Review – The Vegas Rift by David F. Gray

From David F. Gray, author of Gamble’s Run, comes The Vegas Rift – An epic blend of science fiction, fantasy and cosmic horror.

When Sam Carr becomes separated from his younger brother Doug during a trip to Las Vegas, he finds himself drawn into a world of unimaginable horrors. Through The Vegas Rift, Sam is taken to The Paradise; a sinister, Vegas-style hotel harbouring dark secrets. Who is really running things behind the scenes? Will Sam reach Doug before it’s too late? Will they ever return to the world they left behind?

The Vegas Rift opens with a quote from the granddaddy of modern horror himself. H.P. Lovecraft, and boy does David F. Gray’s novel revel in his influence. This cosmic horror through and through; though Gray introduces slices of Stephen King (himself a devotee of Lovecraft) into his narrative style.

It’s a welcome mix; The Vegas Rift is at both times a lavish love-letter to all things cosmic horror, but feels modern. A monsterous novel, Gray guides us through the story at a brisk pace, all the while developing the characters into fully-developed humans the reader understands.

The Vegas Rift goes to places you wouldn’t expect, but every choice and twist feels earned. There’s a logic behind the surreal trappings which grounds the story, even when it surprises you.

Inventive and unique, The Vegas Rift is a book that leaves you wanting more in the best possible way. When you reach the satisfying conclusion, you have a sense that there’s more stories Gray can tell from this world.

More, please.

The Vegas Rift is out now in eBook and paperback, and can be ordered here:

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