Damned Hunger by Aiden Merchant is a short collection of tales that serves up terrors centering around being somewhere that these characters shouldn’t have gone. From being chased by something that is hunting a person, to the cursed ground that is literally consuming people, this collection is sure to keep readers hearts pumping!
Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. I have also preordered a copy!
Let’s dive in!
My Thoughts on Damned Hunger by Aiden Merchant
This collection kicks off with a note about the content and directs readers to the back of the book if they would like to see potential trigger warnings. I love seeing this so much! Aiden has always been so open and clear with potential content/trigger warnings, and I appreciate seeing it every time!
Per usual, here are my notes on each tale in this collection:
I love when authors give readers insight into what’s to come! This one also made me even more excited for the upcoming collection!
Showdown – 5 Stars
Set in the Pray universe!
What a piece to kick off this collection! This one was tense from the start and fast paced throughout. What a chase!
Ravenous – 5 Stars
When two kids see a disc of static hovering above the grass in a field, of course their curiosity gets the best of them. Then go through the static into another world, but this isn’t just fun and games… I was so nervous for these two! Around every corner I kept hoping they would see the static return for them before it was too late.
Holes – 5 Stars
When a fourteen year old boy goes to his usual spot in the woods, he just wants some time to explore. But when he finds a bunch of holes where something that tunneled out of, his curiosity is too strong to ignore. Armed with his trusty BB gun, he keeps telling himself not to be afraid, but perhaps he should have listened to his inner voice. This one was so eerie and such a perfect creature tale.
Swallowed – 5 Stars
In this tale, three teenage boys go to a carnival in their town, but one boy is very hesitant from the start. The last time he was on the property, something odd happened that he hasn’t been able to explain. I freaking love carnival horror! The thought of something going wrong at a place like this is already terrifying, but this situation is especially terrifying!
My Favorite Passages from Damned Hunger
The trees that surround you are heavy with powder, their limbs reaching toward the ground as they moan for relief.
It happened so quickly that Kevin wasn’t sure he’d actually seen it. The ground beneath Mick’s feet suddenly surged up and over Mick like a slime, covering and silencing him. Then, just as swiftly, it sunk back down and leveled, as if nothing ever happened. Mick was gone.
My Final Thoughts on Damned Hunger
While short, these tales all pack plenty of horror within. When you pick this one up, kick back and enjoy an hour of reading that will chill you and leave you antsy to get your hands on the upcoming collection, Sickness in Season. I know I can’t wait!
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Thanks for reading!
Keep your eye out for this books release! It’s expected to launch on September 28th.