Nightscape Double Feature #1, edited by David W. Edwards

Nightscape Double Feature 1, edited by David W. Edwards book coverGenre: Horror
Publisher: Imperiad Entertainment
Published: 2016
Reviewer Rating: four stars
Book Review by David L. Felts

Have you read this book?

Just as the title says, there are two books here, The Thousand-Eyed Fear, by Derrick Ferguson and David W. Edwards and Q For Damnation, by Arlen M. Todd.

The Thousand-Eyed Fear is a World War I story, about a special team sent to infiltrate a secret German base and destroy Germany’s new super weapon, a giant tank. The team is unique in that it is made up of young “misfits” called the Lost Boys and lead by a young lieutenant, Nolan Quigg, who is much more than he seems. Lt. Quigg–whose nickname is “Strongboy”–through some means that is only hinted at but never explained, possesses a variety of useful traits: super strength, some psychic ability, and a deep understanding of the occult.

Despite their tender age, the Lost Boys are very skilled and Nolan nigh unstoppable. Good thing, because it turns out that not only is there a super tank that needs to be destroyed, there’s also some sort of… well, supernatural thing going on. This thing is called the Mimirodat, some sort of being the Germans have captured that can cause fear. In fact, the history of the location is full of legends of a “fear plague” that seems to strike very regularly.

The Germans are attempting to capture and this to use win the war, and Nolan and the Lost Boys are the only ones who can stop them.

I enjoyed The Thousand-Eyed Fear, it had kind of a Saving Private Ryan feel too it. A group of you ng heroes set out against steep odds. Nolan is a very interesting character; I’d be interested in reading more of him. He might be a bit too much of a good thing, as his unique skills save the bacon more than once, sometimes making him feel a bit too special.

The second story, Q For Damnation, by Arlen M. Todd, takes place after the first, taking place in France during the lead up to World War II. The Germans, now Nazi Germany, is still after the power of the Mimirodat, which has somehow been imbued in a painting.

Lina Mayen, AKA Manteau, is a French woman and also the head of a Marseille crime mob called Unione Carse. She’s also a vigilante who investigate crimes dealing with the supernatural. She’s in Paris hunting down one of the men who killed her sister she learns about and begins investigating a crime involving the Mimirodat and the death of a friend. Her partner is local gangster Anatole Janvier and they are both at odds with a ghost called a fantome who is also after the painting.

This story had a pulp-fiction feel to it, as in the crime stories from the pulp magazines of the 30s and 40s, not the movie. I enjoyed this one as well, although not quite as much as I did The Thousand-Eyed Fear.

Overall, both stories are well-worth reading for their pulp, Indian Jones type fell, and the strength of the stories and the writing.

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