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When a traumatized mining foreman is placed under the psychiatric care of Dr. Vincent Armstrong, the doctor thinks he has started just another shift. But as the victim begins to remember what drove him temporarily insane, Armstrong’s interest becomes personal, and he makes a series of discoveries that threaten to tear apart his carefully constructed scientific view of the world, and show in horrifying clarity that his patient is anything but delusional.
As Armstrong’s world falls apart, his recovering patient learns that he has not escaped the horrors he encountered underground, and that no place on earth is truly safe from the “Tunnelers.”
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Geoff Gander’s short story, The Tunnelers is very short and very, very scary. It is written as a psychiatrist’s journal and begins with a mining accident that caused a mining executive to lose touch with reality. Or does he? As curious details of the accident emerge during Dr. Armstrong’s treatment the unimaginable takes on an appearance of truth. The patient is terrified and begs not to be taken to the first floor of the hospital. People begin to disappear. The evidence left behind is horrifying, if it can be believed at all. And then… Sorry, I can’t say more without spoiling the story or putting myself in danger of being pursued by The Tunnelers!
This is an event driven short story, not a character study. I am not usually a fan of horror and only occasionally of suspense. However, Mr. Gander has made me a fan of his style of suspense and horror. It isn’t a gory book, but splashing buckets of blood all over the pages wouldn’t have made The Tunnelers any more terrifying. Sometimes what you imagine or what is implied is far more chilling that a gruesome description of violence. I’ll definitely read more of Mr. Gander’s books but only if I can leave the lights on and stay above the first floor.
An intriguing story of a Canadian Aboriginal legend proving to be factual, “The Tunnelers” is presented in first-person narrative by a psychiatrist who treats a mining safety inspector after a cave-in. When awake and conscious, the man, Kirkwood, is perfectly lucid, but hazy about memories of the incident. However, in his sleep, he raves about “Tunnelers,” and over and over again, moans “too deep, too deep!” Dr. Armstrong is deeply intrigued, and decides to investigate the legend for himself, to find if there is any basis for Kirkwood’s strange remarks. What he discovers not only surprises and astounds him, but actually alters his life.
I really appreciated the contrast in this short novel between the reality that science delivers to us, and the possibities that may lie beyond that consensus reality. The author creates several instances of character evolution, as individuals find their beliefs upended and altered, and grow into a new perspective of what may or may not exist in our Universe.
The Tunnelers is a short book but it's also very entertaining with a slightly different format the other recent releases I've read. It's mostly told through a Psychiatrist's journal entries. The Doctor has been called in to treat a man who has suffered mental trauma after witnessing a horrible accident at his work site. The man's extrememly agitated and completely terrified about being on the ground. Through the course of the man's treatment, the Doctor stumbles onto things he never imagined were possible.
As you can imagine from the page count, it's a fast read but it keeps you turning the pages until you reach the end. If you haven't checked the book out, do so. If you're into suspensful stories with a paranormal twist, this one's for you.
Very short story. Scary as f--k. If I tell you more it will spoil it for you and set the Tunnelers after me. Read it if you dare.
The Tunnelers is not the kind of novel that I would normally choose to read - but I can say on this occasion that I am extremely glad I chose to do so.
The novel grabs your attention right from the foreword. As a reader, I immediately wanted to read more, wanting to find out what exactly the documents and newspaper clippings that were found in the belongings of Dr Vincent Armstrong were really all about. It is not only the forward, but the Testimony of the Doctor himself that captures the reader. Just exactly what is the case that has made the world "a much darker place" for the Doctor?
I found that The Tunnelers struck a resemblance to that of The Fourth Kind - although the general story of the novel is based around the unknown it is believable. The characters that we meet have a sense of reality to them, even though they are not experiencing everyday incidents.
We meet the patient, Michael Kirkwood, who is the main base for the story. He is the patient who is occupying the mind of Dr Armstrong throughout the novel. He has periods of complete normalness that he tends to go through, that swiftly change into moments of hysterical mumbling about `Those-who-dig-in-darkness', and this is what intrigues the mind of the doctor.
The Doctor himself acts as a narrator, with his diary entries telling the story of what happened in the case. As a reader, you can get a vivid image of exactly what is going on throughout the novel. Not every day is logged within the diary, leading to a sense of wonderment as to what was going to occur next in the case of Kirkwood.
"I am inclined to think that the authorities simply deemed it best that the public remain ignorant of certain things," is an extract from a letter sent to the doctor during his investigation. The novel ends with the line, "He had no idea how right the authorities were," proving that the case of Michael Kirkwood and Dr Vincent Armstrong were not the first, and are most definitely not the last, people to have "disappeared" because they knew too much about the Tunnelers.
The Tunnelers captured my attention - it is an easy to read novel, and I had no difficulty grasping the story. I have never read anything like it before, but I would never hesitate to pick up something by Geoff Gander after this, and I would recommend The Tunnelers to anyone who likes a great horror story!
Looking for a short story in the horror vein? Look no further. Psychiatrist Dr. Vincent Armstrong is on shift when a traumatised mine foreman is admitted to his care, apparently after witnessing a terrible accident. Once the victim starts to remember what remember what happened and reveal the details, Armstrong becomes almost obsessed with the case, and his research uncovers legends and information that threaten his until then wholly scientific view of the world. Gradually he comes to understand that it's true that it's not paranoia when they really are after you.
I loved this story. I thought it was cleverly presented as a chronological series of notes written by Dr. Armstrong as he uncovers the truth behind an old myth and begins to feel threatened himself. This is a tense, terse and pacey thriller, that is well-polished and dragged me in from the word go. There isn't a great deal to say about the characters as it is predominantly plot driven, but I could certainly feel the Dr start to question his previously well-constructed world view and imagine the horror he was uncovering. It took me no time at all to read, partly because there was no way I was going to spend part of my commute looking out the window when I was so compelled to find out what the heck was going on.
I enjoyed the story format. It was written in a series of notes made by Dr Vincent about his patient. The story was well plotted and weaved along in an interesting way. Was the patient, Michael Kirkwood mad or has he literally unearthed something horrible? The story was short - only 48 pages - but every paged gripped and moved the story forward at a fast pace. A recommended read.
Sometimes I get the opportunity to review novels and short stories I've wondered about, like today's review of "The Tunnelers." The cover was intriguing and I liked the title, so was delighted when Solstice Publishing sent it to me to review. I can't say if "The Tunnelers" by Goeff Gander should be classified as a short story or a novel (48 pages), but I can say is it is one of the best stories I've read recently. The writing is outstanding, as is the editing. I'm picky; those things are important to me.
I can also say I was disappointed the story wasn't longer. I loved reading it; I wanted to read more. The pace was fast and the topic interesting. In fact, this story could easily be expanded to a full-length novel, and would keep readers on the edge its entire expanded length.
I haven't read anything presented from multiple first person perspectives for some time. That was refreshing. It is the Point of View I prefer. The characters were intense, and the implied activities of the "tunnelers", all frightening, were dangled before the reader like a worm before a hungry fish. The tone of the story reminded me a lot of "old school" horror movies where the monster was only glimpsed ... but the entire audience knew it was really, really nasty. Only creepy music would have made these monsters more threatening.
Okay, I won't check under my bed tonight when I go to bed, but I might be attuned to any unusual vibrations from below. Remember the movie Tremors? The tunnelers aren't worms. They are a lot smarter, equally persistent and can hunt you down wherever you live. If your house has a second story, that might be a good place to read about them.
Some say the Tunnelers are figments of the imagination. Others are not so sure. A good way to find out is to read Geoff Gander's book. But don't start reading it tonight. You'll not be able to put it down before dawn, and you may hear the Tunnelers beneath your floor.