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The Dark Servant Paperback – April 16, 2017
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"Beautifully crafted and expertly plotted, Matt Manochio's The Dark Servant has taken an esoteric fairy tale from before Christ and sets it in the modern world of media-saturated teenagers--creating a clockwork mechanism of terror that blends Freddy Krueger with the Brothers Grimm!" -- Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor
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If you've never heard of Krampus -- and I'm wagering a vast majority of American readers have little or no knowledge of him -- then The Dark Servant is for you. Krampus, in pre-Christian European folklore, is Saint Nicholas's (yes, Santa Claus) dark companion. Saint Nick rewarded the good kids with toys and treats while farming out the bad ones to the guy on my book's cover. My Krampus goes after a New Jersey town's high school bullies, but there's so much more to it than that (teenage mental illness is a theme, for instance). So if you're sick of teenage vampires that aren't scary, or werewolves with unrealistic six-pack abs, check out The Dark Servant. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I'll take a benevolent Kris Kringle threatening naughty kids with a lump of coal in their stocking over the jolly old fellow's malevolent pre-holiday sidekick Krampus any day-- especially the one portrayed in "The Dark Servant."
Author Matt Manochio takes this character from the tales of European folklore to a demonic new level that will scare the bejesus out of even the most desensitized fan of the horror genre. Watch out Stephen King! This new writer seamlessly blends all of the required literary elements that comprise a compelling piece of fiction, while cleverly conveying a strong message about some current social ills like bullying, teen angst and more.
Anyone who enjoys a fast-paced, well-written and, most of all, terrifying read, will enjoy this book.
However, readers be warned -- it's a book that's hard to put down, especially when you keep worrying that Manochio's Krampus might be planning on paying YOU a visit!
Heard about Matt's book on the radio, and liked the premise of the Amazon synopsis... of course, currently an expat in Germany and my son is going to a German school, so main thought was to buy the book for him, but read it first to make sure it wasn't too 'dark' or satanic. None of that here. Just so happens, I started reading it on December 5th, and finished it yesterday on St. Nicholas day, while running around to various Christmas markets and St. Nicholas events.
As for recommending for kids... my son is 14 and I would prefer the book didn't have a dozen or so uses of the F-word and half a dozen teenage sexual innuendoes, but it's far less than current high school kids see or hear on a daily basis, and the use in the story is not the focus or misplaced... he (my son) has already started reading it and fully enjoying it, so I'm happy to let him finish. Let's call this PG-13.
Thanks for a great 'Christmas' story, with a very different twist... just hope the title doesn't turn off too many readers who are worried about it being too Dark.
After finding hoofprints in the snow, Tim's brother Billy begins to suspect that a beast, not a man, is the culprit. It isn't long before he comes face to face with the massive creature--Krampus himself.
With some help from a couple of friends, Billy embarks on a mission to rescue his brother and the other missing kids. But can a group of teens stop a demonic beast hell-bent on exacting punishment on the wicked?
Overall, this was a good, entertaining story. The action began almost immediately. The writing is detailed and descriptive, which allows readers to become immersed in the story. The characters are well-developed and, for the most part, realistic. I think Billy was the most believable and, in my opinion, the most endearing. He was brave, honest, altruistic and clever.
Given the nature of this story, suspension of disbelief is necessary. I found the idea of Krampus fascinating but thought he would have been more horrific if he didn't speak--or at least, maybe, if he weren't so humorous (though I generally do appreciate humor in a book).
I will definitely be reading more books by Matt Manochio in the future.
The protagonist of the book is the sheriff’s seventeen-year-old son. Billy begins to put the pieces together and soon realizes the abductions have been perpetrated by a hulking, hairy monster with a nasty talent for inflicting pain. Too bad for Krampus he’s snatched Billy’s brother because Billy isn’t about to let Krampus haul him to the underworld—even if the adults are clueless about the true danger.
This was a page-turner, and I do recommend checking it out if this type of read appeals to you. I loved it! Personally, I love almost anything with a creature on the loose, especially when said creature gets to rampage in a modern-day setting. I’ll be looking forward to more by this author!