Tim Waggoner manages to pack all the trappings of a full-size psychological horror into a sleek novella. Not one word wasted. The last thing I want to do is spoil any reading discoveries so I'll be brief. Angie has experienced so much grief and devastation in her life that it leads her on a journey to explore the supernatural and unexplained phenomena. Tim Waggoner directs the reader through a series of vignettes that feel disjointed but experienced horror fans will know everything will come together at some point.
And they do.
In fact, the ending is so damn enticing, there better be more to this universe. I hope there are adventures following SOME KIND OF MONSTER because Waggoner left the door wide open. This author is quickly becoming a favorite and he has a huge back catalog of some 50+ novels so I'm excited to have just scratched the surface. Fans of grief horror (*triggers), the supernatural, and short fiction should get this for their October TBR. It's a fast, compelling ride.
Sadie Hartmann aka Mother Horror reviews horror for Cemetery Dance and
SCREAM Magazine. She is the co-owner of the horror fiction subscription
company, Night Worms. She lives in Tacoma, WA with her husband of 20+ years
where they enjoy perfect weather, street tacos and hanging out with their 3
kids. They have a Frenchie named Owen.
Wow. What a book.
There’s so much I want to say, yet the book is short, and to say too much is to ruin it. I thought I was in for a creature feature, and what I got was so much more. There are monsters here, sure, but the true heart of this book lies within Angie’s grief. And boy does she suffer a lot of grief. You begin to wonder if there is a black cloud hovering over her, with how much Angie is put through within the confines of such a short book.
This is the third book I’ve read by Waggoner, and although it’s the shortest, it is by far my favorite I never really had any true idea where this was going, and that’s saying a lot for a 74 page book. Pick this one up, it’s one of my favorites of the year!
John is a native of Cranston, Rhode Island. He served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, deploying twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s a lover of all things horror, pizza and cheeseburgers. When he’s not reading or watching boxing he spends his time with his amazing wife and two beautiful sons.
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