Saturday, March 31, 2012


Craig Jones reviews THE MESMERIZER

Well, I took myself back to Stewart Kirby's Humbaba County in the company of a corpse, a killer and a hippy and, man oh man, did I have one hell of a time.

I have previously read Drifting Room and Hidden Springs by Kirby and I have to say that The Mesmerizer is a much darker story. Will Todd has been murdered but is granted the chance to avenge his killing, returning from the grave with the newly acquired power of hypnosis. As he builds his plan we are introduced to a fascinating cast of main and support characters and I think that is what I like best about Kirby's work: the ability to create believable, likable (and dislikable) people who jump off the page (or my Kindle in this case) and make the story full of life and verve.

The anti-hero, The Mesmerizer himself, is part Dark Man (the old Liam Neeson/ Bruce Campbell movie), part Phantom of the Opera and partially decomposed! That doesn't stop him from loving tho, and underneath the black comedy there is a love story and underneath the love story there is more black comedy.

I rooted for Will to be reunited with his love, Mary Annette. I laughed my head off when Will gets himself stuck upon the top of a fence and a nation of insects falls out of his mouth. I wished him luck as he haunted the town's sewers and I giggled out loud time and time again. And, hey, any story that gives Wales a positive mention scores big with me!!!

In summary, a fresh take on the zombie genre that only enhances Kirby's reputation as a storyteller.


  1. This is a really good review. Sounds like an interesting book. I'll definitely put this on my to read list.

    1. Wow, thanks, Gina! I sure hope this isn't an April Fool's joke. Now I'm off to go check out