(Review) THOSE WHO FOLLOW by Michelle Garza & Melissa Lason

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A WAYFARING STRANGER

Tormented by visions of women imprisoned in the middle of a barren wasteland and an old man with a yellow-toothed grin, Casey has been wandering this country’s highways following a song that she believes will lead her to her other self.

A CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

Held captive in a desecrated shrine, Celia would have given up long ago if not for a song that keeps her hope burning. Someday she will escape from the shadowy creatures that claw at the windows of the church, the monstrous dog with a taste for human flesh, and the old preacher with inhuman powers.

A BOND THAT CROSSES WORLDS

Two women divided by fate but connected by blood. Will the song help them lead the way to each other and defeat the forces aligned against them? Or will they suffer the dreadful fate of…

THOSE WHO FOLLOW

My Review:

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THOSE WHO FOLLOW (Bloodshot Books) is the latest from Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason (aka the Sisters of Slaughter). After reading their debut, MAYAN BLUE (Sinister Grin Press), I knew I was in for another fun and horrific ride. I was right.

“Night crawled down the walls of Whispering Creek, dragging storm clouds along with it.”

THOSE WHO FOLLOW is a fantastically imagined horror novel that would have fit in great as a Leisure Books title. I love books like this that are original without trying too hard to be different. Garza and Lason know how to deliver the goods, and in THOSE WHO FOLLOW, they do so time and time again. There are some great prose to go along with the originality of the story, a factor that played a part in this duo being nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for their aforementioned debut.

“…tear-stained angels that would only find peace in death.”

The story has us following a number of different characters. Byron is the main antagonist (and he’s one loathsome son of a bitch). He’s a Wanderer. He has the ability to walk in our world and another. This is where he hides his victims (at least, the ones he doesn’t kill right off). Unbeknownst to his wife and brother, he’s been doing his wicked deeds and keeping prisoners in his “church” for decades. But things are about to change.
When Byron happens upon Celia, he thinks he’s got another young one to add to his stable. But Celia has a special gift, and it’s one that just might bring a stop to Byron’s reign of evil.

I won’t go into the whole story, since you want to read it for yourself. If you enjoy the novels of Richard Laymon and/or Bentley Little, I have a good feeling you’ll dig this one, too. I really enjoyed the ending. Lason and Garza know how to keep you on the edge of your seat. I could have done without the after ending part (although it was fun), I just didn’t think it was necessary. That said, this is still a hell of a read.

Overall, I give THOSE WHO FOLLOW 4 stars. Lots of good stuff in here, and definitely worthy of your time.

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Those Who Follow, by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason

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Those Who Follow, Synopsis

  • File Size:965 KB
  • Print Length:133 pages
  • Publisher:Bloodshot Books (July 28, 2017)
  • Publication Date:July 28, 2017

A WAYFARING STRANGER

Tormented by visions of women imprisoned in the middle of a barren wasteland and an old man with a yellow-toothed grin, Casey has been wandering this country’s highways following a song that she believes will lead her to her other self.

A CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

Held captive in a desecrated shrine, Celia would have given up long ago if not for a song that keeps her hope burning. Someday she will escape from the shadowy creatures that claw at the windows of the church, the monstrous dog with a taste for human flesh, and the old preacher with inhuman powers.

A BOND THAT CROSSES WORLDS

Two women divided by fate but connected by blood. Will the song help them lead the way to each other and defeat the forces aligned against them? Or will they suffer the dreadful fate of… THOSE WHO FOLLOW

Michelle

 

Melissa

Biography

Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza are the Bram Stoker nominated authors of Mayan Blue, published by Sinister Grin Press. They have been writing together since they were little girls and were dubbed The Sisters of Slaughter by the editors of Fireside Press. They are constantly working together on new stories in the horror and dark fantasy genres. Besides Mayan Blue, their work has been included in Fresh Meat published by Sinister Grin Press, Wishful Thinking by Fireside Press, Widowmakers a benefit anthology of dark fiction, and more.

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Praise for Mayan Blue and Sisters of Slaughter

“From the outset, Garza and Lason let the blood spill, plunging their small cast of characters into the depths of Mayan hell. There’s plenty of action to go around as the group is confronted with a number of horrors, from the labyrinthine and booby-trapped maze of the newly discovered Mayan temple to the angry gods and their owl-headed, sharp-clawed servants.” –Michael Hicks, Author of Convergence

”These two show no quarter dragging the characters–and by extension, the reader–into the depths of the Mayan version of Hell. There’s vividness to the scenes they craft that made me want to make sure I was reading in full daylight, or at least with most of the lights on.” –John Quick, Author of Consequences

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