23401246“Hesse’s Journey to the East (1951) in the fifties anticipated the occult revival of the late sixties. But who will interpret for us the amazing success of Rosemary’s Baby and 2001? I am merely asking the question.” ― Mircea Eliade, Occultism, Witchcraft, and Cultural Fashions: Essays in Comparative Religion

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” ― H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature

What happened here? I occasionally like a good horror book, and this one sounded right. A doctor takes a new job at Umber Gardens, an extremely prestigious mental hospital which can make his career. Moving from the big city to a small southern town is hard, but soon Ben begins to realize that the possibilities of his new position are becoming a nightmare of monstrous proportions – in more way than one.

I had hopes, but I they just never really focused for me. It isn’t a ‘bad’ book per se. I just had a feeling of “been there, done that, didn’t enjoy it all that much the first time.” For those readers who haven’t read any of the older horror stories, such as Rosemary’s Baby (1968) or Don’t Look In The Basement (1973), you should find this more enjoyable than I did. The bones are there – the body just needed more fleshing out.

I will leave it to your discretion to decide if you like the book or not. For me, three stars for a book that was readable, but took me longer to read than most as it didn’t keep my attention long enough not to be easily distracted.

I received this book from the publisher in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

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