This novella is on sale for only .99! You need to read this.
(It doesn't have this cool Daniele Serra cover anymore, but what's inside is the same.)
I thought I would re-post this review, since The Hoard is only $1.99 today, in the U.S.
This is a great chance for you to grab your copy on the cheap! :)
I loved this book! I've been a fan of Alan Ryker since I read Burden Kansas. I thought it might be hard for him to live up to a story that was that good. I was wrong.
The Hoard is about a hoarder (surprise!). I don't know too much about them since I avoid that TV show. I can't watch that stuff-all that garbage hanging around, cats all over the place, rodents and who knows what else - it's gross and it gives me the heebie-jeebies. So did this story.
What happens when a hoarder's house gets out of control? What happens when social services shows up to remove the person from their home and they don't want to go? What happens when something burrows deep into the hoard and calls it home?
Those questions and more are answered in this story but the answers are not pretty. You may find yourself getting a little itchy (literally) while reading, but that's okay, because you just HAVE to find out what happens next. I found myself glued to the pages, despite my discomfort. I cared about the characters and felt compelled to finish and find out what happened to them. That wasn't pretty either but I loved it!
Mr. Ryker pulls no punches, so prepare yourself and don't complain when you start to squirm. Trust me, it will be worth it.
This novella ROCKED!
I've always had a slight fear of dolls, puppets and the ever scary ventriloquist dummies. Ever since I saw the movie Magic as a kid these dummies creep me out. This novella featured the creepiest dummy EVER!
The story starts with a young woman named Kitty who is thinking about her sister who disappeared shortly after joining on with a ventriloquism act. Kitty wants to find out what happened because her sister would never just take off like that without at least a phone call. She tracks down the ventriloquist and gets a job where he works so she can be close and keep an eye on them. She begins to notice that the dummy (Piggy)seems almost to have a life of its own. From there on, reality goes off its rails.
I really enjoyed how this author worked in the stories of several different people to give a full view of Piggy's activities over the years. The way it was done was awesome and it helped to build the tension as more and more was discovered about Piggy and his handler's, (Ronny's),history. I also enjoyed the pacing of the story-I HAD to find out what happened. There are some very graphic, messed up scenes, so this one is not for the faint of heart.
One last word of warning-don't expect to sleep soundly after you're done.
I won this novella during an online Meet the Author event put on by the publisher Darkfuse.
The story starts off with our protagonist named Fist drunkenly making his way home late at night. During his walk home he is musing about the state of his life and marriage. Fist used to be a boxer, (hence the nickname), but gave it up at the height of his career to become the father he believes his family wanted and needed-a man with a stable job, bringing home a paycheck,and home every night. The idea of what a man(and his family) loses when he gives up who and what he IS soon becomes a moot point as Fist walks into his bedroom and his life changes forever.
What follows is one of the most gut-wrenching scenes I have ever read. I don't want to spoil the story, so I will just say that this is one novella that is going to stick with you. At times, it is actually difficult to continue reading because the pain of Fist is just too much to bear. I'm not ashamed to say that this novella made me cry, it was THAT powerful. This is another effective work by Mr. Thompson and one you won't soon forget. I know I won't.
I've been reading the short stories of Steve Rasnic Tem since I was barely into my teens. I used to use short story collections as a way of tracking down new authors, and that was how I first discovered him. I only heard about this novella a few weeks ago and last night I read this in about an hour.
Eric receives a call from his brother informing him that he has to come home right away because his mother is dying. We accompany Eric on his trip home, where things are not quite as he remembers, if he remembers them at all.
From there this novella spins off into areas previously unseen and unsuspected. This is a tight novel of psychological horror and mental illness and I loved it. If this sounds like your cup of tea, take a chance and check it out. You won't be disappointed.