The Viewless Dark is now on Amazon.
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Publication Date: July 9, 2012
When Anthony found Flo dead, locked overnight in one of the reading rooms of the university library, he knew it must have something to do with Mary. Mary Prestosa, fourth year graduating Philosophy student, whom they had been investigating. Mary, who surprised her roommate one night by suddenly standing up from her bed, throwing the windows open, and jumping down, headfirst, to the dormitory grounds below. Mary, whose memory marked the trail of mysterious deaths and bizarre occurrences that followed her own fateful fall: the fifth-year Computer Engineering student who prowled the campus on all fours, thirsty for blood, believing he was a wolf; the revelation of an all-girls’ satanic cult; the demonic possession of a fourth-year student from the Department of Psychology; and now—Flo, dead.
The students traced it all to Mary. They believed Mary didn’t commit suicide. They believed Mary tapped into something dark, and released it, and was consumed.
And Anthony was determined to pry out the truth.
- File Size: 186 KB
- Print Length: 56 pages
- Publisher: Flipside Publishing (July 9, 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008JF8JLU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- X-Ray: Not Enabled
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Posted on Amazon:
Lower Myths is Eliza Victoria’s splendid two-story debut collection. I like the second novella better than the first one. “The Very Last Case of Messrs. Aristotel and Arkimedes Magtanggol, Attorneys-at-Law” unfolds at an Elmore Leonard pace – brute, concise, confident. There’s a combination of boldness and grace in Lower Myths, making it an enjoyable romp into the macabre. I imagined the two stories, with their distinct Philippine flavor and genre trappings culled straight from the vernacular, would have made excellent graphic novels.
Kristine is the author of We Bury the Landscape, and she serves as poetry editor of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction.
I am a fan of Kristine, and Elmore Leonard, and this review made me happy.
Angelo Ancheta (CerebralCap and former reviewer for Philippines Graphic) reviews Lower Myths:
Eliza Victoria’s debut e-book of two-novellas titled LOWER MYTHS demands readers'(especially those who are following her work)dedication as she leads them inside her labyrinth of magic and madness.
Trust Fund Babies reeks of gangster, power lust, whodunit gases diffused in a cloud of biting rivalry between two supernatural clans: the mambabarang (witches) and the diwata (fairies) minus the expected display of sorcery or magic wands and spell casts that are all too common in a traditional fantasy. TFB’s twists-and-turns are comparable to modern day whodunits that could knock a Sue Grafton or a Michael Connelly potboiler off the bestseller chart. In the conflict between supernatural families, it is easy to tell which side Victoria is on. On another level, Victoria’s subtle commentary on rich scions is hardly refutable.
The Very Last Case of Messrs Aristotel and Arkimedes Magtanggol, Attorneys-at-Law is a head-spinner. Victoria’s switching POVs and alternating between two narratives could trigger a migraine. But she is too quick to offer a ticklish balm that makes a reader hesitate between raising an eyebrow or stifling a guffaw or do both. Is her antic a sheer sweet dream or a delicious nightmare?
Victoria tackles and compresses themes so intricately interwoven: duality in nature, catatonia, angst (toward a certain kind of father), brotherhood, ravages of war, crime, violence. The Very Last Case of Messrs. Aristotel and Arkimedes Magtanggol: Attorneys-at-Law is a highly-textured novella and is not an easy read yet full of surprises for the patient reader. Moreover, taking down notes could be helpful so as not get lost as there are traps so subtly implanted in the mansion of many rooms but with doors locked.
Lower Myths is an incontestable showcase of Eliza Victoria’s storytelling range, depth, dexterity when mixing together elements of magic, suspense, horror and crime in a cauldron exclusively for her.
LOWER MYTHS e-book is published by Flipside Publishing and is available on Amazon Kindle and Flipreads.