Book Reviews

The Woodwitch by Stephen Gregory

by Stephen Gregory
Published by Valancourt Books on 1.1.15
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
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I just finished this literary gem and I don’t even know what to think! This nasty little ball of maggots, flies and mushrooms is still bouncing around inside my head. ┬áLet me introduce you to the stinkhorn mushroom.

(This is the tamest picture I could find.) Now this may make you chuckle, it certainly made me. But laughter is where it all started; a woman laughed at Andrew Pinkney, and why? Because his manhood could not, would not, resemble this mushroom. Things didn’t turn out so well with that woman. They didn’t turn out so well for Andrew either.

After the incident, we join Andrew on his employer mandated vacation into the misty, damp, forested hills of Snowdonia. He is ordered to get some rest and get himself together. Instead, in the ever drizzly landscape, he becomes obsessed with the stinkhorn, and the reader is dragged along.

Andrew has no idea what he’s doing, he’s a young lawyer in the making, not an outdoorsman. His “finds” on his walks with Phoebe his dog are disgusting-I mean, even the dog doesn’t like them. What’s he doing? What is he thinking? These are the questions that forced me to continue reading.

Even when the descriptions of the scenery got a bit too lengthy. Even when things started to turn my stomach-my sick fascination with Andrew and his mission kept me reading. I’m usually not one to stare at a car wreck, but I stared at Andrew long and hard. (See what I did there?) I couldn’t help myself, thanks to Mr. Gregory. I love his use of language and his descriptive prose-somehow some of these things were horrific and beautiful at the same time.

I still have that ball I mentioned bouncing around in my head, but I think I’m going to leave off this review here. This was a novel of psychological horror that was truly twisted. I found the thought processes of Andrew to be so fascinating I could not look away. You should read this book. I bet it will fascinate you.

Highly recommended for fans of quiet, psychological horror dealt out at a leisurely pace.

*A free ebook was provided to me by Valancourt Books in exchange for an honest review. This is it. *

About Stephen Gregory

About Stephen Gregory

Stephen Gregory is the author of seven dark and disturbing novels. His first book, The Cormorant, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and was made into a film by the BBC starring Ralph Fiennes, was set against the wintry mountains and beaches of Snowdonia. His most recent book, Plague of Gulls, is set within and around the 13th century town walls and castle of Caernarfon, north Wales. A few years ago he was summoned to Hollywood and spent an exhilarating eighteen months writing a screenplay with William Friedkin, the notorious director of The Exorcist. Meanwhile, he continues to earn a crust teaching French to teenage Malay/Chinese girls in Borneo, but hopes to retire soon with his wife Christine to their lovely old house in France.


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