Review: When you watch those made-for-TV films on certain science fiction channels, you know before reading ‘directed by’ there are going to be the usual stereotypes. Among others, you might find that all Southerners are rednecks or hillbillies with heavy accents or law enforcement officers are inept and don’t know how to properly contain a crime scene. There will always be the bloody splash of’shocker’ scenes, people who never ever mind their own business and more recently, the inevitable flamboyant gay. “Monster Story” has all those and more.
It’s a very descriptive tale, some amusing and distinct within the narrative flow, though others seemed out of character or too heavily employed. There were a number of characters within the often changing scenes, and I wished for more connectives as events along the timeline, in relation to others, were sometimes hard to discern. But just like with ‘slasher’ films you have to suspend disbelief and just go with the flow.
There are always going to be those fleeting characters who get themselves killed because they do stupid things like not following directions or their own gut instincts to run! There is fun to be found in that, even in the horror genre both in film and print, as far as I’m concerned. In that vein, Monster Story is what I still consider a ‘light’ read, though it has its moments of suspense and the inevitable gore and creepy plot twists worthy of a SyFy Channel Original. I think it definitely could have stood some revision, as 315 pages was rather extensive for a work of this kind in my opinion, especially in that some scenes were rather repetitive or the characters within weren’t vital to the story overall, but I can certainly see where ‘Monster Story’ would have its appeal.
Description: Christy McCauley has returned to West Virginia at last, but her homecoming quickly turns into a surreal nightmare. In the deep hollows and woods of rural Augusta County, something unspeakable is slaughtering people in the dark of night. Authorities don’t know if its human or animal, or how to stop it. Christy and her friends only know they must hunt it and destroy it, before it kills again.