Michael Patrick Hicks has out done himself this time! When I didn’t think his work could get any better, he goes and surpasses my expectations. Michael Patrick Hicks set the bar high with Mass Hysteria. This time around the author nails it with a tale of utter archaic savagery.
Antoine DeWitt is a hapless mechanic who is trying to make ends meet. He’s struggling to pay the bills. He gets a car dealership scratch-off in the mail. His wife scratches the numbers, and they win $5,000. Antoine is skeptical, but his wife is overjoyed with the prospect of $5,000 extra dollars in their bank account. He travels to the remote dealership to claim his prize. Jon Dangle (the car dealer) sees Antoine (a sucker) coming a mile away. Both Jon and Antoine are desperate men. Jon is the gatekeeper of hungry subterranean monstrosities. Jon must keep them at bay.
Antoine is thrown into a hellish abyss. Things skitter about in the darkness around him. Antoine must escape the dark chasm. He will stop at nothing to reach the surface. He will have to face the archaic evil head-on.
Michael Patrick Hicks delivers a great novella with ample amounts of blood and gore. He does a great job of peeling back layers of the story, revealing just enough background for the characters. He also does an excellent job of disclosing the history of the car dealership. Michael Patrick Hicks does a great job of making you feel for each of the characters. The story is wholly enjoyable. The ending is awesome! From start to finish, you will get your money’s worth. That cover is dope AF, too!
Michael Patrick Hicks, people! Remember the name because he’s here to stay!
5/5 archaic stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐