Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Sludge by David Bernstein [4.5 stars]

From the Description
Deep in Montana's Lolo National Forest, toxic waste is leaking from aged oil drums and mixing with a new batch of biological sludge that has been dumped into a remote lake. It sickens, it mutates, and like cancer, it spreads and devours.

A group of hikers stumble upon bank robbers who've been hiding out in the forest. Held at gunpoint, they soon discover they are being hunted by a vicious predator, and it will take their combined efforts to make it out of the forest alive.
Publication Date: July 4, 2016
Publisher: Great Old Ones Publishing
Publication Length: 131 pages

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

The Sludge is a fabulously campy romp filled with all the gory cheesiness I love from the creature features found at the drive-in or on late night horror shows. The monster is like a fantastic mix of the mutated bear from Prophecy (1979) and the creatures from C.H.U.D. While the characters range from redneck bank robbers to yuppyish hikers frolicking in the wilderness. This story is fast paced and gloriously fun to read, I was hooked from the first page. My only complaint is the length, I wasn't ready for the fun to end. I recommend this highly entertaining 4.5 star read.

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About the Author


David Bernstein is originally from a small town in Upstate New York called Salisbury Mills. He now resides in NYC and misses being surrounded by chainsaw-wielding maniacs and wild backwoods people that like to eat raw human flesh. He’s grown used to the city, though hiding bodies is much harder there. He is the author of Amongst the Dead, Damaged Souls, The Tree Man, Witch Island, Relic of Death, Apartment 7C and the forthcoming Episodes of Violence. David writes all kinds of horror, from hair-raising ghost stories to gore-filled slashers and apocalyptic tales of terror. He loves hearing from his readers. You can find him at , Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads

Praise for David Bernstein

"Dave Bernstein let his mind wander and his pen write where I know you’ll want to read. With an introduction by Kristopher Rufty, this is a reason to stay at home and read on a pleasant Saturday afternoon like I did." Cat After Dark (on A Mixed Bag Of Blood)

"David Bernstein delivers a fast-moving tale of desire and destruction that gives new meaning to the words, ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ Relic of Death twists reality and will leave you reflecting on your own personal Achilles heel long after you finished reading…" Allan Leverone, author of Mr. Midnight

"A fascinating, unpredictable, ever-shifting tale of greed and desperation. Highly recommended!" Jeff Strand, author of Pressure

"Fast-paced, cinematic, and excellent. Horror fans gather around, it’s time for another chilling tale from David Bernstein." Keith Deininger, author of Within and Ghosts of Eden

"A harrowing, brutal thriller, Skinner is Bernstein at his best!" Peter Giglio, author of Shadowshift