Book Reviews

{Book Review} THE PROCESS (IS A PROCESS ALL ITS OWN) by Peter Straub

I passed on the signed limited edition from Subterranean Press. It’s only 90 pages and I was unsure about the title. I knew it was going to be a different kind of read. If I’m being honest, it’s a bit all over the place. I couldn’t keep up with the different stories happening at different times in the killer’s life. The stories (if that’s what you want to call them) are intriguing to a certain extent. The cover caught my eye when I spotted it on the new release section of my local library. It called to me, chanting check me out… so I did. I read it in one sitting. 

 
THE PROCESS gets off to a good start, but it lost me towards the middle of the novella and ends with a whimper. Would I have bought this book? Hell yes! But I didn’t have the funds to do so at the time of its release. I haven’t read THE SKYLARK or A SPECIAL PLACE, so I didn’t know who Tillman “Tilly” Hayward was. Nonetheless, Tilly a.k.a. The Ladykiller is a character that you get to know pretty well. Tilly goes about his “work” in the American Midwest of the 1950s. Moving from the American Heartland to the stately homes of England, and from the arid worldview of Tilly to the fevered sensibility of Henry James. The stories within this book are connected by bloodshed and mutilated women. Bodies hit the floor wherever Tilly goes. 
 
I like this book for several reasons. Tilly is a most captivating character. The supporting characters are also delightful. Peter Straub’s experimentative writing style makes this story. It is both Tilly’s process of killing and Straub’s process of writing that keeps you reading. I wasn’t a huge fan of the novella’s layout, though. You should give this one a go sometime.
 
3/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐

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