Narrator: Rick Gregory
on 27 June 2017
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Horror, Suspense
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A metal guitarist is gifted with a guitar grimoire, which he inherited from his late father's library. With careful reading, practice, and commitment, this strange occult book could make him the greatest musician in the world...if the magic works in his favor.
©2017 Brian Barr (P)2017 Brian Barr
Rife with heavy metal imagery, Metal Magic is the tale of young man growing up idolizing his dad and learning to connect with him through music and these heavy metal grimoires left behind. Kevin Nolan misses his deceased dad but he loves the music and he suspects the grimoires can lead to something great. So does his girlfriend Cassie.
This was a fun, short piece from Brian Barr. The author did a good job of showing how Kevin idolized his dad when he was kid but also including a few references to his mom doing all the work while his dad lazed about. Still, Nolan Sr. always dreamed of one day making it big with his music and now that he’s gone, Kevin has the same big dream.
The grimoires were a nice touch. At first, I just expected them to be music journals, perhaps with undertones of the supernatural because, hey, heavy and metal and demon worship go great together in fiction. I was pleasantly surprised there was more to them.
Cassie was a good addition to the story even though I felt she got very little character development (but this is to be expected in a short story). She was a nice supportive girlfriend, always encouraging Kevin with his music especially once he dug up his dad’s grimoires. Again, Barr surprised me with her ultimate story arc. Yay!
While this story sits in the Horror Genre, I felt it was 90% sentimental parent worship and 10% horror. I still quite enjoyed it but nothing particularly gooey & messy happens until the very end.
All around, an entertaining tale that hit key buttons for me – heavy metal, grimoires, etc.
I received a free copy of this book.
The Narration: Rick Gregory gave a very good performance on this book. He had distinct voices for all the characters and his female Cassie was spot on. This tale did have a few emotions and Gregory did a good job with those as well. His enjoyment of this tale came through in his performance.
This review first appeared on Dab of Darkness.