Book Review: The Men Upstairs by Tim Waggoner

The Men Upstairs by Tim Waggoner

He finds her crying in the lobby of a movie theater and takes her home to his apartment. She’s a strange, beautiful woman with no last name, a mysterious past, and a powerful sexual allure. He wants her, and she wants him. There’s only one problem: the Men Upstairs. She used to belong to them—and they’ll do anything to get her back.

After not reading anything by Mr. Waggoner for a few years this is my second book in less than a month,  and I have to say I am glad he is publishing new works, he is one of the best and in his latest book from DarkFuse “The Men Upstairs” he shows why.

In what could be considered a somewhat offbeat love story, or a middle aged fantasy that goes in a totally bizarre direction Mr. Waggoner has further cemented his place in the upper echelon of authors working in dark fiction today.

Richard, a photographer just recently divorced goes to a movie and finds a young girl that looks to be around his daughters age, shoeless and crying in the lobby. His is immediately captivated by her exotic looks and feeling sorry for her takes her home.  He has only the best intentions at heart, but quickly falls in love with her.

Soon after his relationship with Liana begins he meets three new neighbors that are moving in to the apartment above him. They arrive in a van with the words “Sons Of Babel” on the side. From this point the story really takes off and turns into a sexually driven bizarre mystery that is incredibly fast paced. I couldn’t wait to get to the next page to see what would happen next.

Needless to say the Sons Of Babel are not what they appear to be and neither is Liana.

I don’t want to provide any spoilers but you would definitely not want the Sons Of Babel to move anywhere near you, never mind right above you. They are frightening to say the least.

The characters in the story are wonderful, fully realized beings, and the first person narrative Mr. Waggoner chose to write the story with really places you in the middle of the story, as you are firmly planted inside Richard’s head throughout the tale.

It would be an understatement to say that I am glad to be back reading fiction of this quality from Tim Waggoner. “The Men Upstairs” is a great horror tale with great characters, sex and violence….what more can you ask for.

If you are looking for something to shake up your reading doldrums I would suggest “The Men Upstairs” and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a great story.

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