D E McCluskey / Horror Fiction Reviews

The Twelve

By D.E. McCluskey


The consummate ghost story!

Story Synopsis

Sometimes the past can come back to haunt you…

John Rydell was 4000 miles away when he got the phone call from his wife, ‘John there’s someone in the house.’

By the time he was home, tragedy had struck. A tragedy that threatened to engulf him, bringing back long forgotten and repressed memories of his days at university.

Now some of his old friends are dying, one by one.
They are found gutted, disemboweled, ruined.
There were twelve of them back in university, and there were twelve of them for a reason.

Content Review

The Twelve is the consummate modern-day old-school supernatural horror story.  This superbly written page-turner has it all: good flow, steady pace, solid characters, gripping suspense, emotional intensity, serious horror, and most importantly, an amazing plot and story.  I read this entire novel in one day.  I couldn’t not finish it.  It is frighteningly gripping, wholly enthralling and has a very nice twist at the end.  It is one of those books that you know you will read a second and third time over time because it is that entertaining.

McCluskey’s writing style is like a breath of fresh night air in the horror genre: dark and captivating.  I found myself completely intellectually and emotionally engaged in the story throughout, as it played like a movie in my head. This is definitely a shelf worthy book. I am looking forward to more horror from this writer.

Short version, yes, I liked it.  I really liked everything about it.  Even the cover art.

Get it on Amazon: The Twelve (US Link)

Get it on Amazon:  The Twelve (UK Link)


About the Author: D.E. McCluskey

Dave McCluskey is a writer of novels, graphic novels and comics. He currently lives in Liverpool with his daughter.

He began writing in 2011 and created his first comic called Interesting Tymes. An anthology of short horror stories written in rhyme for children and adults, introducing the world to Edward D’Ammage. This was quickly followed by Interesting Tymes x 2 and the spin off series called Edward D’Ammage Presents: The Wedding.

Dave then moved on to more adult related fiction, bringing out the one shot Wooden Heart, followed by the full graphic novel Doppelganger.

His current bibliography includes The Few, a zombie series, DeathDay Presents, a graphic novel comedy based in Hell, Three Days in the City, The Adventures of Mace Masoch and many more.

He has written and produced a full graphic novel for children. After spending a few years of attending comic conventions he grew tired of only seeing comics for adults and decided to do something about that. He then went on to write OLF, a graphic novel with a clever twist on an old Christmas tale.

Spurred on by this, he partnered up with Joe Matthews (funny monsters) and they produced a retelling of the classic Christmas tale of A Christmas Carol, re-writing the tale completely in rhyme.

Dave has now turned his sights onto writing novels and his debut novel The Twelve was released in 2017 to great reviews, and has just released his second novel, written in conjuction with Tony Bolland, entitled In The Mood… For Murder

He currently writes horrors, thrillers, childrens and YA books and refuses to be pigeon-holed…


Also by D E McClusky: CRACK


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