"a weird tale that will please those readers who enjoy contemporary dark fantasy"
When Calvin McLeish quit his day job at the power plant to
become the great American author, his wife rolled her eyes
up in disbelief. When Calvin spent several thousand on a
computer when the family finances were already in deficit
spending, she was stunned beyond belief. However, when he
spends his entire waking moments in the chat rooms, Maggie
and files for divorce.
Writing his spouse off as "naggy Maggie", Calvin finds a
chat room GOTHICA that excites him so he joins it as the
Timetravellar in deference to his hero the Highlander.
Over time, the Timetravellar and Calvin begin to live
separate lives inside the same body with Calvin owning the
daylight and Timetravellar owning the night hours. Calvin
begins an online relationship
with Panthera while Timetravellar starts one with Vampyra.
Now the adventures begin in cyberspace where the undead
GOTHICA is a weird tale that will please those readers who
enjoy a dark fantasy in a modern setting. The story line
is filled with action and plenty of graphic cyber-sex. The
multiple personality compromise between Calvin and
Timetravellar rings true, which in turn, becomes the
underpinning of a ingeniously developed tale from the
darkside that allows peeping readers to follow the chats on
line. The pressure will be placed on Steven R. Cowan to
provide the same level of quality with more modern takes on
immortals in future novels.
Harriet Klausner /January, 2001
Copyright © 2001
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 9, 2002