Something wants in. To your head. Through this book.
Ethan, a digital sound engineer in Los Angeles, becomes aware that his life is unraveling when an audiobook reveals his deepest, darkest secrets, escalating until the narrator addresses him directly, threatening to destroy him from within. Vivian, a single mother running an antique store in San Francisco, listens to her audiobook to distract herself from missing her young daughter but is shaken when the narrative is interrupted by her daughter's voice, faintly calling for help.
Ethan and Vivian are drawn together as they fight to solve a generation-spanning conspiracy that begins with a boy listening to the Orson Welles broadcast of War of the Worlds in 1938 and evolves through the latest innovations in digital technology, unearthing the mind-bending concept of a possibility parasite bent on unleashing an explosion of apocalyptic meta horror.
Conceptually striking and intimately disturbing, Interference is a cutting-edge science fiction/horror thriller that will resonate with an audience acquainted with the paranoia inherent in the latest technology that pervades our lives.
©2012 Eric Luke (P)2015 Scribliotech, Inc
Didn't read print version, but OMG this is a REMARKABLE first book AND it is, quite simply, the BEST author read book I have ever listened to.
Eric Luke has 2 remarkable careers ahead of him. Namely, as a fiction writer and as one of the best voice artists I have come across in a long time.
Everything. Every aspect of this book is well crafted. The characters are authentic, their actions are logical, their thought processes and responses real, and the reading is ideal.
Description of the seedier side of Hollywood was great.
Difficult to pick one out , as they are all wonderful. I think Hank was the most memorable, simply because of the complexity of his large story arc. They are all wonderful.
Easily top 10 audiobook I have listened to. If you get one book or have one credit left, get this one.
Seriously, it is that good, and I listen to alot of books.
Oh, and Eric Luke, if you are reading this, WELL DONE and get at the next one! I can hardly wait!
Professor of Victorian and Gothic (and Victorian Gothic) literature, avid reader of loose and baggy monsters, dedicated aesthete.
Eric Luke's Interference is the kind of gem that is all the more bright for its unprepossessing scope. A self-published audio-book singularly obsessed with self-published audiobooks, the fleet, meticulously paced narrative is as much a love letter to the aforementioned form as it is to California and Lovecraftian horror.
Unlike most of the entries in that overstuffed category, Interference throws off the usual crutches of the Cthulhu mythos (save in playful reference), and spends the majority of its pages focused, not on the arcane and interchangeable lore of horrors-from-beyond-the stars, but on our world, lovingly drawing on everything from Marvel comics, to Bollywood, to Norteño music and the most obscure of John Carpenter films (not to mention a significant portion of the novel devoted to Orson Welles broadcast of "War of the Worlds"). Each of these and more is explored with an attention to detail that makes the world of the novel feel grounded, familiar and chock full of little pleasures; all the more distressing then when it is infected by a cruel entity equal parts Nyarlathotep and Mephistopheles.
If there is one subject that unifies Interference, however, it is a sharp and reverent depiction of California. Its intricate sketches of San Francisco, San Diego and (especially) Los Angeles are both affectionate and keenly observant, but it has a special obsession with the Central Valley, here rendered as a post-agricultural wasteland that never truly escaped the Great Depression. It serves as a worthy backdrop to American Gothic in much the way that the rural South served Flannery O'Connor or small town Maine served Stephen King.
The comparison to King is apt, insofar as Luke's prose is simple without being terse or amateurish and finds footholds for its reader in a clear, cinematic style. Where Luke really shines, however, is as an actor. He has a clear talent for voice work, but the most interesting aspects of the performance come in the subtle nuances of his 3rd person prose, where it is never entirely clear if one is hearing an omniscient narrator or the malevolent intelligence that haunts the recordings within the world of the novel.
All in all, Interference is a first novel that shows great promise in the way it economizes its giant scope, and finely-tunes its balance of cosmic horror and California noir.
Extremely scary and well-crafted, this "meta-horror" audiobook (an audiobook about an audiobook… that kills!) kept me up nights listening. Subtle sound production throughout brought the whole experience to life. Well done!
Jaws made you think twice about going into the water, Interference will do that for audiobooks. Be careful what you allow into your head!
In the vein of horror made popular by Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Robert McCammon. You will love it. Narration was suburb! Great, quick listen!
This story is gripping. The characters are particularly well-drawn, and the dilemmas they find themselves in are very much of our times -- with a tip of the hat to Orson Wells's 1939 Halloween radio broadcast. There's the movie sound engineer whose services are no longer needed in these computer editing times, the single mom with a treacherous ex, the comic book slob/ninja living with his soul-sucking mother, the possessed disc jockey, the has-been talent agent, and the scarred War of the Worlds veteran who lives to bring the terror to an end. It is set partly in the Central Valley of California which is a fresh and particularly apt venue for the action. I started listening to it after 10 p.m. and couldn't stop till I finished it.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
Immersive story that you will not want to stop listening to. I won't say anything about the plot for fear of spoiling any of the twists. This is the best author read book I've ever listened to. I highly recommend this listen.
The terror. It was unlike anything I've ever read. I happened upon this treasure, and did not regret one second. Within the first 10 minutes, I jumped up out of horror! I am a die hard Clive Barker fan and must admit, nothing he's written (but for Pig Blood Blues) has ever caused such a reaction. Relatable characters, adventurous, and unlike anything you will EVER read.
All of them have a persona in which you can find yourself looking back into and finding well, yourself.
Radio station, production starting, Sh$t hits the fan. A town melee!
I managed it in 2 sittings! I savored the end.
I may have to listen again because the writing was so rich and detailed I may have missed some gems. There are specific chapters for sure that I want to revisit. Anything concerning Vivian or Ethan.
The surprise factor. To be clear, I started listening without any idea of what was to come. After a few chapters I wondered if I had downloaded a book of short stories because the tone and content of each new chapter was so radically different from the last. By the fourth though, I got it...the underlying thread that connected each character's story and by then I was hooked. In the wider sense, this is a genre book about something horrific and supernatural weaving itself into the lives of ordinary people. The payoff is a very, very long time coming, but along the way we're treated to some poetically humane glimpses into the lives and minds of quite ordinary people experiencing something extraordinary. And for this, the writer far surpasses genre to bring us wonderfully literate insights, turns of phrases, detours into highly complex deconstructions of sound editing, collecting, antiques, graphic novels etc. etc.
No, this was my first time hearing Eric Luke. His delivery was excellent.
My favorite characters were Vivian and Ethan, two very, very different people, doing their best to survive their broken hearts and lonely existences. Everything they thought and felt resonated with me emotionally and it was all of these touching reveals which really endeared the writing to me.
I should say more about the thrilling supernatural connective tissue infecting every character's life, forcing them into situations far outside the ordinary, in some cases compelling them to fight for their own life or that of a loved one or loved ones. But that is the beautifully scary twist of this novel story and all a prospective reader needs to know is that it is very much worth the suspenseful wait.
The moment he got it. The "aha" moment.
It made me think about how media intrudes in my life.
You can't go wrong experiencing this book. It will entertain you and make you think.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
To be honest, it started out slow, and didn't find too much appreciation in the characters until much further in the book than I'd expected. Once it got deeper into the story-line, I was hooked. I spent my entire evening routine in shocked silence as the book progressed. I was rather satisfied with the ending, intense and more meaningful than expected, Luke did a good job personifying the differences of love and allowed the characters to process their stories into a final action. For each character that defeated the antagonist, it was a different kind of love, and was beautifully juxtaposed by the description "Carl the Corpse" and his personal story arc.
I would very much recommend this book, as well as the research that abounded it. (no spoilers) It was well done, and left me pleasantly surprised at the quality. I thank the author for leaving this book up to the public for free, and look forward to reading more of his work!
Eric Luke was good with the delivery of the story
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