Nightsiders is a macabre novella drenched with a creepy atmosphere and a situation that is mysterious, thrilling and horrifying all at the same time. It tells the story of Robert Mitchell and his family. After a brutal assault on Roberts’s wife, the family purchases a new home in a village called Battle, far from the traumatic incident. Shorty after moving into their new home, the family takes a vacation to forget their troubles but when they return, they find it occupied and trashed. The strange occupant’s make every attempt to stop the Mitchells from entering what they though was their newly bought home. The mysterious family even has the support of the local sheriff along with legal papers to back up their claim! Now I know what you’re thinking… how is this situation scary? Well, Gary McMahon puts us in the Mitchell family’s shoe, that’s why. These people just lived though a harrowing ordeal and are soon placed into another one. We see and feel the struggle of the Mitchells and the agony of their plight thanks to some excellent character development and a solid back story. Also, the ending is climactic and I bet you won’t see it coming. There is also a surprise cameo from Gary McMahon (or at least I hope he intended it that way). Nightsiders will be released this April and you can pick it up from Darkfuse.com.
Dark of the Sun is a dark thriller set in the form of a novella by the writing duo Maynard & Sims. The story follows a Bahamian ship captain named Harry Beck. As children, he and a man named Alan Lancaster were the best of friends, but now as adults, Harry Beck finds that he knew little to nothing about his childhood friend. Soon, the people Beck cared for the most are murdered. Beck is forced to re-examine his life as he searches for answers, the killer and his sanity. While Dark of the Sun was a solid, quality story, it took a while to develop and was a bit slow for my taste. On a plus note, the characters are superbly built and believable. The book picks up speed about halfway through, and the ending is a fast paced shocker. Dark of the Sun will be available from darkfuse.com in March 2013.