BLOOD VENGEANCE by MICHAEL SCHUTZ-RYAN
Blood Vengeance by Michael Schutz-Ryan
Published by: Permuted Press
Genres: Horror, paranormal
Sick of being bullied, seventeen-year-old Brennan Cooper packs up for San Francisco to start over. But before he can settle into his new home, Bren is drawn to the abandoned apartment downstairs. In its shabby rooms, he sees the grey and rotting ghosts of murdered girls claw each other in sick imitation of their deaths.
With his wild new friends, Brennan explores the seedy streets of the city. But the laughter and screams downstairs continue to both terrify and entrance him. After meeting Tara, his dream girl, he convinces her to explore the downstairs apartment with him. There they encounter not only the murdered victims but the raging spirit of the girls’ dead killer.
Bren and Tara’s ghost-hunt soon becomes a manhunt as they trace the history of the “San Francisco Ripper.” But retaliation for their meddling is quick and brutal. Now time is running out, not just for Brennan and his friends, but for the spirits of the girls trapped for all those years with their murderer.
*MY BOOK REVIEW*
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I haven’t read any old school horror for what seems like the longest time. So when I was given the opportunity to read and review Blood Vengeance by Michael Schutz-Ryan, I jumped at the opportunity. I must say, this novel has made me crush all over the genre again (not that I ever really stopped liking it, just got distracted by new genres).
Seriously, usually I make a whole bunch of notes on the novels I am reading to review. They can cover such things as random thoughts on the story or characters, what makes me laugh out loud, typos, etc. With this book, I barely made a note. This is a book you need to read if you love the horror genre. If Stephen King, Dean Koontz and John Saul are the type of horror you like reading, Blood Vengeance is a must read.
There were a few flaws; there seemed to be a time frame issue between how old the main character’s mother was when she conceived her son versus her attending university. Also, there is a whole scene where the main character and his friends go to visit ‘a mate’ (read: drug dealer) and it all goes wrong. As a result of this, one of the characters ends up in hospital. While this scene helped a little with the story line later on, it probably wasn’t necessary with everything else going on at the time. It tends to break the story up somewhat and makes it a little disjointed.
All in all though, these two flaws are minor in comparison to how much I loved this book. The characters are described perfectly, their stories woven together in such a way you are not trudging through back story but enriching your reading experience. The horror is described in all its gore and detail which is exactly how you want it in this genre. The suspense killed me (which is a good thing) and the humour woven through the novel was added just at the right moments.
Overall, I am giving Blood Vengeance by Michael Schutz-Ryan 5 out of 5 stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Schutz was born and raised in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin. He attended the UW-Stevens Point and graduated with an English degree from the Madison campus. A lifelong diet of Ray Bradbury and Stephen King whet his appetite for the macabre. A lover of all things horror, he likes to plumb the depths of Netflix in search of scary movies. He lives in San Jose with his husband and the enduring spirit of their cat, Catie.