Murder of Angels

Murder of Angels

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by Caitlín R. Kiernan

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Niki Ky spends her days in a medicated haze, haunted by the ghosts of those she left behind ten years ago after a confrontation against an unspeakable evil that left her shattered. To find peace, Niki must return to the house on the side of Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama-to face creatures no human should ever have to face...  See more details below


Niki Ky spends her days in a medicated haze, haunted by the ghosts of those she left behind ten years ago after a confrontation against an unspeakable evil that left her shattered. To find peace, Niki must return to the house on the side of Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama-to face creatures no human should ever have to face...

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Publishers Weekly
In this stylish sequel to Kiernan's debut novel, Silk (1998), it's been 10 years since a drug-fueled experiment opened a window on an alternate world of horrors that pushed angst-scarred Spyder Baxter to suicide, and its survivors are still reeling from the aftershocks. Daria Parker has parlayed some of her experience into a successful musical career, but her lover, Niki Ky, is wracked by full-blown schizophrenic episodes in which Spyder beckons her from a dimension beyond death. When Niki follows Spyder's instruction to make a fatal plunge from San Francisco's Bay Bridge, she awakens in a gothic realm of death and darkness where she plays a key role in an intrigue Spyder has engineered to draw out a demonic entity known as "the Dragon." Meanwhile, Daria struggles in the world of the living to retrieve and protect an artifact Niki needs to keep horrors in the Dragon's world from erupting into our own. Though the plot often mystifies, the novel's unusual blend of otherworldly and supernatural horror gives it a uniquely weird cast. Kiernan's true achievement, however, is the careful crafting of her mellifluous prose to sustain an intense atmosphere of dread. Dream and nightmare, hallucination and reality, private fantasy and objective experience all merge seamlessly, making this one of the more relentless horror reads of the year. Agent, Merrilee Heifetz. (Sept. 7) FYI: Since Silk shared the International Horror Critics Award, expectations are high for this sequel. The author's performance in a goth band helps keep her name current in fan circles. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Two young women see something they shouldn't have and are already regretting it. Then the insanity begins. Kiernan (Threshold, 2001) can write like a banshee, with high-flying, incendiary prose that few authors, even fewer if we're talking strictly about fantasy and horror scribes, could hope to emulate-and that's both the best and worst thing about this new outing: the writing is almost distracting. At the start, we've got a pair of lovers living in a nice house off Alamo Square in San Francisco: Daria Parker is a rock star just starting on the downward slope of her popularity, while her lover, Niki Ky, is a schizophrenic mess. Confined mostly to her room, Niki is looked after by Daria's assistant, Marvin, who sincerely wants to believe Niki when she tells him about all the horrifyingly real and monstrous visions she has. The emotional bomb that went off in Daria and Niki's past is a vaguely alluded-to event at a house back in Birmingham, before Daria's band hit it big. Now, Niki is drugged-up and hallucinating about monsters, demons, and her dead lover Spyder, while Daria has to go back on tour to pay the mortgage and all. The problem is that Niki's hallucinations are in fact not quite fantasy, and it isn't long before she's pulled headlong into another dimension where a millennia-long war is raging between dark forces who think she just might be a prophesized messiah or oracle. Kiernan paints her pages in feverish, chiaroscuro shades; few readers will escape a palpable chill when Niki's reality begins to collapse and the darkness about her heaves with ominous portent. But the story's stuttery, jumpy quality-perhaps attributable to Kiernan's past as a comic book writer-has a tendency tosap these scenes of their initially explosive impact. Still, a bridge to the beyond, built out of exquisite dread. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz/Writers House

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Murder of Angels 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
GriffsPal More than 1 year ago
Follow-up to "Silk" that delves deeper into Kiernan's imaginary worlds. When the author tries to bring many plot points to focus on a decrepit home in Birmingham, the result is more disjointed than simply hallucinatory. There's much to enjoy for the thinking fantasy/alternate world lover.
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SoCalMom More than 1 year ago
**spoiler alert** I saw were the book was going, well at least I thought I did, and then the author went absolutely no where with it. There was a big build up for the hero: Big action...Get Ready...She Going to Save the World, and NOTHING. In the end the hero didn't do a single thing (except give up)....It just ended. In fact, with all the characters it was the same. It was a meaningless silly tale. I expected something to happen, anything to happen, but nothing ever did. Maybe I missed the point. The first book, Silk, was much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is incredibly surreal! It does`nt just deal with the two worlds of life and death,but several others. Makes me wonder if there really is anything else out there besides what our own imaginations can conceive,or what we have come to believe. That having been said, Caitlin Kiernan posseses the most fecund imagination on the planet! Well...that i`ve come across so far. She absolutely puts King,Koonts to shame. While reading this book I felt like I was a passenger in an out of control car,where the only thing i could think to say was 'OH MY GOD'!! Poppy Z Bright was right in saying:'Kiernan writes like a cathedral on fire'.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Niki Ky and Daria Parker have not made peace with the events that happened in Spider¿s basement in Birmingham, Alabama. Daria is a famous rock star who uses liquor to drown out the memories while her lover Niki is a schizophrenic seeing things and people no one else does and getting through the day on drugs. These ¿imaginary¿ figures are becoming more real to her until her former lover Spyder finally persuades her to jump off the Bay Bridge................................... Niki passes through a portal to another world where she is known as Hierophant, a sorceress with the magic to fight a dragon that wants to destroy this realm and the world Niki is now in. Daria still has a role to play as she must bring the ball bearings that Niki left behind that are now needed to help the Hierophant against an enemy that will see her dead on either orb................................ Readers who enjoyed SILK will enjoy the MURDER OF ANGELS, a cutting edge tale of worlds on the brink with an interesting champion, a troubled female who is unable to separate reality from nightmarish fantasy because the latter is genuine. Caitlin R. Kiernan provides a dark, foreboding and surreal novel along the lines of Poppy Z. Brite, but unique in its own way...................... Harriet Klausner