American Nocturne, written by Hank Schwaeble, is a collection of horror noir stories, where crime and supernatural mystery meet in the dark corners of the world.
Featuring murdered detectives, body horror on demand and the specifics of the black magic snuff industry, the book is a definitive must if you’re looking for a grimmer, darker look into the good old supernatural PI genre. The author does an excellent job of bringing the mundane specifics of everyday crime together with its magical elements, hinting at a larger, more terrifying universe.
Dean Samed’s cover brings out the dark, oppressive atmosphere of the novel, even if it does not do much to bring out the more extraordinary elements in the stories. If anything, Alex McVey’s more austere interior art makes for a great introduction that brings out the best in each story. Some of the stories, however, seem to fall a bit short on the mystery department, which is a necessary part of the noir feeling, veering more toward the supernatural adventure style of the author and might have been better suited in another collection altogether.
If you love noir thrillers and supernatural adventure and don’t want to have to pick between your two favorite genres, then this collection brings the best of both worlds together for your reading pleasure.