Until then, the Church of England has been entrusted with the tomb and its contents. Yet due to the scandalous rumours about Sir Martin, the Church has refused to open the tomb. And now, time is running out. A new dam will leave Sir Martin’s tomb under hundreds of feet of water. Thus, a group of his devotees – including a historian, a former Nazi scientist, and a wealthy industrialist – take it upon themselves to open up the tomb before it is too late.
Bury Him Darkly is a book that has been on my shelf for far too long. John Blackburn is a terrific writer, one whose writing is colourful and engaging and, for lack of a better word, flows smoothly. Once I decided I would read this book, I found it very difficult to put down, and I had it finished within two days.
The result if a fast-paced, mysterious, and genuinely creepy tale that spins wildly out of control by the climax. I don’t mean that to be a criticism but say so in the best possible way. In many ways, this book reminded me of George C. Chesbro’s The Beasts of Valhalla: it begins as one type of tale and, over the course of a wild and fast-paced ride, morphs into another. If you described the book’s last act to a reader with no context whatsoever, you would get a concerned look; but if you are there for the whole ride, there is a method to the madness.
If you are someone who enjoys sci-fi, horror, and mystery, and if you are open to imaginative writing, Bury Him Darkly may be a book for you. I’m not entirely sure whether this was a masterpiece of genre fiction, but here is what I know: it has been over a year since I had the chance to read fiction for entertainment. I chose to go with this book and did not regret the choice in the least. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and, if circumstances had permitted me to do so, I would have gladly stayed up all night to finish it one sitting. This was a fun, fast-paced, and brief book with intriguing and inventive ideas splattered all over every page.