Jeremy Schliewe's The Lighthouse was published by Eibonvale Press in October 2019.
About Jeremy Schliewe:
Jeremy Schliewe was born in Michigan and now lives in Tucson, Arizona. His short fiction has appeared in Supernatural Tales. His psychedelic pop band Harsh Mistress has two albums available from Burger Records. He produces music for film and video under the name Eidolon.
About The Lighthouse:
The lighthouse stands on the edge of Lake Michigan, sentry against the Great Lakes gales. Intertwined inextricably with personal mythology, it casts a mysterious spell over one young man, prompting his older brother to travel across the country to intervene and embark on an investigation of the past and present, of the divergent paths their lives have taken – and of the mysteries of the Lighthouse itself. This is a story in which the melancholy quiet of small-town America is tinged with the faintest touches of understated mystery.
REVIEW: THE LIGHTHOUSE BY JEREMY SCHLIEWE
Jeremy Schliewe's The Lighthouse is the 11th chapbook in the Eibonvale Chapbook Line.
This chapbook is a small gem that should not be missed by readers who love quality stories. It's a captivating and immersive reading experience that has a fascinating ending.
The Lighthouse is a bit difficult to classify, but it can be classified as literary slipstream fiction. What makes this story special is the author's ability to hold back the slipstream elements until the atmospheric and mysterious ending. The story seems normal at first, but has an ending that borders on the line of being fantastical.
Here are a few words about the story:
This chapbook tells of a man whose brother, Charles, has tried to break into the lighthouse that stands on the edge of Lake Michigan in their hometown. When he goes to help Charles, he doesn't quite understand why his brother has become fascinated by the lighthouse, its existence and its purpose...
The Lighthouse is a prime example of a literary story that has much more to it than meets the eye. I enjoyed this story, because it has many details and intriguing nuances that make it worth reading. In this story, past and present intertwine in a magical way and the events unfold at their own pace. This story also has something haunting about it that I find compelling.
One of the best things about this chapbook is that the author writes realistically about the brothers and their relationship. He tells of their family background and how - despite being different and having different fathers - they're close to each other. It was interesting to read about how the protagonist had become a kind of a parent to Charles and tried to look after him as well as he could.
The author writes perfectly about how the protagonist feels about his brother's fascination towards the lighthouse, because Charles seems to be very interested in the lighthouse and can't get it out of his mind. A big part of the charm of this story stems from this mystery, because it's intriguing to find out why Charles acts the way he does.
This story is highly enjoyable and immersive, because it is filled with nostalgia and mystery. The depictions of the brothers' hometown are nostalgic and tinged with subtle longing and melancholia. The author writes well about how the protagonist feels about being back in his hometown where he grew up, because it's been a while since he visited the town.
I consider Jeremy Schliewe's The Lighthouse to be one of the best stories I've read within the recent months, because it's an excellent story about two brothers and their relationship. I recommend this story to everybody who loves good and well written stories, because it's a captivating slice of literary excellence.