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Monday, January 20, 2020

Review: Skinwrapper by Stephen Kozeniewski #nightwrapper #nightwormsbookparty

by Stephen Kozeniewski

Thanks to Night Worms and Sinister Grin Press for this copy in return for my honest review.

Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publish Date: July 18, 2019
80 Pages
Genre: Horror

A single word strikes fear into the hearts of even the most experienced starship crews…

Aboard the freighter Blue Whale, a young girl’s day begins like any other: texting her friends while her parents bicker about breakfast. Then, with a loud, sickening pop, their domestic tranquility is shattered.

A single word goes out over the emergency warning system…

The galaxy’s shipping lanes are plagued by a gang of vicious pirates. Suffering from all manner of terminal diseases, they require zero gravity to live. They also need a constant influx of fresh blood and organs, so their victims also become their unwilling donors. The band is so ruthless, so violent, that its very name has become a synonym for terror.

A single word that chills the blood, even in the utter cold of space…

The little girl finds herself alone, lost, and trapped aboard the vessel she called home, praying it won’t also become her tomb. She is about to learn there is nothing in the universe worse than being hunted by a SKINWRAPPER.

My Review:

A prequel to The Hematophages, this can be read as a standalone.  In 80 short pages, this abruptly starts and finishes as the Skinwrappers pirate a vessel and a girl does her best to hide until she can't hide anymore.  I appreciate and love sci-fi horror.  Maybe because this was such a short read, I didn't ever get connected or felt much of the "world build" happening within the story itself.  Things happen quickly and can be a tiny bit confusing in certain parts.  The ending was nothing original and I turned that last page really not feeling one way or the other about this read.

Despite the above, I am a bit curious as to where the story would now go and would not be opposed to reading The Hematophages as I think the fuller novel may work better for me personally as a reader.  Good concept, some fantastic gore.  Alas, it just didn't *quite* work for me.


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