Supernatural horror by David Lee Summers
[Review of purchased Kindle edition] Rating: 4½ stars.
I'm first going to tell you everything that's wrong with this book: The author uses too many commas.
Mr. Summers' bio states that he is a working astronomer, and as the bulk of this novel is set in an observatory, I must assume that he got the atmosphere right. I live near Palomar, and can tell you that even in a daytime tour group, these domes are big, windy, cold, echoing cathedrals where every sound bounces around until direction and content are lost in transition, so high marks for setting.
The book is unabashedly supernatural horror, so let's see what he offers.
DRUG CARTEL THUGS: Check
HUGE STORM: Check
LOSS OF POWER: Check
DISGRACED BUT CAPABLE SUPPORTING CHARACTER: Check
LOVED ONE HELD HOSTAGE: Check
MONSTER OF MYTH: Check
SHADOWY VILLAIN: Check
VENGEFUL GHOST: Check
All are present in a single story, and all are tied together by as compelling a plot and as riveting wordcraft as it has been my pleasure to read in a good long time. If you're a horror fan, and you haven't read The Astronomer's Crypt, then there is a gaping hole in your cloak of fandom. Don't waste time arguing. Just get the book, ignore the extra commas, and enjoy the delightfully horrible thrill of your reading life!