From the Description
Infants are vanishing all over Waitangi, a small island nestled in the Pacific Ocean. The local tribe believes a colossal albatross is responsible. Worse still, they are convinced that the seabird had been trained to carry out these sinister kidnappings.
On the other side of the globe, in England, a troubled Maori girl falls in love with Aryan — a charismatic fire-breather. As their doomed relationship unfolds, a tragedy strikes, leaving her forever changed. Grieving, she travels to the island in desperate search of her estranged father and seeking answers to her shrouded origins. Will her actions influence the mysterious events occurring on the isle?
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication Length: 179 pages
I received a copy of this book as part of the publicity tour hosted by the always fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
Toroa is a harrowing story. It broke my heart at the same time it was making me cringe with horror. Not an easy thing to do! Erik Hofstatter is very adept at writing characters that your heart bleeds for then ripping your heart out with their horrifying acts. Mahi is a girl whose life takes a turn from bad to worse thanks to her abusive mother. Suffering from a devastating loss she sets out to find her absentee father in New Zealand with horrific consequences leading to an ending that was so twisty it made my head spin. A highly recommended 4 star read.
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About the Author
Erik Hofstatter is a dark fiction writer and a member of the Horror Writers Association. Born in the wild lands of the Czech Republic, he roamed Europe before subsequently settling on English shores, studying creative writing at the London School of Journalism. He now dwells in Kent, where he can be encountered consuming copious amounts of mead and tyrannizing local peasantry.
His work appeared in various magazines and podcasts around the world such as Morpheus Tales, Crystal Lake Publishing, The Literary Hatchet, Sanitarium Magazine, Wicked Library, Tales to Terrify and Manor House Show. ‘Rare Breeds’ is out now via Dark Silo Press.
"… the emotional tug that The Crabian Heart exerts on the reader is palpable. The Crabian Heart is also a coming-of-age tale, one that resonates with the pangs of unrequited love. And as such, it concludes, like all great coming-of-age stories, with a very difficult and painful realization for the love-struck main character. By the end of its 100 pages you will find yourself both haunted and moved by Hofstatter's evocative writing." – Starburst Magazine
"With The Pariahs, Erik Hofstatter has created a stark and chilling vision of a radiation-damaged world and the unfortunate heirs to it. His straightforward, unflinching prose does not shy away from brutality, examining dichotomies of strength and weakness, beauty and ugliness, and the things that truly matter when everything is taken away." – Bram Stoker Finalist author Mary SanGiovanni
"These horror stories read like sharp, hard blows to the gut. Grab it and give it a read." - Bram Stoker Finalist John F.D. Taff on Moribund Tales