Reviews of Dark Fiction

The Way of the Worm by Ramsey Campbell

The Three Births of Daoloth trilogy ends with THE WAY OF THE WORM. It was a finale worth waiting for!

Thirty years has passed since we’ve last seen Dominic Sheldrake. He’s given up trying to convince anyone about the Noble family, (now going by the surname of Le Bon), and how dangerous they can be. Dominic’s son, wife and granddaughter are still involved with them, even after their project Safe to Sleep was abandoned. Fearing for their lives, Dominic chooses to join them in their new “church,” the Church of the Eternal Three. What happens to him there brings back all of his memories and his need to protect his family grows even stronger.The Le Bons are torturing him at every turn, and he turns to his old friends Bobby, (Roberta), and Jim for help. The Tremendous Three ride again! Will they be able to stop the evil Le Bons? Will they be able to save Dominic’s family? Most importantly, will they be able to save the world? You’ll have to read this to find out.

Sometimes it’s hard to pick up the next book in a series months, or even years, after reading the previous one. Not so with Ramsey Campbell! His characters are so vivid and memorable, it’s easy to pick up right where you left off.

Another thing that I like about this series is that each book takes place years after the previous one. In this volume, Dominic is an old man, he’s a grandfather, and he’s dealing with all the things that age brings. I’m not that old yet, (well, I guess technically, I am), but I identified with Dom’s aches and pains.

Overall, I found this to be a satisfying way to wrap up this trilogy. As far as I’m concerned, how it happened here was the only way to stay true to the tale, but that’s all I can say without spoiling anything. Ramsey Campbell never disappoints and this tale is no exception!

Thanks to Flame Tree Press for the e-ARC of this tale of cosmic and very real horrors!

The Way of the Worm Book Cover The Way of the Worm
The Three Births of Daoloth
Ramsey Campbell
Horror, Dark Fiction, Cosmic Horror
Flame Tree Press
03/29/2022
E-Arc
275
Flame Tree Press

The third and final novel in Ramsey Campbell's triumphant Lovecraftian trilogy, The Three Births of Daoloth, where time travel, monstrous evil and the alien apocalypse combine to create a stunning conclusion for streaming TV lovers and suspense readers alike.

Book 3 in the Three Births of Daoloth trilogy.

The present day, or something very like it. Dominic Sheldrake has retired from lecturing and lives on his own. His son Toby is married with a small daughter. The occultist Noble family are more active than ever. Their cult now openly operates as the Church of the Eternal Three, and has spread worldwide. The local branch occupies the top floors of Starview Tower, a Liverpool waterfront skyscraper. To Dominic’s dismay, Toby and his wife Claudine are deeply involved in it, and he suspects they are involving their small daughter Macy too.

Dominic lets his son persuade him to attend a meeting of the church, where he encounters all three generations of the Nobles. Although Christian Noble is almost a century old, he’s more vigorous than ever – inhumanly so. The family takes turns to preach an apocalyptic sermon that hints at dark secrets masked by the Bible and at the future that lies in wait. In a bid to investigate further Dominic undergoes the rite the church offers its members, which confers the ability to travel psychically through time. Before he’s able to flee back to the present he has a vision of the monstrous fate that’s in store for the world.

Dominic discovers a secret he’s sure the Nobles won’t want to be made public. Although he has retired from the police, Jim helps him establish the truth, and Roberta publishes it on her online blog. It’s the subject of a court case, the results of which seem to defeat the Nobles, only for them to return in a dreadfully transformed shape. Now Dominic and his friends are at their mercy, and is there anywhere in the world to hide? Even if they manage somehow to deal with the Nobles, there may be no escaping or preventing the alien apocalypse that all the events of the trilogy have been bringing ever closer...

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