Best Occult Horror Novels New Releases Reviewed By BookViral

"A dark, grisly, horrifying and intelligent supernatural thriller"

Occult Horror Novels New Releases
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  • ASIN: ‎ B0CM57JLTZ
  • Publisher: ‎ Elephant’s Bookshelf Press (29 Oct. 2023)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 331 pages
  • Genre: Occult Horror


The BookViral Review:

“IT grinned through the madness. head rolled back with glee as the scream filled the room, and fed”

Fear is not only a universal emotion, but timeless, and one that Robert Wayne McCoy exploits to its fullest in The Game Of Five, The Chronicles of Darkened Wings. A dark, grisly, horrifying and intelligent supernatural thriller that has a tantalizingly morbid atmosphere of unease.

Almost all mainstream supernatural thrillers seek first to provide entertainment; McCoy sets out to fascinate and appal. With many heart-pounding moments along the way he takes the time favoured tropes and conventions of the genre and fine-tunes them to deliver a disturbing narrative which reminds us why the best supernatural thrillers never age.

Rarely is the pervading presence of evil so manifestly demonstrated as it is with Mr. Goodnews, whose presence remains prevailingly disturbing throughout. There’s no unnecessary glut of blood and hysteria, it isn’t needed, with the continuous threat existing in a predatory intelligence. And it’s not just the identity of the serial killer called The Fisher King that gives The Game Of Five its kick – it’s the way McCoy raises fear to the level of moral provocation.

What could become a routine murder story is elevated by the evocation of dread mythology and symbolism. The enigma of Mr Goodnews is at the heart of the McCoy’s novel. He embodies evil whilst the fragmented psyche of Ryan/Nick allows McCoy to explore the dark and twisted psychological complexities and motivations of a serial killer without remorse.

Building the tension in sure calculating steps McCoy leverages the interplay between Ryan/Nick and four of ‘their’ childhood tormentors Charles, Louis, Rowan and Arnold who have just the right blend of determination and vulnerability. This works its way through multiple plot strains which McCoy juggles confidently, with Rowan’s character being the strongest for the tragedy of his loss, to finally bring them together in a perfectly pitched denouement which is guaranteed to leave his readers more than a little disturbed!

A superb supernatural thriller which will linger in your mind long after the last page is turned The Game Of Five, The Chronicles of Darkened Wings is an unreservedly recommended Golden Quill read.

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