Hosts, written by Dylan J. Morgan and published by Wild Child Publishing is a dark fiction novel at 147 pages including cover, publisher’s page and thanks.
Now living and working in Norway, Dylan J Morgan was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions.
Dylan Morgan has also had several short stories published and has completed his second novel Flesh which is going through reviewing, he is currently working on his third novel.
The cover for Hosts is black with white writing and a ghostly white figure in the centre which has worms inside its mouth.
In the small town of Snow Peak, North America an important archaeological discovery will change the town and its people forever. When archaeologist Marianne White becomes the first victim to an ancient parasite over five centuries old and with a storm growing, it is only a matter of time before the entire town is isolated in a nightmare which threatens the lives of everyone. The protection of the town lies in the hands of the Sheriff and the local GP Dr Lauren Kemper, whose own personal nightmares from her past have come flooding back in the form of the husband, Malcolm Macdonald, she escaped two years earlier. Together can they save the town and those in it from the growing number of parasites as the number of inhabitant’s decreases?
Dylan Morgan grasps your attention from the very first chapter, with excellent descriptions of the scene and what is going on which enable you to picture the scenes easily. The characters are believable in both how they put themselves across and also the often terrifying situations they find themselves in.
In Hosts, Dylan Morgan is at his best when lives are on the line and it appears all hope is lost. This is a story of fear, of facing it head on no matter the cost, standing up for what is right and important and conquering personal fears and those of unknown sources. It’s about life and death, and love versus money.
Though I’d say the synopsis would intrigue me into reading this book, I do not think the cover would, not being a bug fan myself I would not recommend this book to anyone with a fear of bugs namely, worms. However having read this book, I would recommend it to anyone over 18 years old, without a fear of worms or bugs likely to raise its head.
Dylan Morgan has done a wonderful job with his descriptions and paints a terrifying picture sure to make you stay away from any water sources. I give Hosts by Dylan Morgan 4.5 out of 5 stars
By R.N. Hadley