Written by Brian Keene
Published by Dorchester Publishing Company
Publication Date: 2008
Format: color – 341 pages
GHOUL: A Summer of Pure Terror
Earlier in the day, I’d just finished reading a book titled Ghoul, written by the two time Bram Stoker award winning author, Brian Keene. I’ve been a fan of his ever since reading Dark Hollow and his other later books. When I’ve found out that he’d written a novel that was a coming of age type story and featured a kick ass monster that loved feasting on the rotted flesh of corpses buried in a cemetery, I had to pick this one up and give it a read. I’m glad I’ve read it. This book felt real as if it actually happened.
The story centers around a twelve year old child named Timmy Graco, Timmy’s just like us at one point or another. He has a strong love for comic books and all of the fun stuff. He even has one hell of a grandfather as well. But with Brian Keene’s writing, there’s bound to be pain, loss and intense terror and fear. Those are the key ingredients that make his novels really fun and exciting to read. Brian has his own universe going and all of his novels are related to each other someway or another.
The story centers on Timmy and his two other friends, Doug and Barry. Both of his friends live crappy lives, we feel sorry for the pain that both boys have to go through. I don’t want to give away any spoilers to this novel, this is the type of story where you’ll have to read and experience the pain, hurt, anger and sadness yourself and discover how much of an impact the author has on his fans and anyone who reads a Brian Keen book for their very first time. His work of fiction has hooked me, I’ve become a fan of his writing. I’m always looking forward to the next novel of his to be released.
He’s that much of a talented horror writer. He manages to push the envelope as much as he can with his writing style, not afraid to show us the darkest moments that we could possibly experience in our entire lives. Brian’s writing often fills us with not only wonder, but that of dread and fear for what might happen to the characters he writes about. Brian makes his characters as real as possible and makes us want to give a damn about them. That’s what makes Brian Keene the successful horror writer that he is today. He isn’t afraid of taking us for a ride on the dark side.
There are definitely some bleak moments in his stories where we sometimes wonder how his characters will be once the nightmare is over, once the terror is dead finally. I’m proud to say that I’m a fan of his for life. Brian never ceases to amaze me with his writing. That’s how much of an impact it has on me. The way he manages to tell a story is truly horrific and magnificent at the same time. He’s one of those authors to keep an eye out for. You never know what’s going to happen with the next Brian Keene novel you pick up.
There’s no telling what type of horror you’re going to be reading about. The way he writes about the horrific things that go on in his stories, it’s almost as if it were actually happening and that right there is the scary part. You become afraid that what if this actually did happen, what if there was some monster living in a graveyard, feasting on the corpses that are buried six feet under? The type of creature that he’s written about is in our folklore and I think it’s about damn time someone writes about the ghoul.
Available from Dorchester Publishing Company