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Apparition

Apparition

Written by: Michaelbrent Collings
Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Page Count: 424
ISBN-10: 1478167769
ISBN-13: 978-1478167761
ASIN: B008GFLVQI
Where to buy: Amazon.

Publisher’s Comments:Every year, thousands of children are killed… by their own parents. Now, Shane Wills is about to discover why. About to discover an evil that has existed since the beginning of time. An evil that invades loving parents and turns them into something else. An evil that feeds on the blood and despair of dying children. An evil that most people will never know, because they cannot perceive the APPARITION.

Dear readers and fellow devotees of the weird and horrorific,

Once again, Heather Royston takes a peek into the world of Michaelbrent Collings’ fiction and tells us all about what she finds there.

It is very dark; but allow me to let her words speak for themselves.

-Marc

Apparition by Michaelbrent Collings tackles a very tough subject. The author takes a real life tragedy that the world sees all too often and turns it in to a story that hits very hard. The story follows Shane and his two children Ella and Matthew as they deal with a personal horror. The children’s mother, Kari, got out of bed one night and attempted to kill her family then herself. They survived the attack, but not undamaged. Shane has decided to move his family to a new home, to try and start over and leave the bad memories behind them. Unfortunately, the new house is not without its own terrible history and soon the family begins to experience strange and terrifying events.

Each chapter begins with a “journal entry” of sorts. An unknown person has been keeping records of other families experiencing similar tragedies, giving us insights into what the book is really about. These records are factual stories that have happened to real families, which makes the book all the more disturbing. I had a very hard time reading those pieces. I’m a huge fan of horror, throw anything at me and I can take it, but I have always had a hard time dealing with bad things happening to kids. Many times, I had to put the book down and calm myself for a minute or two before I could go back to the story.

During the main story line, we see how each member of the family is coping with the aftermath. Ella has withdrawn into herself, constantly shutting out her father and little brother with her headphones. Shane is trying his best to keep things happy and normal, but inside he is full of turmoil. Little Matthew seems to the least affected, being young enough that everything else in the world distracts him. But even he has his own inner troubles over the tragedy. This is all intensified by the strange happenings in their home, and an even stranger incident at church. They find help in their new town and discover that the true source of all of their tragedy, new and old, is a terrible creature hell-bent on destroying them all.

The family’s story is very engrossing. I just could not stop reading it; I simply had to find out what happened next. I caught myself sneaking pages during work hours and staying up later to read it. I was incredibly emotionally invested in the story, I bled and wept with them and I celebrated their victories, however small. Once again, Mister Collings has woven a tale that I could not shake.

The afterword was what really got to me. This book is based on the authors real life experience with loss and how he coped with it in the following years. He also talked about the cases of filicide that he found in his research for the book and used at the beginning of each chapter. This part had me shaking and near tears. I felt terrible for his personal experience, and for the countless horrors in the world. That such things are so common are enough to make me question the state of the human race.

Final Thoughts:
Apparition is a book that will hit you where it hurts and not let go. It will also scare the pants off you, and has little things throughout that gave me the creeps. I can’t recommend it enough and I am definitely going to pick up the rest of his books. I give Apparition by Michaelbrent Collings five out of five tentacles.

Heather Royston, Minion/Reviewer

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