Welcome to the town of Cloven Rock, population: DOOMED! Terror Town by James Roy Daley isn't for the faint of heart. Adventure, fear, and mayhem await, delivered through an omnipresent viewpoint reminiscent of the early works of Stephen King and John Saul. Two pages in and you are thoroughly entrenched in Daley's world. No escape. No going back. Only the driving need to get to the next page.
The plot centers on the paralleling stories of summer man Daniel McGee and resident psychopath Nicolas Nehalem. Daniel has made a discovery in the basement of his lake house---a trapdoor hidden beneath the floor. Enlisting the help of several friends, Daniel and company descend into the unknown with the hope of finding valuables left by the previous owner. What they don't know is that there are other secrets lurking in the gloom below the house, and one is a multi-legged nightmare whose origins date back to the days of Vlad Tepes. Meanwhile, just a few houses away, the seething insanity of Nicolas Nehalem is about to boil over. Thrilled by the misery and torture of others, and fueled by a hatred that perhaps not even Nicolas understands, the time has come to unleash years of planned destruction on Cloven Rock. Horrors from the past collide with the madness of the present and explode into a storm of chaos and gore that is only navigable with the aid of Daley's witty prose. Great read!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)