Shades of the Black Stone by Wile E. Young is a tale of ghosts, bloodshed, and a small town that gets caught in the crosshairs.
Let’s dive in!
My Thoughts on Shades of the Black Stone by Wile E. Young
When a large black monument that appears to be made from stone suddenly appears in this small tourist town, emotions begin to rise. Some are excited, some are afraid, and some are angry… but everyone is curious. How couldn’t they see it’s arrival? Did the town commission this? Was it aliens?! No one can explain it.
Not long after the monument appears, strange things begin to happen in the town. At first, people see things that they can’t explain… But when these visions begin to end in bloodshed, they realize that they’re up against something they never could have imagined.
The storyline jumps between scenes featuring various characters so readers can see how each handle the situations they find themselves in while under the shadow of the black stone. Some make it out alive, but some don’t.
Can they fight back before everyone in town falls?
This tale is wonderfully fast paced from the moment the monument arrives right through the end! I was so nervous for each of these characters, and while many had their flaws, I loved to see their journeys develop over a short period of time.
While dark and haunting, I had so much fun with this story! Many of the scenes played out like a slasher film in my mind while reading, so of course, I can’t help but hope for a brutal adaptation one day! A mini-series would be amazing!
My Favorite Passages from Shades of the Black Stone
It was like the air itself took on the quality of a long winter night, frigid and unmoving, a silence that had no business occupying the summer air filling the gap.
Turning tail, Buck ran, his breath coming quick as the carpet slid under him in his haste to flee. He barely had time to grunt in alarm before he went ass over end, crashing into a display of chairs. His nose bouncing off them, Buck felt something crack, and everything doubled in his blurred sight. Wood crunched behind him and his vision came back as his insides clenched.
Quite frankly, as soon as he was able, he was going to leave town. He was just a bartender; nothing was tying him to this town other than the fact he had grown up in it, but that didn’t mean he had the intention of dying for it.
“Life throws you curveballs all the time; it’s up to you whether you’re going to be tough enough to hit them.”
My Final Thoughts on Shades of the Black Stone
I got so caught up in this tale! Every step of the way, I was hoping things wouldn’t get worse, but they did time and time again.
Just like the Black Stone itself, this plot will put a hold over readers, drawing them deeper and deeper into the terror.
This author is so darn talented with creating plots that will totally suck you in! Go pick up a copy today!