Author: William Meikle
Genres: Horror | Science Fiction
Length: 177 pages | 2401 Locations
It came in the rain. When the drops fell, people scratched madly as if burned. But that was only the beginning.
Wow, what a ride! Fungoid was a really pleasant surprise. I didn’t know William Meikle and I am so happy to have discovered him. It is amazing what the author was able to do with such few pages. And just when you think you have read every possible scenario of the Apocalypse, this sure takes a new enough spin on things.
I absolutely loved the prose. It was simple, straight to the point and incredibly eerie:
(…) they were met with deathly silence punctuated only by the sound of moisture dripping from the dead brown branches of the trees.
The tension was palpable and as the narrative evolved, the impending sense of doom was keen on crushing all hope of beating this horrible thing. The evolution of this menace, what it does to the world around the characters and how they react is so well achieved. Just when you think it cannot get worse… It does. Absolutely dismal. You just don’t know if anyone is going to make it.
At first I thought there were too many characters but as the story moved on the main ones came together and the way it was done was really cool. The main strength of the narrative is not exactly the characters so I was happy to find that what I read of them satisfied me, and their development was quite realistic.
There were only a couple of things that bothered me here and there, things that I either wished had been better explained or just felt cheesy/too easy, but overall this was a really fast, creepy read and I will be dreaming of spores for sure.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Read from Dec 31st 2016 to Jan 1st, 2017