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Erik Henry Vick is an author who happens to be disabled by an autoimmune disease (also known as his Personal Monster™). He writes to hang on to the few remaining shreds of his sanity. His current favorite genres to write are dark fantasy and horror. He lives in Western New York with his wife, Supergirl; their son; a Rottweiler named after a god of thunder; and two extremely psychotic cats. He fights his Personal Monster™ daily with humor, pain medicine, and funny T-shirts.
Erik has a B.A. in Psychology, an M.S.C.S., and a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked as a criminal investigator for a state agency, a college professor, a C.T.O. for an international software company, and a video game developer.
Hank Jenson is a broken man. A pair of psychopaths called the Bristol Butchers destroyed his fifteen-year career as one of New York’s best criminal profilers. Health in ruins, his failure to catch them is a constant source of pain. His only respite is his family and when they disappear, Hank decides his time for doing nothing is over. He renews his pursuit, and the Butchers lead him to dark, desolate places that shake his beliefs. Along the way, Hank faces mythical beings and ancient evils.
Turn the first page of an Erik Henry Vick book and you know you are embarking on a rather special journey. In Devils, he favoured us with wonderfully imagined nuggets of short, but perfectly framed works of Horror Fiction and this time around he has turned his attention to a longer tale and the ever-popular genre of Dark Fantasy. Delivering an amalgamation of everything that is universally loved by fantasy readers Vick has the enviable ability to engage our dreams and lust for far flung adventure by creating highly original storylines that really resonate with his readers. And he does so here by tapping into the rich literary vein of Viking myth and folklore to deliver a narrative that’s both original and highly entertaining, but it’s in protagonist Hank Jensen that Vick really hits his home run. Struggling with crippling disability in our world, his physical limitations are obvious and Vick could have opted to give him a trite magical cure but through a skilfully woven backstory, we quickly come to realize that Hank’s pain goes far beyond the physical. Pitted against characters that resonate with bloody luminosity in a world of dark magic he once again has to face his past in a plot that’s both sophisticated and masterfully executed.
Another highly enjoyable read from the pen of Erik Henry Vick, Errant Gods proves a must-read for the winter evenings ahead
and is recommended without reservation.