Keith Lee Morris knows what fiction is made for: in Travelers Rest he creates an intriguing world, poses big questions, and gives us sentences that by themselves are worth the read. What happens, he asks, when the person who goes missing is yourself?
Echoing the fantastic work of Shirley Jackson and Stephen King, Travelers Rest is both fiercely gripping and deeply unsettling, a perfect mixture of horror and fairy tale . . . a novel that pulls you in immediately and refuses to let you go
It won't take long - a page, maybe two - before you feel wondrously disquieted by Keith Lee Morris's Travelers Rest. The novel traps its characters in the town of Good Night, Idaho, and the reader in its shaken snow globe of a world. The language dazzles and the circumstances chill and put this story in the good company of Stephen King's The Shining, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, and David Lynch's Twin Peaks. This book will earn Morris the wide readership he richly deserves
Morris handles the spooky materials deftly but his writing is what makes the story really scary: quiet and languorous, sweeping steadily and inexorably along like a curtain of drifting snow identified too late as an avalanche.
Alice in Wonderland meets The Shining...weighty, suspenseful, and even wistful
There's no ghouls here, no rotting women reaching out of bathtubs - just the town, the snow and an inexplicable evil leaking up from beneath the hotels foundations. The prose is appropriately disorientating. His sentences are long and labyrinthine; they seem to reach up off the page, trying to drag the reader down into the depths...it's a stunning read - just not for reading late at night
A fine addition to the creepy hotel thriller genre...It says much of Morris's skill that he's able to keep us bewitched and beguiled in a topsy-turvy world with endless corridors, twisting stairs and Escher-like surroundings. The novel culminates in an almost operatic grand finale where past and present meet in a satisfying conclusion
Keith Lee Morris's prose has a hypnotic rhythm that perfectly captures the uncanny ambience
Reminiscent of King's Desperation and Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, Keith Lee Morris' latest novel - the first to be published in the UK - is an intense and gripping story that succeeds in its aim to unsettle the reader, to turn what we think we know on its head and leave us stranded with the Addison family in the strange little town of Good Night, Idaho.
The characters are complex, and their relationships even more so. Morris manages to breathe new life into a dusty old tale, and capture the reader from the outset.
The writing is persuasive, the characters are rich, and there are moments of great emotional resonance. Should you choose to stay a while in Good Night, Idaho, then - unlike the Addisons - you won't regret it.
a subtle, meticulous examination of strained relationships, the effects of isolation on the mind, and the persistent hold memory has over us...it exerts a powerful hold
The children's characters are well sketched, the supernatural element is unsettling and the action has pace...he is certainly a rising star in the genre and one to watch for. So, if you like Stephen King-esque stories, don't bypass Travelers Rest!