Will Haunt You by Brian Kirk

Published by Flame Tree Press

Synopsis:


You don’t read the book. It reads you.

Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the dark corners of the deep web. A disturbing tale about a mysterious figure who preys on those who read the book and subjects them to a world of personalized terror. Jesse Wheeler–former guitarist of the heavy metal group The Rising Dead–was quick to discount the ominous folklore associated with the book. It takes more than some urban legend to frighten him. Hell, reality is scary enough. Seven years ago his greatest responsibility was the nightly guitar solo. Then one night when Jesse was blackout drunk, he accidentally injured his son, leaving him permanently disabled. Dreams of being a rock star died when he destroyed his son’s future. Now he cuts radio jingles and fights to stay clean. But Jesse is wrong.

The legend is real–and tonight he will become the protagonist in an elaborate scheme specifically tailored to prey on his fears and resurrect the ghosts from his past. Jesse is not the only one in danger, however.

By reading the book, you have volunteered to participate in the author’s deadly game, with every page drawing you closer to your own personalized nightmare.

The real horror doesn’t begin until you reach the end. That’s when the evil comes for you.

Release date: 14th March 2019


This book follows Jesse, a retired heavy metal guitarist and recovering alcoholic, as he falls down a metaphorical rabbit hole of horror after reading a cursed book. What he read in that book has led to the events that he now faces, and it’s only at the very end that we find out why.

There’s a meta- feel to this book in that the reader is warned to stop reading this book, lest we also be sucked in to a similar, awful turn of events. Obviously, horror readers are not going to fall for that line and if a cursed book really did exist, we’re too stubborn for our own good and would totally read it while enjoying a good cup of tea.

I must confess, this book didn’t really do it for me and I struggled to really understand the ‘why-ness’ of it all. But I did appreciate how the author masterfully blends horror with psychological suspense caused by Jesse’s own guilt and neuroses, it kept me invested to the very end.

The book is fast paced and covers a lot of ground, most of which is bizarre and horrifying in every conceivable way!

Fans of Stephen King and unreliable narrators will love this book, I can very much appreciate that though it wasn’t the book for me that other horror fans will get very excited about what this book has to offer.

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