Down in the keys, the small town of Coral Point is once more
suffering from the blight that has visited it every four years,
the insidious blight that infects its weakest citizens. In
the dead of night something dark is transforming them into
the Parish Damned. Only one man stands between the town and
the devastation that lurks in the night...
Thomas has previously won the Bram Stoker Award for his first
novel, Stained. This being the case I was looking forward
to reading a stonking good horror book - in this I was not
disappointed. Unfortunately what I didn't get was a novel
to review but rather novella, for those not in the know this
is somewhere between a short story and a novel.
format is always problematic as it usually has to dispense
with exposition and any lengthy descriptions. Character development
inevitably suffers with the restriction in word length. Of
course this is not always a problem, for those of you who
feel an anathema towards Dickensian descriptive passages might
find that this book is more to your liking. Given the restricted
word length the story has little choice except to rocket forward
at full pelt.
It's not giving any great plot points away to say that this
is a modern vampire tale. Due to the cover, the story does
what it says on the packaging. So is it any good? Well I would
have to say yes, I can see Hollywood script written all over
it. That said, there is a very big problem with the book.
Yes, you've guessed it, it's the length. An average reader
will plough through this little number in less than an hour
and a half as its only seventy-nine pages in length, so the
asking price seems a little steep but, that's not a reflection
on the author or his excellent novella.
So if you want to discover a new writer in the horror genre
check this out. Personally I look forward to Thomas flexing
his writing muscles on a Stephen King length novel.
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