This is one scary book!
J D Barker
Hampton Creek Press
New from Master of Suspense, J.D. BARKER
Bram Stoker Award Nominee – Superior Achievement in a First Novel
Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga
From the witch trials of centuries past, an evil awakens.
Inspired by Actual Events.
Excerpt from the Journal of Clayton Stone – 1692
She was examined today without torture at Shadow Cove township on the charge of witchcraft. She said she was wholly innocent of the crime and has never in life renounced God. I watched as they brought her out. A poor, sickly thing, worn by her time behind the walls of her prison. Her bared feet and hands bound in leather, her clothing tattered to that of ruin. Despite such condition, her head was held high, her eyes meeting those of her accusers. She still refuses to provide her name so we remain unable to search baptismal records, nor has her family stepped forward to claim her as their own. We have no reason to believe she is anything but an orphaned child. I find myself unable to look at her directly in the moments preceding her trial. She is watching me though; with eyes of the deepest blue, she is watching me.
Thad McAlister, Rise of the Witch
When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.
But was it really fiction?
He inadvertently opened a door, one that would soon jeopardize the lives of his family.
She wants to come back.
At home, his wife struggles to keep their family alive. Secretly wondering if she caused it all…a deal she made long ago. A deal with the Forsaken.
This is one scary book!
I think that the words of the author as quoted on his GoodReads page https://www.goodreads.com/jdbarker say succinctly just about all you need to know about this author and his book Forsaken when he talks about the importance of writing to him:
” Something as simple as a pencil can open the door to a new world, can create life or experience death. Writing can take you to places you’ve never been, introduce you to people you’ve never met, take you back to when you first saw those shadows in your room, when you first heard the sounds mumbling ever so softly from your closet, and it can show you what uttered them. It can scare the hell out of you, and that’s when you know it’s good.”
And boy this is good! Immediately I stared reading I had a déjà vu experience – I felt like I was reading an early work of the great Stephen King – works that introduced me to the horror genre when I was a young adult (and there is also a link by the naming of a shop in this work “Needful Things.”) There is something here so powerful, so evocative that conjures up the feelings of dread, fear, suspense, decay and death that I could not read in one sitting. I needed a break from this – and when I went to bed I closed my eyes and mentally viewed my doors and windows hoping they were solidly locked. This is a great read for the fans of the genre horror!!
*Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.