Archive for February, 2014

It was Leisure’s mass market paperback line of horror books that got me back to horror and reading.  It introduced me to a plethora of new writers and some old ones.  One such writer was John Everson.  Wait a minute, I’m supposed to be talking about Kristopher Rufty and instead here I am babbling about John Everson.  I only bring it up because Everson is a writer who can mix eroticism and horror into a true masterful story.

Most horror stories are mystery novels at heart.  Something is up and its going to take our protagonist to a couple dozen chapters to figure out the root of the problem.  In horror, when the protagonist figures out what is wrong, they are usually bloody and on the last vestiges of life.

Rufty’s ‘Oak Hollow’ is a great mystery horror novel mixed in with erotic themes and a baby.  I will not lie, this book was not my cup of tea at times.  I felt like the pace would speed up, only to slow down to portray a mundane life of a preggo teenager as she is living with her grandmother in this strange town.

But it is a good story.  Eerie elements of a town watching you.  Great characters, especially Tracey.  Tracey, I felt, was the only character to stay true.  The supporting cast came off as cliche in some parts.  I also enjoyed the background of Sunow and his cult.  I would not mind reading a book about the rise and fall of this cult. 

I would give this book a 6/10.  The pacing slowed down at parts for me.  But it encompasses a great mystery with great characters.  Give it a shot.  Also do not read this book in a public place.  It might get awkward for you if you choose to do so.

Movie Reviews:

Dredd – I was pleasantly surprised by this film.  Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  A more solid story that reflected its comic book roots.

Carrie – It was hard for me to get into the movie.  Pretty much a shot for shot remake of the original movie except all of the actors/actresses look like models.  I did enjoy the prom scene, more action-packed.  But why was the blood CGI-ed?  And why were there three blood money shots?

Until next time.

-SJB

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