Since author Paul Tremblay burst onto the horror literary scene with the critically acclaimed A Head Full of Ghosts, his output has made him one of the go-to genre authors.
For his latest output The Pallbearers Club it feels like Tremblay is once again going back to what brought him to the dance.
While the story takes place across many years, it is Tremblay’s ability to write engaging characters and work within a deliberately ambiguous zone which makes this story so captivating.
We follow teenager Art Barbara who needs an extracurricular activity outside of school to boost his college application. During this new venture, he discovers Mercy Brown, an awkward, gothic young woman who changes his life forever.
We get hints of vampirism and supernatural goings-on but despite suspicions, a lot of this story is about how its interpreted.
The Pallbearers Club is very much the case of having an unreliable narrator, as Art writes his memoir with input from Mercy, who provides perspective and an alternative to some scenes.
Is everything either is saying true? Well, that’s for the reader to decide.
The Pallbearers Club continues Tremblay’s high-quality output and will certainly attract new fans whilst also pleasuring fans alike.
The Pallbearers Club by Paul Tremblay is available now from Titan Books.