Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cybernocks 1 Lori R. Lopez
The First Wave Reviews
by Anthony Servante

The first wave of writers who contributed to the Cybernocturnalism series was Lori R. Lopez, Jimmy Pudge, and Kealan Patrick Burke. We begin our series of reviews of books written by our contributors with three stories by Lori R. Lopez.

Lori R. Lopez has always loved books since being read to when small, then reading and writing them herself. She is the author of works spanning multiple categories from Nonfiction to Fiction; novel to story to verse collection; children's fiction, storybooks and more, usually with a blend of genres such as Humor, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller, Epic-Adventure and so on. Her titles include OUT-OF-MIND EXPERIENCES, CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS, and her award-winning novel AN ILL WIND BLOWS. She writes a humorous and darkly horrific column titled "Poetic Reflections" at, and unapologetically takes pride in creatively bending and reshaping the rules of writing when it suits her style.

Unnatural: Darius Exavier wants to fit in, but his gaunt overly thin figure limits his opportunities. After losing his job at the carnival as the Thin Man, a kindly doctor takes him in, but the doctor’s place is stranger than the carnival and what awaits Darius is well unnatural. Lori’s story-telling skills continue to grow and her stories tackle new ground though her characters maintain strong empathy. We follow Darius on a journey into the bizarre and are rewarded with a mad scientist and creepy monsters. Perhaps Lori can have each of the carnival freaks go on an odd journey as this troupe of friends seem rife with adventure. Story-telling at its best, Lori R. Lopez continues to deliver unique and clever tales.

Unleashed: I am not a big fan of animal/pet stories, but this Lopez story plays out like a whodunit, complete with multiple points of views as the investigation unfolds, so it was fun following the trail of the criminal feline. There’s lots of play on words for the pet lovers (“purrfect”, for one), adding a touch of humor to an otherwise morose and grim tale of a conniving cat. Besides, I’ve always suspected this line of thought is common to cats.

The Lycaning: Lori shows her strength at telling short stories with metonymic precision, that is, the whole is represented by the singular part. When Bart calls his father Homer, we know their relationship, Bart’s character, Homer’s character, and the dysfunctional nature of the family before we’ve even seen the rest of the show. In Lori’s werewolf tale, we see a world of Lycanthropes through the singular love story of the main characters. Because Lori packs so much information in so few images and character actions, one might mistake her frugal use of language for a lack of prose style, whereas the opposite is true: she is succinct in her prose and lets the mind of her reader burst with the full picture. She does not drag out the horror, making the tale more horrific, for we imagine the particulars that she frames for us. Anyone should enjoy this fine twist on the werewolf mythos, but those with an appreciation of metonymy should capture all The Lycaning’s nuances and subtleties.

Next up, we review Bad Billy by Jimmy Pudge. Coming sooner than you think. Till then, check out the cybernock interviews at and here on my blog as well.

1 comment:

  1. This is much appreciated, and I am very honored by your words, Anthony! Your reviews are quite professional and intelligent, and congratulations on the following that SERVANTE OF DARKNESS is building. I wish you more and more success and thank you for all of your support!!! :)