Saturday, March 7, 2015
Doll Face - by Tim Curran - Unrelenting horror
The opening paragraph of Doll Face is masterful...
"It wasn't until later that Ramoma realized how neatly it all fell together. Like pieces of a die-cut puzzle, everything simply fit into place in that purely seemless and smooth sort of way that fate managed when it wanted something to happen. Or it wanted people to suffer."
Ramona, Creep, Soo-Lee, Lex, and Chazz are on their way home from a Green Day concert at the Garden when Chazz decides to take a shortcut. You know, if it weren't for shortcuts there would be way fewer horror stories in the world. This shortcut led them to the forgotten town of Stokes and the accident that trapped them in a nightmare.
There was an increasing unease as I made my way through the first few chapters of Doll Face as Curran does an excellent job of building the terror. The author pushes all the right buttons to exude creepiness in this character study of a small group of diverse young people and how they handle this very strange and stressful situation that could end up costing them their lives.
Doll Face has plenty of gore, the pace is non-stop with unrelenting horror which at times I found very disturbing, but this is horror and it's exactly what we signed up for as readers of this genre.
In the world of music producers, Phil Specter created what became know as the "Wall of Sound." Here, Tim Curran has created a "Wall of Terror" including some of the most disturbing images I've ever read. A word of warning, Doll Face is NOT for the faint of heart.
Doll Face is available now from Darkfuse and can be purchased through Amazon.com. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you can read this work at no additional charge, and if your an Amazon Prime member you can make this your monthly FREE read through the Kindle Owners Lending Library.
If you're ready for unrelenting horror. Get this book. I don't think you'll be disappointed.