Book Review: Nightlife: Hazardous Material by: Matthew Quinn Martin

Publisher: Pocket Star

Publication Date: May 11, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: In the novella NIGHTLIFE: HAZARDOUS MATERIAL, we get a glimpse of The Division’s origins and aims, when a young man stumbles onto a long-abandoned video arcade—which three decades ago was the site of the largest mass shooting in New York history—and unwittingly uncovers a relic of unimaginable power and mind-altering terror.

Review: In NIGHTLIFE: HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, Jarrod Foster spends his time at a job dismantling spaces and disposing of hazardous materials with his boss Ludwig. On a seemingly ordinary day, Jarrod and Ludwig are dismantling an old abandoned roller rink when Jarrod finds a strange door not on the plans. When they open the door, there are vintage games from the arcade which used to operate in the roller rink. They also discover bullet holes and blood, a lasting testament to the largest mass shooting in New York history. Ludwig carts off the games so he can sell them, except for one which Jarrod keeps – an old arcade cabinet named Polybius. A game he’s never heard of, can find no information on, and is seemingly broken. Until one night, when he pops a quarter in the game, and his life changes forever. NIGHTLIFE: HAZARDOUS MATERIALS takes the strange Portland, Oregon urban legend and gives it new life through Jarrod Foster. For a short story, NIGHTLIFE: HAZARDOUS MATERIALS packs a punch. The characters were great and you could really connect with Jarrod. The horror was subliminal, but very psychologically striking. NIGHTLIFE: HAZARDOUS MATERIALS is a prequel of sorts to NIGHTLIFE, but does not have to be read first. Sometimes urban legends aren’t just legends…

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