I think I'm just saturated with the current trends in so-called "paranormal adventures." I'm full to the brim with all the Buffy-esque cliche..Show More »s of secret societies, vampire cabals, werewolf packs, wizard colleges, super-clandestine anti-monster government alphabet agencies and the rest. Just the other day I was pining for something - if you'll forgive the expression - a little more down to earth.
BAM! Along come Misters Bain and Castleton. The overall atmosphere of these stories actually reminds me a bit of the Silver John stories by Manly Wade Wellman. The "paranormal" is very personal, very local, which for me makes it much creepier than the more outrageous adventures of Harry, Buffy, and the other way-too-superhero heroes. I can enjoy a good Dresden story, but the settings, characters and plots are so extravagant that it's simply a fable, a myth to me.
Will Castleton's adventures, however, hit a little closer to home. Indeed, the only monsters you will meet in these tales (for the most part) are the real ones that we *all* have to contend with - human beings gone bad. Add to that a nicely paced, flowing style and a great narrator, and - for my money - Mr. Bain's work stands up to the best of 'em.
Frankly, I think he has found the voice that the much-overrated Mr. King has - IMHO - tried for but never really achieved.