Today’s team review is from Jenni. She blogs here https://jenniferdebie.com/
Jenni has been reading Harvest Nights by Ahmed Alameen
Buckle in for a deliciously bloody book-snack from a man with a distinct appreciation for the Lovecraftian, and a taste for the more macabre Native American myths with Ahmed Alameen’s Harvest Nights.
Set in a world of perpetual night, adjacent to our own and populated by the kinds of monsters that only stir in the depths of our darkest dreams, Harvest Nights follows Chua, a young boy and the last survivor of his tribe in this nightmare realm. Together, Chua and a handful of allies he meets by chance must survive both the monsters who thrive in the night, and the other humans who have found themselves on the dark side of moon.
Tactile in detail and continuously creative with its carnage, Harvest Nights impressed me on several levels, but primarily with the way it plays with perception. Told almost entirely from Chua’s perspective, there is a fun linguistic dynamic that Alameen plays with, where Chua does not always understand his companions because within the world of the text they are speaking a different language. The reader sees English, and therefore knows everything from every exchange, but the characters themselves aren’t always so lucky. These language barriers lead to some sticky situations and fun reveals as the story twists and the shade only deepens across the world of Harvest Nights.
Dance with the damned and revel in the dark with Alameen as he blends familiar Lovecraftian themes in a tale alive and crawling with fresh mythology from the first inhabitants of the American continent. Well aware of the dark side of colonialism (and I would dare say poking H.P. Lovecraft’s racist corpse with a nice, sharp, stake), the way these two sets of stories snare and snarl with each other is fascinating for appreciators of both, and wholly unique to Alameen. Harvest Nights is a fast, grisly novella perfect for someone looking to devour an entire book’s worth of only slightly over-the-top gore in one sitting.
“A Lovecraftian horror tale inspired by Native American Myths and colonial times”
Harvest Nights is a story told through a young boy named Chua (Snake), who narrates the story of how the days were gone and replaced by nights when a strange shooting star appeared in the sky in 1811 Colonial America (Great Comet of 1811). During those dreadful nights, Chua, and later three other people, will have to survive the other worldly creatures that will stop at nothing to eat. A Lovecraftian horror story featuring famous historical figures and creatures inspired by Native American myths.
AmazonUK | AmazonUS (Expected publication is January 2022)