I was offered a chance to review an ARC of HEROIN IN THE MAGIC NOW. I am familiar with a few of Terry's other works and have enjoyed them, so I jumped at the chance to read this one.
I purposely avoided reading the reviews that Terry had linked to so I had no idea what the novel was about, I went in blind. Those of you who know me know I am not a fan of stories with zombies in them. It's not that I don't enjoy a good zombie story, I do, I just feel like they are everywhere at the moment and it's all been done several times over. That is certainly not the case with HEROIN IN THE MAGIC NOW.
So what is HEROIN IN THE MAGIC NOW about? Monster porn! Yup you read that correctly. The story revolves around Gary Hack, who is in the business of making pornography, pornography that stars the undead. Vampires, werewolves and zombies all make an appearance in his flicks. You see, Gary lives in a time where the undead are part of society, it's normal to see them out and about on the streets and as a result people have developed different tastes of what floats their boat.
Gary has a drug problem, his life hasn't gone where he'd planned, he's getting low on cash to pay for his habit and he finds himself tasked with the job of making pornography. Just how much have peoples tastes changed? How far is he prepared to go? Who really are the true monsters here?
HEROIN IN THE MAGIC is a dark and disturbing tale and it makes for uncomfortable reading at times, but that's what true horror is all about. I did at one point put the book down, I won't tell you at which part (no spoilers from me!) but I just had to pick it up again and see where it went next. It's not all rainbows and unicorns that's for sure, there are parts that will have you thinking "this is so wrong", but you just have to keep reading anyway. I really enjoyed this read, it's definitely one that will stay with you after finishing.
HEROIN IN THE MAGIC NOW will be available on August 31st