I picked up Martin Livings’ 2006 novel Carnies at the library on Saturday, purely on the strength of the fact I’ve picked up a story of his for the ASIM Horror Best Of anthology. I finished it late (very) last night and while I really liked the story idea, I found I just wasn’t convinced by some of the characterisation. The character of David was really off to me – I mean here’s this repressed journo, in an unhappy marriage, career failing, family fractured, comes across as completely hopeless, yet turn him into a werewolf and he becomes a homicidal lunatic with all sorts of power. Meh. Just wasn’t set up well enough for me, given that all the other werefolk were quite normal. Having said that, I enjoyed the story itself, thought the horror and supernatural elements were great, and the ending, while a little contrived, was well done. Look forward to seeing more Martin Livings in ASIM pages, and on the shelves!