Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pumpkin Man ~ John Everson

1 star

Being a big fan of horror novels in general, i jumped at the chance to read an ARC of this book. Unfortunately, this book was nothing short of a hot mess.

The basic plot of the book involves a man who was brutally murdered and decapitated, being brought back from the dead to seek vengeance against those who did him wrong. A grieving daughter seeks refuge in an empty cabin, and all kinds of supposedly spooky things ensue. The first third of the book had promise, but when I realized that the author only seemed interested in piling on the gore instead of creating real tension, i couldn't wait for it to end.

The concept is a decent one, and I was really hoping that this would be a good scary read on the way to Halloween, but this just didn't work for me at all.

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1 comment:

  1. From seeing the Everson book at the top of your blog, I thought I'd found a horror fan on bookblogs! But you're more a Romance type from what I gathered as I scrolled down the page.
    Everson is quite a hard-core gore-meister. Bryan Smith - the guy who blurbs Everson's book on the front cover - is revered as one of the ultimate Goremeister, and stand alongside Ed Lee and Wrath James White for that sort of book.
    If you read horror that is more about writing, character, and mood, then you'll find something you like. But Everson is more of an acquired taste. Try The Dead Zone, one of Stephen King's older books.
    -Mac Campbell