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@Download E-pub ð Jago ¶ Paul, A Young Academic Composing A Thesis About The End Of The World, And His Girlfriend Hazel, A Potter, Have Come To The Tiny English Village Of Alder For The Summer Their Idea Of A Rural Retreat Gradually Sours As The Laws Of Nature Begin To Break Down Around Them The Village, Swollen By An Annual Rock Festival Of Cataclysmic Proportions, Prepares To Reap A Harvest Of Horror A Brand New Edition Of The Critically Acclaimed Novel DNF The beginning was good I liked the first chapter But then nothing happens And new characters are introduced EVERY CHAPTER It s impossibly tedious and the plot is literally going nowhere Had to give up on this one It s a nope for me. Newman s tale of a rural community driven to madness by the presence of a monstrous psychic cult leader is probably the closest a British author has come to matching the scale and ambition of Stephen King smeaty tomes Newman s dual trademarks of dark wit and love of referencing pop culture are given muchroom to shine than in his short stories, making this a must read for fans and neophytes alike Horror with a hefty dose of humour to sweeten the splatter Lovely. In the tiny English village of Alder, dreams and nightmares are beginning to come true Creatures from local legend, science fiction and the dark side of the human mind prowl the town.Paul, a young academic composing a thesis about the end of the world, and his girlfriend Hazel, a potter, have come to stay in Alder for the summer Their idea of a rural retreat gradually sours as the laws of nature begin to breakdown around them Paul and Hazel are drawn into a vortex of fear as violent chaos engulfs the community and the village prepares to reap a harvest of horror.Alder is just like any other village, everyone knows everyone else s business and some of the families have lived there for countless generations To an outsider, life would appear wonderful in this rural idyll, but bubbling just beneath the surface lies a whole host of repressed emotions, violent tendencies and age old lusts.Right at the centre of all this pent up frustration and angst is the local manor house, Agapemone, home to Anthony William Jago and his followers Jago is, as you might expect from the leader of a religious cult, suitably enigmatic His presence is felt strongly throughout the entire novel, but he doesn t actually utter a single word until around two hundred pages in Newman really plays up the character s spiritual otherworldliness He exhibits an eerie stillness, always watching, taking everything in When he does speak his pronouncements have a hypnotic quality, his loyal flock can t fail to be drawn in by their Beloved leader There s a nicely creepy vibe that permeates his entire being You can t hope for much better than that when it comes to a villain in a horror novel.There are a host of other fantastic characters but two really stood out for me.Jeremy is a young boy whose family suffer thanks to Jago s evil influence They begin to metamorphose into the stuff of childhood nightmares I liked the way that the author uses Jeremy s narrative as an opportunity to include subtle references from classic legends and children s fairy tales Taking the stories of childhood and subverting them into something much darker.As an aside, it s noticeable that Newman really does love littering his text with as many pop culture references as he can If you re half as geeky as I am, you ll love it.The other great character is Badmouth Ben He is the living embodiment of controlled calculated rage Ben stomps through the novel dishing out his own unique blend of chaotic vengeance on anyone who gets in his way Without giving anything away, I think it s fair to say that Ben leaves his mark on everyone that crosses his path There aren t any hidden depths to Ben he s just out and out nasty.As the plot progresses things go from bad to far, far worse Jago and Agapemeone become a divining rod for all the bile, hatred and ill feeling that has built up in the area over many years Things build to an epic climax as Jago s powers reach their apex when crowds descend on the village for the local music festival.In many ways, Jago is farthan just a man, he s a metaphor for everything that is wrong with organized religion Newman s novel explores the nature of belief and how it can control and potentially corrupt.The horror that takes place in Jago covers the gamut from the psychological, to the physical right on through to the mind bendingly surreal Kim Newman certainly doesn t pull any punches with his descriptive imagery There are a plethora of nasty moments that certainly keeps a reader on their toes Put it this way, if body horror isn t your thing, there are a couple of chapters that you really will not enjoy I can t stress strongly enough those lacking a strong constitution need not apply Be warned there are a handful of moments that some may find unpleasant or even unpalatable Personally though, I like a little bit of grossness in my horror There is no denying that Newman takes things right up to the wire on multiple occasions cannibal sacrifice anyone , but he still manages to stay just the right side of vomit inducing ickyness.How best to summarise Jago then Well, Newman is pretty sneaky This is actually a thoughtful exploration of organized religion masquerading as a terribly British apocalypse The novel was originally published back in the early nineties, I read it back then and I think its aged remarkably well Though it is very much of its time, the themes that this horror explores are just as relevant today as they were twenty plus years ago As an added bonus, this new edition also includes some short stories featuring variations of the characters found in the main text These additional extras are bound to be of interest to any Kim Newman fan.Jago is published on 8th March by Titan Books If you enjoy bold, bloody and undeniably adult horror then I suggest you look no further than here. If the truth is to be known, I m not one hundred percent sure where I stand with this book At times I felt as though it was a bit of a battle to continue through and yet at other times I was really eager to find out exactly where things were heading.Focusing upon the cult like gathering that exists in the village, we re soon thrown into supernatural happenings as we follow a number of characters in their time in the town With many different things going on at once there are a few moments of confusion, yet overall they play well together and enlighten the reader as to what is going on The reason for the supernatural events was not at all what I was expecting, which was a nice twist, but at the same time I felt as though there could have been a bitsupernatural interplay In my opinion there was too much focus upon specific desires for a lack of a better way to politely put it which I think contributed to the moments in which I did not enjoy the book.However, it was certainly an interesting read and if you re a fan of Kim Newman I see no reason for you to overlook this book.