20 May 2010

More adventures of Brenda & Effie… but there’s a new girl in town…

Where Karla Sorenson goes, trouble seems to follow.  So when Karla comes to Whitby to remake her famous film "Get Thee Inside Me, Satan", during the filming of the original version of which, it’s rumoured, the Devil himself was conjured up, trouble with a capital T seems bound to ensue.  Then she decides to stay at the decidedly dodgy Christmas Hotel, scene of murder, cannibalism and nasty pies. And to make the film up by the Bitch’s Maw.  On Hallowe’en. During Goth Weekend…

Meanwhile, we have another new girl in town in the shape of innocent Penny; like the young couple in Rocky Horror, she has no idea of what she’s getting herself into.  Fresh out of a difficult marriage and enjoying a gothic persona, she’s keen on Michael at the new coffee bar and starts work at one of the hotels.  She’s heard of Karla’s film, but never seen a copy, until…

Meanwhile (again), Robert’s got himself a new feller with a magic sofa; trouble is, he’s a little bit elusive and mysterious.  Will he step up to the mark when it really matters? I do like Robert…

And meanwhile (keeping up?) Brenda’s settling in to a new relationship and Effie’s a tiny bit miffed, having mislaid her chap in a rather unpleasant location a book or so back.

When all of these strands collide, well, we get the usual delicious mix of characters, plot, and the characteristic undermining of pomposity by a well-placed prosaic detail, at which Mr Magrs excels.

Warning: this one went RIGHT up to the edge of my feeble ability to stomach yucky things – not one to read over your breakfast, maybe.  But then again, Karla starred in that brain-eating one I couldn’t finish, so that’s hardly surprising.

And, of course, I can’t wait for the next installment…!