Monday, October 29, 2012

Dollar Bin Horror Spotlight - The Gorge

He had lost his family, murdered both his boss and his best friend, and taken refuge from a manhunt in the wilderness where an ancient force called to him. Being hunted...and haunted, was only the begining. The Blue Ridge Mountains of Southern Appalachia are ancient. They are older than the Rockies, older than the Alps. The Blue Ridge was old when the Himalayas were in their infancy. Beautiful, enchanting as is a Venus Flytrap to an unsuspecting fly, but there is a horror bellied deep in the serenity in those rolling blue hills of southern Appalachia.
The Gorge is a story of backwoods mountain culture, of a snake handling, strychnine-drinking pastor, who rises to power over his devoted flock. Of a Native American curse, confining an even older civilization of cannibal cave dwellers to within in the boundaries of a mountain gorge, hidden deep in the backcountry of the five hundred thousand acre Pisgah National Forrest.
Nathan Mires is drawn to this place, as a moth is helpless to the magnetism of a glowing porch light. His life has fallen to pieces; something has taken control of him, causing a murderous rampage, which has led him to flee into the backcountry of the Pisgah, seeking refuge from a crooked, spiteful sheriff. Soon after he arrives in the gorge, he discovers his problems have only just begun.

Jason L. McPherson has created a wonderfully eerie and disturbingly beautiful tale of the supernatural and murder. The story has many evolving plot points that continue to draw the reader in. It's an astonishing feat in itself to have that many twists and turns in a book without losing control and getting confusing, but Jason somehow does it flawlessly, which is one of the book's strongest qualities  It's like a revolving door of great terror that you just want to keep spinning. One of the book's focus points is around the character Nathan, whom was just your everyday average Joe until something dark began to urge him to murder. To keep hidden from the authorities that were now chasing him down, he flees to the Blue Ridge Mountains...where everything just get's stranger for him. An ancient Native American curse comes into play as does other supernatural happenings and characters, and once again the tale gets turned on it's head. Another thing I liked about the book was the action. It was very well written and quite vivid for the reader's imagination. The book does have some bloody violence, but it played well into the story and was definitely not overdone (and I think we can all agree, a little bit of violence can't hurt...right?). Another point of the book I found beautifully vivid were the backdrops of the mountains. It was almost as if you were there standing among the beauty...and hidden terror...of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Gorge is a beautifully dark, disturbing tale that will make a great read for a multitude of horror fans. With all it's twists and turns, there is sure to be a favorite part for almost everyone. You can pick up a copy yourself HERE.

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