Review: The Words

The WordsThe Words by Douglas Clegg
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This short novella is something of a marriage of Lovecraftian tone and teen slasher flick. Though I’m not big into the entire cast of a book being angst-filled teenagers (which is the case here) the book grabbed me pretty well in the beginning with the mystery and ambiguity surrounding ‘the Words.’ As I read through, I was able to look past the occasional groan-inducing behavior and dialog of some of the characters (quite appropriate for their age, no doubt.) Clegg, who is an accomplished horror novelist if ever there was one, kept me turning the pages and kept me interested. The way he wraps up this horror-cult story is sufficiently sinister enough for my blood. Overall, I found this a brief and pleasant read.

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