This book was the most "out of left field" title I've ever received as a gift. I had no idea who the author was or what the book was about so I decided to give it my typical "20 pages to blow my mind" test. Less than 10 pages in I was fully hooked. It has EVERYTHING! Death, sex, horror, suspense, drug use... and it's not just done for shock value. I've been trying to read as many books as I can get my hands on in the past 9 months and this is the first one that literally had me on the edge of my seat. The writing is fantastic, the story is solid and the characters are brilliant! I couldn't put it down and now I'm left wanting another one from the author! This actually could be the best horror I've ever read.
From the Author
For a while I read many Stephen King and Dean Koontz books. As I read them I began to notice patterns in the writing.
Stephen King wrote two hundred pages of "In a boring town in Maine, with boring people doing boring things, a horror was awakening." Two hundred pages later, with nothing having happened and the horror only hinted at, I was thinking "Wake up!"
To be fair, the resolution of his books was often brilliant. Just the prelude was boring as bat dung.
Dean Koontz wrote books that dragged you from the first page, at breakneck speed. Begging to be read to find out what happens next. Brilliant! Then, with everything still unresolved, I would realize that there were only five pages left in the book! Huh?! And a brilliant, compelling book would finish "And the monster died and they all lived happily ever after."
The End. WTF?!
So I decided to write a horror novel that would grab the reader by the throat from the first line, "The night creatures were stalking her.", and drag them through to an extended, thrilling, unforeseen climax that would leave the reader breathless and satisfied.
I sincerely hope that you enjoy Fear The Dark!