Half way through, I almost gave up. It's not that it's boring, it's just rather high in the melodrama department. The "scary stuff" is limited to a few sentences, effective in nature, I just found myself wanting more of it. Men might find it tedious and much like a Harlequin romance, without the romance. Funny, because a cursory research on the author shows her first book was indeed, a Harlequin-type romance novel. Darksong is her first horror novel.
There are a few surprises, and interesting kills buried between the many pages of family drama. What perhaps is most disappointing is the wishy-washy heroine--granted she is under the influence of evil, but I found her to be kind of weak for a real estate agent single mother of two, even for the late 80's when this was no doubt written. (Published in 1990).
I stuck it through to the end, which was not fleshed out well, and with no explanation of the evil torturing the characters. Very few answers are offered, and even less scares. Kudos to the art/marketing department for the creepy and compelling cover art, it definitely does the job even if the content does not.
The struggle I've had with just writing yet another book that may or may not get any kind of interest has been very, very real and a bit debilitating. I assumed it was the other debilitating affliction which plagues almost every writer; self-doubt taking over yet again. But no. I have always been a non-conformist, forever taking the less-traveled path in all things under my own control. So I was finding a lot of difficulty getting the excitement going for the writing I have been working on previously, and discouraged by that. What I have come to realize is that I want to put something out there that hasn't been done seven trillion times, but previously had no idea what that was, or should be. Until now.
Halloween themed books are very few and far between. I'm not really sure why that is, but I'm very glad of it because it's one of the main reasons why I am going in this direction. Also, I won't pretend it's not a perfect book to promote myself, (being that I run a horror themed bookshop) in addition to Amazon, and will be publishing it in ebook and Kindle formats, with the hope of a softcover edition to come within a year.
I am being completely transparent and open about this because I finally, FINALLY know I am on the right track, and have a (mostly) clear view of the path ahead. Stay tuned for updates on the book, which I will post here, as well as some tidbits on Instagram. I am shooting for an October 2017 release, which does not give me much time AT ALL. But if all goes well. I'll have it ready for upload by Halloween this year. Why couldn't I have had this epiphany a few months ago, so I'd have more time?? Typical me. But I arise to the challenge, let's see what happens...
P.S. This has given me the idea to do a Halloween Anthology post, featuring the titles I have in my collection, or have read. That'll be fun, right? Stay tuned!