Sunday, 4 November 2018

Niedermayer And Hart by M J Johnson

Niedermayer And Hart by M.J. Johnson
Published by Odd Dog Press in April 2012.

One of my Favourite Five Horror Stories for Halloween 2015 and one of my Top Ten Books for IndiePrideDay 2016

The sequel, Wilhelm And Lazlo, is due for publication imminently!

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook from Amazon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Jim Latimer reads of fellow photographer John Loxton's suicide in a daily newspaper. An old friend offers Jim an opportunity to take over Loxton's next assignment. He enters the orbit of Niedermayer & Hart, porcelain dealers with elegant headquarters in Hove. Jim's friends Ruth and Erich sense something isn't right and try to warn him. He is brought face to face with a terrifying manifestation of evil that had its inception in mediaeval Acre. A band of unlikely vigilantes takes on an implacable enemy. This is a story of friendship, courage and steadfastness, taking the reader on more than one journey before it arrives at its conclusion in the Berwyn Mountains of North Wales. More than just a fight for life - these friends are playing for the highest stakes of all.

I went through a Dennis Wheatley phase as a teenager, but haven't really strayed near to horror fiction since so Niedermayer And Hart is a departure from the norm for my reading. The book was recommended on twitter - and very reasonably priced for kindle - so I took a chance. I'm glad I did! The subject matter is classic for a horror story but with a sharp, contemporary viewpoint that I enjoyed reading.

The story has two strands, one set in the thirteenth century and one set in the 1990s. I liked that their writing styles were markedly different and the contrast gave authenticity to each. The characters were generally well developed with both female and male being believable. A few were perhaps more caricature than character, but in the setting, this worked and did not detract from the overall narrative.

Johnson has a good eye for detail and descriptions of his creepy venues really did feel intimidating. I could see dank cellars, torchlit tunnels and snowbound landscapes. There is gore and plenty of truly horrific violence but this wasn't portrayed in such a way as to turn me off from the book which has happened with other titles. Quite the contrary! I was glued to find out where we would be led and how it would all pan out.

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  1. It's so nice when you take a chance with a book and it actually works out!

    1. Absolutely! This was bought totally on a whim and it didn't disappoint

  2. I enjoy horror quite a bit and this one is new to me. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  3. I do enjoy horror every so often. I'll have to look into this one and this author. Great Review.

    1. I don't think it's horror for seriously dark readers, but was perfect for a dabbler like me :-)

  4. Welsh author?! Well you're on to a winner then! Lol. ;)

    1. Absolutely! I need two more Welsh authors for my WorldReads project. Any recommendations?!

    2. Sarah Waters, Dannie Abse, Roald Dahl - I've heard that Alexander Cordell is good too, but I haven't read anything by him. And there's Dylan Thomas - though I have to admit that I'm not really a fan.

    3. Sarah Waters!! I've read Fingersmith!
      I've an audio of Under Milk Wood too, but Dannie Abse and Alexander Cordell are new names. Thank you :-)

    4. OMG Dannie Abse's poetry is just sooooo Wales! - I love it! I really wanna read his memoir, Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve, too.