"Feeling safe is nothing more than a state of mind."
Translation: if you keep staying in a hunted house for WEEKS while experiencing more than a dozen terrifying things, then your state of mind = YOU ALL ARE DIMWITS!
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Santino Hassell is a great writer, but he should stay away from the m/m romance genre.
How this book could even remotely be considered a romance novel is beyond me. 2 or 3 sex scenes don't make a romance if the MCs treat each other like shit 99% of the time. And so does not a weak and tentative HFN (Hassell's trademark it seems).
That being said, I also don't think that horror is this author's genre either. Because scary this was not. Predictable and drawn-out, yes. But frightening? Nuh-uh.
Unless you've never read a single paranormal book in your life, THEN this old-fashioned gothic horror story might actually scare you. Or if you're a fan of H.P. Lovecraft.
But to a modern horror fiction lover like me, the paranormal aspect of this book just felt outdated and antiquated.
So once again, Santino Hassell's great writing skills save another book from being a complete bust. So 3 stars it is, despite my complete lack of enjoyment.
"Love erased the blood from his skin, the gore from his hair and the stench of decay. As his lips met mine, all I saw was Fred, my friend, my husband, my love."
The idea behind this short story was a good one: love conquers all, even death during a Zombie apocalypse.
The execution on the other hand... Well, let's just say the black comedy aspect didn't really work for me here. It's hard to find any humor when family members get slaughtered or our MCs in love are decomposing on page.
On a more positive note, here's gay porn star François Sagat as a Zombie:
“We’ve always loved each other. We just weren’t old enough to know it.”
This was a perfect mixture of the Stephen King novels "It" and "Stand by Me" as well as the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" movie.
No one combines horror, humor and M/M like John Inman. And yet, besides all the terror and emotional turmoil, there's always such an emotionally exhausting sadness in his stories. This is primarily a horror story, but it's also a story about loss, grief, finding closure and moving on.
If you're a horror fan, I highly recommend this book.
If you're reading it for the romance aspect, be prepared for some serious heartsore.
Thanks to Momo and Julie for the BR!