Shelter for the Damned – Mike Thorn
Title: Shelter for the Damned
Author: Mike Thorn
Page Length: 190 pages
Starting off the new year with a couple horrific tales feels right, given the state of the world right now. 2020 was a mess, and 2021 is proving to also be rather distasteful. The horror genre fits right in.
Thorn creates a bloody ghostly experience that will leave you with more questions than answers. But at the same time will take you down a dark and winding rabbit hole of vivid imagination and troubled minds.
The tale was wild with gory illustration and schizophrenic mirrored rooms. I found myself being drawn in to the ever growing void of what felt like a mental breakdown.
For me, this read like a psychological thriller and trapped me in its web. But for another, it may reveal a very different experience. You can find the story on Amazon.
Synopsis: While looking for a secret place to smoke cigarettes with his two best friends, troubled teenager Mark discovers a mysterious shack in a suburban field. Alienated from his parents and peers, Mark finds within the shack an escape greater than anything he has ever experienced.
But it isn’t long before the place begins revealing its strange, powerful sentience. And it wants something in exchange for the shelter it provides.
Shelter for the Damned is not only a scary, fast-paced horror novel, but also an unflinching study of suburban violence, masculine conditioning, and adolescent rage.
THE MAN BEHIND THE STORY:
Mike Thorn is the author of the short story collection Darkest Hours and the novel Shelter for the Damned. His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies and podcasts, including Vastarien, Dark Moon Digest, The NoSleep Podcast and Tales to Terrify.
His film criticism has been published in MUBI Notebook, The Film Stage, Seventh Row and Vague Visages.
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*We received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.