Written by Scotty
Love can be a very powerful emotion, as it causes us all to do crazy things. When you are not able to control what it does to you, you can find yourself in more trouble than you have bargained for. But when you are able to keep it contained enough to not do anything foolish, you will find that its power can help you move mountains and anything else that stands in your way.
Adam Senft, a writer, is looking to create this next masterpiece. After his first novel hit it big, he decided to pursue his new career. Although his following novels were not as successful as the first, he has gained plenty of followers that read his books religiously and with his wife’s help, he is able to concentrate purely on his writing and nothing else. Even though Tara is continuing to work to keep a steady flow of income coming into the household, she is proud of her husband and his success.
But not everything in the household is as good as it seems. After Tara has suffered two miscarriages, the couple is moving further and further apart. With very little intimacy between the them, spring is in the air and that always has an effect on people in their community. When walking his dog, Big Steve, Adam runs into one of his cute, young neighbors in the local forest. Thinking very little of the meeting, Adam starts to hear a Shepard’s pipe playing over the breeze, but when he sees next will change his life forever. Seeing his young neighbor servicing a statue satyr in the hollow, he sees the half goat, half man come to life right before his very eyes. Thinking he has lost his mind, Adam runs back home and tries to come up with some sort of explanation of what he has just witnessed, and deciding that his neighbor had a freaky side, he believes that she was experimenting with her new boyfriend in the woods.
Not being able to get the sight out of his mind, Adam talks with his neighbors about what he has just seen, asking them if they knew anything about the young woman’s relationships. Although the men had no idea about her, they did come clean about not going near the woods at any cost, as it was a haunted place. Learning about a family that lived near the middle of the woods, the LeHorn’s seemed to get along just fine, but when news of mother of the household being killed surfaced, the woods seemed to gain a mind of their own. With stories about hellcats, ghosts and trees moving on their own, the other men bide their time on when entering the area. Although Adam did not know anything about the history of these woods, he did recall hearing something in the woods back in his teenage days when trying to get his date to give him some loving, now he fears that he knows what it was...the satyr.
Before the men could get too drunk while talking about the woods tainted past, they noticed a large amount of police activity down the street and come to find out that their neighbor’s wife has gone missing. Hearing the Shepard’s pipe play again, all of the men found themselves being aroused by the tune. After giving each other a hard time about the situation, they all went their separate ways when a new detective in the area came knocking at their doors. Telling him what they knew, the group was feeling good about themselves, but when going on a search through the woods to find the missing women, the place where the satyr once sat is now missing and the pathway had been completely changed from just a couple of days ago. Knowing something is not right about the situation, Adam has a crazy dream about the satyr standing outside of his window and playing his pipe. Although he believes it is just a dream, his wife had the same image in her head and when checking the backyard, Adam is astonished to find hoof prints in the grass. When his neighbor Dale comes back with information about what the satyr’s purpose was in ancient times, the men figure out that they are in for a more dastardly fight, as the half man, half goat is able to woo women with its pipe and will take their affections at all costs.
Dark Hollow follows Adam Senft and his friends as they try to figure out what is going on in the local woods. With all kinds of rumors flowing around about them being haunted, the men find out that it has a much more sinister past. With people losing their lives and going missing in these woods, the group finds out that it has to do with a farming family that lived there twenty years ago. Finding out the secret behind the LeHorn’s tragedy, the men start to understand what they are up against and try to come with a way to end it before the satyr comes back into the neighborhood and takes their women as well. With their only clues being locked in an old chest in the abandoned LeHorn house, the forest starts to move in on them and will stop at nothing to delay the men’s passage back home, to let the satyr work his magic once again.
This is a great read from author Brian Keene. I am a huge fan of his zombie stories and this is the first book outside of that genre that I have really gotten into. With the novel focusing on the relationships between the characters as much as the monster that is lurking in the woods, it is a great balance that keeps you intrigued until the end. With great interaction between the neighbors and laughs coming in handfuls, it is easy to picture yourself standing next to the group, as they seem to be just like your own friends. Stay Scared.