Bram Stoker award-winning author Douglas Clegg’s most celebrated novel, The Children’s Hour, becomes terrifyingly real in this nuanced performance by Derek Shetterly. Writer Joe Gardner reluctantly returns to his hometown, Colony, West Virginia, with his family and walks back in to a nightmare. He hides a dark secret from his childhood, and he knows that an evil force is still at large in Colony. Shetterly’s characterization and interpretation heightens the terror that suffuses every moment of this horror classic. Called, "the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation", Clegg will not disappoint with this one.
In this gripping supernatural thriller of horror and suspense - from Bram Stoker Award-winning author Douglas Clegg - something is terribly wrong with the children of Colony, West Virginia. Innocent though they seem, these kids come out at night - to hunt.
When Joe returns with his wife and two young children to the peaceful mountain town of Colony, West Virginia, he doesn’t expect to find the girl who disappeared when he was a boy. But she remembers Joe and her other friends who left her behind in a deep well within a mysterious barn.
Now, she's out for blood.
Is she a vampire? Or something more demonic...
Whatever’s lurking in the old mines under the town has been disturbed by Joe’s return. Joe did something when he was a boy - something that stopped the terror and evil from erupting. But now, a creature living in darkness wants out. It’s going to use the children of Colony to exact its revenge...Its hour has come round at last - in The Children’s Hour.
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I struggled to finish this one. It was a huge disappointment compared to the twisted charm of Neverland.
The storyline was decent, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters. A well crafted story and great narrator should be able to propel you off of your couch and hold you captive. Instead, I was spoon fed character descriptions riddled with clichés. I wanted to throw my phone across the room towards the end. I don't think the author's heart was in this one.
When you listen to 10 hours of a novel and cannot picture what the characters look like and start drafting out out your grocery list in your head, you know you're screwed.
Kids are going missing in a small town. People think it may be the crazy, religious guy who lives in the woods; and seeing as he takes pot shots at trespassers, they may not be wrong!
Joe returns to his hometown when his mum feigns illness; and is soon dragged back to the mysterious deaths of his childhood. The end was a bit of an anticlimax so that loses a star from my review!
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