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Monday, August 24, 2015

The Doorway by Alan Spencer [3.5 stars]



From the Description:

The dead work in mysterious ways.
Morty Saggs is desperate when his wife, Glenda, turns up missing. But all evidence points to Glenda never having left the house. Soon, odd smells permeate the property, and sometimes the doorway to his bedroom burns a hideous red. Is Morty going crazy, or did the house do something with Glenda? Is there some connection to the house’s previous owner, a vicious murderer named Ted Lindsey? All of Morty’s questions will be answered on the night the burning doorway opens—the night when the trap is sprung.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

The Doorway is a fun, surreal splatterpunk horror story. It started out a  little slow but once the action starts hold on to both your seat and your lunch! The horrors you will find here are well described and gruesome. I thought that I had figured out the plot at the beginning of the book but the ending came as a surprise. The characters  are a mixed bag. Morty, the main character starts out as sort of a sad-sack that I pitied and then disliked but by the end of the book I was rooting for him and his daughter to make it out alive. Some of the characters were thoroughly horrible people, specifically Janet, the reporter for a rag newspaper, and Detective Larson. This is a fun, fast paced and totally gross 3.5 star read.