- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: Woodland Press, LLC (January 10, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0991230108
- ISBN-13: 978-0991230105
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,065,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Return of the Mothman Paperback – January 10, 2014
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Previous resident, Ted Browning, returns home to care for his ailing grandmother who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. There, he encounters a number of people from his past, some of whom resurrect memories of a tragedy that drove him from town. Ted has his own inner demons to overcome, but a far greater menace to face when the Mothman begins to target those he knows.
The book is populated with characters that reflect the heart, soul, and heartbreak, of life in a mining community. The horror element is nicely balanced with good, old-fashioned creepiness and a regular guy “hero” forced to confront a being of incredible power.
Mothman fanatics all have their opinions of the creature’s origins, but I especially liked the twist Mr. Knost gave to his red-eyed monster. Satisfying from beginning to end, this is a character-driven book as much as a horror story. Well done!
The best writing comes in the climax. The action is fast yet easy to keep track of. Mothman isn't just something spooky that stands in the shadows, or a portent of doom. He's corporeal in the story and poses a real physical threat to the characters.
Obviously there's a huge regional audience for the book as Mothman is firmly implanted in West Virginia myth. But don't be afraid that you can't keep up if you happen to be far away from that location. In fact, folks from other areas might find the slice-of-life sections to be more interesting than local readers.
This is a good book to read in one sitting. It is well paced, with realistic dialogue and enough plot to keep the story moving without being confusing. It also had a real feel of suspense throughout.
While this is a book of fiction, the author did a good job of using local history (besides the obvious legend of Mothman, he includes the Buffalo Creek disaster, the collapse of the Silver Bridge, and the curse of Chief Cornstalk) to add a feeling of authenticity to the book. He does a good job of taking a character that has been examined in many books and documentaries, as well as a major motion picture, builds upon these sources and adds enough of a twist to make him feel fresh, without creating a totally different and unrecognizable character.
I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes stories which contain suspense and drama, with characters you want to root for.
Masterfully woven into this folklore-based horror is the story of an ordinary man up against a wall of human emotion nearly as difficult to tear down as the beast who haunts him. The realistic problems facing the protagonist place the reader in a highly believable and relatable setting, and that makes this book even more frightening.
Michael Knost artfully alternates moments that warm the heart with moments that make it skip a beat. When you finish reading, you'll want to hug your grandma, kiss your partner, sleep with one eye open, and possibly even change your underpants.