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Stephen King Lite
December 26, 2018
I could not finish the book. This novel and the writing is highly reminiscent of Stephen King. This book, in theme and narration, harkens to King's great work It. A town that isn't quite right, a purely evil presence which leads people to kill and maim; it's Pennywise with a new name. All of that, of course, is fine. I have nothing against homage when it is done well. Those who are familar with King's oeuvre will know the story of It and the characters within very well. One of the major characters in King's work is Eddie Kapsbrak, whose mother has severe Munchausen's by Proxy and who all-but tortures her child because of it. Halfway through Gilchrist, Galacar mentions a character whose mother had severe Munchausen's by Proxy and all-but tortures her child because of it. That character's name? Eddie Kavanaugh. That's not an homage. I immediately stopped reading the novel at that point; the reference was too blatant.
I was very disappointed. The book was really well done and I was eager to see how it ended. Coming across that section, however, meant I no longer cared to know. Such a glaring parallel was too obvious to ignore. I will likely attempt to read another of Galacar's novels in hopes that the writing is less derivative. He has talent, to be sure.