EXITORS 1: Review by The Horror Hypothesis
I'm a huge sucker for the "ancient curse gets released" trope. I'm currently rapidly refreshing a story about archaeologists in Egypt who recently cracked open a sarcophagus that is 2500 years old.
What could go wrong, right?
EXITORS (pt. 1) is the debut offering from M. Seamus Reed and it plays around with this subgenre to a great deal of success. Like Levi Stotlzfus, Eshe may become one of my favorite supernatural heroes when this series is said and done.
This volume is essentially an origin story so readers should understand that when going in. It ends with a set up for the next tale (The Bloodborne Menace).
I flew through this in two sittings and I can't wait for whatever is next.
The Horror Hypothesis - Night Worms Bio Donnie Hypothesis is an avid reader, writer, and collector of horror fiction. He runs the Bookstagram page, “The Horror Hypothesis,” which advocates for the Horror literature genre as a whole. He currently lives in Central Virginia where he spends most of his free time reading, making music, playing video games, and watching movies.
The city of Brackenshaw, USA descends into chaos after an ancient curse is inadvertently unleashed. Now, a band of misfits must fight to survive the nightmare. Meanwhile, a gifted detective is dispatched by an enigmatic agency that specializes in the paranormal.
I'm going to be honest. I almost stopped reading about halfway through. The opening is very strong, with some demon stuff happening on a slave ship but then it kind of goes off the rails a bit. There are characters, I won't bother going through them because they are essentially the same. Basically, the 'misfits' described in the synopsis are criminal morons but not likable morons. I hated most of the characters in this book and just wanted them to die. The dialogue is full of crass humor, stereotypical dialects, and racial slurs, with little to no character development. Also, the city is walled off? I don't know why because it was never really explained.
Alright, so why three stars? Because, once the character of Eshe was introduced, the book turned around for me. She's interesting and original. As the clear protagonist of the planned series, I will read the next books simply because of her. Also, the curse in this book is fresh and well done. I actually really loved the descriptions of the effects of the curse. The ending was also fun and set up the continuing series.
Anyway. I went with three stars because there were parts of this book that I really hated and parts that I really loved.
Matt is a middle school math teacher. He's originally from Kentucky but currently lives in Arkansas with his beautiful wife and 2-year-old son. In addition to reading dark fiction, he also enjoys board games and Disney World.