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A review of David Rix's What the Giants Were Saying

14 Jun 2015 19:41 #1 :: Seregil of Rhiminee
A review of David Rix's What the Giants Were Saying

David Rix's What the Giants Were Saying was published by Eibonvale Press in 2008.

Information about David Rix:

David Rix, was born in England in 1978. He has had a lifelong fascination with horror and the surreal and has been a dedicated reader and collector of books for several years. In 2004 his first story was published in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology Strange Tales from Tartarus Press.


Information about What the Giants Were Saying:

The November air was cold, but not cold enough to still the energy of the great white towers. They spun and spun as always – huge sails whirling around, always seeming just slightly faster than they should be.

What the Giants were Saying is a dark-hued and surreal fable on the theme of creativity. It is an extreme horror tale of artist's block, tattoos, Don Quixote, copper wire... and wind turbines! Always wind turbines! It tells of a landscape artist desperately trying to escape his own feelings of mundanity and having hallucinatory encounters both with those great white whispering giants and a wild tattooed girl who pushes creative experience to the very limit and knows that the towers are the key to something remarkable. Tattoos, Windmills, turbines, human skin and copper wire... with these keys a world of supernatural change is unlocked – and supernatural creation. After all, what could creativity be like when such things as pain, life and death no longer have the same meaning?

It's simply a choice between one life and another.

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Cal pinned the tattooed girl's skin to the small artist's canvas and stood looking at it, a tear trickling down his cheek.

What the Giants Were Saying is accompanied here by the shorter work that inspired it, Red Fire, a piece that pushes the boundaries of extreme horror into a visionary and surreal world of love and pain, great white moths and tattooed skin, and above all, into the world of story itself.

I cannot see any more – and you want me to read you?

These two connected tales are both horror writing at its most spectacular and extreme.