Friday, May 6, 2016

Blackwater Val - by William Gorman - Well-crafted original horror

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

Blackwater Val is a debut novel worthy of your attention. William Gorman has concocted a wonderfully entertaining story combining ancient curses, ghosts, witches, and evil incarnate, with an endearing six-year-old girl, who is lovingly called Katie-Smatie, as the catalyst for it all.

Following the hit-and-run death of his wife, Richard returns to the town he grew up in to spread her ashes as stipulated in her will. It doesn't take long before the reader realizes there is something off about Blackwater Val.

Young Katie is a very special little girl.

There are touches of Ray Bradbury in William Gorman's writing, but truthfully he has his own distinct voice, deftly weaving a number of seemingly disparate story-lines into a gritty and compelling tale. There is a huge twist I should have seen coming, but I was totally blindsided.  I love it when that happens.

Certainly recommended.

Blackwater Val is published by Crystal Lake Publishing and is available both in paperback and e-book formats.  If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read this book at no additional charge and if you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE through the Kindle Owners Lending Library.

William Gorman grew up listening to macabre stories and dark fantastical yarns from his grandfather, a magician and former 'mentalist' during the last great, fading days of vaudeville.  Blackwater Val is his debut novel.  In his spare time Bill hangs around German shepherds and listens to classic rock.

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