Saturday, September 24, 2011

Book Review: Those Across The River

Not since reading Andrew Davidson’s, The Gargoyle have I so thoroughly enjoyed a piece of speculative fiction as much as Those Across The River. This atmospheric, well-written book is sure to become a modern day horror classic to be ranked right up there with works by authors like Stephen King, Dean Koontz and John Saul. Christopher Buehlman is one of the few, recent authors that can do good, authentic southern dialogue without making the characters sound like mentally impaired hillbillies.

Down on his luck, WWI veteran, Frank Nichols leaves Chicago and travels to a small, rural town Georgia town in 1935 with his girlfriend, Eudora to take up residence in a house his deceased aunt just left him and to write a book about the family’s history. Frank soon mixes in with the quirky, superstitious characters that inhabit the town and begins to wonder why everyone in afraid to go past the river into the forest. People in the small town start dying gruesome, cannibalistic deaths leaving Frank no choice but to face those across the river. If you want a good, spooky book pick head out to your nearest bookstore or favorite ebook site to grab Those Across The River.

Rating: 9.0