There’s a lot of fun to be had here for horror fans.
Jeremy Bates has taken a big blood-stained pot and mixed together a load of familiar horror tropes. So, we have the young people lost in the haunted wood, satanists, rednecks, giant snakes and ghastly, brutal murder. The 1980’s setting even lets him throw a traumatised soldier (a la Rambo) into the mix. This might sound like it’s a roll of clichés, but such is the number of them that it moves beyond cliché and ends up somewhere else altogether. A blood splattered compendium of 1980’s US horror movies. A white-knuckle ride with an incredible death toll. There are even forwards and epilogues where people completely incidental to the plot get offed. It’s a dark read then – and completely lacking in a Stephen King-esque faith in the goodness of people – but one which will undoubtedly appeal to any horror fan of my vintage.
My debut novel, THE WANNABES – which has been out of print for a little while – is now available for free. A supernatural thriller of beautiful actresses and deadly ambition in London town, it’s well worth your time. You can get your copy here!