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Wednesday, 16 March 2011 02:51

Temporary Monsters
by: Ian Rogers

Chapbook, 40 pages
ISBN: 978-1-926611-07-5
$8.00 USD

Felix Renn is a private investigator in a supernatural world, an alternate reality where a dark dimension called The Black Lands co-exists alongside our own. Travelling to and from The Black Lands is dangerous - and illegal - but that doesn't stop some of the creatures that reside there from crossing over into our world from time to time. After a man goes berserk in a posh Toronto restaurant, Felix suddenly finds himself torn between both worlds as he is drawn into a deadly game of movies, murder, and monsters.

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"Temporary Monsters introduces us to world-weary Toronto PI Felix Renn, as well as his ex-wife Sandra, who becomes a surprisingly effective recurring character, his government foil/friend Agent Keel, and the Black Lands, a sunless dimension that exists beside our own, and from where all the supernatural threats stem. Renn is a fun character, relying on wit (and wittiness) in the face of the unknown, and in this first adventure he gets caught up in the case of two big time movie stars who suddenly and inexplicably become deadly monsters: a vampire and a werewolf, to be exact. Renn traces their footsteps back to a mysterious night club and a low-level mobster selling a new kind of drug straight from the Black Lands. With the emphasis more on a sense of wonder than dread or terror - the supernatural is nothing new in Felix Renn's Toronto - Temporary Monsters dwells in the gray area between horror and fantasy. It is essentially an urban fantasy, or what urban fantasy was for a short time before it became synonymous with tattooed female slayers and their supernatural bad-boy boyfriends. It's also a bit fluffy, more fun than frightening, but that's not a complaint. In fact, it's what kept me reading, because I was having such a good time with it." - Nicholas Kaufmann, http://nick-kaufmann.livejournal.com

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