The Night Parade by Ronald Malfi will make my list of top horror reads of 2016 for it’s creeping anxiety. The Night Parade is an apocalyptic novel thaThe Night Parade by Ronald Malfi will make my list of top horror reads of 2016 for it’s creeping anxiety. The Night Parade is an apocalyptic novel that follows a Father and Daughter’s journey through the unfolding viral outbreak. The virus causes a disease that is like a amped up version of Alzheimer’s , people start losing their minds and seeing things, ultimately dying of the disease or at their own hands or the hands of other infected.
There is a ticking time bomb in the story that keeps you wondering, “Is it going to happen yet?”. There are several moments where it builds and makes you think it’s going to happen but doesn’t, so it keeps the tension up. David (the father) and Ellie (the daughter) travel across the country encountering a variety of problems and running from the government.
No, this is not just and outbreak novel, there is supernatural element involved as well. The supernatural element doesn’t permeate the book but is definitely a big part of the story. The supernatural part of the story seems to leave the book open for a series of books, which I’d more than happy to see happen.
For comparisons, I would say that it reminds me a bit of The Stand and Cell by Stephen King and The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The comparison is not in terms of plot but more of a mixture of the tone and feels that The Road and The Stand have. The Night Parade is a dark and very depressing novel, the same as the two books I compared it to.
The pacing in the book is great. It’s not an action novel but the David and Ellie moving frantically from one place to the next always looking over their shoulder keeps the story moving and keeps the reader engaged. The book also uses a structure where it leaps between the present and the past often from one chapter to the next. In some books,this leads to slowing the pace or slowing it down a wrong time but not so in The Night Parade.
Overall, The Night Parade was a great read and anyone who loves apocalyptic novels or outbreak novels should enjoy this book. I give this read a solid 4.5 of 5 stars....more
Identity is a quick read, part one of a novel called Eyes Wide Open. The idea is to release the book in four parts, Identity (Released Dec 26th on AmaIdentity is a quick read, part one of a novel called Eyes Wide Open. The idea is to release the book in four parts, Identity (Released Dec 26th on Amazon. Part II is "Mirrors" released 12/31, "Unseen" to be released 01/7/12, and "Seer" to be released 01/14/2012.
There is some speculation that "Eyes Wide Open" will be a series called "The Outlaw Chronicles".
As for "Identity", the story begins with Austin and Christy, two young people in something of a semi-romantic relationship. Austin and Christy have been breaking into a store room attached to an old hospital. Christy returns the storeroom to look for a lost locket when she is victim of an accident and goes missing. Austin gets a message from Christy, though cut short, on his cellphone and goes looking for her.
What follows leaves the two questioning their identities and struggling to get out.
It's hard to rate something clearly not meant to be a full novel or even a novella. The plot does not fully resolve or even resolve enough to be a stand-alone novel independent of more material. So if that bothers you, you may want to skip this one.
However, one of Ted Dekker's attributes is his style and pacing gets you sucked in and you buzz through the book pretty quickly. While this is no action story, it keeps you interested and guessing and most importantly...wanting more. ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect from an author I've never heard of but LZR-1143: Infection was a nice surprise. It is well written, has good storyline, aI wasn't sure what to expect from an author I've never heard of but LZR-1143: Infection was a nice surprise. It is well written, has good storyline, and lots of action. Not only that, but the premise and some of the characters departed from the usual zombie novel typs.
This was a pretty quick read. It was a unique book, at least for me. I really liked the dark mood of the book and that the author keeps you guessing.This was a pretty quick read. It was a unique book, at least for me. I really liked the dark mood of the book and that the author keeps you guessing. You are at time repulsed by the main character, other times you sympathize. It was a good exploration of mental illness. Overall a very good read that was paced just right and the author kept it relatively short, which is good because a story like this could have easily become a plodding borefest. While The Grove isn't an action packed thriller there are plenty of intriguing situations that keep you reading. ...more
The story follows the main character "Lee" who is a US Army special ops (best description I have) who's mission is to restore civilization in case ofThe story follows the main character "Lee" who is a US Army special ops (best description I have) who's mission is to restore civilization in case of world downfall. Of course, this being a zombie novel, the world has pretty much gone down the drain as an infectious agent drives people insane and murderous.
The books moves quickly with hardly a slow section between the covers. It's one action packed scene to the next after a brief setup of the story in the beginning of the book. I think one of the primary things that an author needs to get across in a zombie book is a dark, gritty and near hopeless feel. However, as dark and hopeless as it may be, there is a small but clear ray of hope. Fortunately, The Remaining delivers on that feel and matches it with a pace as rapid, violent and terrifying as as I would imagine a fight for life against the dead would be.
The Remains is without a doubt high on the list of the most exciting reads in the Zombie sub-genre. ...more
Richard Laymon is one of the greats of splatterpunk. Brutal and disturbing for even the most seasoned splatterpunk reader. Instant subgenre classic. IRichard Laymon is one of the greats of splatterpunk. Brutal and disturbing for even the most seasoned splatterpunk reader. Instant subgenre classic. If you like Jack Ketchum and Edward Lee, this will be a perfect read for you. ...more
Most people that have read a Brian Keene novel probably associate him with zombies and for good reason. His novels The Rising, City of the Dead, and DMost people that have read a Brian Keene novel probably associate him with zombies and for good reason. His novels The Rising, City of the Dead, and Dead Sea are among the top novels in the zombie sub-genre. Don't let these three fool you into thinking that Keene is just another guy writing a zombie novel. Dark Hollow one of his three non-zombie horror novel and his best writing to date.
The story of Dark Hollow follows the fledgling writer Adam Senft who accidentally becomes central to a plot steeped in ancient myth and magic. Adam lives in the prototypical all-American neighborhood complete with neighbors who are not just neighbors but good friends. These neighbors join Adam in defending their wives and neighbors against the terror who lives within the dark and shadows of LeHorn's Hollow, while people disappear and suspicion is cast upon them.
First I have to say that if blatant and in your face (no pun intended, OK maybe it was intended) sexual scenes turn you off, you might be done with this book after the first line. That is not to say that this book is all about sex, it most certainly is not, but it most definitely is a part of the story. Since Dark Hollow is centered around an evil Satyr (they are known for their uncontrollable sex drive) it only stands to reason that sex should have a role in the novel. I only mention this so that kids or people who may be offended by sexual content don't mistakenly buy this book.
For the rest of the people like me that have no problem with sexual content, if done well, the Dark Hollow is highly original and entertaining. Keene plays on both mythology and pagan like magic. I found it very interesting that Keene included Pow-wow magic (a folk religion & magic system of the Pennsylvania Dutch) in the story. I have always been interested in folk magic , as I call it, but had yet to read anything on this system. Pow-wow magic added another layer of mystery and something deeper, darker to the story. However, for others it will simply strain their suspension of disbelief even further than finding out that a Satyr is the one responsible for the evil of LeHorn's Hollow.
What Keene really managed to get right is a sense of knowing each and every character involved in the book ,in appropriate depth, given their importance to the plot. You know Adam near as well as yourself by the end of the book, broken down marriage, cowardly dog, insecurities and all. At the other end of the spectrum we don't have characters that are built up and then don't play an important role in the story.
Dark Hollow also points a big red arrow at male insecurity. Something tells me that if you are a man reading this book certain things will ring true with you and others will make you squirm in your seat.
In the end Dark Hollow is great read if you like horror. I started out thinking it might be silly reading a horror book about darn satyr. How could a fictional beast be scary? Well, I was proven wrong. Not only is Dark Hollow scary, it is nightmare inducing and well written to boot. ...more