By Thomas R Clark
If Shakespeare wrote horror …
“I bite, I shake, I pull, and I tear. It’s how I fight, and today it’s how I die.”
The brain worm plague decimated the human population, destroying civilization as man knew it. Infected animals turned into bloodthirsty killing machines, spreading the diseased worms animating their bodies.
A year later, an intrepid Jack Russell Terrier leads a diverse fellowship of animal companions struggling to stay alive in this apocalyptic world. When the safety of their lair is compromised, the motley pack embarks on a dangerous journey to find a new home.
They soon learn infected squirrels and bats aren’t the only threats in this horrifying new world, where only the cunning and strong will endure. But the biggest fight of all will be the importance of having …
If Shakespeare wrote actual horror, it would read like Good Boy by Thomas R Clark.
Good Boy is being touted as a zombie genre crossover, but to me, it did not read like a typical zombie story. In retrospect, I can see the correlation, but I have a different impression, a different view. It definitely will appeal to those who enjoy the zombie subgenre of horror, as well as those who love a good apocalypse survival tale. But for me, this Shakespearean level Horror tale has many more layers of appeal than that.
The story flows with symbolism, depth, and meaning woven into every action and thought. The combination of omniscient narration and first-person perspective adds to the classical feel as well as to the emotional impact. This story will wreck your emotional fortitude.
The struggles of the fellowship of animals touches on the psyche and the heartstrings in a way human characters cannot. The innocence, revelation, determination, and loyalty are presented here in a depth humans are generally not capable of due to ego. These things, along with expert description and horrific sequences, draw you into the characters and their plight, and you are hooked, mind, body, and soul.
Good Boy is a journey through a dystopian hell from a unique perspective. It is a compelling read, an emotional read, a horrifying read. It is worth every moment of your time spent reading it.
Get it on Amazon: getbook.at/goodboy
About the Author: Thomas R Clark
Thomas R Clark is a musician, writer and podcast producer from Central New York. His podcasts, including the popular Necrocasticon, can be heard on the Project Entertainment Network. He is the author of GOOD BOY and the forthcoming novellas BELLA’S BOYS and THE CURSE OF KATIE ELDER. Tom recently published a ‘zine form of the Necrocasticon, NECROCASTIZINE, which can find at a convention near you. Tom lives with his wife and a trio of Jack Russell terrier companions.