A ringleader of phantoms and collector of souls, he played rhythms on bare flesh, hellish melodies on bone. Fifty years ago he disappeared as quickly as he came and the town of Division gladly swept his tortured acts from memory.
But John McDonnell and Michael Johnston have drawn him home—he hears their names in his sleep, tastes their blood on his tongue, and fantasizes about the rapture birthed of their mourning.
I keep wanting to say "for fans of Lee Thompson!", but no kidding, right? Seriously, if you've read and loved anything by Lee Thompson, you won't be disappointed with The Dampness of Mourning.
The Dampness of Mourning is the second book in the Division series after Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children. In Dampness we are brought back to Division - a pretty messed up town like Stephen King's Derry - for a deeper look at the evil that dwells there.
All of Lee Thompson's works are pretty stand alone yet they are all part of a much bigger mythos Thompson is creating. I personally recommend you read Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children before reading The Dampness of Mourning, but hooray for me for having read Crooked Stick Figures, Before Leonora Wakes, and Beneath the Weeping Willow, too, because all of these stories tied into The Dampness of Mourning. Awesome.
So... if you love Lee Thompson, The Dampness of Mourning will give you even more to love. If you've been wanting to read something by him but you haven't, you need to jump on board. I look forward to everything he writes.
7/10: Recommended Read