I may have mentioned in my reviews of the Kill River series, that it was possible that the slasher genre (in book and film format) had probably ticked off every place and scenario it could have so far.
Well, I think author Iain Rob Wright’s reply to this would be……hold my beer.
‘Dark Ride’ channels the spirit of 1980’s slashers but after seemingly taking us down a well-trodden path it switches gears to offer fresh blood to the sub-genre.
At 230 pages the story plays out like an 80-minute slasher and goes hard and loose with some parts that could have been given slightly more attention, but there’s no denying it is a fun ride.
The premise surrounds a group of five friends who become trapped in a seemingly abandoned theme park ride, that years earlier featured a multiple murder/suicide.
Sounds very slasher, right?
Wright’s characters have a bit more about them than most slasher victims though and the author does go out of his way to flesh out most of the cast before putting them in peril.
Leading the way is A.J Starr an amateur wrestler wanting to hit the big time, but before that happens he wants a big and unforgettable weekend away with his old friends.
There are winks and nods to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th and possibly Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse but the blend of story is all Wright’s own work.
Dark Ride, is a rollicking good time and an essential read for slasher fans.
Dark Ride is available now in paperback and on Amazon Kindle.