Doll Face by Tim Curran
Published: March 3rd 2015 by DarkFuse
Six friends are returning home from a night out when they end up in a town called Stokes. They discover they are trapped there, as Stokes does not really exist. The actual town had burned to the ground more than fifty years ago. The Stokes they are in is a nightmare version of the former town, engineered by a deranged and undead mind, a supernatural machine of wrath that will destroy them one by one….unless they submit to its dominance and become living dolls.
Curran certainly has a knack for telling terrifying stories. He is able to take the most mundane situations and twist them into truly terrifying ordeals. He sure loves torturing his characters. I read Long Black Coffin before it’s release and was instantly hooked on Curran’s signature style of prose. I was excited to find a new story of his on NetGalley, and had to indulge (it being Friday the 13th, it seemed appropriate to ready a creepy story.)
Combine House of Wax, Silent Hill and a teeny bit of I Know What You Did Last Summer and you have the perfect horror story. Doll Face pays homage to 90’s horror films at there very best, and I think that’s why I loved the campy and chilling feel that was consistent throughout Doll Face.
Curran knows how to bring stories to life. His vivid imagery makes the story unfold in the readers mind as though they were watching a film. I LOVED the idea of dolls coming to life. This is something that has terrified me since I was a child watching Are You Afraid of the Dark?
The dolls are reminiscent of the wax figures in house of wax, remixed with the dolls seen in Silent Hill Revelations.
Doll Face is a great addition to the horror genre. Fans of the curio, and things that go bump in the night will devour this book.
Thank you, NetGalley for the review copy.