A couple of years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing a book by Kristopher Rufty titled THE LURKERS (click here to read that review). I am a HUGE fan of creature-features in both books and movies, so this was obviously a must-read for me. I loved that book, and I’m excited to report the story continues on in THE LURKING SEASON, the followup that was recently published by Samhain Horror.
If you are not familiar with THE LURKING SEASON, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Samhain Publishing:
The legends were true. The creatures were real. And now they’re back! People have whispered about the tiny humanoid creatures in the woods and cornfields of Doverton for decades. Three years ago a wildfire devoured much of the rural village, but as the ashes were cleared, more questions were uncovered-including abandoned houses, missing people and dead bodies. Since the fire seemed to wipe out the majority of the town’s woodland acres, the murmurs about the creatures have gone quiet. The residents have begun to rebuild their lives, trying to forget about the tragedy that nearly killed them all. Yet the mysteries remained unsolved. Now a group of people will go there with good intentions, venturing into the dead heart of Doverton, thinking it’s safe. But they will find out that the legend was only sleeping. Now it’s awake. And ready to kill again.
Samhain just keeps getting it right when it comes to horror. I have yet to read one of their books that I did not enjoy. I hope this trend continues, as they are a powerhouse in horror in my book (pardon the pun).
THE LURKING SEASON picks up a short while after the end of the first book but forges forward with a new storyline. Like its predecessor, this book is written very well and flows at a nice, even pace. Rufty once again weaves a thrilling tale of terror rife with intensity and scares. I am very impressed with his ability to keep his creatures scary; though the characters and story might change, his Haunchies are still vicious and bloodthirsty.
And speaking of characters, there are several new ones we get to meet right from the start. Each is fleshed out well, with individual backstories and unique characteristics. But we also get a couple of familiar faces as well. I will not divulge too much information and tell you who they are, because some of these reveals are integral to the story.
In regard to the story, this book brings a new aspect of the Haunchies to light. Again, I won’t say too much, but I can tell you there’s a bigger plan brewing than what was previously brought to light in the first book. I really enjoy where Rufty goes with THE LURKING SEASON, and I hope this series turns out to be a trilogy. I can’t seem to get enough of the Haunchies and their bloodthirsty ways!
THE LURKING SEASON is another feather in the cap of author Kristopher Rufty, and I highly recommend giving it a read. Chocked full of good ol’ gory horror, this is one book that every fan of the genre should own. It is available now in a variety of formats.