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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: Fear Gorta

Fear Gorta Fear Gorta by Cory Cline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of FEAR GORTA by Cory Cline

"Gorta" is an Irish term referring to a severe or extreme food shortage, for example with crop failures. As I read this story, with its "legend" of the Hungry Man, I was strongly reminded of the rationale behind the Native American Wendigo. In both cases (Wendigo and Hungry Man), greed becomes overwhelming, causing a sort of eternal yearning, hunger, need. Two little boys and two adolescent bullies collide in a clearing in this story, a supposedly haunted clearing, where once a farmer lived, who met death in an untimely and gory way. Not at all for the faint of heart, but if you love your horror out front and bloody, try this one. It's horror leavened with coming of age and lightened with humour, and a very quick read.

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