This book review is as much a story within a story as it is a review. I picked up Seed by Ania Ahlborn not because of the book, though the summary was appealing, but because of the author’s AMA on Reddit: Seed is one of those books that started its life faced with multiple rejections from publishers, that was self-published, that has been optioned for film – that, by the way, is excellent, and dark, and creepy all at once.
Also, at the time of this review, it was Women in Horror Month and I was making a concerted attempt at reading every female horror writer I could get my hands on. Since Ahlborn’s offering consists of multiple titles, I took a wild stab and decided to see where she started in her career with Seed. (Brother holds a lot of appeal, and I’m whittling my way through my TBR to get back to it.)
It was a few more minutes after I read the AMA that I realized Ania Ahlborn and I follow each other on Twitter, and I’m actually a total dunce. The first thing I’m going to do when I follow authors from now on is google them and find their Amazon link to avoid future embarrassment. I’m willing to bet that nine times out of ten I either have read or will be reading a lot of the folks I’ve never even exchanged pleasantries with — I’m working on it. There are seriously a lot of writers on Twitter.
Anyway — to the review!
Seed by Ania Ahlborn
Seed follows a father of two, Jack Winter, as he comes to terms with the nightmares of his childhood: long since run away from home, there are parts of his memory that he doesn’t remember from the backwater in Georgia where he grew up, but he does recall with vivid certainty one thing in particular:
The monster that visited him in the night, that whispered in his ear, that offers glimpses from the shadows still.
He thought it might’ve been his imagination, until, of course, he thinks he sees the same creature in his youngest daughter’s bedroom one night. His suspicions are confirmed when young Charlie whispers to him, “I saw it too.”
Then everything goes to hell.
Seed by Ania Ahlborn: Post Mortem
Seed is the monster from your childhood closet story on steroids. It’s a legacy passed from father to daughter, and perhaps even before that, from mother to son. It’s a grotesquery splattered with just the right amount of gore, and the decidedly dark undertones of a family that can’t be saved from something that is never explicitly offered a religious explanation, but very well could be.
The suggestion is that the devil is at work in the deep south, or rather, the devil and his minions that cleave to the shadows.
You don’t need to see too much of the creature to be creeped out. You only need to see it’s effects on the family who can’t escape it.
Claustrophobic, frightening, and colourful in the portrayal of the degeneration of various relationships, we have a host of characters with deep flaws and who are offered redemption, only to have it ripped away at the earliest possible opportunity.
It’s dark little book, guys. And the end is bleak as all get out.
Super fun, in other words. Show no mercy fun times.
Genres: Fiction, Horror
Check it out: Goodreads
With nothing but the clothes on his back -- and something horrific snapping at his heels -- Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker's rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever.Now, years later, the bright new future he's built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead.Surviving a violent car crash seems like a miracle for Jack's family, but Jack knows there's nothing divine about it. The profound evil he uncovered as a boy has finally found him again. The thing that crouched at his bedside with soulless eyes and grinning, razor-sharp teeth is back with plans for Jack and his angelic youngest daughter, and a chilling promise: I've always been here, and I'll never leave.Buy on Amazon