Complete Darkness by Matt Adcock is a genre-bending glimpse into a future humanity on the brink of destruction. Its manic, colourful tone makes you feel like you’re reading a comic book adventure at times, with its unusual use of footnotes and varying typefaces giving the novel a unique aesthetic and energy. Sci-fi action and comedy aside, Matt mixes in philosophical and religious discussion, adding a deeper level to the explosive narrative.
Oh, and there’s gore. Loads of awesome gore.
It’s not easy to recommend this book to a specific audience; sci-fi, comedy, action, horror – it’s got ’em all. As a reader who doesn’t delve too deep into the former three, I can say those elements were infused with an originality that kept me interested no matter what direction the novel spun into from page to page.
A truly unique read and highly promising beginning to Matt’s forthcoming ‘Dark Matters’ universe. What a trip… Get on it.
Check out Matt’s short story An Un-Holli Night, featured in the Writers’ Spotlight section of the site.