Monday, November 14, 2016

Crawlers by Ray Garton - Book Review

 

Synopsis
**First time in a digital format for this long sold-out limited edition novella!**

The morning after a strange meteor shower, the residents of Mount Crag awaken to find a new breed of flower blooming everywhere. They are beautiful, unlike any other flower anyone has seen. And there are so many of them! But before long, the large flowers begin to pop off their stems...and crawl around...and hunt. The people of Mt. Crag soon realize that they are the prey.


Crawlers is a pulpy throwback story in the tradition of Day of the Triffids. Ray Garton has delivered another winner with this nerve-wracking tale of horror.
 
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 My Review
I love Ray Garton's books. They're creepy, terrifying, and strange. Crawlers is no different. It's disturbing, to be quite honest. Kinda makes your skin crawl, and it makes you wonder why. Why is this happening? Why this town? What's the point?

The day after a meteor shower, the residents of Mount Crag notice some really interesting, but strange looking flowers all over the place. There are scorch marks on the ground beneath them. No one really knows where they came from or what type of flower they are, but everyone seems to agree that they're beautiful. Unfortunately for the residents of Mount Crag, these flowers are hiding a deadly secret.

Crawlers, while short, is a fun, thrilling read. You'll find yourself wanting to root for some of the characters, while not really caring either way about a couple of the others. It's complete and utter insanity for these poor characters, and you won't know whether you should make the effort to cheer them on, or just pity them. And by the time you finish, you'll be left with your mouth hanging open and a sort of sad/sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. Or, if you're utterly devoid of empathy even for fictional characters, you'll laugh and find the ending highly amusing. Either way, one of those things will happen.

I really enjoyed Crawlers, as well as every other book I've read by Ray Garton (which, sadly, isn't as many as I would have liked, and I clearly need to change that), and I definitely think fans of horror and sci-fi stories will enjoy it, too. I give it 4.5 stars, but only because I wish it was a little longer.


Author Bio 
 Ray Garton is the author of several books, including horror novels such as LIVE GIRLS (which has a movie in the works), CRUCIFAX, E4 AUTUMN, and THE FOLKS; thrillers like TRADE SECRETS and SHACKLED; and numerous short stories and novellas. He's also written a number of movie and television tie-ins for young readers. He lives with his wife, Dawn, in California.  
 
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