The Thing in the Woods
Seventeen-year-old James Daly’s father bought a house in small-town Edington, Georgia to go with a promotion at his Atlanta law firm, only to lose his job when the housing bubble collapsed. Now James has to work at the Edington Best Buy to help pay the mortgage they’re underwater on. He can’t wait until he turns eighteen and can leave Edington behind forever. But when a local boy challenges him to an ATV race near a tree farm most people avoid, things get much worse. James’ rival is dismembered alive by a tentacled horror emerging from a nearby pond. The monstrosity has been worshiped by a secretive coven since before the Civil War, and its devotees don’t take kindly to their secrets being threatened. Now with the aid of Amber Webb, a local girl he doesn’t like liking, and a renegade cult member, James must fight to avoid ending up bound to a picnic table and offered up to a monster. He must do battle with both the local cultists and their predatory master, THE THING IN THE WOODS.
We are living in an age where some of the old tensions of the past are meeting head on with a new generation. Jordan Peele’s masterful debut hit horror film Get Out took a unique look at racism in America and its horror told through a creative story line. Jordan Peele’s story took place in the North, but what American history buffs know is that most of the atrocities of racism took place in the South. This is what makes Matthew Quinn’s debut horror book, The Thing in the Woods, not just horrifying, but believable.
Quinn is a not just a history enthusiast, but he is also a social studies teacher in the Atlanta region by profession and it shines through in his story-telling. He has always been a fan of the horror genre and his debut novel showcases why he was born to become one of its best authors with a successful long career. His creative imagination shines through as he takes the reader to the edge of their seat from the very beginning of the book. Although the book is a short read, it is none the less lacking in nail biting horror, thrilling scenes and mysterious encounters.
Quinn says of the vision of his debut work, “I plotted out most of THE THING IN THE WOODS in the 2008-2010 range; the story itself takes place in May 2010. It takes place in a “bedroom community” that suffered heavily from the Great Recession.The story is told from the perspectives of protagonist James Daly, a teen Buckhead snob whose family has moved to a small town; antagonist Phil Davidson, owner of a BBQ joint and secret leader of a Lovecraftian cult; Sam Dixon, a troubled member of Davidson’s cult; and Amber Webb, an insecure and artsy teenage girl.”
Get ready horror book fans, you are about to be introduced to a new author who will be around for a long time keeping his audience thrilled with cutting edge horror, blood and guts. Thing in the Woods is a timely book that needs to be read by all those looking for a great heart pounding terror filled horror novel set in an American historical background.
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