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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Dead Silent: The Mortsafeman: Book 2 is a dark urban fantasy novel written by Ivan Blake. When Chris Chandler was finally released from the South Portland Detention Center, a juvenile reform school where he was serving a two-year sentence for malicious vandalism, the last place he wanted to move back to was the little Maine town of Bemishstock, where the toll of missing bodies was currently at twenty. Chandler had tried unsuccessfully to warn the people there about Doctor Ronald Meath, the man who was finally acknowledged to be the perpetrator. While most of the townspeople would not welcome Chandler’s return, considering him still, in some sense, at fault in the whole affair, his one friend there, Gillian, would have loved to see him come home. She knew full well, however, why he couldn’t. Mallory Dahlman had never forgiven Chandler for not saving her from her all-too-successful suicide stunt and her cursed spirit had not been laid to rest. Anyone who got too close to Chandler was likely to be subjected to horrific abuse, meaning Gillian and he could never get close without both of them ending up in deadly peril.
Ivan Blake’s dark urban fantasy novel, Dead Silent: The Mortsafeman: Book 2, is a monstrously good romp that places Chris Chandler in yet another town where the dead are in dire need of protection from the living. I loved how Blake immerses the reader in the history of the Cathars, a fascinating French Christian sect that was subjected to the unholy mercies of the Inquisition, and I vicariously enjoyed the splendid library Chandler finds in Rose’s cottage almost as much as he did. Blake introduces two marvelous characters in this second book: Bernard Monsegur and Rose DuCalice, and one frighteningly evil one: Gilbert Gurgoyne. Dead Silent continues on in grand form after Blake’s first book in the series, Dead Scared, and while it can be read on its own, I would most strongly recommend reading each of these books -- and in their proper order. This is one of the best horror/dark fantasy series I’ve come across in some time and it’s too good not to do it right. Dead Silent: The Mortsafeman: Book 2 is an awesomely dark and mind-expanding piece of thinking man’s horror; it’s most highly recommended.