There are days when being a book blogger just seems like an an endless drug through a bog of poorly written soulless books. However there are days when being a book blogger is a joyous thing. This folks is one of those joyous days that has you smiling from ear to ear. As mentioned in my review of Tim's novella Long Dark Coffin Tim was one of those authors who I enjoyed a lot, but never made the jump to my must read list. However this all changed with that book, and when I saw that his latest offering was on offer at the review site Netgalley, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on a copy.
And you know what folks they let me have an advance review copy.
Worm is a very simple novella, it took me about an hour to read, but my word what a fabulous hour that was. There are many types of horror books, those that try to examine the darkest parts of our psyche, some try to make us face our primal fears, and some just set out to provide a glorious, fun filled and hugely thrilling read. Worm is one of these books.
The plot is very simple, a thick black sludge starts to rise from below, bringing with it a new species of worm. These are not your common type of garden worm, these are vicious, psychotic, killers armed with a set a razor sharp killer teeth. So it is down to the motley residents of Pine Street to fight back and survive. Not everyone will make, some will become heroes and others will die in all manner of gruesome worm inflicted death.
There is not a lot of characterisation in this book, and very little exposition. The reader is thrown straight into the heart of action. This is not a criticism in anyway, by doing this Tim has stripped away all superfluous text to leave the reader with a lean, mean biting machine of a read.
You will GASP at the descriptions of these devil worms, you will SHRIEK at the over the top deaths that some of the residents endure, and you will HOLLER with joy at the brilliant ending, that gives a little nod to the end of Jaws.
Worm sets out to give the reader a pure and distilled thrilling horror story, something it does with fabulously. Hell just look at the cover you know your in for a good time when a book has a cover like that.
On Pine Street, the houses begin to shake. The earth begins to move. The streets crack open and yards split asunder...and rising from subterranean depths far below, a viscid black muck bubbles up and floods the neighborhood.
Worm has not been published yet, so while you are waiting on it why not click on the links below and get your hands on some of Tim's earlier work