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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Chindi is a work of fiction in the horror subgenre and was penned by author Timothy Bryan. Set in 1862 in California, this historical horror takes a supernatural twist when an ancient Native American demon awakens and begins to wreak havoc. Whole villages are left empty, with Native Americans and American soldiers alike going missing. At the center of it all, Lieutenant George Crook already has enough trouble keeping the peace without this new disturbance, but now he must investigate the terrifying goings-on before even more people suffer. And to do so, he’ll have to unite with former enemies and find aid in the most unlikely places.
Author Timothy Bryan sets an eerily authentic historical context for this spine-tingling story, and the realism in the details and descriptions makes it all the more terrifying when the supernatural elements come into play later on. The work is well penned to be psychologically terrifying without the need to be overly graphic, making it suitable for horror fans of all taste levels to still get a kick out of it. I especially enjoyed the atmosphere and tensions between the two sides and their tentative peace, which was well balanced via the sharp dialogue moments and vivid, cinematic descriptions of people’s body language, attitudes, and expressions. When you combine this with the fast-paced plot and inventive subversion of typical monster tropes to produce some very surprising twists, the result is an unmissable read for horror fans everywhere. I would highly recommend Chindi, and I can’t wait to see what else Timothy Bryan can do.