I am impressed by the productivity of William Meikle and his ability to still keep a high standard in his publications. I finished reading Island Life last week, and I really enjoyed that book. It combines the atmosphere of Scotland with the classic monster story (watch any monster movie from the 1950’s and you get a glimpse into the atmosphere of Island Life) and Cthulhu Mythos. I was genuinely surprised by the direct reference to Cthulhu in the story, but it made sense to do so, and it fit perfectly into the plot.
Today Darkfuse published his latest novel, The Hole, which I have ordered.
It starts with a hum that brings headaches and nosebleeds to the inhabitants of a sleepy country town. The next morning a sinkhole is noticed on a local landowner’s property. In that first day the town doctor tends to an increasing stream of patients, and the Sheriff tries to handle an ever growing subsidence problem. Two workmen, Fred and Charlie, are almost the first fatalities, working on the edge of the sinkhole when a fresh collapse begins, one that signals the start of holes forming all over town.
Soon the town is a disaster zone of collapsed houses, roads and lost people. And reports start to come in of things in the holes. Strange reports that vary wildly dependent on the persons seeing the phenomena.
Things get worse. When the survivors try to flee the town, they find that the authorities have barricaded them in, and are shooting anyone who tries to leave. A small band take refuge in a local diner, hostage to both the CDC and more frequent visits from the creatures coming up out of the holes.
The matter comes to a climax when 6 survivors descend into the collapsed area, trying to survive while facing their worst fears, and looking for a way to save what is left of their town. Sacrifices have to be made.
But will they be enough?
This should be interesting.