Edward Lee states that H.P. Lovecraft is one of greatest writers ever. His (Lee’s) writing is nothing like Lovecraft's, except for the imagination part. It is truly astounding how things work out, he wrote Trolley No. 1852, The Innswich Horror, and The Haunter of the Threshold directly with Lovecraft in mind. With all that being said, all I can say is wow. This review might be slightly biased, considering I am already an Edward Lee fan. It was a graphic depiction of life back in the early 1900's.
Pages takes place after a train broke down in the Virginian hills near Kentucky and West Virginia, with our main character Howard, who is a starving writer, hmmm, he decides to partake in a nature walk instead of going to the local hotel establishment for the night, cause he couldn't afford it. His new "friends" told him of the creekers they were hoping to find. He really wanted no part of that, then a tall man appeared and asked to hang a poster for the carnival that was in town, in exchange he offered them free tickets. Of course, they went.
That is where Howard met Bliss, his dumbfounded self, couldn't understand his attraction to such an odd "performer in a carnie, but her beauty bewitched him. He fell head over heels, and had to help her escape her father/husband, who owned the carnival.
The depiction of everything is in great detail, the good and the bad. If you have ever read an Edward (Ed) Lee novel, you understand completely what I'm saying. He uses very descriptive words, which is sometimes good, sometimes very nasty. This book offers up everything an Ed Lee novel has and delivers it with a solid blow to your face. His writing is very "hardcore", and is not for everyone, but I love it. Don't say you weren't warned. Enjoy!