DEATHWATCH by HWA Member Lisa Mannetti
Posted by Dark Whisperer on March 2, 2011
Author: Lisa Mannetti
In the first work, “Dissolution,” Stuart Granville is a would-be medical student from the South who’s been sent down for drinking and believes he’s heading north to Hyde Park, New York to tutor twin girls. Instead, he discovers that his charges, Abby and Eleanor, not only have never been to school of any kind, but that they are Siamese twins their father, a doctor with grandiose dreams, means to separate surgically, taking advantage of Stuart’s expertise and his vulnerability–as well as the supernatural forces at work in the house itself.
In “The Sheila Na Gig,” Tom Smith is on a ship in steerage and bound for New York from his native Ireland after facing down the the constraints imposed by his family, overcoming the loss of his first love, circumventing his grandmother’s wiles and occult knowledge, and trying to save his younger, mentally challenged sister, Delia, from both witchcraft and sexual abuse.
Table of Contents:
- The Sheila Na Gig
In a genre glutted with soulless practitioners, grinding out “product” like sausages, Lisa Mannetti’s DEATHWATCH provides a refreshingly personal voice. Her work is idiosyncratic, erudite, intense … and authentically nightmarish. ~ Robert Dunbar, author of MARTYRS & MONSTERS and WILLY