Thursday, June 11, 2015
Throwback Thursday Book Review
Snow Day: A Novella
by Dan Maurer
$1.99 Kindle version
For over 35 years, each winter, Billy Stone has the same horrible dreams. The dreams began after a childhood day in the snow ended in a terrible tragedy.
This story begins in 1975, jumps forward to 2013, and eventually evolves into a personal account of a man's terrifying childhood experience told through the POV of his 10 year old self. If you prefer Stephen King's earlier writing, I think you will really enjoy Maurer's writing style. I know that I haven't read anything like this in YEARS. I am impressed beyond words with Maurer's ability create a horrific masterpiece without gore or fantastical monsters.
I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I knew it was a horror novella, but I didn't bother to read the summary, so my only expectation was to be entertained. This novella is the perfect example of the kind of story-telling that sucked me into the horror genre in the first place, many decades ago. I can honestly say this is the best horror/drama/thriller that I read in 2013, and one of the best pieces of fiction that I've ever read, period...and to think, it didn't even have zombies!
In all seriousness, I am hoping that Snow Day will help propel Maurer into mainstream horror because I feel that, although the sub-genres such as zombie-lit and supernatural tales are doing quite well, the horror genre in general is in dire need of fresh blood (no pun intended).