The Elementals - Michael Rowe, Michael McDowell

...but I didn't think it would be so original.


"The Elementals" has a remarkably powerful, cliché-free start. It embeds your imagination in the South like a throwing knife splitting a rotting log.


The style is cinematic in a lots-of-close-ups, see-the-motes-in-the-sunlit-air lighting and strange but intimate camera angles kind of way.


The characters, especially Luker and India are engaging and all of it delivered to my ear in R.C. Bray's gravelly but insistent voice.


This is going to be good.


I'm reading it for the Southern Gothic square for Halloween Bingo.