A SURVIVAL HORROR NOVELLA
By Rich Hawkins
The children play in the woods. The children hunt in the woods.
They kill in the woods.
When Ray and his wife join another couple for a week in the countryside, they expect nothing more than a few days of relaxation, fine drink and good food. Instead they discover a terrible secret that threatens to destroy them all.
They will run and hide – and fight if they have to – but the fields will be covered in blood and screams will echo through the trees.
The SCAVENGERS are here.
A visceral, non-stop tale of horror from British Fantasy Award-nominated author Rich Hawkins.
This novella is also available in the collection ‘Under the Red Meadow’.
I read the synopsis.
I read the Prologue.
I read the first two chapters.
I thought to myself, this is going to be like Children of the Corn. Cool. I can dig it.
I was wrong.
It is not like Children of the Corn.
It is much more horrific.
Rich Hawkins throws out a teasing, mysterious, dark Prologue and then builds a story with uncanny characterization that almost puts you at ease. I expected dark, fantastic horror from such careful and skilled writing. I did not expect the horrific visceral tale that quickly took off. I know the synopsis said visceral, but of course it did, it is meant to intrigue prospective readers. Well, visceral is a good word. So is horrific. I need mind bleach.
Scavengers has elements of many subgenres, even touching on the occult without dragging the reader into the occult. There is just enough left to the imagination to prompt you to scare yourself, or gross yourself out, depending on how your mind works. The character reactions to situations and both physical and mental trauma was almost too real for me. It drew me into the moment much farther than I cared to be. This story and writing style are masterfully combined by a writer who must, therefore, be a master.
And the ending was just… morbid. It was morbid.
I really need mind bleach.
This was my first foray into the works of Rich Hawkins. Once I recover I will undoubtedly venture forth into his works again. Well done, Sir. Well done.
Print Length: 85 Pages
Published: July 20, 2016
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About the Author: Rich Hawkins
Rich Hawkins hails from deep in the West Country, where a childhood of science fiction and horror films set him on the path to writing his own stories. He credits his love of horror and all things weird to his first viewing of John Carpenter’s THE THING. His debut novel THE LAST PLAGUE was nominated for a British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel in 2015. The sequel, THE LAST OUTPOST, was released in the autumn of 2015. The final novel in the trilogy, THE LAST SOLDIER, was released in March 2016.