Book Review: Demon Ridge by: C.I. Kemp

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Barbarian Books

Publication Date: May 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Format:  E-book

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Something down there doesn’t like you. This is what the people of a small Massachusetts town discover in Demon Ridge.  The two main characters are Jeff Strickland and Elliott Ryan. As a young boy, Jeff  frequently finds him-self transported to a place of absolute darkness and silence, where he is not alone.  Elliott, a teenage delinquent, suddenly discovers that he can see through the eyes of something inhuman and unstoppable that surfaces from the earth to stalk and kill.  These characters grow to adulthood, each linked in a different way to the ancient evil that lives underground and preys upon their town.  Events culminate in a final confrontation which is both inevitable and violent.  None of the protagonists emerges unscathed; not all of them survive.

Review: ‘Demon Ridge’ is a haunting tale of revenge and an evil which never dies. The author has created a realistic backdrop to some horrific and supernatural events in Taylorville, Massachusetts. Two boys affected deeply by the evil which lurks in this small town, touched by something more powerful than they realized at the time. Now as men, it’s up to them to confront the demon and ends its reign of terror once and for all. ‘Demon Ridge’ reminds me a lot of “Stand By Me” crossed with “It”, which delighted me as I love both of those stories. ‘Demon Ridge’ is a disturbingly good horror novel and worth a read…with the lights on!

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