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The Garbage ManThe Garbage Man by Joseph D'Lacey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


For Halloween this year, I've started digging (pun intended in this case) into a couple of horror novels and this is the first I've finished.

Here's Amazon synopsis, that I can't improve upon without giving too much away:
"Mason Brand has fled his life as a celebrated photographer and renounced his past. He is living rough, as a hermit in the Welsh hills, when something happens to him among the mossy oaks. He begins to hear "the calling." Years later, giving society a final chance, Mason is living with sight of a colossal landfill dump, and he hears "the calling" again. Ths time he will heed it, and it will lead him, for he is called to assist in a terrible birth—out of the waste of human society comes a thing, and its enemy is human. Tackling the issue of the environment and landfill sites, this chilling fable of eco-horror asks what happens to all the unwanted things we bury, because they just won't go away."

I like the premise, even though it sounds like something out of a cheesy B-movie, especially the idea of mixing environmental awareness with horror. It is appropriately gross and gory, but it has moments of genuine creepiness, too. It does drag at times, though, which kills some of the suspense.

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