Blurb: What are you willing to do, what are you willing to become, to save someone you love?
Sierra Sowell s dead brother Jeffrey is resurrected by a mysterious man known only as Corliss. Corliss also transforms four people in Sierra s life into inhuman monsters determined to kill her. Sierra and Jeffrey s boyfriend Marc work to discover the reason for her brother s return to life while struggling to survive attacks by this monstrous quartet.
Corliss gives Sierra a chance to make Jeffrey s resurrection permanent if she makes a dreadful bargain. Can she do what it will take to save her brother, no matter how much blood is shed along the way?
They Kill is horror in all its dark, squishy, over-the-top glory.
Starting slowly with the raising of the dead by the mysterious Corliss, we then follow Sierra as she tries to cope with the first anniversary of her brother’s death and the fact that his corpse is back, wandering around town turning brick – and other things – to dust. Teaming up with Jeffrey’s ex-boyfriend, Marc, Sierra hopes to save her brother somehow, or at least stop him doing any more damage, but first she simply has to survive.
Corliss takes four resentful, difficult people in Sierra’s life and turns them into graphically horrific monsters in ironically appropriate ways: the alcoholic becomes a poisonous mummy; the controlling ex becomes a machine; the awkward do-gooder becomes a smiley psycho; and the repressed spinster becomes a voracious incubus. The changes to their appearances and personalities; the atrocities they wreak in their pursuit of Sierra and the damage inflicted on them, is all dwelt upon in loving and explicit detail – this book is definitely not one for the faint of heart or weak of stomach!
As Sierra and Marc hunt for Jeffrey, whilst the monsters hunt for Sierra (I was reminded of the Four Horsemen), the pace and splatter build to a gloriously ridiculous crescendo of gore, vomit and body parts. Will anyone survive? Why is everything so focused on Sierra? Can she save her brother, and will she even want to when she understands what is at stake.
This is a gleefully dark story with a serious undertone about the monsters that lurk inside all of us, even the most innocuous and well-intentioned. Tim Waggoner gently pokes those monsters into the sunlight, then blows them up into grotesque caricatures that show plainly and painfully what humans are capable of given sufficient quantities of their own personal motivation. But what is motivating Corliss to set this destructive puppet-show into action? Sheer malevolent enjoyment or something more? You’ll have to read and find out!
Corliss gazed upon Jeffrey’s corpse. It had come to a rest on its shoulders, spine curved, knees down by the face, head twisted at an unnatural angle. Death fascinated Corliss. One moment a collection of meat, blood, and bone was moving, and the next it was motionless. The event always struck him as so… anticlimactic.
He leaned his face close to Jeffrey’s and breathed upon the man’s open, staring eyes. An instant later the pupils widened and Jeffrey began to stir.
– Tim Waggoner, They Kill
They Kill releases on Amazon on 25th July 2019, but is available to preorder right now!
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