Ginger Nuts of Horror
INTO THE MIST by Lee Murray is the sort of fast-paced slice of military action horror that we have come to expect from COHESION PRESS. Editor Geoff Brown is a huge fan of this sub-genre, and, as the SNAFU series of anthologies have shown us, he is more than capable of sniffing out a great story that has lots of guns and monsters!
INTO THE MIST takes the unusual, though welcome step of situating itself in Murray’s home country of New Zealand, where a team of soldiers are tasked with escorting a small group of civilian contractors into a national park where a number of people have gone missing.
Whilst not the most original of stories, INTO THE MIST succeeds due to the fact that Murray can clearly write, and write well. The action scenes are exciting, characters are three dimensional and the atmosphere; particularly during the second half of the book is excellent, evoking a real cinematic feel. The other area of success for this book lies in its location. If I had a dollar for every story I have read where a team of soldiers are hunting, or being hunted by something in the jungles of South America, Africa or Asia then I could’ve retired by now. Instead, Murray chooses New Zealand; an area she is obviously familiar with (being from New Zealand) and creates a story filled with culture, myth and difficult to pronounce words.
I did enjoy this book. It’s man vs monster. This sort of stuff never gets old or boring for me. I had a slight grumble with the pacing during the first half of the book. I was itching for more creature carnage, and it didn’t really ramp up until the second half of the story.
INTO THE MIST is another fine example of the sort of books being published by COHESION PRESS. It is a tightly woven tale that has a highly original setting and features some great scenes of gore as the beast begins to pick off the team one-by-one. Who will survive and what will be left of them? Read INTO THE MIST and find out for yourself.