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The Cursed Among Us by John Durgin

20 years ago a terrible thing happened in the small town of Newport, bodies were appearing left, right and centre with their chests ripped open, and their hearts were torn out.

It's 1999 the town is back to normal and the residents avoid talking about what happened 20 years ago. As with all small towns, there aren't a lot of rules, but there is one which no one must under any circumstances break. DO NOT GO INTO THE WOODS!!.

Four kids are filming a horror movie, it's a slasher, you know the typical victim running through the woods followed by the killer carrying a machete. Throughout the filming, they stumble upon a mound of earth with a strange stone formation surrounding it... that's it, can't spill the beans as to what happens next, it's a great horror novel, with black magic, and an evil spirit, typical of the 90's horror movies, full of suspense and gore throughout.

This is John Durgin's debut and as debuts go it was a great read, and very entertaining. It grabs you from the first page and won't let you go. It reminded me of "Stranger Things", of which I need to see the last series.

Hope to read more from Mr Durgin and added to my small list of auto-buy authors.

John is a proud HWA member and lifelong horror fan who decided to chase his childhood dream of becoming a horror author. Growing up in New Hampshire, he discovered Stephen King much younger than most probably should have, reading IT before he reached high school—and knew from that moment on he wanted to write horror.

He co-founded Livid Comics in late 2020, co-creating and writing his debut comic titled Jol (pronounced Yule), a Christmas horror series for all ages. After publishing that, the itch to expand his writing was one he had to scratch. Through Livid, he wrote his second comic due to be released this winter titled Dead Ball. John also co-launched a podcast called The Livid Comics Lair, where they talk with many of today's best horror authors, comic creators, and all things that go bump in the night like UFOs and paranormal investigators. His true passion was always to write horror novels, and in 2021 he started submitting short stories in hopes of getting noticed in the horror community and launching a career.

He had his first story accepted in the summer of 2021 in the Books of Horror anthology, and an alternate version of the story in the Beach Bodies anthology from DarkLit Press. Coming up, John has multiple stories to be released in the prose and comic world in 2022, including his debut novel The Cursed Among Us set to release 6/3/2022.

If you would like to buy it, go to the link on your left at no additional cost to you & I receive a percentage.

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