Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness.
I have been looking for a good ghost story for some time now. One of those stories that I am unable to read at night, or risk going to bed hiding under my blankets.
After reading some good reviews I picked up Hex, hoping that it was the thing I had been looking for for some time.
Welcome to Black Spring.
Black Spring is a town under a curse. Katherine van Wyler is the Black Rock Witch, a supernatural entity that appears in random places throughout the town in chains, with her eyes and mouth sewn shut. The town works hard to keep her unknown to the rest of the world, resulting in a town that is constantly under surveillance with limited contact with the outside world and laws that haven’t been changed since medieval times.
The book started out almost comical. Katherine shows up at the protagonist’s house, and his wife carefully places a dishrag over her face to hide some of the horrors there. The family then continues with their daily routine ignoring the ancient witch in rags and chains standing in their living room.
But soon I wasn’t laughing anymore. The book takes a dark turn and continues down that path until it’s dramatic conclusion.
While it wasn’t the can’t-sleep-at-night scare that I was hoping for, it was downright scary.
I can’t say more than that without spoiling it, but I can say that while I had some issues with the characters, the writing was quite solid and it kept my attention.
Definitely worth the time.