Written by: David Blackthorn
This was an interesting read, original and attention grabbing. In the very beginning and the very end we are taken back in time and given the background of the origin. The rest follows the main characters from childhood to adulthood with detailed character backgrounds.
The story itself is well written and, at times, reminded me of early John Saul stories, which I always enjoyed. There is a great attention to details surrounding each character, much like we expect from a seasoned writer. I’m looking forward to future books by Kemp to see where he goes from here.
The death scenes are not gory, focusing on the point of view of the victim. This gives a feeling of the terror they are going through instead just showing us blood and gore.
Another thing I noted was the slight change in writing style during the preface, or so it appeared to me. The scene was set back in time and the writing was slightly reminiscent of the wording of that era, though easier to follow quickly. When we enter the first chapters and meet the main characters as children, the writing is just as we would expect from a modern writer. This ability is something Kemp should use in future works. He also added a couple of scenes that did not make much sense at the time but make perfect sense later in the book, like the scene in one boys dream that later becomes a vital piece in saving another character in his adulthood.
Overall, I certainly recommend this book for any horror fan who does not require large amounts of gore to keep them entertained. If you like the works of John Saul and Robert McCammon, give Demon Ridge a read. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.