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Woody Stiles has sung his country songs in every city on the map. His life is one long road trip in a never-ending quest for fame and fortune. But when his agent books him into a club in his hometown, a place he swore he would never set foot again, Woody comes face to face with a few old demons. One in particular.With memories of his childhood bombarding him from every angWoody Stiles has sung his country songs in every city on the map. His life is one long road trip in a never-ending quest for fame and fortune. But when his agent books him into a club in his hometown, a place he swore he would never set foot again, Woody comes face to face with a few old demons. One in particular.With memories of his childhood bombarding him from every angle, Woody must accept the fact that his old enemy, Willow Man, was not just a figment of childish imagination. With his friends at his side, now all grown up just like he is, Woody goes to battle with the killer that stole his childhood lover. Woody also learns Willow Man has been busy while he was away, destroying even more of Woody's past. And in the midst of all this drama, Woody is stunned to find himself falling in love—something he never thought he would do again.As kids, Woody and his friends could not stop the killer who lived in the canyon where they played. As adults, they might just have a chance.Or will they?...

Title : Willow Man
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ISBN : 9781632163509
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Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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Willow Man Reviews

  • Nick Pageant
    2018-12-02 07:10

    I should probably wait to process a bit more before I review, but I ain't gonna. I loved this because I love John Inman and I love horror and I really love it when John Inman writes horror.The plot is reminiscent of Stephen King insofar as the story involves coming of age combined with horror. Stephen King does this a lot and it works well. It certainly works for John Inman. The thing that impressed me most about this book is the ambition of it. I like all of Inman's books, both comedy, suspense, and horror. All of his other books are very well-written, but with this work, he really aimed higher and he succeeded beautifully. Great book - scary, sad, and very exciting.

  • Vivian
    2018-11-28 04:22

    Sometimes you read a book and it makes you feel like you've got a first class ticket on the Titanic; it's great, but you're still going down. That's this book. Destined to be one of my favorites for the 2015. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with meWrong answer--RUN!Blissfully unaware and galavanting through their neighborhood a fearless band of friends make that leap from child to adult. So swift you mourn for the loss of innocence, the rude abruptness that slaps Woody, Bobby, Cathy, Chuck and Jeremy.It has an epic childhood memoir feel that takes what should be that perfect summer vacation with friends when everything changes except here... here it is horrific. Unnatural and unmentionable things are visited upon them and they pay the price. A high price, too high a price. Woven in with now and how Woody comes back to his childhood home. The place of laughter and joy and discoveries that became a memorial to everything he lost. A museum of emotions, love--now dusty. The crew, the brave remaining friends are bought back together to face the enemy they awakened--Willow Man.The canyons of southern California are creepy. Crumbling, eroded chasms carved out of the earth by water, wind, and time. They are a liminal part of the environment, inherently unstable and channels for nature: animals, the elements, and change. They funnel the brunt of its two seasons: fire and flood. Honestly, a perfect setting for this story. Take that creepy place everyone has from childhood whether it's the ramshackle house on the block or the rusting water tower that you dared each other to run up and touch terrified the whole time whether the bogey man would grab you, the time he succeeded, again; that's what this plays into. Interleaved between the horror is the story of love. All different kinds of love from sweethearts to familial to friends. A beautiful and dare I say optimistic view that even the broken can unpause their heart and accept love again. That love isn't a betrayal, but a celebration in all its manifestations. Let me tell you, that thread of hope is crucial, absolutely necessary with all the strain and grief. It's a lifeline that keeps you moored and secured from falling into the abyss. Powerful storytelling and during the climatic scene my body was covered in goosebumps, each hair taunt, separate, and a beacon of sensation. The solution was classic. After being on edge the whole time, it was nice to be able to ease back and breathe again. But, I'm still emotionally exhausted, overwrought and heartsore. Overall, a terrifying ride that makes you want to clutch tight and never let go of what you hold dear beside you. Favorite quote:“We’ve always loved each other. We just weren’t old enough to know it.”~~A copy was provided to me for a No Glitter Blown review~~~~~Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews~~~

  • Rosa, really
    2018-12-02 09:11

    DNF 53%It's not you, book, it's me: I really do not enjoy horror novels. And yet I enjoy John Inman so I thought I'd give it a try--but nope! I'm not the right audience for this book. Sorry, Jen! Let's do something fluffy for our next BR.

  • Jennifer☠Pher☠
    2018-12-14 09:10

    Well, that was quite a ride. I'm weird. It's like a dissociative identity disorder or something. I mean, I can't read a regular book normally if there is any pain, any disturbing situations or you know, real bad things. But, with a horror story, I am all in. Somehow my mind creates a buffer. It's like I know the shit happening is bad but it is supposed to be because there is evil but in a horror story it's an evil that isn't really real? I dunno if that makes sense. At the end of the day I can read horror and really enjoy it. You give me a book that isn't a horror but contains what was in this book and man, I would probably have never even looked at it.I'm not really gonna review too much of the book. I grew up reading Stephen King, probably way before I should have honestly, and when I saw some early reviews of this, and his name was mentioned I knew I had to read it. I felt like my world of boys loving boys had met my love of horror. I wasn't wrong. This was everything that I love in a horror book. It was reminiscent of books I have read in the past and I loved the feel of it. The past and the present. The true fucking evil.So, if that is your thing I tell you to go for it. I also tell you to go read some of the better reviews out there, this is not one of them.My ending note is an apology. I chose a book to read with my dear friend Rosa that was way out of her comfort zone and I was selfish and didn't listen when I should have. So, Rosa, wanna read a Sterek with me??---EDIT: Semi-Buddy Read :)---It disturbs me that we haven't done this before, really. Hopefully as much as this book disturbs us. ♥♥♥Buddy Read with Rosa.

  • Gina
    2018-11-27 03:16

    5 "OMG THIS IS SO SCARY" STARS!!OH DEAR GOD, THIS WAS SO GOOD! And it was so out of the norm for me to read something scary and bloody, i hate being scared!! it's scary! But anything John Inman writes I am going to grab, I hope this is not the last one. Read it friends!!!

  • Eva
    2018-12-01 06:26

    My first horror MM...And unfortunately unsuccessful oneI must say its most likely just me and I just should not read horror ... even MM. I really struggled and started skimming pretty quickly... Nope, not for me.Sadly, it wasn't a great experience for me and based on this I can not recommend it. Thank you my ladies for holding my handhere.

  • Isabel
    2018-11-19 06:07

    Read with FriendsI was expecting more... I mean, I love John Inman's work, his style and his stories. I liked this one too... But it was a little boring sometimes, too many details... I was also expecting to be terrified, but I wasn't.

  • Ann
    2018-11-14 09:04

    It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of John Inman and his words in all their incarnations. I can’t get enough of his love pollen in the Belladonna Arms, his charming slapstick in Shy and his ventures into the dark side in Sunset Lake. Willow Man is definitely filed in the dark column and man did I love every heartbreaking moment. I was born and raised in San Diego where Willow Man takes place and I remember the crash that is the catalyst for Willow Man well. I was a kid at the time and my mom worked in the area. I remember the panic and the fear as we waited at home for news. This was before you googled for news so we waited. And waited. And waited. Mom came home, all was well with us personally but San Diego was shell shocked for quite a while after. I know the canyons the author writes about and every little detail hit home for me. So, needless to say, I connected with the story from the beginning.You can draw parallels to Stephen King’s horror masterpiece, IT, as mentioned in reviews here and there, but Willow Man is not IT and is its own horror masterpiece. The flavor is similar enough in that, if you love coming of age stories and you love the classic battle of good vs. evil; you can’t get enough bittersweet love and second chances and most of all you LOVE an epilogue that throws everything you found comfort in out the window, then Willow Man is for you just as much as IT.Woody, Bobby, the twins Jeremy and Chuck and the total badass that is Cathy are inseparable childhood friends and the author nails the dialog and interactions in this group perfectly. And that is what elevates this to a classic for me. It’s so easy to make kids and preteens terrible, unreadable, but to make them real and to root for them as hard as I rooted for this group is impressive and the connection between their childhood and adult selves is flawless. This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to with Austin Rising as the narrator and I need to hear more from him ASAP. There was a huge range of characters to cover in Willow Man and he got them all just right. Every bit of terror and every word of love was so organic I got caught up in the story from the first line to the last listening to him read the authors words.Willow Man is evil incarnate. The amount of detail and backstory for him was just enough to make sure all his motivations were understood, and he’s just subtle enough to keep you extra off center while you’re listening. There’s no question of his terrible words and deeds and good gravy he’s a villain to beat all villains, but he never gets campy or overdone, he made my skin crawl with what was implied as much as what was described. The kids though. Every one of them made this story. Sure, Woody and Bobby are the cornerstones of their younger years, but nothing would have worked without all of them together. The dynamics were perfect and the transition from childhood to adulthood was seamless considering the years they missed together. The relationship between Woody and Bobby was, in a word, beautiful. Sure, they were young, but the love they felt for one another was so, so pure. It made my heart so happy and also filled me with more dread than I should ever feel! It’s a horror story, bad things are coming, I know this as I’m listening, but dammit, it didn’t make ANY of it any easier. Flash forward to second chances and the epic battle between good and evil, and I couldn’t stop listening. How is this going to play out, how do you defeat Willow Man, when you are literally a man down and their nemesis is inhuman? The playout was ideal. I loved how things worked for the remaining friends and the takedown of Willow Man totally worked for the environment he dwelled in and cultivated all his evil. And the epilogue, damn you John Inman, I love and hate the epilogue sooooooooo much. The part of me that loves the love pollen hated every bit. The part of me that loves good horror reveled in every word. The epilogue had to happen, it had to be there. I had to listen to Austin Rising scare the crap out of me and unsettle everything before it was over. Thanks for that, I mean that both sincerely and sarcastically and I know that horror fans will get that without any explanation.

  • Taintedskyee (Books Books&More Books)
    2018-12-11 04:14

    BR with my best buddies hereFirstly, a long sigh.Writing :Great.Especially if you are an aspiring author. if you are just reading it for fun and spook of a horror story,you might find it a tad dragging but nonetheless scary.If you are like me who read at night with the lights off then be prepared for a spooky ride.Even small sound will make your heart beat faster and only a great author can create that kind of effect with words alone.So hats off John Inman.Story :Good.If you are looking forward to read a horror story with gory detail.Here read this.If you are looking for Romance in the midst of a horror story okay go for it.But if you want romance.Lots of feeling,crying over lost love and finding new,there is not enough for you here,unlike some of other books of the author.Characters:Fair.Going by the situation I would like to say yeah they were okay.Let me start with the ghost.Willo Man, one word 'Obnoxious' then I have a list of slangs I would like to devour to the SOB.What really angered me is how he kept gaining power and I was enraged reading the epilog.Five friends featuring in this story.Woody: Beautiful but bit vain.Though I don't blame him.Bobby: Loveable and I really felt bad for him.Cathy: Brave with don't give a shit attitude and the only girl among four guys.Jeremy: Persistent, shy in the beginning but like the tortoise and rabbit's tale,winning in the end.Chuck: Practical and bit self-observed and most of his action seemed based on peer pressure than spontaneous and I don't blame him.The other sidekicks blend with the story perfectly, especially Woody's Mom & Dad.Dialogs : Okay, interactional dialogs were lesser than descriptive.I prefer interactional once so this was an issue for me and made the story dragging.Did I miss anything....mmh yeah why deduct another star,cause though Woody remembering his childhood was euphoric and all and I was sure it's going to hit 5 star for me but it didn't.45%onwards the romance went downhill with Bobby's death...or was it 30% onward.Not sure and I don't like people whom I like dying. I am shallow like that.So John Inman it's not you,it's me.

  • Paul
    2018-12-03 03:19

    Nice work, this is an excellent horror story. It has all the makings of any great horror novel and just happens to be a M/M one. The MC's are great it sort of switches between 1 to 2 to 5 depending on the time line and that is another excellent point of this book, it switches flawlessly between times or timelines. It's sad, creep and quite scary but also funny and very touchingIf you like horror I highly recommend this book but I will admit it did drag a touch at the end.

  • Don Bradshaw
    2018-11-13 04:02

    I've read two of Mr. Inman's books but this one was a sharp turn in the road. I enjoy a good horror story and this one fit the bill it even had a romance woven in. I grew up on a reading diet of Stephen King when he was at his prime and while Mr. Inman is no Stephen King, the story shook me up. The characters felt real. Woody, Cathy, Bobby, and the twins went through hell and while not all of them walked out alive, none of them walked away unmarked. How do you kill pure evil? Give this book a try and maybe find out.

  • Heather♥
    2018-11-17 11:16

    4.5 starsStephen King fans will appreciate and enjoy this one. And much like the movie Jaws has kept me out of the ocean, I'm pretty sure I won't be hiking or camping in any canyons. Ever. [Maybe it's the fearlessness of youth, but I still don't understand why Woody and his friends kept going into that canyon after everything that was happening there. I would have lit out of there like my ass was on fire after the first incident with poor Wilbur the dog and never looked back.]It took me a bit to wrap my head around just what kind of creature Willow Man was. The first glimpses we got from Woody and his friends indicated there were fangs and claws. So at first I thought it was some sort of supernatural creature like Wolf Man. Then the aura and feelings surrounding it were so inherently dark and evil, I thought for sure it had to be a demon. But the reality of it ended up to be worse in so many ways. (view spoiler)[Willow Man was a child molester who died in the canyon from a plane crash and his "ghost" was somehow able to build up power and cross over from the afterlife in a corporeal form to terrorize and kill the living. (hide spoiler)]The characters of Woody and his closest friends Bobby, Jeremy, Chuck and Cathy were so well developed that I felt like I knew them personally. And I cared about them a lot. When Woody and Bobby found love together, it was such a beautiful thing that it broke my heart knowing something bad was going to happen to Bobby. The story bounced between events in a grown-up Woody's life and flashbacks to his childhood and I read it with a growing feeling of dread. I didn't want the gory details about Bobby's final moments but knew it was vital to the story. And what happened to him was as bad as I feared and worse. I felt sick to my stomach. (view spoiler)[Willow Man lured Bobby to the canyon by taking the form of Bobby's mother and then he tortured, mutilated and raped Bobby until he died. And if that wasn't bad enough, when Bobby died, we found out his spirit was then trapped and controlled by Willow Man who proceeded to torture and rape him all over again. (hide spoiler)] Since it was Woody that Willow Man was ultimately after, in order to save the rest of his friends from Bobby's fate, Woody then broke off all contact with them.After 16 years, I loved the reunion Woody had with Cathy, Chuck and Jeremy and that the friendship they had as children was just as strong as ever. They truly supported each other and even in their fear, they were determined to stop Willow Man once and for all. Bobby was not Willow Man's only victim (view spoiler)[they later learned it had also killed Woody's parents and Bobby's too (hide spoiler)] and if they didn't find a way to kill Willow Man, he would come for all of them. But how do you stop something that can cross realms and where normal rules don't apply? I thought their plan and how it was carried out was rather poetic. (view spoiler)[The spirits of Willow Man's victims who were still trapped in the canyon helped Woody and his friends set fire to the canyon to destroy the darkness/source of Willow Man's power, which then set their spirits free (hide spoiler)] I thought it was very fitting that Woody was able to find love again too. (view spoiler)[Jeremy had loved Woody since they were kids and with Bobby's blessing they now found their way to each other; Cathy and Chuck ended up together too (hide spoiler)]But the epilogue? Did it really have to end there? (view spoiler)[Willow Man survived the fire and intends to build up his power again and finish things with Woody (hide spoiler)]. I'm not sure I can take much more. So well done!

  • DoodlePanda
    2018-12-10 07:25

    Before this I had never read a John Inman book. I realise now that this is a problem, and it needs to be sorted. This is possibly one of the best horror books I have read, it actually gave me goosebumps a couple of times. And that very rarely happens.This book is horrible. But in a good way, the way a great horror is supposed to be. And it's awesome. It is also sad and sweet, exciting and shocking. All packaged up in a fantastic way of writing. Inmans writing is one of the best I have read in a long while, he has a way with words that I can't describe, other than it's awesome. (Really, you should try one of his books!)If you like horror, I would strongly suggest you try this one out. If you have problems reading blood and gore, or bad things happening to children then you might not like a few of the pages in this book. But for me, even though I didn't enjoy reading about those things, it was an important part of the book and it wouldn't have been the same without it.Now I need to find out what else he has written... I need to read more!!

  • Beth
    2018-11-23 04:16

    Wow. Just ... Wow. This book is so wild and crazy and scary and fantastic. I don't have enough words right now / the creepy has to settle in a bit. But this much I know: if you are a reader of M/M and a fan of Stephen King - you should run, not walk, to get this book and read it. I couldn't put it down except when it was dark, because I was too afraid. I was amazingly and blissfully swept away by the story. Five stars: a definite must read for the horror fan. .... And watch out for the cockroaches..... :-)

  • Brandon Witt
    2018-11-20 10:29

    Once again, John Inman wrote a book that took me months to get through, simply because I had to wait until I was on a plane surrounded by people. It's just too scary to read when I'm alone in my house. Stellar job!

  • DJ
    2018-12-13 10:29

    Whew. This is a lot of book to swallow. Sort of IT (Stephen King) meets twisted piece of metal. A tough and mentally draining read. FOUR STARS because it was so stressful. If it weren't, it would have been a crappy wanna be story. FOUR STARS because I'm going to be paranoid during comic con in San Diego this summer--the back drop of the story.It's the story of Woody, a country singer bringing himself back from the brink of self destruction. He's struggled with the loss of the love of his life, Bobby, dealing with it as most, turning to drugs and going down that path. But, this story starts just past that phase, though it does weigh on him heavily throughout the tale.Now, what this story does so well is traverse between different timelines. We go back in time to when Woody and his friends, Cathy, Bobby, and the twins, Jeremy and Chuck, were all thirteen and the summer of the tragedy. The summer of Willow Man. We stay in the present of Woody now as he's still dealing with his demons and reacquaints himself with his friends, Cathy, Jeremy, and Chuck...while still realizing Willow Man has never left the canyon behind Woody's house. A BONUS is you also get the story of Willow Man...from Willow Man's POV (in third person).And that's the sickest part of this whole thing. Willow Man. That's going to [unfortunately] going to stay with me for a while. So effing twisted. As much as the ending was so....Okay, almost spoiled that. Because...I can't say. Otherwise I have to mark spoiler alert. And I try my dernedest to leave that box alone. Much like one should never go down into the canyon behind their house in San Diego.I'm sure at this point this whole review has confused and confounded you. Good. Because I'm still trying to process this story. Again, FOUR STARS because it's a story that's going to haunt me for a while...a very long while.WARNING: READ THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!!! It might be a walk in the park story for you. It might really disturb you. I think either way it will sit in your brain and refuse to leave. Because it's been in mine for days...and it's going nowhere fast.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2018-12-14 10:17

    A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsFirst let me say that, without a doubt, this was a very scary story. The inherent evil that became the Willow Man was so terribly real, and so much bigger than any hateful, twisted being you could imagine. The brilliant move by author John Inman in creating such a foul creature lay in the fear that such a person provokes in the heart of both a child and adult alike. Willow Man was so believable that I too wanted him dead—I wanted the horror that Woody and his friends experienced to mean something. So, before I go any further, allow me to explain just how this wonderful gang of kids came in contact with such a dark and disgusting predator.Woody lived at the edge of a canyon. The only son of an overprotective and slightly OCD mother and a caring father, Woody had a small group of friends with whom he hung out most every day. Of them all, Bobby was his best friend, by far. Bobby had a terrible home life with parents who barely knew he was alive due to their being so engulfed in both their hatred for each other and the alcohol they consumed. So, it made sense that Bobby spent most nights and days with Woody’s family, in Woody’s room, in Woody’s bed. The summer would bring more than terror into Woody’s life, it would bring a first love, a realization that he was gay, and a lasting heartache that would prevent him from loving anyone but Bobby for many years to come.Read Sammy’s review in its entirety here.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-08 07:17

    If I could only choose one word to describe this book it would be creepy! This story has a Stephen King It feel to it. Young kids stumble upon an evil spirit that tries to kill them. Years later they return to their home time and go after the evil spirit.This is definitely more of a horror/suspense book than a romance. Anyone looking for a love story won't find it here. The POV changes throughout the whole book and I really liked that. Also the story shifts between past and present. I usually do not like the constant present/past view but it works real well in this story. I found myself unable to put the book down. I just needed to know what was going to happen next. Though I really enjoyed this book a lot, there were a few things that didn't work for me. First was the final showdown between our or heroes and villain. It was a bit anticlimactic. Next was the little and I mean little, love story. (view spoiler)[Woody spends his whole life loving Bobby and BAM as soon as he sees Jeremy again, they are in love. That is just way too fast for me. (hide spoiler)]This book cements my love for John Inman. He is such a versatile writer and is now one of my automatic buys.

  • Sunne
    2018-12-09 03:15

    No rating because - while the writing is defintely first class and it's creepy as hell - I don't like horror stories, I just don't like them, no matter how good. I thought I'd give it a try because it's John Inman and - man, that man can write....but not even he can make me love horror.

  • AGandyGirl
    2018-12-02 07:03

    4.5 StarsSo it has been a few days and I am not sure this will ever be a book that will leave my memory entirely. Like "Boys on the Mountain" this, for me, is John Inman at his best. The writing...the way in which John brings you into his world...is quite mesmerizing.Now, I will say this one for me was possibly more disturbing than Boys. There were certainly scenes in Boys that ripped me in two, left me holding my breath and my heart racing...however in Willow Man, these feelings were a continual part of the entire book itself. While not explicit, Willow Man is vivid. As a reader we are completely drawn in and taken into this dark place where "all pain is born."It was in this hollowed-out spot of ground that Willow Man worried the bones of those first tiny victims, and where he had first seen the children who stood there now. And in the seeing, coveted. And lusted.Yes, lusted. If you know me at all, child rape and torture is high on my list of no-no's and yet I would not stop reading this. As I mentioned, John's writing pulls you into this one without overly explicit details. But will you be disturbed...yes...yes you will. And for me, I love that aspect of storytelling. I want an experience, good or bad, which grabs my insides and makes me feel. And John did just that.Now, there were a few aspects of this that didn't quite work for me. The children, while I understand need to be 13, did not feel 13 to me. From their actions to their words, they seemed older. And Bobby's character was simply heartbreaking and some things said at the end regarding his apparent feelings left me a little devastated. Some inconsistencies in Willow Man's actions as well seemed off at times. But overall, none of this took away from the overall horror ride we experienced.While I love John's more humor driven books, these just reach me on a whole other level. Bring on more John...I think there is certainly more to be told. :)BR with Teri and Marco Status Updates:8%This was no longer his home. He was an interloper, trespassing on the past, intruding into a place that was no longer meant to feel his presence."15%They could not know that even the most promising of journeys can be interrupted. Sometimes the beginning of happiness, the beginning of the journey, is as far as some people ever get.Inman is quite brilliant.17%—Woody’s mother, screaming over the body of her dying husband, before the blood-drenched knife that killed him was pulled from his chest and plunged into her as well, blending her fluids with his one last time, not in passion this time, but in a final excruciating blast of pain.O_O26%How could a love affair that took place when he was thirteen years old—damn near two decades earlier—have left him so emotionally fucked up?40%Friendship wasn’t diminished by time or distance. It was not weakened by the passing years as people were. Like music, friendship lived a life of its own, safe and strong in its own little cocoon of perpetuity.54%What the small creatures could not understand, however, was that the creature that stalked the canyon now, did not do so for its own survival. It did it for the joy of the hunt. The pleasure of the kill.Fear, after all, was the true prize. And it shone in the eyes of a child as it did in no other.65%"I kept him from you, didn’t I?”82%And unthinking, he stepped into the shadows beneath the trees, into the darkest part of night, losing himself to the moonlight, seeking the laughter.Seeking his mother’s love. Just like the child he really was.But in the seeking, Bobby found something else. And what he found, there in the shadows, or what found him, froze his heart in fear.85%It was in this hollowed-out spot of ground that Willow Man worried the bones of those first tiny victims, and where he had first seen the children who stood there now. And in the seeing, coveted. And lusted.85%One still arm hung downward, stripped of flesh, flayed, and from the fingertip of that fleshless hand, the blood was slowly gathering until the weight of each precious drop pulled it away, carrying it to the ground with that gentle tapping sound as it splattered onto the bed of small bones beneath it.93%This is the place where all pain is born.BR with Marco and Momo

  • Kara
    2018-11-15 07:04

    This grabbed me as soon as I started it and I could not put this book down! So I love horror books/movies and this book had every element I love in a good horror story! You get the boogeyman type who is beyond evil and just wants to hurt you and even kill those you love. Then you get friends who have not seen each other in years who all must band together to fight this thing and save each other. The way John Inman tells this story was just amazing! I was on the edge of my seat through this whole book. You get your sad moments, action and horror with this book but you also get your love/steam too between Woody and ..... I can't say without it being a spoiler. Woody goes through a lot of pain and sadness in this book and the author really makes you feel everything he is going though with the way he writes this story. There were a lot of scary moments in this book too that really had me jumping. Of course it probably did not help that I read this book at night lol. So I will leave this review with... I 100% loved this book and would recommend this to those who love a good horror story that may scare you but will show you how strong friendship and love can be when you must stick together to fight that scary monster that goes bump in the night! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads.

  • Sue bowdley
    2018-12-12 10:26

    Damn.....How do I review a book that scared me so much......I used to read Stephen King....But this....wow...this surpassed any I've read of his...and I don't say that lightly.....Willow Man was surely the most sadistic...evilest creature I've read about.....Woody, Bobby, Cathy, and twins Jeremy and Chuck go through hell in their thirteenth year.....Five kids who find true horror in the canyon behind Woody's house....Losing one of their own during that year surely changed their lives and years later when Woody returns to do a show he meets up again with his friends to find that Willow Man is till going strong and he still wants the one he let get away....Woody....Woody along with finding love again finds true horror again too....This was so amazingly written that I just wanted to hide whilst reading it....I have loved all of John Inmans books that I've read but this one truly scared me...But I will re-read it when I've recovered......This is a book that needs to be read....a truly amazing read x

  • Stephen Osborne
    2018-11-19 08:16

    Ah, John. You've done it again. Yes, this is a horror novel, and yes, there are grisly bits and people get killed in very nasty ways, but there's tenderness and falling in love and deep friendship to be found as well. Very well done!

  • Robert Helms
    2018-12-06 08:19

    4.8⭐️. I love John Inman books. The only reason for the -.2⭐️ is, in general, I dislike the supernatural genre. With that said the overall story was superb, as usual. I have said before in other reviews, John is a Master Wordsmith Exceptional! This book adds more proof my statement. Keep new books coming! Thank you for your writing.

  • Pippii
    2018-11-22 03:24

    My Dear John…..are you TRYING to kill me?This book made me think so much of Stephen King and “It” (an all-time favorite)There are similarities and but still this book is SO its own.I don´t really know what to tell you to make you read this book; But if you like sweet coming-of-age stories, mixed with one sweet - or three – love stories, mixed with the Stephen King horror and the sweet John Inham humor (even if it is less than in many other stories) and just a really wonderful wordy story, this is the one for you.Centering about Woody and his friends Bobby, Jeremy, Chuck and Cathy, this book is about five young teen-age kids, their friendship, and their love.When Willow Man, a dead, but very much alive ghost(?) show his ugly self that summer, it changes all of their lives, believes and their love.Sixteen years later things have to change…and change it does…READ THIS…Made my sleepless nights even sleeplesser…

  • Beacullen
    2018-12-13 11:18

    I could not put this book down. The way the story is told, first with them as children, then later with the group of friends now grown and remembering, was perfect. It is gory, it is about subjects that are hard to read including child abuse and more. But that part isnt really pushed in your face too much, it is hard to read in parts though. When we finally find out exactly what happened to Bobby, I was horrified. And it made it even more horrible to know that they found their friend murdered when they were all only 13. This book reminded me a lot of It, by Stepehen King, it defintly has the suspense and fear in it. The only thing I would change would be the Epilogue, unless of course there's going to be another book. It really was a good read, and for a horror story it has a good ending.

  • Vince Burr
    2018-12-07 04:29

    I don't know where to even begin with this book! It was amazing and such a departure from Mr. Inman's usual style. One of the most exciting horror novels I have ever read! The Willow Man is one sick bastard; I have read some hardcore horror but this creature really turned my stomach. This is definitely a reread-worthy story, and I hope that we will see these characters again in the future!

  • Tracy
    2018-11-25 06:17

    Unbelievably good horror storyLove the bonds the kids had as children and into adulthoodCan't help but feel sad for woody and bobbyLots of humor to balance out the scaryI laughed and criedAnd was properly scared at timesDidn't want to finish and that endingIs it really over?

  • George
    2018-11-29 07:10

    very strange in a good wayTook long time to get through. Have to categorize it as uncomfortable! Nice prose that was unexpected. A little lofty /unnecessary with the vocabulary

  • ~RMG
    2018-11-22 08:25

    Sounds reminiscent of Stephen King's IT. I loved the movie as a teen (own it as an adult), so I'm looking forward to this one.