Matt Shaw and Michael Bray – Reunited at last!
A pocket full of posies;
We all fall down.
~ common British version
Christina Cooper, like a lot of us, has a casual interest in serial killers. Her interest increased when people start disappearing from her area. Since 1991 sixteen people have gone missing, or been kidnapped – each case occurring at the beginning of August. People are comparing the details, or lack thereof, to the still unsolved Ripper case from so long ago. The mystery surrounding the case has become an obsession. She has her own ‘crime journal’ where she takes notes on the case, and keeps articles she finds. The headline in this morning’s newspaper announces the anniversary of the abduction spree. Today is August first.
At the gas station where she works, Christina passes time in creative ways. She has a secret game of creating morbid profiles of people she sees, creating a backstory and intricate scenarios for their ‘character’.
Her friend Jessie shares her passion all things macabre. She loves to hear the detailed descriptions of crimes committed by Christina’s characters, and enthusiastically encourages her to profile the customer in the white van.
The grisly account of rape and murder ‘committed’ by White Van Guy has Jessie mesmerized, and neither of them notice the customer that entered. When the woman slammed her items onto the counter, it was obvious that she’d overheard the brutal story being told about the man that they would soon learn is her husband – and she was NOT entertained.
Christina regains consciousness in unfamiliar surroundings, and panics.
“Do you want to know the truth?”
She’s starting to remember what happened –
‘Anniversary of summer abduction spree looms’
A customer coming into the gas station at closing time…
“It’s my son’s birthday.”
The woman from the other day… with an invitation?
A rag being pressed to her face…
“You’re the guest of honor.”
White Van Guy…
WARNING: THIS IS AN EXTREME HORROR NOVEL.
“There is gore. There is bad language. There are scenes of a sexual nature. There are scenes of domestic abuse. But hidden underneath it all is also a chilling story.” ~ Amazon
There are some uncomfortable scenes, but they are necessary.
The characters wouldn’t be the same without them, and their actions wouldn’t have the same impact.
These guys managed to have me in tears reading an extreme horror novel! So IMO – they did everything right.