An Opening Act of Unspeakable Evil

{4/5} “Most people think that if you have a poster and stuff, everything’s set in stone and organized to the last detail. Most people have never organized an event. Really, all a poster is is a bold declaration: we are going to get together, for this reason, at this time, in this place, and you’re really going to regret it if you miss it!”

Kate walks in on her new housemate Lilith when she’s performing some kind of ritual — with candles and a sign on the floor and everything. Needless to say, she finds this somewhat disturbing. Later Lilith says that she was releasing undesirable energy back into the world, whatever that means. Kate works in an art gallery, and eventually creates a small gallery in their house. She impulsively advertises that there will be a performance at the opening. Would Lilith be willing to do her ritual for an audience?

Lilith doesn’t seem particularly evil, but Kate’s not sure exactly what she’s up to. Kate starts a blog and calls it www.roommatefromhell.com.

An Opening Act of Unspeakable Evil by Jim Munroe was published in 2004.

I liked it, but it didn’t grab me quite as much as Munroe’s other novels.

It’s about people who are looking for different things in their lives, and the place where they intersect.

The fantasy aspect isn’t very strong — one character believes she has a sixth sense, but the other characters aren’t sure.

A fair amount of the story takes place in Toronto, a city I’m somewhat familiar with.

I’ve read Munroe’s three other novels — Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask, Angry Young Spaceman, and Everyone in Silico — and they’re all great. He’s also published two graphic novels, which I haven’t read yet.

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