Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Nightmare in Greasepaint (Childhood Fears) - by L.L. Soares and G. Daniel Gunn - If you have coulrophobia you may want to steer clear
With a cover featuring the most frightening clown since Pennywise (kudos to artist Scott Carpenter), Nightmare in Greasepaint will do nothing to ease your fear of clowns, particularly if you suffer from coulrophobia.
The opening of this novella from L.L. Soares and G. Daniel Gunn sets the mood perfectly.
"Some family legacies are best left buried.
Will Pallasso has brought his wife and young son, Billy, back to his childhood home to settle his late mother's affairs...and remove all traces of his haunted past. But now hideous memories are coming back to Will, and Billy has started suffering from night terrors. Returning to this house was a big mistake. Some memories should not be disturbed, and some nightmares will not stay buried forever.
Especially nightmares that wear greasepaint spattered with blood."
Nightmare in Greasepaint does not disappoint. The start of the story is more psychological horror with the house bringing back memories of what had happened to Will as a child and what he had done, but as the story develops the tension builds, much like the climb to the top of a super-coaster and then reaches incredible speeds as you plummet back to earth.
A very satisfying and quick read from Samhain Horror. Available as an ebook from their website and at Amazon.com.