Kenny McCord’s life has just turned to shit. His wife dead from cancer and his teen daughter gang raped, Kenny packs in his job and packs up his kids and gear to leave Houston and head back to sleepy old Elton Township where he grew up all those years ago.
Kenny’s former best friend, Lucky is also on his way back to Elton. Hardly a rural paradise all Elton has is a run down bar, a church and the local jailhouse. That was all aside from Elton Lake, but Elton Lake is now dry, the river that fed it having been dammed so archaeologists could investigate a Menominee Indian site on Grove Island. Back in his teens Lucky used to visit Grove Island where he discovered the thing that the Menominee had built Elton Lake to contain. Lucky’s awakening of the ancient evil led to a chain of horrific events that ended when Lucky was run out of town.
Now the waters and the archaeologists, due to lack of funding, are gone and Lucky is back on the scene. The ancient power now know no bounds as Lucky’s rapidly growing band of followers indulge their basic instincts, and as if things weren’t bad enough already, Kenny’s kids have joined the cult too. Can Kenny and the town’s washed up drunken sheriff scupper Lucky’s plans and save Elton?
Oh yeah there’s also a pack of highly intelligent savage wolves on the loose as well.
Yes I had my misgivings about he old Indian curse trope raising its ugly little head, but Holloway has taken this basic American horror premise and woven in a dose of cult dynamics through it to create a gripping narrative as Kenny, Sheriff Jerry and his hopeless small town deputies face off against the overwhelming numbers of Kenny’s savage disciples, both human and lupine.
William Holloway’s Lucky’s Girl is well written horror story, with some nicely drawn small town USA characters and a memorably nasty villain. I give it a 555/666.
Lucky’s Girl is published Horrible Tales Publishing as both an e-book and a real book.
Review by Simon Ball
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