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DO NOT TAKE THE SHELLS

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By GretaWoods, member

Oct 18, 2016: I just finished reading the whole thing in less than 24 hours, which, given that I’m a slow reader, shows how much this book hooked me. In the beginning it had shades of Lovecraft but also Environmental Horror, but as it went on it headed more directly into Eldritch Abomination territory.

I tried to think of something other than a glowing review for it, but struggled. I suppose the most frustrating part is actually the prologue, since it gives away that the character survives, which decreases that particular level of fear.

That said it was an amazing read, which each chapter ending with just enough drama and anticipation to keep you diving ahead. All I can say is that I’m glad that it’s a finished work, because I don’t think I could have handled waiting each week for a new installment.

Highly recommended to those who enjoy Eldritch Abominations, environmental horror, and even the works of Junji Ito.

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DO NOT TAKE THE SHELLS

In Taveye, shells take you

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Sep 26, 2015: It was the title that first stirred my curiosity. An evocative mix of poignancy and tension drew me into the story of a depressed man grieving a lost love, who allows himself to be coaxed by chipper pals into a seaside vacation in an oddly gloomy town. At some point, I realized I we were getting into something like Lovecraftian territory. Except . . . Ok, he is the father of supernatural horror, but (heresy) I’ve always found Lovecraft a tough slog. Maybe this could be Lovecraft if he was readable? And had more sympathy for his characters?

I like the kind of horror or weird mystery that’s eerie, rather than gory, and this is a nice example, with an unusual twist.

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EARWORM

Sweet Dreams

By t4nky, author of Nowhere Island University

May 24, 2015: I have to admit, I’m still in kind of the early stages of Earworm. However, I know good horror writing when I see it, and this certainly has potential. It certainly has two of the most important points of horror down pat: atmosphere and the monster.

Atmosphere is very good. Mystic Island, the place where the story takes place, always seems to have something bubbling under the surface. Even in the most innocent-seeming scenes, there’s always something just slightly off. And in the not-so-innocent scenes? laughs evily

That gets us to the next part. The monster. This monster is what I call a "third-wave monster." Instead of being a mindless killer or a freakish creature, William Knight is able to appear to be a typical high school loner lusting after the popular girl. But he’s not.

In truth, he’s actually a disturbed individual with the power to insert himself and any imagery into the people of his dreams. Instead of using his powers for good, he instead is using them to brainwash a girl to be his girlfriend, as well as mentally torment anyone who gets in his way.

However, there is a mystery that (because I’ve only read the first 20-30 chapters) has not been revealed. William has a very broken family. His father and mother are dead and he probably has put his uncle/adopted father into an insane asylum. Both adopted parents tried to kill him. Now the question is, why? Has William had to deal with years of abuse, or was he born an irredeemable monster?

In short, if you like your monsters to be twisted individuals pretending to be normal people, this is probably something you should give a read.

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