Please Don’t Go by Eric Dimbleby; Pill Hill Press; 2011; 288 pgs; $2.99 US

Poor Charles Rattup, he’s been a prisoner in his own home for much of his adult life.  Though the doors in his house may be unlocked, the windows free to open, and the yard unfenced, he doesn’t dare to go beyond his property line.  Something won’t let him.

And if you think that Charles would be lonely and might be missing out on some of the finer physical joys of life, you’d be mistaken.  Charles gets laid…a lot.   The thing is, he also gets choked, beaten, thrown across the different rooms in the house, is force fed the most disgusting things you can imagine, and tortured in very unique ways by his sexual partner.  The reason for all this?  It’s because his sexual partner loves him.  I should also mention that his sexual partner is not human.

Though we never discover for certain what she is, we learn that she closely resembles a Succubus, only she can have sex during the daytime and possesses a lot more supernatural powers than your average Succubus of lore has.  We also discover that she is getting tired of her current lover as he’s gotten old, so together, she and Charles start looking for a new plaything to take his place.

It becomes obvious very early in Please Don’t Go that Zephyr, a local collage student who is working at a grocery store to help pay some of his bills, is destined to replace Charles as the Succubus’s newest lover in residence.  Please Don’t Go is primarily Zephyr’s story, and the reader should prepare themselves for one hell of a brutal biography.

I enjoyed Please Don’t go for several reason’s.  It’s smartly written, character driven, the action is exciting and often extreme, and it is at times darkly humorous.  But most importantly, Please Don’t Go has genuine scares.

The plotting in the novel is very straight forward so the reader does not become bogged down in sub plots and the feature characters are limited, which allows the readers to easily get into the psyches of these characters and if not bond with them, at least understand their motivations.  However, the best part of the novel for me was the creature.

Male readers will have no trouble accepting the Succubus in Please Don’t Go as one of the most evil she-creatures ever put to paper.  We have all run into a woman (or know of friends who have) that cannot let go of a relationship.  They become weepy, clingy, possessive, vindictive, or even mad with rage.  Now, what if that woman had supernatural powers and could use them to literally control almost every move you made?  And, what if she could also reach out to the ones you love and make them pay dearly for your perceived indiscretions?   Weill, Eric Dimbleby shows us what would happen, and he does so in disgusting and frightening detail.

If I had any qualms with the novel, it was that due to the nature of the story, some of the narrative takes place in the characters thoughts, and occasionally, these portions were overwritten and redundant.  I would also add that some readers may want to have a dictionary handy while reading Please Don’t Go as it does not appear it was written for those who typically purchase their horror novels from Wal-Mart’s book shelves.

If you are a reader who prefers their dark fiction intelligently written, thought provoking, and containing generous dollops of extreme horror, you won’t find many other novels that will fit the bill as well as Please Don’t Go.

Oct 25, 2011

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