With They Feed, Jason Parent goes old-school horror and delivers a great b-movie style gory read that hit all of the right notes for this reader. They Feed is a novel about strange creatures eating people alive in the woods and it is exactly the sort of book I wanted to read. What’s not to like?!
This book has a lot in common with some of the fabulous video nasties from the 1980s. I definitely got a Critters vibe when reading it. Parent’s monsters are very cool, a mash-up of Shaun Hutson’s Slugs and the before-mentioned Critters. The main character is Tyler, a young man with a troubled past and an equally troubling future after he is released from prison. He returns to the scene of his crime but gets more than he bargained for as They Feed goes into full-on survival horror mode! Tyler is trapped in a desperate fight for survival, but he isn’t alone as he is joined by a number of other interesting characters that feel pretty well fleshed-out for this type of novel. I don’t expect heaps of character development in books such as this, but I definitely need something or somebody to invest something in and Jason Parent does an admirable job here.
At the end of the day, with a book such as this, I want to read about folk being eaten alive and killed in the most unspeakably gross ways imaginable and Parent delivers in spades. The creatures that lurk in the woods aren’t simply dumb monsters, there exists a hive mentality and a cunning that horror fans will no doubt appreciate.
They Feed is a throwback to yesteryear, to a time when gore was the law! I enjoyed myself thoroughly whilst reading this book. It does exactly what it says on the tin and I for one am a very happy reader. At 254 pages, this is a breezy and fun-filled horror read. Well done Mr Parent!
4/5 flickering torches from the Grim Reader.
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They Feed synopsis
- Print Length: 254 pages
- Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
- Publication Date: April 15, 2018
The night uncovers all we wish not to see.
A troubled man enters a dusky park before sunset. A young woman follows, hidden in shadow. Both have returned to the park to take back something the past has stolen from them, to make right six long years of suffering, and to find justice or perhaps redemption—or maybe they’ll settle for some old-fashioned revenge.
But something evil is alive and awake in those woods, creatures that care nothing for human motivations. They’re driven by their own insatiable need: a ravenous, bottomless hunger.
The campgrounds are full tonight, and the creatures are starving. Before the night is over, they will feed.
An unrelenting tale of terror from Jason Parent, acclaimed author of People of the Sun and What Hides Within.
Biography of Jason Parent
Jason is an author of horror, thrillers, mysteries, science fiction, and dark humor, though his many novels, novellas, and short stories tend to blur the boundaries between these genres. From his award-winning first horror/mystery novel, What Hides Within, to his widely applauded police procedural/supernatural thriller, Seeing Evil, Jason’s work has won him praise from both critics and fans of diverse genres alike. His work has been compared to that of some of his personal favorite authors, such as Chuck Palahniuk, Jack Ketchum, Tess Gerritsen, and Joe Hill.
Jason grew up near Fall River, Massachusetts, the setting for several of his novels. He has lived in New England most his life, currently residing in Rhode Island.
Praise for Jason Parent
“Seeing Evil has some very special moments and is a very fast read. There’s no denying Parent has talent.” – Glenn Rolfe, author of Blood and Rain and Boom Town
“Jason Parent has done it again! He has created a brilliant story that will grip you tight and won’t let go! I found myself turning page after page to see what happens next. From start to finish, this book is mind blowing!” – Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews on A Life Removed
“Wonderfully original tales of horror… Wrathbone and Other Stories gets my highest recommendation.” – Cemetery Dance
“From the eerie opening tale to the grisly closer, and all of the wonderfully mean-spirited tales in-between, Wrathbone is a winner!” – Jeff Strand, author of Dead Clown Barbecue
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