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review 2015-05-08 02:18
Dunfield Terror by William Meikle
The Dunfield Terror - William Meikle

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A lovecraftian tale that tells the story of a mysterious and deadly fog. There are two main timelines used, the first is present day through Frank who is a workman in charge of a small group of men plowing their small towns roads during a snowstorm. Frank has a run in with the fog during his first outing of the evening and it all goes downhill from there. The other timeline dates back to the 1950s where scientist Muir and his unwilling assistant Duncan start the experiments that prove to have fatal and far reaching consequences.

 

This was for the most part an engaging, fast paced read. I really enjoyed the multiple timelines and how Meikle weaved in other fog related stories to strengthen the mythology. Other encounters with the fog help to keep the story interesting and ensure the brisk pacing is maintained, it also serves to show the reader that the fog was perhaps not just a phenomenon caused by the experiments.

 

Whilst I enjoyed the main characters of Muir, Duncan and Frank I didn't really feel that I got to know that well, the focus on action seemed to come at the expense of better characterisation. There wasn't enough for me to really get behind them and feel invested in what their outcomes were.

 

The last part of the novel was certainly gripping and it was easy to breeze through the last 50 pages and whilst the ending was decent enough I felt it was too open ended with the present day storyline.

 

A pretty decent read from Meikle but one that falls short of 'Tormentor' or the excellent 'The Exiled'.

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review 2015-05-03 09:23
The Dunfield Terror - William Meikle

I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is published by Darkfuse.

 

 

what isn't there to say about this book! it's quite possibly one of the best book's i've been given the delight to read! and i'm so thankful to darkfuse for letting me.

This is the first book i've ever read of "Willie Meikle" and i have to say i was very impressed. Now i understand why. The guy has pure talent to weave a tale!

 

I got the element of total Atmospheric horror. i love how it ficked from 1955 to present day, and the post war english accents. ((Yes i even heard the accents in my head!))

 

Willie Meikle is an author who knows what hes doing. and i can't wait to read more from him. If you love, Lovecraftian modern tales with a big dose of atmospheric feelings, this book is for you.

 

Willie Meikle and Darkfuse i salute you! <3

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-02-28 01:38
The Dunfield Terror
The Dunfield Terror - William Meikle

William Meikle is fast becoming a very reliable author for me to turn to when I want a relatively quick and definitely engaging read, and The Dunfield Terror is no exception. It tells the tale of a small team of workmen who battle to keep the roads open during a fierce snow storm that descends on their coastal town, bringing with it something known to the locals as "The Fucker" - a glowing fog that causes havoc whenever it touches anything solid. Meikle then goes back in time to detail the experiment that brought this fog into our world, and for the rest of this short novel, goes back and forth between these two threads.

I really enjoyed the present timeline and the carnage caused by the fog. Meikle effortlessly weaves his written word to pull the reader into the townsfolk's plight, all told from the POV of one of the workmen in the first person. However, after an exciting initial foray, I found the origin story of the fog far less engaging, and mostly powered through these sections to get back to what I eventually came to term "the action".

There's also a great little bit toward the end that eschews the previous alternating narrative structure to go even further back in time, which in and of itself, would make a fantastic novella if expanded with a few more characters. But ultimately, I'm not sure how enamored I was with the very end of The Dunfield Terror with Meikle offering enough to tie the two major threads together while allowing ambiguity to prevail.

All in all then, this was a more than satisfying read that should appeal to fans of Lovecraft and small towns being menaced.

3.5 Fused Appendages for The Dunfield Terror.

The preceding is based on on an eARC provided by DarkFuse Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Source: www.horrorafterdark.com/2015/02/review-the-dunfield-terror-by-william-meikle
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review 2015-02-27 00:00
The Dunfield Terror
The Dunfield Terror - William Meikle A scientific experiment goes wrong and cracks open the fabric of time and space to let a glowing Lovecraftian fog filled with bloodthirsty octocrabs from hell loose on the town of Dunfield. The "Fucker" is back. Again.

William Meikle has some serious writing chops and shows them here, once again. He has an easy and smooth style that really makes his work flow and his characters jump off the page. I have not been disappointed by anything that I have ever read from him. Solid 4 Stars!

*As a member of the DarkFuse Readers Group, I received an advanced copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2015-02-24 00:00
The Dunfield Terror
The Dunfield Terror - William Meikle I received an ARC edition from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Similar in premise to King's "Revival" but I think that I liked Meikle's book a bit more.

It is your classic tale of a mad scientist fiddling around with nature--in this case a machine that opens doors into another dimension. The story starts in the 50's when the government is conducting experiments with a machine that is designed to make a battleship invisible. While H. G. Well's invisibility is created through the manipulation of optics, Meikle's scientist creates the same effect by a dimensional shift. Why that seemed like a good idea is beyond me. As expected, the result is not good. But the story doesn't end there.

Some doors that are opened are very, very hard to shut. Cut to the present. Nature, through snow and fog, is obliterating the landscape. I must say that I love stories of isolation by snow and fog. Something about the isolation just makes the story more claustrophobic and creepy for me. The fog however is not ordinary fog. The mist hides the landscape, true. But is also hides what comes through the hole ripped in reality back in the 1950's.

As scientists work to mend the rip that was opened many years ago before literally all hell pours through, we find that the origin of this menace may have appeared long before those experiments in the 50's.

4 stars.

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