Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review: Fearworld

Fearworld by Paul Melhuish

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Horror short Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book on Amazon; there were no expectations, but I am happy to provide an honest review.

Synopsis: Emerging like fish from water, the shapes took form in the air and landed softly among the commuters. A hideous cold accompanied them. Confused passengers saw the monstrosities change shape from formless bodies into uniformed train guards. Uniformed train guards with rubbed-out faces and slits for mouths.

"…tickets… please…"

After the photophobes are summoned into our dimension, what hope is there for the survivors? One man, at least, is prepared to strike back!

My Thoughts: What an interesting idea – a magician opens a rift into another dimension... of horror! It made me think of my great-uncle Fred, who was apparently a magician in his younger years. From what my mom told me, Fred claimed to actually be able to make people float, turn invisible, etc., and quit magic because he became convinced his powers came from Satan... I, unfortunately, only have this information 2nd hand, because he died of throat cancer while I was still quite young. I wish I knew more about him; how interesting, huh?

Anyway, Fearworld is a short but intense horror story; while it is described in the text as Dantean, I found it more Lovecraftian, myself. I loved how it went back and forth between past and present, between the events that led up to, and immediately followed the infestation, and the events some time later. I would love to see this expanded into a longer novel, explore this world a bit more, but done this way it definitely whets one’s appetite for this author’s work. A must-read for fans of horror.

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