Review: The ‘Geisters by David Nickle (4.5/5)

Imagination and Execution

I first encountered David Nickle as a crafter of stories (he is also a reporter on local politics) when reading his short Looker   in Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing.

Best thing I have ever read. Creepy, sensual, imaginative.

A solid 6 out of 5.

That experience, and the beautiful Erik Mohr cover, compelled me to grab a copy of The ‘Geisters, hoping for more of the same.

I was not disappointed.

Do you remember that episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where the crew’s imagination shaped their realities?

If that ever happens in Toronto, I’m going to throw the family in the car, haul ass up Highway 400 and get the hell out of town.

Seriously — the stuff in that guy’s head creeps me the fuck out.

And I love it.

The ‘Geisters from ChiZine Publications

Creepy and Poetic

Was it terror, or was it love? It would be a long time before Ann LeSage could decide. For most of her life, the two feelings were so similar as to be indistinguishable.

It was easy to mix them up.

When I looked up the book on GoodReads, I saw that many reviews quoted the opening paragraphs and I have done the same here. Not terribly original, but certainly effective and economical: these lines stand at the start as a poetic statement of thesis, presenting the essence of what is to follow.

Ann LeSage manifests a poltergeist and has since she was a child. For the most part, she has been able to restrict and control “the Insect”. After marrying lawyer Michael Voors, however, she finds herself losing control … or is it being taken away? Ann finds that she is being targeted (or is that groomed?) by a group whose perversions bend to the supernatural. They are the ‘Geisters.

In The ‘Geisters, David Nickle captures two types of horror (the latter being too often overlooked): horror found in the supernatural and, even more frightening, the horror to be found in humanity.

So, how much did I enjoy The ‘Geisters?

Enough to jack up my TBR stack by a couple of inches:


Read the first chapter of The ‘Geisters at David Nickle’s blog


    While I normally don’t make specific recommendations in terms of where or how people buy books, I would be a miserable and selfish asshole not to mention that if you buy their books directly from ChiZine Publications, not only do you get a significant discount but you also get both gorgeous TPB AND eBook (PDF, ePub, Mobi) copies. They are definitely doing it right.

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