Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Doorway - by Alan Spencer - My first experience with splatterpunk

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

AlanSpencer has published more than 30 books in the horror genre and he has a rather simple mission statement, to cover you in blood.  If The Doorway is any indication, he's very good at fulfilling that mission.

The opening to this book pulled me right in...

"The dead work in mysterious ways.

Morty Saggs is desperate when his wife, Glenda, turns up missing.  But all evidence points to Glenda never having left the house.  Soon, odd smells permeate the property, and sometimes the doorway to his bedroom burns a hideous red.  Is Morty going crazy, or did the house do something with Glenda?  Is there some connection to the house's previous owner, a vicious murderer named Ted Lindsey?  All of Morty's questions will be answered on the night the burning doorway opens--the night when the trap is sprung."

In The Doorway, Alan Spencer wastes no time in building the drama.  At first, what is happening inside Morty's house is just rather creepy, but by the time we get to the halfway point, things are completely out of hand and I found myself reading my first splatterpunk novel. If you're unfamiliar with the term, splatterpunk is a movement within horror fiction in the 1980s, distinguished by its graphic, often gory, depiction of violence and "hyperintensive horror with no limits." With some terrifying forms of torture, unlike anything I've read before, this work certainly fits the definition.

While The Doorway is one of the most outlandish horror stories I've ever read, I still found it to be oddly satisfying.

The Doorway is published by Samhain Horror and is available in both paperback and e-book formats.

Recommended, but only if you're in the mood for some truly devastating horror.

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