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Dark Hollow

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Wow, Keene is steamy!,

    If you like horror and suspense and reading how books are written then this will be a double treat. The main hero, Adam Senft is a decently successful writer who decided to give up his other job to write that great story that would be his ticked to solidified fame. With his wife Tara he settles into a quiet lifestyle in a home in Pennsylvania. His wife carrying the burden of commuting to work gave him time to sit back, enjoy the quiet, walk the dog and write those hot selling books. Little does he know but that peace is shattered with the arrival of spring. From the very first page the story hits off and then drops the reader back on Earth to catch up. Adam finds his neighbor, an attractive female involved in some strange activity in the LeHorn woods. Embarrassed and freaked out he starts a chain of events that brings upon him strange lust, bad luck and a horrific creature that is after every wife in town. When people start to disappear and those left act strangely little time is left before Adam's wife and his entire life is thrown into a well of chaos. Along with his friends he must get to the bottom of a mysterious nemesis that shakes his reality and to defend his territory from a menacing male - something. <BR/><BR/>Brian Keene surprised me this time, I didn't particularly like "The Conqueror Worms" and after reading it I was afraid that his style was set in stone; that another story would have random additives and would be scattered, but not so with "Dark Hollow". Was it literary genius? No, but it was darn addictive and enjoyable, it did what a good, gripping fiction book should - it enchanted the reader and gave satisfaction for reading it. I felt my teeth sink into the story until I absorbed its contents. It took me in and hardly ever stopped being great. The reason for 4 stars versus 5 ( since I am gushing about it ) is really simple; as I get older I get little tougher when I judge a book, and really only give 5 stars when it stirs my guts with a stick and makes me obsessed with what I just read - hard task, so 4 stars is not too shabby, trust me. Some of my favorite parts were reading about Adam's preparations and how he did his writing, it felt real and was such a treat. <BR/><BR/>Before I finish I must just say how proud I am of Keene for making this book steamy; he was very liberal with all sorts of naughty scenarios and wrote his book fulfilling his fantasies about just putting out that salty novel out there into the world. I saw no holding back and hopefully he can always write like this, but obviously only when necessary to the plot, gratuitous use of sex is plain fake, when the story doesn't scream for it; don't include it to avoid embarrassment- unless you're Richard Laymon. He was the king of lascivious books - at least to me and it's hard to knock him of that throne in my head. Like Laymon, Keene tapped into that channel and produced a decent read; I really enjoyed it tremendously and will try to read his other works. I know I criticized him heavily in my last review so I am trying to redeem myself, but it feels right only because this book deserved it. Fun, raunchy and actually interesting, good change from the usual gore and bloody horror, I read it on the bus, after dinner and then in bed; it was good stuff. <BR/><BR/>- Kasia S.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2008

    I loved it!

    I found The Conquerer Worms disappointing so it took me a while to pick up Dark Hollow by Brian Keene. And once again I¿m disappointed, but this time it¿s because I put it off reading this book for so long. Dark Hollow is the tale of a small town in Pennsylvania, once a farming community, now home to Adam, a midlist mystery writer, his wife and their dog. But their town is also home to something else, an other-worldly creature, summoned long ago and finally awakened again with the first day of spring. Dark Hollow is a very compelling tale. Sure there¿s a monster in woods, and some creepy carnivorous demon trees, but the real horror is in the effect the events of the story have on the characters, particularly Adam and his wife. Keene is able to drive a man¿s loyalty into very dangerous places, pitting his own nature against his ideals. The conflict made Dark Hollow hard to put down and held up through the very last line. It¿s easily my favorite Keene work so far. While it counts as horror, there¿s less gore and violence and far more dread and conflict, which is exactly why Keene seems ready to cross the line into a position rare for a horror author¿mainstream acceptance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2008

    It was a real page turner

    This was the best book that I have ever read hands down. Brian Keene knows how to grab the readers attention and keep it. I liked this book so much that I have passed it to friends and family who have said the same thing and then passed it on to another. Brian Keene is my favorite and I can not wait to read what he has in store for his future titles. If you read this book you will not be dissappointed. I give it five stars and two thumbs up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2008

    Another riveting tale from Keene

    Keene is rapidly establishing himself as a major force in contemporary horror, and this new book is compelling proof of his talent. Populated by empathetic and complex characters living in a disturbingly 'real' environment, Dark Hollow spins a tale of supernatural horror that will keep you turning pages late into the night. Strongly recommended.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    an entertaining thriller.

    In LeHorn¿s Hollow, novelist Adam Senft hears strange music that sounds like a piper playing the pipes coming from the nearby woods late at night. He follows the sound only to see his naked neighbor ¿dancing¿ with a statue that is moving. Adam is stunned although he knows the legends of the haunting as claimed by Native Americans. Although tempted to strip and join in the romp, Adam flees.----------------- The libidos of the men are out of control as their sex drive suddenly supersedes all other needs including subsistence and shelter. They take what they obsessively desire until overnight the women vanish. Already reeling with what he saw and what is happening to the townsfolk Adam wonders just what is the frolicking statue playing an instrument while his nude friend pranced in some sort of bondage and if that animated stone is behind the strange things happening to those living in LeHorn¿s Hollow.---------------- Readers will know early on just what is behind the terror gripping this small isolated town, but knowing does not take away from a strong horror thriller. The story line is fast-paced as the men go sexually berserk and the women vanish all the work of a supernatural creature summoned from beyond. Although the ending is abrupt, Brian Keene continues to showcase the width of his talent (see DEAD SEA) as he provides an entertaining thriller.---------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

    Didn't like it

    I couldn't get passed the 4th chapter. I thought it was extremely boring.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

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    Brian Keene Is The New Face Of Horror

    Not since the prime of Stephen King's horror writing have I read a story that defined the genre so completely. This is the first title by Keene I have read and I am sure to read many more. Keene's writing style is seamless and down to earth. Though I have not read other offerings from the author, this would be a great place to start. The plot is solid. A demonic satyr hiding out in a local Pennsylvania town's woods gets reanimated and terrorizes the locals. Where Keene's writing shines is the cringe worthty gory despriptions he provides. Though he excels at despriptive writing he still maintains the ability to not get too wordy in the process. The keeps the pages turning and the plot moving along. I absolutly plan on reading more of this guys work. If the story itself didn't sell me on the author, his picture on the web site does. Anyone writer posing in an Anthrax hoodie will deffinitly write to my liking. Brian Keene reminds us that not every story has to have a happy ending, especially not a horror story.

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