Reviewed: November, 2021
Released: 2012, Indie
Normally we don’t review fiction, books that do not have significant Hard Rock or Heavy Metal content. We will, on occasion, review fiction works that have been written by Metal artists. There are not many of these books published, King Fowley (Deceased), Howie Bentley (Black Cauldron) and Lars Larsen (Manticora) and a few others have all written some fiction, and now we can add Brewin to our short list.
Last month I review the most excellent album THE CALLING bu The Dark Horde. Please feel free to check out that review. This month I go back to the source, the place that started it all, the story written by Brewin that has now expanded into the soundtrack style album.
Back in 2012 Brewin wrote a book. An independent piece of horror fiction called The Dark Horde. It is self-published, a decent no frills, paperback.
The story is set in semi-rural Australia and focuses on the denizens of a small-ish town and the super-natural events that occur. There are quite a few characters each with their own individual storyline that all come together in the end. The plot unfolds over the course of a few days and reaches the climax quite quickly. There was quite a bit of explicit gore and a hint of sex as well so it is certainly not intended for children. Another part I liked is that there were quite a few heavy Metal references scattered through the book. I won’t spoil the plot or ending but there are demons of the dark, possession, invasion, conspiracies and more making it classic piece of horror. There were a few stand-out scenes involving the boarding school that stuck out in my mind as especially effective. Who hasn’t fantasized about getting revenge at the bullies at school?
My only complaint is that the book did feel a bit long at times. For example the whole chapter about the friends playing table-tennis probably could have been edited down or even eliminated altogether, it didn’t add too much to the story, but it did help develop the characters.
Overall, I felt the story was very creepy and engaging thoroughly entertaining. The core idea is very solid and I can see why it would lend itself to the soundtrack crossover or even ultimately a feature film one day. Get the book and the album for a great set of Metal themed horror.