Oh, horrors! I’m saying this up front to give you the option to ignore/delete this post right now—or devour it, depending on your taste.
Reading on? Okay, here we go.
Harvey Click is the only one of John L. Monk’s awesome indies that I have not been able to read. Well, I did read the opening chapters of Demon Frenzy, which Click says is mild in comparison to The Bad Box. But I’m squeamish, the kind of person who hides in the lobby in a theatre or leaves the TV room when a movie gets too intense.
So to do justice to this fine indie author, I’m telling you what other people have said about his work.
“Extraordinarily talented writer,” said blogger and book reviewer Carol Kean, who confessed she had to skim some of the most horrific descriptions in Demon Frenzy. And remember, this one is supposedly not as intense as The Bad Box, which Click believes is his best work to date.
In his video review, P.T. Hylton said, “Demon Frenzy will make you afraid to leave your home.” (Are you still with me?)
“..indelible horror imagery” said Rachel Litt, who interviewed Click for Dirty Little Bookers. In this interview, Click gave his analysis of good horror fiction: “Horror needs to be entertaining, thrilling, and scary or else it’s not worth reading. But I think a good horror novel should also have a resonance that lasts after the last page is turned. What interests me most in the horror genre is the element of the fantastic, and I think the resonance I’m talking about requires this element.”
Here’s what an Amazon customer said about The Bad Box: “I used to read horror, years ago, and then stopped when I found it wasn’t scary anymore. The latest rash of movies has been hit or miss, and mostly miss for me. Then along comes the “Bad Box” and catches me by surprise. It’s a dark story with great characters and a unique premise (which is somewhat of a mystery, so I won’t spoil it here). It gets a little gory, but not overly so compared to some of the stuff that’s out there. If you’re squeamish but liked the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, I think you can handle “The Bad Box”. The writing is great, it’s creepy, the story had me constantly recharging my Kindle Fire (I read sort of slow). I really hope he writes a sequel. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted someone to write a sequel to a horror book before!”
Though I have never met Harvey Click, I feel like I know him because he’s from Ohio. That does not sound reasonable, but it gives us something in common. Plus he’s an academic, and I feel comfortable with that type. Here’s his Amazon bio: “Harvey Click earned an M.A. in English from Ohio State University, using his first novel as a master’s thesis. He has written five novels, four of them in the horror genre, and numerous short stories. He has taught English and creative writing for Ohio University, Ohio State University, the James Thurber House, and OSU’s Creative Arts Program.”
What is Harvey Click doing now? He may be catching up on his sleep, having published three books in two years: The House of Worms and The Bad Box in 2013, and Demon Frenzy in September of this year.
I wish Harvey Click a lot of success. In the great sea of books, visibility is hard to achieve, but with this kind of enthusiasm in early readers, I think Click’s books eventually will find a great audience of horror-lovers!
To sample or buy, click the cover image!