I always love being surprised by a story. Karl Drinkwater’s Harvest Festival is quite deceiving, setting up what feels like a small secluded tale which quickly outgrows its boundaries, expanding into something I couldn’t have predicted. The frenetic style of storytelling Drinkwater employs really works, giving a drive to the narrative that only amps up the urgency of the story. To me, this felt like the story that M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” could have been.
Great example of what long fiction should be, the “fluff” stripped away, leaving only a rip-roaring story that plows along roads seldom tread. I discovered this book on the list of preliminary Bram Stoker Awards nominees; definitely deserving of the honor.
This novella is currently available for just $0.99 on Amazon. Worth the price of admission and then some.