Book & Author Details:
October 32nd by Larry Rodness
Published by: Deer Hawk Publications
Publication date: October 31st 2015
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Occult
It’s October 31st and the quaint town of Elora is holding its annual Halloween festival. This year, something is wrong, very wrong. Odd mishaps are endangering the children. Local eccentric, Missy Claridge, senses something amiss and warns the town officials to postpone the upcoming festivities but is ignored. The only person who takes her seriously is traveling insurance salesman, Alexander Malefant. Later that evening, all the children in the village suddenly disappear. The townsfolk are baffled. Soon, every person becomes a suspect as residents frantically try to discover what happened to the children. Who or what is behind these disappearances, and can they get the children back before it’s too late?
What a pleasant surprise this book is. So much more than I was expecting.
The lead character, Alexander is irritating as the narrative voice at times. And as a character, it is difficult to like him, even given his history. His selfish approach to the issues at hand underlines that feeling. However, it seems to me that this is precisely the response that the author was seeking to provoke. That friction with the main character, feeds into the edgy, uneasy impression left by this book.
With a real sense of the surreal and tension, I was fully expecting the story to follow a linear course. The final reveal was completely unexpected, but with hindsight, was completely in keeping with the tone of the book.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Larry Rodness began his entertainment career as a professional singer at the age of 19 and has been performing in Toronto for over 35 years with his wife and singing partner, Jodi, at venues such as The Old Mill, Royal York Hotel, Skyline and Bristol Place Hotel as well as countless corporate and private functions.
In the 80’s Larry studied musical theatre writing with PRO under Broadway conductor Layman Engel, which led him to write for dinner theater. He then moved into the screenplay arena where he has written over a dozen screenplays and has had 3 scripts optioned to date. In the past 2 years he has also become a published novelist.