About ConsumptionPublished by : Hydra (May 26, 2015)
For fans of Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Sarah Langan comes a thrilling new vision of American horror. In Heather Herrman’s heart-pounding debut novel, evil is ready to feed—and it’s got one hell of an appetite.
In the wake of tragedy, John and Erma Scott are heading west in search of a new life. So when car trouble strands them in sleepy Cavus, Montana, they decide to stay for a while, charmed by the friendly residents and the surrounding ambiance. Here, they hope, is the healing balm that their marriage needs.
Then John and Erma find themselves in a fight not just to save their marriage, but their very lives. For this is no ordinary town. Its quiet streets conceal a dark and bloody secret that has slumbered for centuries. Now, that secret is awake . . . and it’s hungry.
Like a slow infection, evil is spreading through Cavus. Soon John and Erma—along with the local sheriff, an undocumented immigrant, a traumatized teenage girl, and an old man with terrible secrets of his own—must join together to battle an all-consuming force that has set its sights on its prey: the entire human race.
“Both the evil that suffuses the pages of Consumption and the motley gang of innocents who defend against it are much more interesting than those usually found in your average scare fare. Solid writing elevates this imaginative fright-fest from an invigorating new voice.”—Sophie Littlefield, bestselling author of the Aftertime series
Heather Herrman explores American society through horror fiction. She holds an MFA from New Mexico State University, and her work has appeared in such publications as Alaska Quarterly Review, The South Carolina Review, and Snake Nation Review. Herrman’s fiction has also been honored with a Frank Waters Fiction Prize and a scholarship to the Prague Summer Program for Writers.
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A recent tragedy has left John and Erma's marriage in shambles. Now they are heading west to try and put the past behind and find a new start. But as we all know the road to new beginnings can be rough. In this case car trouble brings their journey to an abrupt halt. They land in a seemingly charming town in Montana and decide to stay awhile. But a deep evil lurks beneath the surface of this quiet little town.
Cavus has a history and many traditions. Now do I really have to tell you that I was completely floored when I learned this little town was planning a festival to celebrate ...... black squirrels? You'll have to read the story to find out more.
But back to the main story. The local sheriff has been dealing with deaths and disappearances among the town folk and he is baffled. But things are going to get even stranger. At this time imagine, if you will, what would happen if Stephen King rewrote The Walking Dead and gave it a special twist.
As the story plays out we meet a lot of different characters who develop into their proper roles, some good and some bad, before the final battle. In the end it is this odd mix of misfits who will fight not only to save themselves but all of humanity.
In Consumption, Heather Herrman has woven a tale sure to please all true fans of horror. I will be looking forward to her next foray into this genre.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in ebook format for review purposes. I have not been financially compensated, all opinions are my own.