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Garth Marenghi’s TerrorTome: Dreamweaver, Doomsage, Sunday Times bestseller

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So sit back, relax on a sofa - or on a beanbag, if that's how you choose to live your life - and delve into the murky depths of Garth Marenghi's fear-soup. Still, it's easy reading and the first section at least is a minor masterpiece of ludicrous pastiche.

Reading this book turned my stomach upside down so I quickly read it again , which luckily left it the right way up, but a third or any odd amount of times would be a great discomfort.But Matthew Holness, the man behind the mask, stayed true to billing, with a first half of excerpts from the book, and a second half taking questions from his assembled fans. The latter story actually manages to make the ongoing metajoke of Garth’s unwillingness to listen to sound editorial advice become central without breaking the fourth wall as he struggles to make the narrative description of his “dark fragments” make sense and (because rewriting and editing are for people without talent) he struggles to make clear which fragment is which doing what. Bride of Bone' considers the limits of Man's knowledge - and whether living skeletons should make an army of Boners to conquer the world. Eventually, he set off to see where she’d got to, knocked on Strain’s door…then he disappeared, too. I caught Marenghi’s book tour on its London leg, nursing a hope there might be more to the promised literary recital than met the eye.

It’s admittedly a bit long and at times the wackiness did get a little hard to keep track of, but it’s difficult to know how much of that is really just the joke. Matthew Holness has ruined all books for me because now all I want to read is everything in the style of Garth’s writing. To be clear, that’s a rhetorical question and neither bears nor woods feature as key elements in the plot. Reads like Garth's classic oeuvre of paperback horrors crossed with the X-Files, Faustian myth and bits of Manimal. well, it isn't) nor was it in keeping with what I was expecting (since the TV show was never just pages of, admittedly tongue in cheek, torture porn).Other than the ridiculous premise, its the little details that make this book work, the quirks that situate us into Marenghi's eighties machismo sensibilities. This book is obviously heavily influenced by the TV show, but also Stephen King, and feels a bit X-Files in places too, with countless other thematic references, without relying on any knowledge of any of the above. So finally, it almost adds up,’ Nick said, racing against time to work out precisely what it almost added up to. Can he and Roz, his frequently incorrect female editor, hunt down these incarnate denizens of Nick's rampaging imaginata before they destroy Stalkford, outer Stalkford and possibly slightly further? He reached into the glove compartment and drew out some extra rounds for his revolver, plus some Murray mints.

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