Written by: Vitina Molgaard
As this journey begins we find ourselves meeting up with Jason Harford, whose wife has left him after several miserable years. Confronted by the changes that being alone will bring, Jason does what just about any man would do and begins his adventures engaging in acts not tolerated by the marriage bed. Initiating the dark agenda is achieving a good nights drunk. But before the night is over this fellow will inadvertently stumble into far more than he bargained for. Meeting up with a “man” who moves with a roll in his stride and warrants the nickname of “Sailor”, is only the beginning of things one could never rightfully expect.
Sailor offers up a fantastic tattoo, a welcomed display of rebellion for Jason. However, it’s also one that carries a price well beyond mere greenbacks. Soon we come to know the real name of “Sailor”: John S. Iblis …creator of art, genius with ink; ink that will shine and glow…as though it has a life all its own. The choice image he selects is that of a Griffin….one named Gryphon (which is actually just an alternate spelling for the same mythological creature).
A string of strange occurrences begin… unexplainable things: missing pets in the neighborhood, the death of a loved; a child disappears nearby. But the nightmares…ah the nightmares …unrelenting and horrendous…are a living hell, and Grintalis does a wonderful job of projecting terror, often through relative subtlety.
As the story progresses, focused more on character development and excavation than outright primitive violence I should note, Jason meets a beautiful young caring woman that plays a major part in this tale. She also shares the love of ink, as well as that of the Griffin. This is a focal figure not to be overlooked, so pay heed.
I’ve probably shared enough of the story’s details. From me, you get a brief outline, and a surprise upon opening the novel. However, before I go I must say that I’d be remiss if I did not share a quote from this story that I found to be quite germane…one that I believe well worth showcasing: ”A tattoo can be a work of art…or a curse…The Devil is in the details”.
There’s a poet in Damien Walters Grintalis.
Grintalis has laid out a book that will unquestionably be enjoyed. It’s an easygoing ride straight into Hell…one that relies, as I’ve mentioned on character development and crucial decisions people make. If you are a lover of ultra-violence and massive loads of carnage, this is not what you might be looking for. This one is horror to the core, and there are a few animalistic scenes to take in, but don’t expect a scene straight from the mind of Herschell Gordon Lewis to hit the paper. Interestingly enough, that’s the precise reason I’d recommend this novel. To be frightened. To be moved by by the terror we humans can inflict upon ourselves and others. Look out for this blossoming author, she has a wealth of potential and I’d personally be rather dumbfounded if we fail to hear more from her in the future.
Editor’s Note: Samhain Publishing will drop this one on the shelves come December 4th, 2012.