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"A book which preys on our most basic, instinctive fears, then amplifies them ten-fold. A desperate, intense descent into the depths of somewhere unimaginably ancient and unspeakably evil." -David Moody
Publishers Weekly – Starred Review:
“And on the second day things did not get better.” This suitably foreboding opening sentence sets the stage for a dark and mesmerizing horror debut that riffs on Algernon Blackwood’s classic story “The Wendigo.” Hutch, Luke, Dom, and Phil set off on a camping trip in the forests of Sweden, only to find the woods hostile to their explorations. Tensions arise when it becomes clear that two of the party aren’t physically up to the challenges of navigating the rough terrain, and fears set in with the discovery of an eviscerated “thing” hanging higher up in a tree then any animal would place it. Nevill makes the natural world deeply menacing, using the power of suggestion rather than explicit images to create a growing claustrophobic feeling as the difficult journey to return to some semblance of civilization embeds the quartet only further in the grasp of primal evil.
"A spine-tingling tale of one man’s survival in a truly horrific realm." - Suspense Magazine
Adam L. G. Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. The Ritual is his first novel to be published in the U.S. His book Last Days won the British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel of the Year.
I was looking for a new author to replace Stephen King. I just finished his most recent book and was pretty much out of material, but then I found Nevill. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jeffrey Stroesenreuther
It reminded me of a really good 70s horror film -- stripped down thrills with no allegory or complicated cosmology to follow. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Gregory Stolze
I thought it was the forest that came alive and did evil things, buy turned out to be tribes and an unknown animal species.Published 17 days ago by Pascotam
This review of The Ritual is based on the results of our October 2014 book club meeting, not on my sole opinion. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Romantic Glutton
A couple of dudes go hiking in uncharted woods, get lost and things start happening. Not exactly the most original idea but can still be made into a good story if executed well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Prince LaQroix
A time ago I was looking on the internet for a list of truly scary books, horror books for seasoned horror fanatics you might say. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Straddle1985
Four college friends reunite for a camping trip in the ancient forests of Sweden, and things go horribly awry. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Lapointe