July 24, 2014
A few of us at Church Street have a new obsession: the Netflix series Hemlock Grove. True, it’s incredibly creepy and often pretty gross — but we can’t stop watching or talking about it anyway. We’ve recently brought the paperback of the book the series is based on into the shop, and it seems to like a perfectly nasty summer read. Because it’s not really summer if you don’t spend a little bit of time laying on the beach with a werewolf, right?
So, what to drink with this gothic novel that’s already being called a modern horror classic? We have to go with iced coffee, preferably without milk and sugar — after all, Hemlock Grove is more dark than sweet, so shouldn’t your coffee be the same? If the novel’s anything like the series, we won’t want to eat while we’re reading (too many gross-out scenes), and we’ll be up all night anyway — so we might as well be caffeinated, and our Church Street iced coffee (we carry both our own blend and Icebox Coffee’s cold brew in unsweet or vanilla) is the perfect cold, fresh summer drink.
By: Brian McGreevy
The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for. Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia. At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right—and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come. Buy Now on
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