Has anybody read this? I just picked it up. Haven't started it yet, but I liked the Deep and the Troop. Publisher's summary: "An all-new epic tale of terror and redemption set in the hinterlands of midcentury New Mexico from the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down...old-school horror at its best.”
From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King’s It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust grips the settlement. The escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral towards madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. The remaining occupants are forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is now marshaling its powers...and it wants them all."
I haven't, but I considered it since I also liked THE DEEP and THE TROOP. Sounds like THE GUNSLINGER and possibly Lovecraftian. Let me know how it is. I've been looking for something to read, and I just started PENPAL by Dathan Auerbach based on the recommendation from Mike Davis on the Lovecraft eZine podcast. He was pretty enthusiastic about it.
I’m about a third of the way through. It establishes itself as horror from the beginning. It’s got the sanity bending Lovecraft vibe, but nothing close to the Great Old Ones yet. Cutter really has a way for finding the right word or phrase. I really like his writing.
Finally finished this. It had a bit of a Lovecraft vibe. Most of it's written very well. Great dialogue, great character development. The end was very thin though, anticlimactic, and it wrapped up too fast. I had a similar impression after reading the Deep.