Take one look at the cover of Kill Hill Carnage and you have a pretty good idea of what you're in for.
This book doesn't pull any punches and it isn't afraid to genre-blend and wonder "what if" before throwing the reader into the dark, gooey, deep-end filled with who knows what.
The book centers on a mysterious factory on Kill Hill and its nefarious inner workings. What is going on up there? What are they making and what might be getting loose?
There is a lot going on in this book, switching between a 90s era summer camp where something has gone horribly wrong and in the present day, a hitman with one last job and a group of teenage friends out for a little camping trip on what couldn't have been a worse weekend.
With slasher-like tropes—the summer camp, horny and delinquent kids in the woods—and mutant-monster madness, this really is a high-octane, gory romp that horror fans will have a lot of fun with.
One of the only things that I stuck on as I read was the dialogue, especially of the teen girls. It didn't feel realistic to me how they spoke to each other. I think I would have been more on board if everyone talked the same way, because a heightened reality would have fit right in with the insanity of this book, but as it stood, the girls felt a little fake.
Overall, the pacing, action, and originality of this book definitely make it a worthwhile and amped-up horror ride.
My thanks to Sinister Grin Press for sending a copy of this one to the Nightworms to read and review!
Associate editor, amateur photdographer, bibliophile, and occasional sleuth.