Season of Doom

Season of Doom


Fiction - Horror
134 Pages
Reviewed on 08/31/2013
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Author Biography

William P. Robertson was born in 1950 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Mansfield University in 1972 with a B.S. in English. He has since worked in factories, taught high school English, and run a successful house painting business. In his spare time he enjoys trout fishing, following the Pittsburgh Pirates, and taking spooky photos of his home region.
Robertson began freelancing short stories, poetry, and articles in 1978, and his work has now appeared in over 500 magazines worldwide. He has also published two audio books of horror verse and five collections of macabre tales. William is probably best known for the 9-book Bucktail Civil War novel series he co-wrote with David Rimer. For more information about his speculative writing, please visit http://www.thehorrorhaven.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Season of Doom is a collection of dark and macabre tales, poems and poetry by author, William P. Robertson. There are stories for everyone in this arrangement: tales from ancient Rome, Viking sagas, American Indian lore, Civil War battles, and stories of everyday life, each prefaced with a poem and accompanied by one of the author's photographs.

I love macabre tales and knew just from looking at the table of contents that I would probably have some fun reading Season of Doom. What I didn't know was that I would be blown away by the contents of this deceptively slim volume. The poetry is lean and powerful, and it grabs the reader by the throat and compels him to slowly absorb the compressed energy contained within.

The stories are equally powerful and evocative. In the first one, The Blizzard, James and his father drive through a snowstorm to get him to the bus bound for college and his sweetheart. You can see them struggling in the snow to clear the driveway, and the imagery of the Ford struggling on the unplowed roads, which is compared to heaving seas, is bound to make anyone who's ever driven in similar conditions smile and remember -- and anyone who hasn't start to think they experienced it themselves.

Some stories are darker and scarier than others, and the faint-hearted may flinch at times while they're reading, but this reader hopes even the timid persevere in reading through Robertson's Season of Doom. These are compelling and original tales of the macabre, but they are also beautifully and masterfully written.

Lit Amri

Season of Doom is a collection of character-driven stories and poems by author William P. Robertson. Tales of twisted love, Roman generals, Vikings, frightening encounters with Bigfoot, dangerous Mayan games and other stories that would stun and shock readers like never before.

The collection kicks off with Blizzard that will definitely remind you of your first or past love that hurt you deeply. Protagonist James is definitely a hapless romantic who hoped too much. With a name like Stormy, the girl is definitely a heart-breaker. A simple, upsetting college love story that cuts deep and brings back awful memories for some readers, no doubt. Where’s the horror in this tale? The ending holds the clue. The collection continues to The Evil of Lauren Watson – I sympathized with all Watson’s victims. Her demise is the only way to go. The scary part is that in reality, there are many Lauren Watsons out there.

I like the dark and thought-provoking poems in between the stories. This the first work of William P. Robertson that I read and I regretted that I didn't know about this brilliant author in the horror genre sooner. Season of Doom is the type of material that sticks with the reader long after the last page is turned. The stories linger in your mind to the point that is disturbing at times, but then it just proves how excellent Mr. Robertson is as a writer. It is such a compelling read and would definitely satisfy fans of the genre.