Here’s a great read for you horror fans–THE TROOP by Nick Cutter. In this novel, a scout troop is led by their scoutmaster into the remote Canadian wilderness on an uninhabited island for their annual weekend camping trip. A man stumbles upon their camp dying of a bioengineered plague, threatening them with infection.
The writing wasn’t my cup of tea at first–like many horror writers, the author at first appeared to be channeling Stephen King when only King should be King. When the infection reveals itself, however, the novel really kicks in and the fun starts. The star of the book, in fact, is the infection itself–it’s truly horrifying and sickening. Both the organism itself and the effects it has on those it infects. It didn’t take long for my plodding to become racing through the pages. And at the end, you will be thinking, “This thing had better get a sequel.” If Cutter writes one–in which the infection breaks quarantine–it’s going to be crazy.
I highly recommend this one for those seeking a familiar horror story that reads like something entirely original.