Eidolon Avenue: The Second Feast

Eidolon Avenue: The Second Feast by Jonathan Winn

Eidolon Avenue: Where the secretly guilty go to die.

One building. Five floors. Five doors per floor. Twenty-five nightmares feeding the hunger lurking between the bricks and waiting beneath the boards.

The sequel to Eidolon Avenue: The First Feast (“a great read…powerful and jarring” – Cemetery Dance) returns to the voracious Eidolon as it savors The Second Feast.

A narcoleptic man in apartment 2A battles a vengeful past determined to rob him of everything as he runs from the barbaric disaster of a delusional love. A woman in 2B, reinventing herself to please a callous boyfriend, discovers the horrors that wait in the shadows of her self-renovation. The man in 2C, a teacher at the nearby Catholic girl’s school, collapses beneath the brutal consequences of his lecherous desires. An older woman in 2D, after decades dedicated to the church, is cornered at last by the grisly carnage beating at the hollow center of her faith. And a college student in 2E, hungry to escape an ignored life of invisible anonymity, finds herself captured between the pages of a ravenous book.

All thrown into their own private hell as every cruel choice, every drop of spilled blood, every silent, complicit moment of cowardice is remembered, resurrected and relived to feed the ancient evil that lives on Eidolon Avenue.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from The Darkest Depths.

The IndieMuse Review

In his second visit to the cursed building of Eidolon, Jonathan Winn presents another five terrifying tales, each taking a look at the doomed residents of this nightmarish house of horrors.

In The Second Feast, you can expect stories of:

  • A surreal descent into madness as a man struggling to sleep finds his dreams encroaching upon his waking life, the lines between the two blurring until he is no longer sure whether his recurring visions are torments of his imagination or repressed memories of a terrible deed from his past.
  • A young woman willing to do anything to please her new boyfriend, crippled by insecurities and pushing her body to places beyond human endurance.
  • A teacher whose sick desires and vile predilections come back to haunt him as he learns the hard truths of his actions, and their bloody consequences.
  • An elderly woman left traumatized by atrocities of her childhood, find that these events do not wish to remain forgotten, shaking her faith as ghosts of her past encroach ever further into her present
  • A college student who finds a bookshop with a most unusual selection, and the owner has just the book in mind for her…

The Eidolon Avenue series is a challenging read, both in terms of content and theme. They are almost transgressive in their unflinching approach to some very dark subject matter, and it does not make for a comfortable reading experience. While I would typically sit and read as much of a book as I can in a single sitting, I read Eidolon Avenue: The Second Feast over five days, reading one story per night and allowing what I had read to sink in before moving on.

The opening story is both a warning sign and an indication of what you can expect within the book’s pages. Its dreamlike qualities jar with the bizarre body horror, and you are never sure what is real and what is imagined throughout. Stories two and three are perhaps the most provocative, the former being a devastating insight into the mind of somebody going through severe self-image issues as a result of an emotionally abusive partner, the latter focusing on a teacher whose attraction to his underage students prove to be his undoing. The former resonated with me, the latter shocked and appalled me and, like all five stories, elicited a strong reaction from me in some form or another.

Did I enjoy this book? I’m not sure ‘enjoy’ is the appropriate word. I was certainly enthralled, impressed with the writing and the bravery of how bleak and unforgiving the world of Eidolon is. I felt a lot of things reading these stories and I get the sense that enjoyment was never the author’s intent.  I was in awe of what the author has accomplished and it is certainly a reading experience I’m going to remember.

Eidolon Avenue will not be a book for everyone, and I would caution readers to brace themselves for some tough subject matter, which is never shied away from or glorified. Rest assured though, that every resident in the pitch-black world of Eidolon gets their comeuppance, whether they deserve to or not.

RICHARD MARTIN

Richard started reading horror books at a young age, starting with R L Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Point Horror’ series. He traumatised himself at the age of twelve when he read Stephen King’s ‘IT’, and never looked back. He is currently based in the UK, where he lives with his partner, and an inappropriate amount of books.


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