Some say a good suspense/horror novel is hard to find. This one definitely fits the bill. Author Michael Hughes has written a thoroughly enjoyable novel. It kept me reading all night, and I only put it down once. This terrifically fast paced novel starts fast and never slows down. I found the characters to be very well written and realistic. I do know that not everyone will enjoy this novel; however, for fans of supernatural thrillers, this is a sure-fire hit.
Ray Simon had his life on track. As a school teacher in Baltimore, Ray is content with his life, and has largely learned to ignore or forget incidents from his past. That is, until his childhood friend Kevin calls, sounding almost terrified, and insisting that Ray come back to Blackwater. Kevin’s message speaks of some type of evidence of some horrific event that happened to both Ray and Kevin at summer camp in the very early 1970’s, and Ray is instantly haunted. However, Ray accepts Kevin’s request, and sets out for Blackwater, dreading every step. Yet when Ray arrives in Blackwater, Kevin has disappeared. Even stranger, all record of the camp they both attended is gone. But Ray is surprised to find he’s not alone in his search for answers. Between Lily, Crawford, and Micah, Ray is not sure where to turn, or who he can trust. And they all want to “help” Ray. Only one person seems honest, and that’s Ellen, Ray’s new friend. With her, Ray will try to wander through childhood nightmares and horrors to uncover what really happened all those years ago…and perhaps even stop a future of unspeakable terror.
Michael M. Hughes’s Blackwater Lights combines the eldritch horror of H. P. Lovecraft with the supernatural thrills of Dean Koontz.
When Ray Simon receives a desperate call from his childhood friend Kevin, begging him to come visit, Ray can’t say no. Kevin promises to clue him in on shocking discoveries he has made about weird, half-forgotten events in their past—events associated with a summer camp near Kevin’s home in the small town of Blackwater, West Virginia.
But when Ray arrives, Kevin is nowhere to be found. So Ray does some investigating of his own, only to find that no records exist of the camp. Yet he is not alone in looking for information. There are Lily, a beautiful redhead with uncanny seductive powers; Crawford, a wealthy collector of art and people; and Micah, the mysterious leader of the Church of the Open Door. All of them are seeking information about the rumored camp. And they are all interested—very interested—in Ray.
Then a midnight encounter with strange floating lights sparks a return of old memories—vivid but fractured images that haunt Ray’s waking hours with intimations of terror and cruelty. Something dreadful happened at that camp long ago. Something was awakened there. Now, with the help of his new friend Ellen, a waitress at the local diner, Ray must navigate a path through madness and murder—a path that leads inexorably to an all-but-forgotten night in his childhood . . . and to a future of unimaginable horror.