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The Troop by Nick Cutter

by Nick Cutter
Published by Gallery Books on 02/25/14
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror
Pages: 369
Format: eBook
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Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfire. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there—which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier. But for some reason, he can’t shake the feeling that something strange is in the air this year. Something waiting in the darkness. Something wicked…

 

tapeworm

See that picture up there? Do you know what that is? It’s a tapeworm. Which is a nasty, (sometimes not so) little, parasite that can infest pretty much any living thing.

That said, this was a story about a Boy Scout troop that visits an island to do their yearly Boy Scout stuff. But this will be the last trip together, ever. Can you guess why?

I had a blast with this book. It was a quick read and I loved the format in which it was told. The only issue that I had with it is that some of the characters are almost cutouts of a sort…you have the bully, the quiet kid, the fat kid, etc.. I did care for a few of the scouts and that’s what made the story compelling for me. That and the reasons behind the tapeworms. Plus, there is also the writing-I liked the style a lot. I submit this quote:

“His fear was whetted to such a fine edge that he could actually feel it now: a disembodied ball of baby fingers inside his stomach, tickling him from the inside. That’s what mortal terror felt like, he realized. Tiny fingers tickling you from the inside.”

If you have a strong stomach and this story sounds like something that would interest you, I say give it a shot. Recommended for fans of creature features, coming of age stories and those horror fans that like a good gross out!

About Nick Cutter

I’ve been asked to set this up by The Powers That Be, and I’m more than happy to, although I can’t really say much about myself seeing as Nick Cutter doesn’t exactly exist—he’s a pen name. A cool, tough pen name! Your mileage will vary on whether you agree, but that was the thinking. Horror writers should have crisp, punchy names. Stephen King. Clive Barker. Nick Cutter. Not that I’m putting myself in their league, no way no how, but I’m just saying that was the idea behind the name.

Personally, I wanted to be known as Lemondrop Pennyfeather, but that suggested nom de plume was cruelly stricken down.

Aaaanywhoo, I’ve written this book, The Troop. Do you like horror books? Do you like Boy Scouts (not in a weird, Canteen-Boyish way, but in a nostalgic way)? Do you like seeing said Boy Scouts confront a vicious enemy on an isolated Island off the coast of Prince Edward Island? If you said yes to one or more of these questions, you may enjoy this book.

As for me: I’ve written a few other books under another name (the one my parents gave me). A few story collections, a few novels. One of them even got turned into a movie. I’ve written for magazines and newspapers, too. I cobble together a living with my pen, is what I’m trying to say—by hook or by crook. It’s a lean living sometimes, but it’s by and large an enjoyable one.

I live in Toronto with my fiancee and our baby boy, Nick … so, yeah, the pen name is a little bit of an honorific for my son, too; we’ll see, in time, if he thinks that was such a hot idea!

I have an incurable book addiction and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I will buy a book based on its cover alone. I love promoting authors. I am... the Ultimate Reader.

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