There are some huge booby traps when it comes to coming-of-age-horror stories. How easy is it to make your characters do something beyond their age, or show some kind of wisdom or mental maturity which takes away the childhood ínnocence they are supposed to have? Personally, my biggest pet peeve of this genre is when the author plays it safe: How can anything truly bad happens to the innocent kids? We need a happy ending or it simply won’t sell, all the good guys need to survive—people can’t handle anything else!
Well, Max Booth III, take a bow, because you gave this mentality a huge, fat middle finger and told those people to suck it! This is a horror book, not some f*cking YA, piddle around the point and let’s not offend anyone, good golly gosh, no!
The kids in this story, Alonzo and Joshua, are twelve years old. They are not perfect little angels, nor are they truly bad seeds, but they are flawed children living in tough circumstances, doing the stupid shit most kids will do during their youth. Until things get out of hand one night and they cross a line which will have severe consequences.
The last thing they wanted to see was the flashing lights of a cop car. Well, that or a Celine Dion concert, really. And while they will be spared the latter—this author is not a sadist, you know—they will have to face the police…but are they really cops, or just some sickos pretending to be the law?
With both boys gone and the police unwilling to help them, their mothers have no choice but to take the law into their own hands and go about things vigilante-style. (STOP! You are thinking Thelma and Louise, right? You’re wrong, just put it out of your head and move on.)
You are about to walk into the small town of Percy, Indiana, and look into the deep, dark abyss of corruption, secrets and black magic…not to mention Vodka, hangovers and a smiley face penis—and nobody wants to look the one-eyed-monster right in the eye when there might be hints of eunuchs… Okay, I’ll admit it, that is a sentence I never thought I’d write…
Let me tell you a little story about myself. In my adult life, there have not been many occasions where a movie, tv show or book scared me. I don’t mean startle, I mean deep psychological fear. Many years ago, it was about one o’clock in the morning and I was watching a music video show on television, when I first saw “Come To Daddy” by Aphex Twin. That video freaked me out, for some psychological reason I still don’t understand today. While I’d been living alone for years, I had to get up and make sure all the doors were locked because I was feeling paranoid. It is not my proudest moment, I have to admit. Why bring it up? Well, when the twins appeared in this book, I flashed back to that memory. I was not scared, but I had this cold, heavy, uncomfortable feeling in my stomach. I’m not sure if it was the gallon of ice cream I ate or not, but I dare you to watch that music video and then read this book…
While I can see how some people might be offended by this book, I think Max handled it really, really well. And while some might actually hate that ending—sir, I LOVED it—I was more than 90% into the story and I still didn’t know how it was going to end.
I can recommend this to almost any horror fan.
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Touch the Night by Max Booth III
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Stranger Things and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre unite to form a blood-soaked matrimony of violence and corruption.
DescriptionMOTHER! MOTHER! RISE FROM THE GROUND! Stranger Things and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre unite to form a blood-soaked matrimony of violence and corruption. Something sinister’s hiding in the small town of Percy, Indiana, and twelve-year-old Joshua Washington and Alonzo Jones are about to find themselves up close and personal with it. After a harmless night of petty property damage leads to the unthinkable, the red and blue lights of a cop car are the last things these boys want to see. Especially a cop car driven by something not quite human. Enter Mary Washington and Ottessa Jones. Their sons have been best friends for years, and now Josh and Alonzo have been abducted in the dead of night. Worst of all, the local sheriff refuses to believe they’re missing, leaving it up to Mary and Ottessa to take the law into their own hands before a family of ungodly lunatics can complete a ritual decades in the making. Together they will embark on a surreal and violent journey into a land of corrupt law enforcement, small-town secrets, gravitational oddities, and ancient black magic.