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4.0 out of 5 stars
Sleepless in Wakely, 20 April 2011
From Within is an unashamedly old fashioned straight-ahead horror story. It pits three mismatched and troubled strangers who are mysteriously drawn to the Borders town of Wakely against supernatural fog, the living dead, denizens of hell and ancient unknowable evils.
If you're a fan of 70s and 80s British horror or of authors like James Herbert and Dennis Wheatley you'll find a lot to like here. The author moves the plot along at a decent speed, introducing each hero in turn before pitting them against the horrors of Wakely. He can turn out a decent sentence too with economical but effective language.
His dialogue is sometimes less successful and occasionally falls flat but that's hardly an unusual fault in a new author or in a self published novel. He does have a knack for some truly disturbing imagery and I'm sure some of the horrors glimpsed behind the town's windows will stay with me for a while.
The ending is satisfying and not quite what I was expecting from the fairly traditional plotting. I won't ruin it for you but the author makes it work when it could have become a bit silly.
This won't be the novel to change your mind about the horror genre, you probably already know if you enjoy this sort of thing or not but if you do you could do worse (and lets face it on the Kindle store a *lot* worse) than spend a couple of quid and a couple of hours exploring Wakely's spooky streets.