- File Size: 2056 KB
- Print Length: 99 pages
- Publisher: Dark Chapter Press (March 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XGC2G27
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Westfield Orphan: A Dark Chapter Press Unlimited Short Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Quite simply there is nothing not to like in this story.I've not read anything by David before, however had heard of his name with positive praise amongst the circle of horror authors and readers I call my fiends..oops, sorry friends. It won't be the only book of his I'll be reading. I can't wait for the sequel for starters.
I love books set in Victorian London and David set the scene well with locations, people and prose. I felt like I'd gone back in time and his descriptions of grotty streets of London where the lower classes of society walked was excellent. Equally, when taking us into the homes of the London upper class I was almost tasting the Earl Grey tea and cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off.
The plot? Very clever and very compelling. When a couple of upper class "Toffs" decide to enter the world of the lower classes blended in disguise a series of events kick off that take you into a world of imagination and fictional thrills, toss in blood, gore and the stench of death and you have a winner.
A beautiful woman of the lower class crowd. A man of wealth with a reputation of respect. Then...hideous creatures of the night. Not human. Not pleasant. Dangerous and dark. Shit is going down in the back alleyways my friends. So is a lot of spilt blood for that matter.
A hunt for creatures of the night. The blurring of lines between the classes and what we have is a creepy, exciting tale being told. I was hooked from the first word to last. This author is a storyteller. In fine form.
The characters, their accents, the words they speak are all authentic of the era and their standing. His rendering of a harsh Glaswegian accent in the tale is particularly good! It just added to the atmosphere and had you transported to another time and place. You can tell this author took his time with research and getting this right.
It's got enough suitably gory bits to thrill the horror fans, plenty to please the paranormal fans and an overall appeal to all types of readers. I thoroughly enjoyed this and am very keen to read not only the sequel but more of David's writing. I took far too long to discover this talented horror author. 5 stars!
Thank you to Dark Chapter Press and David Basnett for my ARC of this novella. All review opinions are entirely my own and unbiased.