Reviews of Dark Fiction

Earthworm Gods by Brian Keene, narrated by Scott Weinberg

Sometimes you just need to be entertained! If you’re a fan of creature-features and character driven stories, when that time comes, choose Earthworm Gods!

This is a tale told mostly from the protagonist’s point of view. His name is Teddy Garnett and he’s a man over 80 years old and he’s suffering from nicotine withdrawal. It has been raining in Teddy’s neighborhood for what seems like forever. When Teddy ventures out to see what he can see, he realizes that almost everything is under water, including the nearest towns. There are no cigarettes or dips for poor Teddy. Soon after, a neighbor shows up at his door and together they face the end of the world.

There’s much more to the tale than what I’ve mentioned so far. Leviathans, behemoths, sirens, and krakens. There are cults, yes, more than one!, Ob makes an appearance {kind of}, (readers of Keene’s work will recognize that name), and Teddy does get a few more visitors eventually. Will they survive the flood? You’ll have to read this to find out!

Things in my life are pretty stressful right now and this audio provided the perfect distraction. The narrator did a marvelous job and the characters seemed very real to me and I liked them. The writing here is vivid-it’s very easy to picture everything that happens.

The author added some notes to the end of this edition about why this book was once called The Conqueror Worms and why that edition had a terrible cover. He also speaks about Teddy and Carl, (Teddy’s best friend), and how they were loosely based on real men. He also talks about his on and off addiction to nicotine. I just KNEW the author was talking about himself when he talked about how badly Teddy wanted a dip. I guess one ex-smoker can recognize the symptoms and cravings of another. I think that all of these things contributed to the real-ness of the story.

Lastly, yes-I do deem this a creature feature, but just like in most zombie stories, it’s not about the zombies or the worms, it’s about the characters. This is a character driven story as far as I’m concerned and I enjoyed the hell out of it!

I bought this audio with my hard earned cash and I’m glad I did.

Earthworm Gods Book Cover Earthworm Gods
Brian Keene
Horror, Dark Fiction
Deadite Press
8 hours, 31 minutes

The Cult Classic Returns!

One day, it starts raining-and never stops. Global super-storms decimate the planet, eradicating most of mankind. Pockets of survivors gather on mountaintops, watching as the waters climb higher and higher. But as the tides rise, something else is rising, too.

Now, in the midst of an ecological nightmare, the remnants of humanity face a new menace, in a battle that stretches from the rooftops of submerged cities to the mountaintop islands jutting from the sea. What hope does an already-devastated mankind have against this new supernatural adversary.

The old gods are dead. Now is the time of the Earthworm Gods....

Deadite Press is proud to present this Author's Preferred Edition of Earthworm Gods, including an all-new, lengthy afterword by the author recounting the novel's inspiration, creation, and history.

©2005 Brian Keene (P)2020 David N. Wilson

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