Sunday, September 14, 2014
The Thirteenth Child - by David Dean - A very creepy and original horror story
This is a re-read and a follow-up review of a novel I first read in November of 2012. Since that time, David Dean has gone back and reworked some of the story. Fleshing out his monster a bit, bringing some vampire aspects into the mix, and adding some additional jeopardy for his main suspect. My final opinion. It's still a great original horror story.
Someone or something is abducting children in Wessex Township, NJ. Caught in the middle is Preston Howard, the town drunk and father of Fanny who works in the community as a librarian.
Howard has seen the children and he's also seen something else, something that, given his proclivity for alcohol, no one is likely to believe.
To complicate matters even more, Fanny has just become involved in a relationship with the town's Sheriff, Nicholas Catesby.
David Dean does a superb job of balancing the facts with supposition in the case of the missing children. Is the creature real or is near-constant inebriation causing Howard to do the unspeakable and concoct an unbelievable tale to keep himself out of jail?
The author has done a very good job of creating characters that are complete in all of their idiosyncrasies and are convincing in their individual roles.
The Thirteenth Child is available now in both e-book and paperback formats, from Genius Book Publishing, through Amazon.com.
Still highly recommended.