THE WICKED ONES: CHILDREN OF THE LOST
By J.Z. Foster
You know, the best thing about nightmares is that they’re not real. It’s all just in your head, and as soon as you wake up, pop!
It’s all gone. You’re safe.
It’s not like they could crawl out, creeping from your mind with long, slender fingers and milky yellow eyes sunken into heads with pointed horns bursting out.
That’d just be insane.
Daniel Tanner’s life is insane. A mysterious disease came to claim his son, seemingly pulling him into the grave with cold fingers named misery and hopelessness.
Now a stranger has come calling with an even stranger tale of monsters—horrible things that take children in the middle of the night and leave their own, things that crawled out of the fairy tales our barbarous ancestors used to tell, things that they tried to warn us about.
We didn’t listen.
Because monsters aren’t real, are they? There’s no reason to fear the dark, no reason at all to believe the old tales about creatures with a taste for human meat.
That would be insane… wouldn’t it?
The synopsis blurb for Wicked Ones is very intriguing, and the book surpasses those expectations. Because there is a lot more to Wicked Ones that the official synopsis gives, I may do the unusual for me and include some story elements in my review… without spoilers of course. No spoilers.
I describe Wicked Ones as Beautifully Brutal and I will explain why. The writing is so darkly beautiful as to be almost poetic in places, up to and including scenes of violence and carnage, with flowing emotion, sharp dialog and brutal action scenes. In places, the writing brings to mind a graphic tale written by the love child of Poe and Lovecraft. However, one must be aware that some of the content can be considered extreme horror. Hence the use of the word “Brutal.”
That being said, let me also note that Wicked Ones is not simple horror. It is a complex novel with complex characters and an intricate story line that unfolds and undulates like a snake during the course of the book. The chapters switch between character focus, often backtracking just a bit to fill in key points of another’s mind set and perspective during a series of events. This adds richness to the already complex and captivating tale and is used masterfully for character development. This is not light reading. It is not a simple weekend diversion. It is an experience of horror and humananity.
Foster opens with the mysterious death of Daniel’s son, the parallel estrangement of Daniel’s wife, and Daniel’s subsequent mind shattering grief. Then, enter the stranger with information, the stories, the old histories. The story continues to build from there, with incredible pace and even more incredible substance. Foster draws upon the old stories and dares you to believe, dares you to stay sane, dares you to continue forward.
Beautifully brutal, dark, and compelling, The Wicked Ones: Children of the Lost is a masterfully written story of vividly relatable characters in horrific circumstance.
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About the Author: J.Z. Foster
JZ Foster is an Urban Fantasy / Horror writer originally from Ohio. He spent several years in South Korea where he met and married his wife and together they opened an English school.
Now a first time father, he’s moving back to the states – and his hometown roots.
He received the writing bug from his mother, NYTimes best selling author, Lori Foster.