Brian Harmon’s horror/suspense novel, “Rushed,” starts with an eerie subtleness and builds until its horrific climax, taking the reader through a wonderland of nightmares along the way.
The 388-page novel is set in rural Wisconsin, where the main character, the straight-laced yet witty Eric Fortrell, has a series of seemingly prophetic dreams that tell him to start driving.
When Eric decides to follow the advice of his dreams, he ends up on a journey that takes him to a number of bizarre places, such as an abandoned nudist colony, with a host of quirky characters and terrifying monsters.
The novel’s plot is relatively straight-forward, but it is fast-paced and creative enough to the keep the reader interested.
The various challenges the main character faces are both imaginative and engaging and will appeal to even the most jaded horror fan.
Harmon avoids the usual horror novel fare of zombies, vampires, and werewolves, instead opting for more uncommon creatures, such as gollums.
The book even has some philosophical elements in it, causing the reader to think deeply, even as he or she is trembling with fear.
The writing is descriptive without being wordy, and it is clear the work has been polished and edited extensively.
There is also a surprising amount of humor in the novel.
For instance, Eric calls his wife periodically during his journey, and she is cooking a pie nonchalantly as he tells about his near-death experiences.
The two main characters, Eric and his wife, Karen, are well-developed, and the reader can relate to them.
The novel is guaranteed to be a fun read for any horror fan, no matter how experienced he or she is with the genre, and is highly recommended.