Monday, 24 August 2015

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Night of the Damned - Stephen Bywater

Release Date: 18/06/15
Publisher:  Headline


When darkness falls the nightmare begins . . .

It is 1935 and a rubber plantation deep in the Amazon jungle is losing its labourers one by one. Company agent Miller arrives to investigate the mounting number of those disappearing as well as the brutal killing of a fellow agent.

Sightings of a corpselike girl and a man who bears a striking resemblance to the dead agent soon have Miller on edge. And when night falls, and the humid air fills with the stench of rotting flesh, he becomes convinced he's found the nearest thing to hell.

They roam through the darkness, hide in the shadows and shun the daylight. But what are these deathly-looking figures?

As the sun sets over the plantation, only a brave man dares to sleep...


I love a good horror story late in the night, where every creak of the house chills you and that’s exactly what I got from Stephen Bywater’s new novel, Night of the Damned. I loved the way that he wove the tale with solid characterisation, top notch prose and of course with enough chills within to leave you wondering if you’ve pulled your duvet tight enough.

All round a great read and one that I really couldn’t put down mainly because I wanted the dawn light to be creeping through the windows when I went to sleep. Great fun.

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