The Wicked by James Newman

The Wicked

byJames Newman

Kobo ebook | February 5, 2017

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After a fire consumes the Heller Home for Children, the residents of Morganville, North Carolina thought they knew evil...

They were wrong.

Unaware of the turmoil in their new hometown, the Littles--David, Kate, and seven-year-old Becca--are moving from New York City to Morganville in hopes of repairing their own lives, which were recently shattered by an act of sexual violence.

Before long, David realizes that his family's troubles are worse than he could ever have imagined.

An ancient demon lurks beneath the town of Morganville, an unholy creature conjured into existence by the Heller Home tragedy.

Its name is Moloch.

It is hungry for the souls of the townspeople.

But most of all, Moloch wants the children. It will not rest until it has them.

All of them.

Title:The WickedFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 5, 2017Publisher:Apex PublicationsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from He's Coming for Your Kiddos! Moloch is a nasty one and he's out for a small town. In the vein of classic paperback titles from the 80s, this thing is pure fun in a horrific kind of way. It's fast. It's simple. It's fun.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Wicked I really enjoyed this! Newman takes some very well trodden ground in the horror genre - namely a family moving to a small (not so peaceful) town to escape some tragedy - and runs with it. The result is a fun, often chillingly creepy horror novel that reads like an homage to the genre; instead of a parody or tongue-in-cheek retelling. Another thing that stands out about The Wicked are the uber-realistic characters. I found something to relate with (or at least some basis of reality) with every Little family member and most of the supporting characters. I cared about what happened to Kate, David, and Becca. I was intrigued by their struggle to get over a horrible family event, and sympathetic when their struggles are further compounded by Evil with a big E. I also enjoyed the references to some classic 80's horror, and allusions to world mythology. My favourite scene was definitely the discovery of the mutilated was a subtle, and insidious scare that payed off later in the novel. I recommend this for horror lovers (for sure), but also for anyone just getting started in the genre. There's a lot of depth to this tale, which on the surface could read as a rehash of various horror tropes. However, I think you'll find enough here to hook you to the genre.
Date published: 2017-11-27