Published: October 1, 2018
Greg Chapman is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated® and Australian Shadows Award-nominated author of Hollow House and the author of five novellas: Torment (2011 and 2016), The Noctuary (2011), Vaudeville (2012), The Last Night of October (2013 and 2016), The Eschatologist (2016), and The Noctuary: Pandemonium (2017).
I've read a couple of Greg Chapman's stories and he keeps getting better and better at his craft. He writes intriguing tales that sit with you long after you've read them. THE FOLLOWERS starts off with a bang. Chapman throws you into the middle of a conflict that has been raging for centuries. As the biblical apocalypse brews on, a man by the name of David Brewer is trying to protect his family from harm. A stranger offers them refuge and salvation, but it comes at a price. All David and his family have to do is declare their faith in God's final, and bloody, plan.
The opening scene sets the tone for the rest of the story. Blood will spill upon the wasteland. Desperation in a desolate land leads to vulnerability, which makes THE FOLLOWERS even more compelling. As the story progresses so does the excellent characterization. The characters have so much depth for such a short read. Secrets are revealed. Heads will roll.
Chapman does religious post-apocalyptic horror so well. He paints a bleak picture with this one. I dig his writing style. The prose are nice and tight and the dialogue is fresh. The plot is seamless as well. You can easily devour THE FOLLOWERS in one sitting. The cover draws you in, but Chapman's writing keeps you on the edge of your seat. That ending is everything. I'm still reeling.
I definitely need to check out more of Chapman's work. I've heard great things about HOLLOW HOUSE, so I'm going to give it a go in 2019.