[Note: This was supposed to be posted yesterday but being exhausted from a week of work plus seeing family, it’s a day late. Sorry friends!]
A little while ago, a friend of mine [whom I met through the blogging community] had told me he was releasing a book called Dwelling. I was curious, and after a bit of talking, he sent me a copy to read. It’s not terribly long, sitting at just over 300 pages, but it’s a wild ride from start to finish. So without further ado, let’s change it up today and go from reviewing movies to books!
Our story today follows a group of childhood friends [now adults], who are physically and psychologically devastated by war… As we learn, a horrifying creature emerged from a sandstorm just before Ricky Smith died in battle. Forced to leave, his widow Maggie buys a home on Oak Lee Road in the lonely town of Jotham. Maggie is isolated in the historic house…and is unsettled by strange clicking-like sounds coming from the walls. Jonathan Steele attempts to drink the painful past away: he was wounded in battle and now suffers from PTSD. He wants [and even starts] to put the nightmare behind him, but when Ricky’s ghost comes to him with warnings about Maggie’s new house, he begins to question his sanity, and everything around him. Bobby Weeks is a now homeless veteran struggling with a werewolf-like curse. Afraid of bringing danger to those around him, he stays far away from those he loves. But after a full moon, a mysterious woman approaches him and reveals a vision about a house with a sinister presence, and he quickly realizes staying away might no longer be an option he has. Lastly, we have Minister Jake Williams, who has lost his faith on the battlefield, and will do anything to reconnect with God. He turns to vices to fill the religious void, but a church elder insists he take a sabbatical, and a ghost tells him to quit the ministry! When Maggie wakes in a strange subterranean cavern, she can’t deny that her house has dark secrets. Desperate for help, she sends letters to her old friends to reunite in Jotham, unaware of the danger awaiting them. The friends have already been through hell once, but can any of them survive the evil dwelling beneath the House on Oak Lee?
Dwelling, overall is a pretty heavy story; it deals with the death of a ‘brother’, it has a lot of fear involved, and it reminds you that not all demons are in your head. With something like the topic of War, this is something like that would literally haunt your every move. What makes Dwelling work so effectively is that it shows us what soldiers go through as individuals, such as: heartache, guilt and painful flashbacks…it’s heartbreaking to read about, but it makes sense – especially to those, like me, who haven’t been in such a situation before. It’s dark and twisted, but for a story that follows War veterans, it has to be – Because it wouldn’t make sense otherwise.
Through this book, [which is only part one!] Author Thomas S. Flowers [who writes his own blog here!] has created an cast of characters and a world that feels super related-able: We all know people that have been in the War, or have been through traumatic situations, just like the characters in Dwelling. These groups of friends that every one of us have – regardless of how different they may be – have gone off in different directions, but the small things, and details that we experienced as children has created a permanent bond between you. It quickly shows where we would always be if they needed us. Hell, I can think of a couple friends now that are like ‘brothers’ to me – they know who they are. This makes the damaged characters found inside the novel as something we can hold on to; Something real. These five friends of mine have all been damaged, either emotionally, physically or even both. Because of this, they not only have to overcome the villain, but also their own personal ghosts and demons, either current or from the past!
Either way, I won’t go on too heavily about the book: it’s definitely something you need to experience [not read: experience] for yourself to fully understand. [buy a copy of Dwelling over here!] As I said above, it’s a heavy read, and at times – not for the faint of heart – but it’s great for horror fans, and veterans who understand the pain of War. If you found yourself to enjoy Dwelling, be sure to prepare for the sequel, Emerging, which is stated to be released on December 15th!
THANKS FOR READING.