Harmony Indiana is one of those places where the veil between worlds grows thin and mysteries seep in. Or they creep, crawl, drip or claw, depending on just which mysteries you’re thinking about. It’s a scary place where an EMT is haunted by his past, a haunted house hides more than it seems, and a cop hopes he’ll live to see his wife again. And it’s the sort of place that doesn’t let you go when it’s drawn you in. Michael West writes the sort of books that won’t let you go either, from Cinema of Shadows set in the dark of Harmony's soon-to-be-demolished theater, to Spook House, set in the forests and fields outside town. Campfire scares are reflected in the eyes of scared inhabitants. And each familiar character might be greeted with a smile of recognition or clutched onto for support as the terrors pile higher. Beautifully timed with moments of peace and mystery interspersed among gruesome horror, nicely rounded with backstories so sparingly told they add depth without increasing length, and hauntingly evocative with gorgeous scenery behind the gathering gloom, Spook House lends a whole new dimension to the idea of a haunted house, and will keep both new readers and long-time fans glued to the pages. Or stuck to them with curious slime perhaps… A writer to watch, a novel to enjoy, and a place to avoid on the map: Spook House is classic horror, beautifully illustrated, scarily told, and just waiting for the cult following it deserves.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy of this novel, and I’m writing my honest review. I honestly loved it.