Reviews of dark fiction

The Influence by Bentley Little

THE INFLUENCE contains some of the most horribly unsexy sex scenes I’ve ever read. They’re awkward and cringe-y.

It started off well, with the whole evil in a small town trope but then descended into something that wanted to be like Salem’s Lot or Needful Things, (where the reader is treated to different views from people all across the town.) Unfortunately, I didn’t care enough about these people or this town for that to work for me.

There were some pretty imaginative and fun creatures throughout, but what was the story behind them, what was the point? I usually like when every thing isn’t tied up in a nice little bow, but geez, I would like a little bit of ribbon!

Overall, this had potential but it didn’t live up to it. Just an okay read for me

The Influence
Bentley Little
Horror
Blackstone Audio
10.29.13
Audibook
416
Amazon

When Ross Lowry moves into his cousin's guest house in the small community of Magdalena, Arizona, he expects nothing more than breathing room and a brief respite from his economic woes. But something is not right in the desert. After a raucous party on New Year's Eve, the luck of the attendees undergoes an immediate U-turn. The rich and successful suddenly find themselves facing catastrophic failure while the less well-off are unexpectedly flush with good fortune. This is only the beginning... Soon the citizens of Magdalena are experiencing unnatural desires. Next their children begin to disappear and freakish creatures emerge from the surrounding wilderness. The community is unraveling at a frightening pace. But these are merely the early warning signs of a showdown with a powerful force of darkness that could obliterate the world forever, and only Ross Lowry sees the danger that lurks ahead

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