Blackout by Tin Curran is outstanding. This alien invasion novella seizes the reader within the first few pages and then the pace is relentless to the very last page. The writing is flawless and the looming sense of tension and dread is claustrophobic in terms of impact. The characters aren’t portrayed in any great depth, but then again the intent of the story isn’t character development, but rather to scare the reader silly. To that end, Mr. Curran succeeds tremendously. The progression of the story had its surprises and the nature of the invasion is quite creative. The end of the story is a knockout. Highly recommended.
Anthony Hains is a horror & speculative fiction writer.