I don’t remember the last time a book actually caused me to have nightmares. Oh wait…yes, I do. It happened last week after I finished reading Tim Young’s The SheepDog. How in the world would a seasoned horror fiend such as myself have such a horrific dream? The answer, my friends, is because the villains in this book are absolutely terrifying. Despite my excruciating experience in the dream world, this is one damn good book. So, why-oh-why did this novel pique my interest so much? Read on, fellow horror buffs. Read on.
In Tim Young’s The SheepDog, three serial killers stake out a Montana diner in search of their next prey. In the past, they had helped each other achieve their individual, sick intentions. Brother Bob likes to torture and kill people in the most unusual ways he can think of. Sister Teddy sticks around to take advantage of boys while John Proser zones in on the females. Where one lacks, the other makes up for in a different way. It seems there is no stopping this dynamic trio of serial killers. Doesn’t everything happen for a reason though? Is good really capable of overcoming evil?
The character development in this novel is insanely good. I felt like I was actually a part of the story, experiencing everything. This is probably the reason I dreamed of the serial killers. Young goes into explicit detail of what makes each of them tick. The way they are described is the exact way they were depicted in my dream. The story is also very well crafted. As I read, I could see how each part was strategically planned out. Young didn’t miss a beat anywhere.
The SheepDog is also not your typical slasher story. Do not expect a straight line to the end. Instead, anticipate lots of twists and turns with moments that make you cringe. I can tell a lot of heart went into putting this story together. In my opinion, these are the books that succeed. Horror is supposed to get to you emotionally. If you dream about something after reading it, I’d say that is a sign that the story impacted you in some way, shape, or form. This book is definitely worth the read. It is available for purchase on Amazon/Kindle. Check it out and discuss with us. The PopHorror family is always willing to chat you up!