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Noxious

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An enjoyable yet sinister tale of the macabre that'll keep you turning pages...

There is so much going on in this book and I found myself quickly turning the pages as the events build, unfold and eventually intertwine in what is a clever fusing of several stories that centre around the strange dark small town known as Blackwater. Bruce Knapp has delivered a tale that is dark, sometimes gruesome and wholly satisfying and the setting is delivered well and through the multiple characters. Throughout, the story evolves along with those characters as everything plays out.


Grim shadows loomed over Blackwater, trying to conceal the hatred, but the evil continued to grow like a fungus, a black poisonous mould...


We see those who are looking for faith, some with lust on their mind, religious types, businessmen, lawmen and even those on the fringes of the occult and witchcraft. Hell, there is even something monstrous lurking in the local 'Suwanee' river, this tale really is one of variety that even feels like an anthology piece that is all wrapped up in less than a 200 pages and with short but sharp chapters which keeps those pages turning and the flow consistent.


Main character 'Robert Thompson' seems to have a dark cloud following him and his choices soon lead to a shocking and gruesome turn of events. It was at this moment I really became invested in the story. Robert is a changed man from this point and his journey is filled with sometimes graphic brutality to himself and others. Of course that cloud hanging over him has a name ('Nyx') and plays an influencing role in the form of possession.


Eventually we see the 'Noxious' part of the story which kicks in later on but has been cleverly built from the early stages. Of course Robert's journey culminates during this satisfying finish for a book with so much variety in the horror genre. The town and setting of Blackwater feels like a character in its own right, it's always there, hanging over everything with a certain darkness. This makes for a great atmospheric feel to the reading experience.


Those who like multiple character led stories with elements of the occult, witchcraft, paranormal that's a little graphic in places will enjoy 'Noxious'. Everyone else may just end up in the 'Otherworld' on Leap Day.

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About the author

Bruce Knapp grew up in the Jacksonville, FL area. Now he lives in Tampa and after years as a software developer pursues his passion for writing. Join him on this journey into the unknown. view profile

Published on August 12, 2020

40000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Horror

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