Monday, January 16, 2012
Book Review: The Congregation by Aric Mitchell
About the Author:
Aric Mitchell is a young man with a love for horror fiction, and writer of the novel “Bearcats All the Way” a high school football fable inspired by a real life tragedy. The congregation is his first full length horror novel.
You can find more about him on his own site.
One drawback of reviewing a story a long time (About a month) after reading it, is that you will forget a lot of what happened in the story. (Heck I even forget stories I wrote myself) The congregation I still remember, it's sufficiently weird and in an existentialistic way disturbing that even I with my memory that just seem to last for two weeks remembers it.
Is this a good thing? Yes certainly it is. Weird is good, and disturbing in a horror story is almost a must. I liked the plot, the writing is good, and the characters are well done. I didn't care for all the characters, however I think story wise it is not necessary for the reader to like them all and in this story it may be intentional for you not to care for them all.
I don't want to tell too much about the story as not to spoil it for you. The story is about a man seeking redemption for something he done in the past, but he's punished in a way by God that he will never be able to not be different than the moment he was when he did his crime.
There is only one way he may be released from his punishment, and that is to find the right person to deliver him from his burden.
The story is very graphic in the violence and partly a slasher, however with a serious undertone about humanity. If I had to describe it in a few words then it would be; A well written slasher but one with meat around it.