Friday, May 15, 2015

Life In Hell



Damaged Souls
by David Bernstein
240 pages
$4.24 Kindle version

There are so many levels to this story that I don't know where to begin...a man facing the life-changing consequences of what seemed like an insignificant decision at the time, the supernatural battle for the future of mankind, avenging the death of a loved one, interconnected fates...so much going on in this novella - never a dull moment. I also love the depth that Bernstein adds to the main character's relationships, particularly with his wife.

I have been a fan of Bernstein's for some time now, but this is unlike any of his previous work, proving that Bernstein knows his horror and doesn't limit himself to any particular sub-genre. Even though there are supernatural creatures in this story, it's the realistic events that are the most terrifying. Some of the gore comes in spurts, but the rest of the story flows quite easily with an impressive buildup to the final struggle.

The ending is a spectacular way to tie up any loose ends, and provide the perfect closure. I recommend this book to any horror fans who miss the old-school methods of tearing the heart out of readers, and serving it still-beating within the pages.

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