The Cults of the Worm by Scott Hale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Is it really fair to say this book is a Hell of a Horrific ride even before it's been edited, long before it's meant for public consumption?
Comparing this book to most of the horror genre is like wondering what it would be like to see Clive Barker step up his game in a very big way, but instead of piddling about with normal modern tropes before stepping off the deep mythological and epic horror themes, we get right down to the nitty-gritty good stuff.
Yes. The blood and the gristle are everywhere. So are the gods of nightmares, worldwide corruption, characters we've grown to love from the previous novels, and the sheer terror that makes us wonder if this entire future earth after the Trauma is, indeed, Hell. It's really hard to tell.
People are alive. A lot of them aren't and they just don't recognize the need to lay down. Some straddle the fence so much and explode with red veiny stuff occasionally, too. And then we get into the really colorful stuff.
Suffice to say, I really loved everything about this novel and indeed the whole series. It makes my mind explode with delicious gore and beautifully insane reality and very strong stories interweaving it all.
Vrana is back, ya'll. *sings Changes by Bowie*
I also had a bit of a heartbreak. This stuff is fantastic and fantastically evil. It's a must-read for all you people who think you're horror fans. Nothing is sacred. Everything is fair game. :)
A special thanks goes to the author for providing me an early-early copy! *two thumbs up* Still loving it! I can only say, "Please! More!"
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