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Published by Darkfuse on April 7th 2015
Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural
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It starts with a strange glowing fog that arrives at the height of a snowstorm.
A terror from the past has returned, bringing with it death and destruction that threatens to overrun the town. The old stories tell of a post-war experiment gone wrong, one that opened the way for the fog—or whatever was behind it—to begin its reign of terror.
A small team of workmen are the last hope to keep their town alive through the long, storm-filled night. But the many horrors that await them are beyond anyone’s worst nightmares.
William Meikle is fast becoming a very reliable author for me to turn to when I want a relatively quick and definitely engaging read, and The Dunfield Terror is no exception. It tells the tale of a small team of workmen who battle to keep the roads open during a fierce snow storm that descends on their coastal town, bringing with it something known to the locals as “The Fucker” – a glowing fog that causes havoc whenever it touches anything solid. Meikle then goes back in time to detail the experiment that brought this fog into our world, and for the rest of this short novel, goes back and forth between these two threads.
I really enjoyed the present timeline and the carnage caused by the fog. Meikle effortlessly weaves his written word to pull the reader into the townsfolk’s plight, all told from the POV of one of the workmen in the first person. However, after an exciting initial foray, I found the origin story of the fog far less engaging, and mostly powered through these sections to get back to what I eventually came to term “the action”.
There’s also a great little bit toward the end that eschews the previous alternating narrative structure to go even further back in time, which in and of itself, would make a fantastic novella if expanded with a few more characters. But ultimately, I’m not sure how enamored I was with the very end of The Dunfield Terror with Meikle offering enough to tie the two major threads together while allowing ambiguity to prevail.
All in all then, this was a more than satisfying read that should appeal to fans of Lovecraft and small towns being menaced.
3.5 Fused Appendages for The Dunfield Terror.
The preceding is based on on an eARC provided by DarkFuse Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
About William Meikle
I am a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with over twenty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. I have had books published with a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press, DarkFuse and Dark Renaissance, and my work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines with recent sales to NATURE Futures, Penumbra and Buzzy Mag among others.
I live in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company and when I’m not writing I drink beer, play guitar and dream of fortune and glory.
I don’t know where the ideas come from. I’m just glad that they come. It’s been over twenty five years now. I think it’s enthusiasm that keeps me going. I just love adventure stories with guns, swords, monsters and folks in peril.
I’m just a big kid at heart.
And therein lies my secret. I haven’t grown up.
A long time lover of horror fiction and film and "for fun" writer of the same, I enjoy reviewing what I consume, forever seeking the next high that comes with discovering the next great read.