{Review} Satan’s Fan Club by Mark Kirkwood

by Mark Kirkbride
Published by Omnium Gatherum Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Thriller

When this book came up for review at Horror After Dark I was excited because I saw a blurb from Sandy Deluca on the book’s Amazon page and I also saw one from Ronald Malfi. With two authors that I respect providing blurbs, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. This story started out with a fairly standard prologue. But once the story got going I was intrigued. The writing in this book was good. The editing was also. I believe I only saw one error throughout the entire novel.

I had no idea what was going to happen in this story. So when it happened, I was shocked and grossed out. Seriously, this novel took an  ewwwy turn. I have no problems with ewww, in fact, I love ewww, but it didn’t work for me with this book. After thinking about it for a few days, I figured out why. It’s because I didn’t care for the characters. I didn’t care what happened to them one way or another. Now this is a personal thing and another reader may feel differently. I can only write about my own experience.

This book started off a little slow, but then towards the middle the pace picked up and fairly raced toward the denouement. I will admit surprise at how everything turned out, and I am rarely surprised. I can’t say much more about it without spoiling it for the next reader.

There is one thing that I outright disliked and that was the cover. It just doesn’t work for me.

I’ve now read a few books published by Omnium Gatherum and I’ve enjoyed them all. This one was no exception. It was well written, the pacing was decent and the story itself was a nice change from the standard fare that I thought I was being served. I enjoyed it, I just did not connect with characters. I would be willing to read more from this author in the future.

I was provided a free copy of this novel to honestly review for Horror After Dark.


About Mark Kirkbride

Mark Kirkbride lives in Shepperton, England. He writes fiction and poetry. His novel Satan’s Fan Club is published by Omnium Gatherum in America. A short horror story, “Dummies”, can be found in eFiction & eHorror. His poetry has appeared in the UK in the Big Issue, the Morning Star, the Mirror and anthologies.

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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