Books like The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby scared the pants off people back in the days. Its interesting, all things considered, that there seems to have been a collective shift of literary focus in terms of what is scary and what isnt. But I digress .Occult / religious horror is a sticky subject, since I cant help but feel that religious inclination will affect just how much of the subject matter is genuinely scary (this is just my personal opinion). The other thing which made those early books work, was how the horror was presented somewhat insidiously.
For example, there is a lot of religious mumbo jumbo, and I'm not just talking about the Osiris stuff. Horror books using religion as its basis to be scary just don't land with me. I identified a lot with Johnny.
Dead Souls was my first Laimo book, I wasnt sure what to expect because I have been lucky so far with some of the new horror authors I have tried, and I feared I was pushing my luck. First I would like to compliment Laimo for his masterful way of switching back and forth between the two times in the book. Now even though the religiously insane are the focal point and driving force of the novel, this book never ventures too deeply into actual religion. Now many have said that this is a very gory book, I didnt find it to be over the top, or gruesomely described, but then again I have read hundreds of horror books, so Im a bit jaded when it comes to the gore level. If youve read through all of your other horror books and dont know where to go next, give this one a shot, Laimo wont be for everyone but I do know that I will read more by him.
In this book, Mr. Laimo switches back and forth every other chapter to tell his tale during two different time frames. The chapters are really short and only deal with two different situations at a time and so this actually did not hurt the flow of the story and helped a lot to enhance the suspense and made me want to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. The character development was well placed and since the story in both time frames only spans a few days, so even though there was not a lot of development, what there was made sense and didn't miss out or put too much in. I like to have quite a bit of gore in my horror novels, but in this case it actually seemed too much and took away from the story in the sense that it just never seemed to end and became a bit boring reading about it. 3. Even with only a few days advancing in the storyline, Mr. Laimo was still able to add just the right amount of character development and also was able to create the feelings in the reader to be able to connect with the characters I was reading about. If you love to read about blood and gore, then this is a novel for you.
Johnny bricht auf sein Erbe anzutreten und wird dabei mit seiner Familiengeschichte konfrontiert. Dies änderte sich jedoch, nachdem dieser Teil des beschriebenen Tages endete und man zu dem normalen Geschehen übergewechselt ist. Auch wenn der erste Teil des Buches der harmlosere ist, gibt es auch hier schon heftige Szenen, die bestimmt nicht für zarte Gemüter geeignet sind. Horrorleserherzen schlagen dabei gewiss höher, jedoch hätte ich persönlich eine andere Antwort auf die Frage nach dem Übernatürlichen besser und schlimmer gefunden. Mich persönlich haben diese beim Lesen nicht sonderlich gestört, aber es gibt Leser, die sich mit solchen Stellen besonders schwer tun, daher wollte ich das erwähnen. Für mich stellt Dead Souls einen wirklich guten und heftigen Horrorroman aus dem Hause VoodooPress und Laimo dar, der nach meinem persönlichen Geschmack aber auch noch eine Spur besser hätte werden können.
Laimos descriptions of the supernatural, horrific events in this book created memorable images in my mind that literally had me wide-eyed at times. Other times I continued reading with my head turned half-away from the book like watching a horror movie with your hand over your eyes, fingers spread, so you dont miss anything. I didnt enjoy the first chapter of the book, but Im so glad I kept reading. The father is a minister and the most vicious character and his secrets are cliche the stereotypical things that one imagines ministers hiding. While there were some technical issues with Dead Souls, I strongly recommend it as an engrossing horror story with a strong, well-constructed plot and fascinating characters.
Perhaps it is kind of odd, but I do have a sliding set of expectations for different genres when I read books or watch movies. If you need a bit of a scare and want to read a good horror novel, I'd recommend this one!
I followed the life of Johnny Petrie, but in two different aspects. I really did not feel the book picked back up until we met 18-yr-old Johnny Petrie. I like puzzles and mysteries, and that aspect is what kept me reading this book.