Book Review: The Forest by Michaelbrent Collings

First, the forest took their friend, then it took their son. Now it might take them too.

Tricia and Alex return to their hometown years after their son’s disappearance to finally confront their fears and get closure. But when they are sucked back into the place that took everything from them, they discover that there is far more at play than any natural phenomenon could explain.

The Forest is a full-length horror novel by Michaelbrent Collings. It contains implied incest and depictions of domestic abuse.

Collings keeps the plot tight, leaving the reader with barely any room to breathe. It’s fast-paced and action-packed, with twisty turns lurking behind every corner.

The novel takes place both in the past and the present, depicting Tricia and Alex as teenagers and as adults. Tricia and Alex are more likable as adults than they are as teens. The flashbacks were difficult to read because the characters were insufferable know-it-alls as teenagers. Collings made them into super-geniuses with superiority complexes. However, the descriptions of their teenage awkwardness surrounding love were spot on. As adults worn down by multiple tragedies, they are humbler and more relatable.

The forest is a character all its own. Collings does an incredible job of creating atmosphere through his writing. You feel as if the trees have a personality and purpose, probably a nefarious one. Though the forest is an endless maze, it still has its waypoints and Collings keeps each scene distinct while also blurring the scenery so even the reader feels lost in the forest.

Collings’ writing is distinctively crisp and quick. He doesn’t waste time with unnecessary descriptions. The writing gets out of the way and lets the story take the focus. And what a story. Twisty from start to finish, it grips tight and won’t let go. You canNOT guess what’s coming next. I absolutely guarantee it.

If you like psychological horror, malevolent forces beyond our understanding and crazy reveals that you’ll never see coming, you’ll like The Forest by Michaelbrent Collings.

Happy New Year from HorrorAddicts.net!

FinalFrontCoverHappy New year horror addicts. 2015 was a pretty good year for horror fans and here are five reasons why:

Horroraddicts.net publishing released its third anthology called Horror Addicts Guide To Life.  This book is full of articles by people who look at horror as a lifestyle and includes recipes, tips on fashion, info on your favorite books and movies,  instructions for some great party games and so much more. If you live the horror lifestyle this is a great book to pick up.

If you’re going to talk about what horror in 2015 you have to mention Ash Versus Evil Dead. Evil Dead is one of the most popular horror franchises there is and the new TV show based on it is a perfect mix of horror and comedy. Each episode is a reminder of how fun horror can be and what surprised me about this series was how they managed to make Ash into a deep character. In the first episode you see him as a 57-year-old teenager but as the series moves along we get more into what makes Ash who he is and you see him as much more than just a looser  with a chainsaw arm. This series was much better than I thought it would be and at 30 minutes for each episode it’s the perfect length.

Since we’re talking about TV shows you also have to mention Penny Dreadful. This series finished its second season and is another example of how good horror can be on the small screen. The sets are excellent, the acting is great and I think the writing is much better this season then season 1. Also its nice to see that Eva Green has been nominated for a Golden Globe. If you watch the Season 2 episode: The Nightcomers you will see why she deserves to win.

2015 saw some good horror films come out. One of the most anticipated movies of the year was Crimson Peak. With Guillermo del Toro attached to this movie, I think people had high expectations for it. I haven’t seen it yet but from what I’ve heard if you we’re expecting a bunch of jump scares and gore you wouldn’t like it, but if you like gothic romance and movies with spooky atmosphere then Crimson Peak is your kind of movie.

If I wanted to mention the most popular horror film of 2015 I would have to talk about Krampus but since I talked about that recently in another blog post, I’m going to mention The Visit instead. This is a simple straight forward horror film from M. Night Shyamalan. This is a low budget movie but in all honesty the best horror films are usually low-budget.

OUSLooking towards 2016, here are some of the things that I’m looking forward to. First of all the 11th season of the Horroraddicts.net podcast will begin in the spring and horroraddicts.net publishing will release its 4th anthology called Once Upon A Scream. This book will be edited by horror addicts staff writer Dan Shaurette and will be guaranteed to give you nightmares. Once Upon A Scream will be an anthology of fairy tales but all with a horror twist. There are some great stories in this book and I’m really looking forward to it coming out.

2016 looks to be another good year for horror movie releases and one movie that looks interesting is The Forest. This movie is based on a real place, The Suicide Forest in Japan. The Suicide Forest is a place where people go to end their lives and it is supposedly haunted. I like the subject matter in this movie but in all honesty the trailer doesn’t make it look that scary but I still want to give this movie a chance when it comes out. http://theforestisreal.com/

Another good-looking horror film coming soon is The Boy. Who doesn’t like a movie about a doll or ventriloquist dummy that comes to life, this one looks like it could be a good one. I love the house they show in the trailer.

If you have a list of horror movies that you think will be big in 2016, you have to mention Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. I’m pretty sure this one will be one of the year’s biggest money makers.

So I could have made this list of movies for 2016 a lot longer but I decided I didn’t want to have the trailers for sequels or remakes on here but there are a lot coming out, including: Rings, Underworld: Next Generation, The Conjuring 2, Amityville: The Awakening and another reboot of Friday The 13th. The last movie I wanted to mention here is The Witch. Witches have been pretty big in horror for the last 4 years and it looks like that trend will continue in 2016.

So horror addicts what are you looking forward to in 2016? What movies do you want to see? What books do you plan on reading? What conventions are you excited about? Leave a comment and let us know.