Deadfall Hotel by Steve Rasnic Tem

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10 Critic Reviews

Gorey-like pen-and-ink illustrations by John Kenn Mortensen perfectly complement the text.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

This is the hotel where our nightmares go...

It’s where horrors come to be themselves, and the dead pause to rest between worlds. Recently widowed and unemployed, Richard Carter finds a new job, and a new life for him and his daughter Serena, as manager of the mysterious Deadfall Hotel. Jacob Ascher, the caretaker, is there to show Richard the ropes, and to tell him the many rules and traditions, but from the beginning, their new world haunts and transforms them.

It’s a terrible place. As the seasons pass, the supernatural and the sublime become a part of life, as routine as a morning cup of coffee, but it’s not safe, by any means. Deadfall Hotel is where Richard and Serena will rebuild the life that was taken from them...if it doesn’t kill them first.
 

About Steve Rasnic Tem

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Steve Rasnic Tem is a well-known writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction who lives in Denver, Colorado. John Kenn Mortensen: John Kenn Mortensen is a freelance illustrator living in Denmark. His quirky, Edward Gorey-inspired artwork has a large following on the internet.
 
Published April 29, 2012 by Solaris. 400 pages
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Deadfall Hotel
All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Keith Brooke on Apr 24 2012

A dark and moving story of love, loss and change, with a posse of horror kittens thrown into the mix.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jan 30 2012

Gorey-like pen-and-ink illustrations by John Kenn Mortensen perfectly complement the text.

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Starburst Magazine

Below average
Reviewed by Jon Towlson on Apr 29 2012

Some may find Deadfall Hotel’s protagonist, Richard, a bit passive, caught – as he is throughout – in the inertia of grief for his dead wife. But this is a minor criticism of a rather beautiful and darkly enchanting novel.

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Strange Horizons

Excellent
Reviewed by Ben Godby on Jun 18 2012

The Deadfall Hotel is one of those magical, liminal spaces that—like the Castle Gormenghast or the bug-city of Tainaron—inhabit a weird nook of speculative fiction, and through which normal people can pass though they might not exit quite the same.

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SFRevu

Below average
Reviewed by Benjamin Wald on Apr 17 2012

Overall, Deadfall Hotel is an interesting novel, with some magnificent scenes that will stick with the reader for a long time. However, it also has stretches that are much less interesting, and there is a sense of missed opportunities.

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Fear Net

Excellent
Reviewed by Christopher Shearer on Nov 29 2011

Deadfall Hotel is everything a horror novel should be. Steve Rasnic Tem is at the height of his powers with this effort.

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Mass Movement

Excellent
Reviewed by Ian Pikens on Jun 11 2012

Steve Resnic Tim has a flair for creating believably chilling sequences and dialogue, characters the reader can identify with, and the ability to convey metaphysical concepts without pretension. An all too rare mix in an author.

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Horror World

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert Morrish on Apr 17 2012

All in all, I can heartily recommend an extended stay in the dark and distinctive confines of the Deadfall Hotel.

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Weird Fiction Review

Excellent
Apr 16 2012

With the powerful prose that has earned him awards and accolades, Steve Rasnic Tem explores the roots of fear and society’s fascination with things horrific, using the many-layered metaphor of the Deadfall Hotel.

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Spooky Reads

Good
Reviewed by Will Morrison on Apr 18 2012

You want really weird: that nice blend of the mundane and normal with cognitive-scrambling sense-warping freakery added for good measure.

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