This book gave me nightmares. Is that enough to intrigue you? Good.
Misfits by Hunter Shea
During the height of the 90s grunge era, five high school friends living on the fringe are driven to the breaking point. When one of their friends is brutally raped by a drunk townie, they decide to take matters into their own hands.
Deep in the woods of Milbury, Connecticut, there lives the legend of the Melon Heads, a race of creatures that shun human interaction and prey on those who dare to wander down Dracula Drive. Maybe this night, one band of misfits can help the other. Or maybe some legends are meant to be feared for a reason.
I’m more a fan of old school horror. Think The Shining, Dracula, and Candyman. It takes a hell of a lot for a modern horror to grab me. That’s why I’m always a bit sceptical to take on a horror review. But Misfits blew me away.
From the very first page, Misfits gave me IT vibes: a brother being killed and a group of friends fighting for their lives against the horror that lurks in the turn. I would even go as far as saying that Misfits is written equally as chilling, and with the same amount of creepy and gruesome scenes. The word gruesome sometimes puts people off. Rest assured that this is no pointless slasher story; it has a really grabbing storyline.
The characters are also really great. I have to admit that at the beginning, I also treated the kids like outcasts. They weren’t like me and I couldn’t understand them (even if I loved the 90s grunge setting). But I grew to like them and their strong brand – especially Mike who starts out as a lost cause. The one thing I didn’t really like was the whole “the men are here to save the day’ aspect. Although, it did redeem itself with Marnie who, in my opinion, had more strength than them all.
I’m excited to see that Hunter Shea has many other books. I’m going on a horror binge!
Misfits is available to buy now.