Genre: Dark Fantasy
Length: 288 Pages
Publisher: FLAME TREE PRESS
Release date: March 26, 2020
Synopsis: In Rockridge, Ohio, a sinister family moves into a sleepy cul de sac. The Eldreds feed on the negative emotions of humans, creating nightmarish realms within their house to entrap their prey. Neighbors are lured into the Eldreds’ home and faced with challenges designed to heighten their darkest emotions so their inhuman captors can feed and feed well. If the humans are to have any hope of survival, they’ll have to learn to overcome their prejudices and resentments toward one another and work together. But which will prove more deadly in the end, the Eldreds . . . or each other.
Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review
I’ve read a few of Tim Waggoner’s short stories and dug them quite a bit. When I read the synopsis for The Forever House I thought it was time to give one of his novels a go. I found this book wildly creative and original. I was impressed with the vastness of the world created inside the house. I really liked the way the Eldred feed from negative energy of the characters, a nice twist from the standard vampire. The story had a great set of complex characters. Many with minor flaws, others were grotesque and offensive. The Forever House kept me entertained with the neighborhood dynamics. Later the need to know who would survive this adventure, if anyone.
The parts of the story I didn’t like were the names given to the Eldred. They felt less than creative, almost stereotypical. I also didn’t think the character ‘Machine Head’ was explained well or given enough backstory. I know a few reviews have compared The Forever House to the movie The Burbs. I didn’t get caught up in that comparison and really enjoyed this book. The Forever House gives the horror fan a good dose of creepy, horrific and bloody action.
Tim Waggoner, biography-
Tim Waggoner’s first novel came out in 2001, and he’s published over forty novels and five collections of short stories since. He writes original fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins. His novels include Like Death, considered a modern classic in the genre, and the popular Nekropolis series of urban fantasy novels. He’s written tie-in fiction for Supernatural, Grimm, the X-Files, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Transformers, among others. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Journal, and Writer’s Workshop of Horror. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award, been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award, and his fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year. In 2016, the Horror Writers Association honored him with the Mentor of the Year Award, and in 2017 his novella The Winter Box won the Bram Stoker Award for Long Fiction. In addition to writing, Tim is also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College.