Narrator: Chris Barnes
Published by Horrific Tales Publishing on 20 September 2016
Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
Source: Narrator, Submitted
They thought the old man was harmless. Just another tramp found collapsed in an abandoned housing estate. At Northcote Hospital they put him in a bed and let him keep the strange old book he insisted on clutching.
Three friends working through the night at Northcote Hospital are about to experience the worst shift of their lives, trapped inside the building as creatures undreamed of in their worst nightmares begin to crawl from the walls in a bid to make the place their own.
Soon everyone and everything in Northcote Hospital will be changed. Will anyone be able to stop the evil worming its way through the building? Or will the horror escape to infect the planet?
John Llewellyn Probert's Dead Shift. Where the worst thing in this world is nothing compared to what's lurking just outside it.
©2016 John Llewellyn Probert (P)2016 Horrific Tales Publishing
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‘Lovecraftian’ is the word I’d use to describe this book.
I can also tick that off the list of ‘Most Pretentious Things I’ve Ever Said’.
A homeless man is corrupted by a mysterious and evil book that he finds in suspicious circumstances, eventually convincing him to perform a ritual which allows a demon dimension to cross into ours. Of course, nobody knows that when he arrives at the hospital and undergoes treatment for his broken shoulder otherwise they might have reconsidered their decision to be quite so hospitable.
During his stay at Northcote Hospital, the old man causes an ancient evil to begin infecting the building… it’s too late for most of the inhabitants of the hospital but a few of the staff realise early on that something untoward is going on and try their best to reverse the evil taking over.
The book is dark, gritty and incredibly satisfying.
Though none of the characters are particularly complex, it’s the way that they all work together that makes their journey satisfying. Adding to that Barnes’ ambitious decision to give each character a different regional accent, the diversity of a hospital environment is really brought to life.
Chris Barnes did a really good job with this book, keeping the pace flowing and enhancing the overall experience. I was really impressed with the number of accents that he incorporated in this performance, though his attempt at a scouse (Liverpool) accent slightly missed the mark. It’s nice to hear a British audiobook which has a bit of variety rather than just the standard BBC English voice.
The story itself isn’t an original premise but there’s a reason demon raising rituals are a classic, this book is well written and compelling which is what stands it apart from the other books in this genre.