I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by Tim Curran
Published by Darkfuse on 3.3.15
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Six friends are returning home from a night out when they end up in a town called Stokes. They discover they are trapped there, as Stokes does not really exist. The actual town had burned to the ground more than fifty years ago. The Stokes they are in is a nightmare version of the former town, engineered by a deranged and undead mind, a supernatural machine of wrath that will destroy them one by one....unless they submit to its dominance and become living dolls.
This was a wildly imaginative book. I’m not going to get into the setup since the synopsis already does that. Instead I’m just going to state how this book made me feel.
This book is INSANE! I don’t even know where to begin. An old town that doesn’t exist now does. Things that don’t exist, now do. A few of them? Frankendoll. Spider Mother. The Puppeteer. The Controller. Yeah, think about what those look like. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
From the unsettling mind of Tim Curran comes this crazy tale of the town of Stokes, which to most, no longer exists. The occupants of which are mostly animated dolls and mannequins. But there’s something much worse in Stokes and this group of 6 friends are soon going to find out who or what that is.
I found this story to be slightly repetitive in the middle portion, but not enough for me to start skimming. (Mostly because I was worried that I would miss something incredibly creative and cool. ) Also, I felt that I didn’t get to know a few of the characters as well as I would have liked. Those are the only two complaints I have and they’re both minor.
Overall, I thought this book was crazy good. Tim Curran is one imaginative son of a bitch- I don’t know how the man sleeps at night. I recommend this book to fans of creepy dolls, wild imaginations and nightmares. This book delivers all that, and it delivers it in spades.
*If you like Tim Curran as much as I do, please tune in to HAD at the beginning of March for my interview with the man!* -Char