Well, SOMEONE has been quite the avid little reader lately! A few weeks back, I mentioned how utterly delighted I was to receive my friend Vincent Kale’s novel, Crawl. Unfortunately, spring semester has been thoroughly grinding me into a despondent paste and I haven’t had the opportunity to delve into it. This weekend, having finally excavated myself from underneath the mountain of work that’s been threatening to crush me, I thought I’d give myself a little treat and read a chapter or two.
That didn’t work out so well.
I read this book in three sittings, and it would have been one had I not had two jobs and homework to be concerned with. It sunk its claws into me and refused to let go until the very last page, a feat not easily accomplished due to my impressively inadequate attention span.
Crawl draws you in immediately, wasting no time in delivering its first scare. Emotions run the gamut: terrified, suspicious, angry, disturbed, hopeful, shocked, heartbroken. Kale masterfully controls the tone throughout the book, carefully leading the reader down his winding, eerie trail. But not a page is wasted; the pace is set in a way that will gnaw at you if you’re forced to step away from the book. The story presents its twists and turns from multiple different points of view to keep things fresh and, at times, jarring. But as you grow to understand the titular Crawl, you begin to realize that perhaps there are more monsters in this story than initially meet the eye.
I will say that Crawl was not what I anticipated; it was much, much more. After reading the first chapter out loud (and thusly disrupting my friend’s sleep patterns for a few days), I was prepared for a creepy, gorey monster tale that would entertain me right out of my skin. What I got was certainly all of that, but with an unexpected depth of character and emotion. I will also say that everyone should visit Vincent Kale’s blog, Crawlspace, to keep up with his comings and goings and head over to Lulu to grab a copy of the book. Kale is most definitely an author to watch and watch I shall, along with his already (rightfully!) growing fanbase. If Crawl is any indication, we will have many literary treats from this writer as time goes on.
So, to my readers: get the book already, will ya? Let me know what you think!
And to Vincent Kale: good job, friend!