Afraid, by Jack Kilborn

AfraidFinished 7-4-11, rating 3.5/5, horror, 346 pages, pub. 2009

Chewing, right next to the bed.  Maggie gasped, pulling the flannel sheets to her chest.  She squinted into the darkness, could barely make out the dark figure of a man a few feet away.

The bag rustled.  Something touched Maggie’s face and she gasped.  A tiny pat on her cheek.  It happened again, on her forehead, making her flinch.  Again, and she swatted it with her hand, finding the object on her pillow.

Popcorn.  He was throwing popcorn at her.

Maggie’s voice came out in a whisper.  “What…what are you going to do?”

The springs creaked as he sat on the edge of the bed.

“Everything,” he said.

Chapter 1 

Safe Haven, Wisconsin, is a one road in and one road out kind of town.  Isolated by water and woods the town is a perfect target for a hostile takeover.  The takeover comes in the form of five special forces, trained and manipulated by the government, wreaking havoc on the small community in horrifying ways.

This book is a thrill ride and perfect for a fast and entertaining read.  If you find eating off toes and skinning people alive entertaining.  If you cannot find those things fun, even in the heat of a ride on the crazy train,  then this book is not for you.  I don’t mind a little horror as long as it’s accompanied by a healthy serving of humanity.  The story did have several characters who showed true strength and made me keep reading.  There were also well drawn characters who met very grisly ends and that did keep me guessing who would make it out alive and who wouldn’t.

If you like Stephen King or other horror authors you may want to give this debut author a try.  Or even if you like movies like Saw.