I’m still DWELLING on “Dwelling”: A REVIEW!


[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!




“The Littlest Deadite” : a Children’s Story based on ‘Evil Dead II’

Like many horror fans, artist Sean Hughes is a big fan of the Evil Dead film series. Like all of us, he no doubt probably believes that these movies are highly entertaining, with some of them offering a few scares and definitely a damn near endless supply of blood and gore in order to satisfy even the hardened horror fan.

But what about the people that want to share those kinds of experiences with their younger children or siblings? I’m not talking about 9 or 10 year olds, but even younger: The ones that you are still tucking into bed, who are barely out of their strollers; the ones that you plan to read a bedtime story to every night. Well luckily for us, that’s where Hughes comes to the rescue, with his latest story, which he calls: The Littlest Deadite.

Although technically not available in book-form, [which if it was, I’d be all over the idea of buying a copy!] Hughes has put together his own take on Evil Dead II by drawing and creating an almost “child friendly” version of the movie’s plot, giving it an adorable – yet still faithful to the original story – creepy twist to what we could have expected if Evil Dead was rated G.

Although you can’t expect to find Ed [above] or even Ash in The Littlest Deadite, it features a new, unnamed Deadite who wants to find himself a soul to swallow, and his wandering adventures as he tries to find one. There’s definite throwbacks to Evil Dead which include the Oldsmobile, the [infamous] tree, and cabin from the film.

Now I know what you’re thinking: if this isn’t a book, [yet?] how am I supposed to read it? Luckily for you, I have you covered. Hughes actually posted the entire story online for free on his blog and it’s pretty damn exciting. I feel that there should even be a Kickstarter for it to become a book – in which case I’d buy it in a heart beat. However, for now, we have to deal with it being only an online ‘picture book’ of sorts. But, in order to save you the wall of pictures – ten in total – I found an album on Imgur which has all of them, in order for your reading convenience. I promise, it’s totally cute, and totally worth your time. [read The Littlest Deadite here]

yet another Deadite you shouldn’t expect to see in the story..

So now I look to you: what do you think of The Littlest Deadite? Is it the greatest ‘fan art’ you’ve seen in a long time? Or do you think Evil Dead should be left to the adult, horror fans? Let me know in a comment or two what you think.

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