Reviewed by David Brzeski
The best horror stories are based upon the fear of the unknown. They don’t have clearly defined monsters, with clearly defined strengths and weaknesses.
There is evil at Battle View Farm. It started for Lester and Gordon MacAuley when they were sent to stay there one summer, while their parents recovered from the trauma of a miscarriage. Grandma Vivian is acting oddly and she’s getting worse. She talks to dead flies and they tell her things.
The story of the two young boys’ terrifying experiences, as their grandmother spirals into madness is alternated with the events of fifteen years later when they return to the farm to follow Gordon’s ambition to start a business, brewing Bourbon.
Things start well, but there are hints that something is awry and gradually the madness starts again.
Peter N. Dudar alternates between these two separate events, gradually revealing more of what happened in a truly masterful manner, which keeps the reader gripped in suspense, while formulating theories of their own that may, but probably won’t be borne out.
This may be his first novel, but Peter N. Dudar has been writing and publishing horror fiction for some ten years and it certainly shows in this excellent book.