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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Review: Walk The Darkness Down by John Boden @JohnBoden1970 @night_worms

Walk The Darkness Down 
by John Boden

Publisher: Macabre Ink
Publish Date: June 26, 2019
154 Pages
Genres: Horror, Western, Fantasy

Some things are older than time. Older than darkness.

Levi is a monstrous man—made of scars and scary as hell, he’s glutted on ghosts and evolving to carry out the dark wishes of the ancient whispers in his head. He’s building a door and what’s on the other side is terrifying.

Jones spent a lot of time living bottle to bottle and trying to erase things. Now he’s looking for the man who killed his mother and maybe a little bit of looking or himself as well.

Keaton is on the run from accusations as well as himself, he suffers alone until he meets Jubal, an orphaned boy with his little sisters in a sling.

Every line is not a straight line and everything must converge. A parable writ in dust and blood on warped barn wood. A journey in the classic sense, populated with dried husks of towns… and people both odd and anything but ordinary. Hornets, reverse-werewolves and one of the most vicious villains you’ll ever know are all part of it.

Pull on your boots and saddle up, we’ll Walk The Darkness Down.

My Review:

"Men are always chasing daylight but then there are times when you must walk the darkness down."

This is 154 pages of solid fucking GOLD.  As an avidly fast reader, I took my time and slowly chewed each word so I could soak in the entire atmosphere provided and I ATE IT ALL UP.  Each word was absolutely necessary and the imagery Boden was building in my mind was beautifully grotesque.  

I fell in love with all of the characters and Levi may be one of my favorite villains ever, though most definitely not the most handsome. 😉  Each chapter, short and succinct, the words were almost pure poetry in how eloquently they described what was happening at each turn of the page.  Jubal and his sisters.  Keaton.  Ford and his wife. Jones.  Their journey and how each had to play their part.  Wouldn't have imagined that such a short read would still give me all those feels.

I was properly unsettled throughout most of this read int he BEST possible way. Just when I think there's nothing new that would cross my path, Boden tells me to hold his beer.  In three words:  READ THIS BOOK! Pure horror beautifully written.  I literally said, "Wait! But I want more!" when I realized that last page had been turned.


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