Monthly Archives: April 2014

Ray Garton’s New Thriller Depicts the Storm to End All Storms

Cover image for the sixth and final installment.

The title of Ray Garton’s new horror thriller seems to be the only word out of place in the assessment of Garton fans and reviewers.  Frankenstorm portrays the effects of a stupendous west coast hurricane on the populace of a small town that is already seething with emotional storms long before the winds begin to rise to horrific fury.

Kensington Books is marketing the book in e-serial installments at the end of which it will release the paperback.  Comments on the chapters have been almost universally positive.  The title drew the ire of at least one reviewer who otherwise lavished praise on the skill with which the horror master builds his troubled characters and matches the crescendo of their emotions to the climax of the storm.

“Even if not loaded to the gills with gruesome vintage monster molds,” writes Matt Molgaard, “this is assuredly a horror story, well-written and clearly worth examination. The way science and mankind are headed nowadays, something like this could easily be a reality, which makes it all the more uncomfortable. Reminiscent of a Ray Bradbury precautionary tale, Frankenstorm comes highly recommended, even if the title of the novel is severely off-putting (despite Garton’s amazing career, this one was passed down the HNR line multiple times; the reason being: no one wanted to even approach a novel with a title that sounds like an awful SyFy Network film).

“Look beyond the stomach turning, cheesy title (this novel is neither stomach turning, nor cheesy, for the record) and pre-order this one right here. It’s worth it!”

Open Road is in the process of reissuing some twenty Garton backlist titles.

Richard Curtis