In Stock Overview Loyally accompanying a mysterious knife-wielding gentleman named Jack on his midnight rounds through the murky streets of London, good dog Snuff is busy helping his master collect the grisly ingredients needed for an unearthly rite that will take place not long after the death of the moon. But Snuff and his master are not alone. All manner of participants, both human and not, are gathering with their ancient tools and their animal familiars in preparation for the dread night. It is brave, devoted Snuff who must calculate the patterns of the Game and keep track of the Players—the witch, the mad monk, the vengeful vicar, the Count who sleeps by day, the Good Doctor and the hulking Experiment Man he fashioned from human body parts, and a wild-card American named Larry Talbot—all the while keeping Things at bay and staying a leap ahead of the Great Detective, who knows quite a bit more than he lets on. Boldly original and wildly entertaining, A Night in the Lonesome October is a darkly sparkling gem, an amalgam of horror, humor, mystery, and fantasy.
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Various iconic characters who will be familiar to fans of Victorian literature and classic horror movies create shifting alliances, gather herbs, instruments of power and the odd eyeball and femur, and prepare for a mystery-shrouded event that will take place on Halloween night.
A Night in the Review first posted on Fantasy Literature : During the entire month of October, in the late s, in a year when the full moon falls on Halloween, strange forces gather in a village outside of London.
A Night in the Lonesome October, published in , is narrated by the aptly-named Snuff, a dog who is the familiar of a man named Jack. A Night in the Lonesome October is creepy yet humorous, gruesome and witty at the same time. No problem. But most of the others will take more puzzling out. It was delightful to read and unpack all the layers of meaning hidden in the text. Any book that reveals more and more layers and depth and connections, as you reread and analyze it, gets a large rating boost from me.
The characterization is excellent. Minor characters like the Count and the Great Detective shine in their limited but key scenes, surprising us at key turns.
Snuff, despite his intelligence and sense of humor, remains clearly a dog in his nature and concerns. I took Jack his slippers this evening and lay at his feet before a roaring fire while he smoked his pipe, sipped sherry, and read the newspaper. He read aloud everything involving killings, arsons, mutilations, grave robberies, church desecrations, and unusual thefts.
It is very pleasant just being domestic sometimes. I think you would be hard-pressed to find a reader who would claim Zelazny lost that bet. I can see why reading A Night in the Lonesome October has become an annual October ritual for so many fans!
A Night in the Lonesome October