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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men and Monsters is a work of dark and intriguing horror fiction penned by author David Ruggerio. Short and sharp in its presentation, this is a story with shivers sewn into its spine. The action centers around the small town of Brunswick in New York State, where less than five thousand people reside. Here there are many places where strange happenings are alleged to have been witnessed, not least the eerie Forest Park Cemetery on the very edge of the town. When a dedicated servant and a vicious master stir up unspeakable trouble at Halloween, one young boy falls victim and must do all he can to survive.
I was hooked on this eerie tale from the very first page because it plays on all those wonderful nostalgic sensibilities of small-town horror and draws you in with the promise of intense fright. Author David Ruggerio builds his tale of woe very well, maintaining suspense with small chunks of exposition and building tension as well as character in the early stages. It was wonderful to see that the frights, when they came, did not disappoint, and the narrative, pacing, and dialogue all shifted to match the intense atmosphere and shocking surprises of the plot itself. What results is a highly accomplished horror tale with haunting cinematic descriptions and dialogue lines that echo in your head long after the story is over. I would certainly recommend A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men and Monsters to classic horror fans everywhere.