Prose: Bates writes in detailed and haunting prose; dark humor shines through this story about bumpkin Satanic serial killers.
Plot: The narrative jumps forward at a break-neck speed, following the victims and their pursuers from the detailed climactic chase to their grisly ends. Chapters are foreshadowed by quote openers taken from classic horror movies which can lead to some predictable--but no less fun--scenes.
Originality: While Bates centers on some lesser-known rural horrors, and characters are memorable, episodes within the storyline are strongly reminiscent of familiar horror narratives.
Character Development: Bates’ doomed characters are reminiscent of their classic horror counterparts, creating a familiar--oddly comforting--narrative. Nevertheless, with the attention to backstory of victims, villains, and heroes, readers are continually lulled into a false sense of security and repeatedly met with suspense, jump scares, and one more gory surprise after the next.
Blurb: True to the spine-tingling nature of the rest of his World’s Scariest Places series, Jeremy Bates offers a truly chilling tale that reminds readers that humans can be the worst type of monster to fear, after all.
Date Submitted: April 08, 2018
AUSTRALIAN HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION SHADOWS AWARD (WINNER, 2016)
FOREWORD INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (GOLD, 2016)
READER VIEWS LITERARY AWARD (WINNER, 2015)
GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD (FINALIST, 2015)
AUSTRALIAN HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION SHADOWS AWARD (FINALIST, 2015)
FOREWORD INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (FINALIST, 2014)
THE SKOUTZ AWARD (GERMAN, FINALIST 2017)
INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARD (FINALIST, 2016)
NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD (FINALIST, 2017)
The first three books in the World's Scariest Places series have received more than 250 five-star reviews on Amazon.The first book in the series, Suicide Forest, was just named a finalist in the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards "horror" category.