, the Author has more than one story arc happening in the novella that goes toward explaining the final confrontation. The novella is a well constructed piece of writing that sets the tone for the rest of the collection.
Rob Hood follows up his opening salvo, for those still standing, with thirteen stories of menace and surprises as ordinary people face the folding of reality or the completely unexpected in everyday situations. An old dero and his dog Sheepdip face the unrelenting horror of a Lovecraftian menace, a young couple find that keeping mom isn't going to be as hard as they thought, an office worker discovers you simply can't cut it with a succubus, just to name a few of the ideas Rob Hood has in store for you within the covers of Creeping In Reptile Flesh. No matter your taste in dark literature the Author will have something to delight and amaze.
While Rob Hood does delight in bringing to the reader scenes of a macabre nature and in some cases full of gore, he also takes time out of his busy schedule to sex it up high, and heaven forbid even adds lashings of humour as a storyline dictates. A number of stories do feature "the wild thing" but I can assure the review reader that Rob Hood isn't going down the road to exploitation city, plot requirements dictate a visit to the bedroom on occasion. Guess I just blew Rob Hood's chances of any sales with the Rev Fred Nile and his minions, sorry about that one mate. For the moral majority reading from over in the States yes the whole of Australia is mortified at the Author's penchant for occasionally writing things of a sexual nature as well. By the way you can purchase the book via one of the links below and I'm prepared to state for the record that your only interest was due to the pictures or possibly evolutionist propaganda.
On a number of occasions while I was reading Creeping In Reptile Flesh I found myself chuckling out loud at a throw away line or the concept behind an individual story. Don't get me wrong here, I was chuckling in a good way, Rob Hood adds some humour to proceedings to keep you going between the darker toned tales.
SF Site News » Australia [cached]
"Wasting Matilda," by Robert Hood
Best Fan Writer: Robert Hood for Undead Backbrain
Robert Hood for Undead Backbrain
ScaryMinds - Horror's Last Colonial Outpost, 21 Oct 2014 [cached]
Immaterial Ghost Stories - Robert Hood ScaryMinds - Horror's Last Colonial Outpost
Robert Hood
Publisher MirrorDanse Books
Ghost stories by Robert Hood
Leading the pack is contemporary, whatever that means, Australian Author Robert Hood who has a whole bunch of books published. While Robert dives into Crime and Science Fiction as well, I was only interested in his tales of the macabre so immediately sent out a message to Australian Books Online that I wanted a copy of Immaterial: Ghost Stories as soon as possible.
In short Robert Hood has taken a sub genre, given it one hell of a shake up, and pretty much put his own stamp on it. No one tells a ghost yarn quite like Mr Hood, and with Immaterial you never know quite what to expect from each story.
First off I enjoyed every one of the fifteen stories on hand in Immaterial and secondly each and every reader of Robert Hood's fine collection will no doubt have his or her favourites.
Sins of the past, I'm always up for that sort of thing, and Robert Hood has the ability to deal out the background details a piece at a time. The story advances while we learn just what happened in the past. And finally I would underline Malculate Conception as a study in how to get the best out of ordinary situations. Just a jump to the left and you're in the twilight zone, to mix and match some references. Just as a side note 13th Gantry Row appears to have picked one central idea out of this story to reproduce. Each of the three stories mentioned could all be candidates for Masters of Horror episodes, someone really should do a Down Under take on that concept. I'm actually left wondering if Robert Hood doesn't love a tale of ordinary madness a tad too much!
Unfortunately Robert Hood comes off as urbane and, well, a nice guy I guess. And there I was hoping we had a Dexter Morgan in our midst. The interview is well worth a read for those of us interested in hearing what Author's have to say about their work.
I took a number of days to get through Immaterial, as the stories contain more ideas than meet the eye initially and a re-read is essential to getting full value out of them. Robert Hood's writing style is easy to read and you will find yourself falling into the stories as each tale weaves it's magic. The only disappointment for me was that the book ended and I was left wanting more, thankfully Robert has recently published a new collection Creeping in Reptile Flesh so a quick letter to the book fairy is my next order of business.
[Editor's Note: We'll source a copy for you and pop it under your glass as the Cabana Lounge asap]
For those wondering how to secure a copy of Immaterial: Ghost Stories by Robert Hood try the Australian Books Online website at www. I believe they ship Internationally and with the Australian dollar currently down now would be a good chance to add to your library. Come on you deserve to give yourself a treat, and the added bonus is that Australian horror has a completely different flavour to that from other parts of the world. If you love ghost stories then you are going to simply devour Robert Hood's Immaterial collection and be left baying at the moon for more. Scare yourself up some festive cheer this year.
Talie Helene » 2009 Ditmar Awards Finalists, 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
"Creeping in Reptile Flesh", Robert Hood (Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Altair Australia Books)
"Moments of Dying", Robert Hood (Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine #1)
Creeping In Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood (Altair Australia Books)
Robert Hood for Undead Backbrain
"George A. Romero: Master of the Living Dead" by Robert Hood (in Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine #2)
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert ..., 24 Jan 2009 [cached]
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood (Altair Australia Books)
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