The Night Clock is a truly mind bending short novel. Holding a true place in the worlds of Horror and Fantasy Paul Meloy truly blends these genres into a book which while on the one hand you won’t be able to put down, on the other you’ll struggle to evict from your mind after reading.
Not a story for the faint of heart The Night Clock takes its readers on a confusing ride into the realm of subconscious thought, not shying away from even the most dark and despicable ideas that the main character has in the twisted hellscape of his mind.
While we, the readers, try desperately to find our footing, Paul Meloy seems to have fun twisting the stories world around us, using brilliant writing techniques to blur what we think we know and what the main character thinks he knows into two very different thriving beasts neither of which feel like genuine reality.
If you have any interest in being both scared, confused and slightly sickened then look no further than this thought provoking read as it asks you to consider everything that happens behind the eyes of the people around you.
From the blurb:
“And still the Night Clock ticks...Phil Trevena's patients are dying and he needs answers. One of the disturbed men in his care tells him that he needs to find Daniel, that Daniel will be able to explain what is happening. But who is Daniel? Daniel was lost once, broken by the same force that has turned its hatred on Trevena. His destiny is greater than he could ever imagine. Drawn together, Trevena and Daniel embark on an extraordinary journey of discovery, encountering The Firmament Surgeons in the Dark Time-the flux above our reality. Whoever controls Dark Time controls the minds of humanity. The Firmament Surgeons, aware of the approach of limitless hostility and darkness, are gathered to bring an end to the war with the Autoscopes, before they tear our reality apart.”
A true exploration into the inner workings of the human mind that main themes of this short novel ask us to question the way we think about mental illnesses and what we consider to be healthy thoughts. You won’t think the same after this book and you’ll be afraid to consider the way people around you think for a while longer after that.
We Give The Night Clock Three Stars.