Today, Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for The Watchers by A. M. Shine and I’ll be sharing her review with you all further down.
A. M. Shine is an author of Literary Horror from the west of Ireland. It was there that at a young age he discovered a passion for classic horror stories, and where he received his Masters in history, before ultimately sharpening his quill to pursue a life devoted to all things literary and macabre. His writing is inspired by the trinity of horror, history, and superstition, and he has tormented, toyed with, and tortured more characters than he will ever confess to.
Owing to a fascination with the works of Edgar Allan Poe and his ilk, A. M. Shine’s earlier writings were Gothic in their style and imagination. When his focus turned to novels he refined his craft as an author of Irish horror – stories influenced by his country’s culture, landscape, and language, but which draw their dark atmosphere and eloquence from the Gothic canon of his past.
You can’t see them. But they can see you.
This forest isn’t charted on any map. Every car breaks down at its treeline. Mina’s is no different. Left stranded, she is forced into the dark woodland only to find a woman shouting, urging Mina to run to a concrete bunker. As the door slams behind her, the building is besieged by screams.
Mina finds herself in a room with a wall of glass, and an electric light that activates at nightfall, when the Watchers come above ground. These creatures emerge to observe their captive humans and terrible things happen to anyone who doesn’t reach the bunker in time.
Afraid and trapped among strangers, Mina is desperate for answers. Who are the Watchers and why are these creatures keeping them imprisoned, keen to watch their every move?
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Tis the season to be spooky!
Hurrah! It’s October, Autumn is here and the nights are drawing in. It’s the perfect time to read horror and you won’t go wrong with this book.
The Watchers is a spine chilling horror set in the remote unknown forests of Galway. They can’t be found on any map and cars break down at their treeline. This is exactly what happens to Mina as she is travelling to deliver a parrot as a favour for a friend. Her mobile also stops working so she is left stranded and forced to enter the woodland looking for help.
As the day begins to fade she hears a woman shouting and urging her to run to a concrete bunker. Mina does so and as the door slams shut behind her the building is attacked. Mina is trapped with three strangers. There is a room with a wall of glass and a light which only comes on at nightfall…this is when the Watchers emerge from their lair to observe and taunt the captive humans.
Awful things happen if you don’t make it back to the bunker in time and once inside you must STAY IN THE LIGHT!
I can’t believe this is a debut novel, it is so very chilling and I absolutely loved it! I love how the author manages to deliver the scares without it being too extreme or graphic.
As a life long horror fan I do love me some gruesome gore but there is a skill in being able to scare your reader witless without resorting to that. Most of the horror comes from your own imagination and mine is pretty wild.
This is the perfect book for Halloween and gets five stars from me.