Literature / 14
A novel by Peter Clines (author of the Ex-Heroes
series and The Eerie Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
chronicles the journey of a young man named Nate Tucker who rents an apartment in Los Angeles where the rent is suspiciously cheap, the cockroaches are bright green with an extra leg, and there's a single padlocked room on his floor that seems to terrify everyone around him. Except, it's the room next door to it where people are constantly committing suicide.
A cerebral horror novel, 14
is published by Permuted Press
and has received much praise for its labyrinthine but understandable mystery. It has another book in the same universe by the same author, The Fold
This work provides examples of:
- Action Survivor: The survivors at the end
- Apocalypse How: Humanity will be eaten by extra-dimensional monsters if there's too many psychic presences on Earth. The Kvach Building prevents this.
- Applied Phlebotinum: There's a lot of going on in the Kavach Building.
- Artifact of Doom: Some residents suspect the building might be this. It's actually the only thing preventing the Apocalypse.
- Big Bad: Cthulhu. Though he's unnamed, it's very obviously either him or the inspiration for the deity in-universe.
- Blatant Lies: Tim's excuse for knowing an increasingly bizarre set of skills is he read about them in a manual.
- Bittersweet Ending: Tim is dead, the entire crisis was their fault, and they're all traumatized. Nate is now the new building manager, though.
- Cosmic Horror Story: The secrets of the universe tied to the Kavach Building threaten one's sanity. Subverted. Everything actually more or less works out in the end.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Mrs. Knight, an otherwise sweet old lady, gets sucked into an alien sun through explosive decompression.
- Eldritch Location: The Kavach Building.
- It has a doorway INTO SPACE.
- Extra-Strength Masquerade: This is enforced around the Kavach Building, which is a good thing once the world starts to end.
- Granola Girl: Xela has elements of this.
- Hollywood Nerd: Veek.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Xela doesn't see much problem sunbathing nude.
- Lovecraft Lite: Only three major characters die and one was evil.
- Meaningful Name: The Kavach Building It means 'shield'.
- Meganekko: Veek.
- The Men in Black: They appear at the end.
- Mood Whiplash: Light and humorous storytelling swerving into cosmic horror then back.
- Ms. Fanservice: Xela is this for the book, though Nate's Above the Influence.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The residents really-really are messing with stuff above their knowledge level. And it almost destroys the world.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The government is quite understanding despite the fact our heroes almost ended the world.
- Religion of Evil: The Family.
- Shout-Out: Extensive ones to Scooby Doo, Lost, and The Cthulhu Mythos''
- Trope Named: The Uncanny Valley effect is explained in-universe.
- Unlucky Everyman: Nate Tucker is this before he becomes a resident of the Kavach Building.
- Weirdness Censor: The events of the book are only visible to the characters inside the building.