4 out of 5 Stars
This is your typical night in a haunted house horror, but DEFINITELY not your typical writing for it. In very vivid prose we get a story of 4 very different horror writers brought to a supposed ‘haunted house’ to be interviewed for a horror fan blog called Wrightwire.
The Mainstream Hack Sam McGarver-
“He had started this new novel at least a hundred times. He had exhausted more first sentences than he could remember. They were single lines on one-page documents, saved on his hard drive in a folder named, appropriately, “Crap.”
And perhaps Sam’s most inspired first sentence: Sam, you suck as a writer and will never write anything that anyone cares about because you are a fraud and your books are shit.”
The decrepit Old Has-Been Sebastian Cole-
“the golden days of Beaver Cleaver and Good Humor Bars and ‘There’s nothing to fear but fear itself’ are over . They’ve been raped and tortured and left for dead. The only thing to fear these days is everything.”
The Christian Bullshit Artist, Daniel Slaughter-
“Do evil, and you will be punished. Only the characters that are pure of heart triumph in the end. Evil never wins in my books. Good does, because it’s from God.”
And the Unforgivably Brutal T.C Moore-
“Horror no longer goes bump in the night. Horror stuffs the bodies of dead hookers in his crawl space and then pulls a twelve-hour nursing shift taking care of your sick mother. Horror sits in his cubicle and fantasises about sucking the toes of the high school cheerleader he plans to strangle after work. Horror stays awake at night dreaming up ways to hurt you and your family and your pets and everything you hold dear. Horror is perversion.”
They all have very different views of what horror means to them…Until that horror starts to prey on them in very REAL ways..
“Breathing. It’s like the house is breathing. But softly. Like its realxed. Content.
Content to what? he asked himself.
To be here with us. To listen.”
I think that Sam expresses it best when he says “In horror, there’s no such thing as ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ That thing will be back, and it will take over your life. That’s the root of all fear: the loss of control. Not being able to stop the evil.”
Also, everyone who reads or has read this book HAS to tell me I’m not crazy and that if this is ever made into a movie Wainwright HAS to be played by Matt Smith… Right??Any Doctor Who fans?!?! Skinny pants, wavy brown hair, U.K accent (ok, so they say Irish.. We can work with it) and a weird smooth clay face?? COME ON!!
If you’d like to learn more about Scott Thomas and his writings feel free to check out his twitter account:
Kill Creek is Best Served With
A Modern Cocktail
Well, after reading this book all I could think of was whisky, because it’s mentioned a lot! Lol! (A man after my own heart!) I’m pretty sure that every character in some point in the book drinks some whiskey. So, at first I thought… well, I love me a good ‘ole Whiskey Sour!! But… that was just a little boring for this book.
Then I stumbled across this PERFECT COCKTAIL on Sipsmith London it’s like a whiskey sour with a crazy twist! (just like this book!) It’s ALSO a modern take on a classic (JUST LIKE THIS BOOK!!) So, here we go!!
- .25oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1oz peaty Scottish whisky
- 1oz Sloe Gin
- 1 dash absinthe
- 1 dash orange bitters
- Brandied cherry, to garnish
- Add the lemon juice and sugar to a cocktail shaker and stir to combine.
- Add the whisky, sloe gin, absinthe and orange bitters
- fill the cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass
- garnish with a brandied cherry.