The Faithful: Matt Hayward
Reviewed by Steve Stred
The Faithful is my first go around with a Matt Hayward release. I have had my eyes on Practitioners that he co-wrote with Patrick Lacey for some time now, but haven’t picked it up yet. After reading The Faithful, that will change ASAP.
I have known about Matt Hayward’s work for some time, through the various social media channels and I knew going in that he was already a Bram Stoker nominated writer. I have a feeling after reading The Faithful, it won’t be long until that changes to Bram Stoker Award Winner.
The Faithful at its core is a tale of two men struggling with where they are in life. One man is at the end of a long distinguished career, trying to see what life will look like when the lights are dimmed and the spotlights and cameras are no longer following him. The other man is trying to come to terms with some bad decisions in life and reconnect with his son.
One of the biggest things this book has going for it, is that you could remove the paranormal/supernatural aspects of this story and still have a really great character driven drama. The deity worshipping, red-neck hillbilly aspects thrown in from the tiny town not on any maps, is just pure gory bonus and it is what will solidify Matt’s horror credentials. Between the plain of existence dream trips and the ultimate crescendo where Good battles with Evil, this book doesn’t once take its foot off the pedal.
This read easily vaulted itself up into my top reads of 2018 and I suspect it will feature prominently on many best-of lists at the end of the year.
I highly recommend you check this out!
Star Rating (out of 5): 5*
At the Mountains of Madness meets They Live! in a new novel from Matt Hayward, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of What Do Monsters Fear?
After comedian Leo Cartwright performs his farewell comedy show in New York City, a young man ailed by cerebral palsy confides in him about odd dreams and a place he calls No Man’s Land. Leo thinks nothing of it until the man, Christopher Tate, winds up dead, along with a cryptic note taped to the comedian’s RV window: See you soon, Funnyman.
Leo sets out to find the truth about Christopher’s dreams to an odd town named Elswich. Shown to Leo in a dream by a mysterious man named Jarrad Prescott, the town prays to an Otherworldly god named Aypep and give their bodies to host his children in return for eternal life in the Otherworld.
It’s a wish granted through sacrifice…
Steve Stred is an up-an-coming Dark Horror author. Steve is the author of the novel Invisible, the novellas Wagon Buddy, Yuri and Jane: the 816 Chronicles and two collections of short stories; Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery and Left Hand Path: 13 More Tales of Black Magick.
Steve also has a number of works on the go and enjoys all this horror, occult, supernatural and paranormal.
Steve Stred is based in Edmonton, AB, Canada and lives with his wife, his son and their dog Oj.
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