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{Review} The Vagrants by Brian Moreland

by Brian Moreland
Published by Samhain Publishing on 6.3.14
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Thriller
Pages: 114
Format: eBook
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Beneath the city of Boston, evil is gathering.

Journalist Daniel Finley is determined to save the impoverished of the world. But the abandoned part of humanity has a dark side too. While living under a bridge with the homeless for six months, Daniel witnessed something terrifying. Something that nearly cost him his sanity.

Now, two years later, he’s published a book that exposes a deadly underground cult and its charismatic leader. And Daniel fears the vagrants are after him because of it. At the same time, his father is being terrorized by vicious mobsters. As he desperately tries to help his father, Daniel gets caught up in the middle of a war between the Irish-American mafia and a deranged cult of homeless people who are preparing to shed blood on the streets of Boston.

This novella was SO not what I expected. It started with a bunch of homeless people and a man writing a book and then it turned into a story of Old Gods. Weird, right? Yes, but weird in a good way!

As I said, we start with groups of homeless people being sought after by a man named Mordecai. He wants them to join his group of “seekers” and he is capable of mesmerizing them into doing just that. Enter in Daniel,  a man living among these homeless vagrants doing research for a book.  Enter in a side story of the Irish mob in South Boston, (I love reading stories about my home state!), and how Daniel’s family is affiliated with them. Then throw them all together in a room, sprinkle some Lovecraftian-ism over the top like fresh ground pepper- and you have an original story that I thought was a lot of fun. (When I say Lovecraftian, I’m not talking tentacled creatures here, but I AM talking about old/ancient gods and their plans for mankind.)



I enjoyed the underground mural depictions and how Daniel spotted his friends in them. And I most especially loved the final scenes, complete with meat hooks and mysterious elevator shafts. The originality of those last moments with Mordecai took this book from what I thought was a so-so 3 star read into a 4 star, “I recommend this book” review. Well done, Mr. Moreland!

Recommend for friends of underground horror and the Old Gods.


*I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

About Brian Moreland

Brian Moreland writes dark suspense, thrillers, and horror. His books include DEAD OF WINTER, SHADOWS IN THE MIST, THE WITCHING HOUSE, THE DEVIL’S WOODS, THE VAGRANTS, DARKNESS RISING and a short story collection, DARK NEEDS: 3 Twisted Tales of Horror. Brian loves hiking, world travel, and spending time with family. He’s been known to explore caves and unchartered rain forests in Costa Rica. He lives in Dallas, Texas where he is having fun writing new scary fiction.

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