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5.0 out of 5 starsI missed you, T. M. Wright...
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2016
I missed you, T. M. Wright... What a book- if you CARE to read- it is ghost story and like all ghost story-it is sad at its core. It has -as usual - great atmosphere, careful use of words and can change tone in one word- he was great - I read and re-read and always fine something that I missed. Peter Straub is the only other one that can write with such authenticity - Ramsey Campbell- yes he too. If you like Lee type of horror then please - STAY AWAY from T.M.W.- This is thinking person's horror. Lee and all will just put everything there- not that they are bad -different- that's all.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book -- part of a classic series
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2012
The STRANGE SEED series is one of my all-time favorite series of horror books. They are about children/adults who spring from the ground. They look exactly like people, but aren't quite right--and that's where the horror begins. These books are masterfully written, full of atmosphere and psychological chills, and they explore the very nature of existence (another way to describe them would be to call the novels "existential horror").
There are five books in the series, as follows: 1. Strange Seed 2. Nursery Tale 3. Children of the Island 4. The People of the Dark (1984) 5. Laughing Man
Each of the books works as a standalone novel, so they can be read by themselves or even out of order--but the best experience would be to start with #1 and read them all in sequence. These books build on each other in a very satisfying way--instead of being diluted, as can often happen with sequels, their meanings become deepeer with each book. Highly recommended.
The only good thing I can say about this novel is it's a short, quick read. There is no tension, nothing frightening, and it makes little sense. A young couple buy a small farmhouse and are plagued by strangers who appear out of nowhere and wander over their property. Eventually someone in the town tells them the people were sprung from the earth and are going back again, whatever that's supposed to mean. No one in this book acts or speaks the way a real person does. This novel is 300 pages of vague descriptions and nonsensical conversations. And then it's over.
If you are looking for spook to the bone kind of story, this is not it. It takes about 100 or so pages until something happens. And normally that completely fine however this book is a very short, about 280 pages. Unfortunately, this book, though a short read, does not leave much to the imagination and is very predicatable. Though this book should be described more as a psychological thriller, the "People of the dark" within the book are not explored enough to be feared/chilled by the reader. The synopsis of the book gives more chills than the actual book itself. And moreso, The People of the Dark is more sad than frightening which is unfortunate...