Tim Meyer’s The Switch House effectively mixes horror and reality television into a short, weird novel. Moving at a brisk pace with very little downtime, The Switch House is a fun slice of urban horror, one in which I made links to Hellraiser, Poltergeist and The Amityville Horror. I’ll be honest, I do enjoy it when I make these connections and it seems Tim Meyer and I come from a similar place.
A house swap, a troubled marriage, a lost child; it’s a combustible situation, and one that erupts very early on. Angela is an empathetic character. She has been through a lot, as has her husband, Terry. After the house switch is complete, things begin to get a little strange, to say the least. This is where Meyer incorporates some of the movie style horrors I mentioned earlier. The Switch House is very easy to read, the prose is smooth and the story turns in many different directions never really settling on whether it is a ghost story or a cult horror story, a supernatural tale, it really is up to the reader to decide. My only grievance with it was with some of the character behaviours that occur later in the novel. I know Angela has been through a lot, but she seems unshaken by a gruesome discovery later in the story, shrugging it off almost. I know If I saw from what is described I’d be pretty screwed up. Also, 2 epilogues! Noooooooooo. I’m not a fan of epilogues full stop, I really don’t need 2 of them.
Minor niggles aside, The Switch House is a lot of fun. Of the three short stories tagged on at the end of the book, I didn’t think much to the How To Kill A Bear With A Bow And Arrow, but the gory Siren’s End and the excellent Aperture finish the book on a high.
3.5/5 dream goblins from the Grim Reader.
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