With a few titles under her name Red Harvey released CURSED (Urban fantasy/Horror) February 2013. This is the first book I have read of Ms. Harvey’s and even as a self published author, her writing chops are solid and the book reads like a mainstream release.
The author took Native American lore mixed with her own version of The Garden of Eden and created a new Urban Fantasy world. The story is threaded with Horror that provided tense moments AND had me checking under the bed before I fell asleep last night. Very well done!
There were a few pacing issues and a few areas I would have wanted developed (my taste) but utterly forgivable with such a solid, well thought out storyline. I am also guessing by the ending that we will see more of Red Harvey and her heroine Imogen.
I grew up reading these types of books and I’m excited to see the next generation of author (Indie or otherwise) tackle a genre that has been dominated by names like Stephen King and Anne Rice for decades.
If you like Patricia Briggs MERCY THOMPSON series or C.E. Murphy’s URBAN SHAMAN series
Imogen can see the future, not that it does her much good.
When ancient spirits haunt her, seeking re-entry into the human world, she struggles for answers. Yet, it’s only after the spirits succeed in using Imogen’s body as their new vessel that her real journey to save the Earth begins.
Imogen’s gift makes her vulnerable to spirits that desire reincarnation. When she moves back to Graydon, she begins a new life. And Imogen’s new boyfriend, Rafe, seems to know more about her powers than she does… Once another psychic informs Imogen of her impending death, she tries everything she can think of to prevent it, even as she knows her fate is inevitable.
Once she’s dead, Imogen’s true test of character is how she can stop the body-thieving demons from destroying all of mankind.
Red Harvey brings this paranormal horror story together with surprises, humor, and old clichés turned on their heads. Readers hunting for a paranormal read with a Buffy-esque twist are sure to enjoy Cursed.
About the author:
I’m a writer, retail-enthusiast (before you think shop-aholic, think cashier), and student.
Horror, science fiction and fantasy are my favorite genres to write/read. Stephen King is a major influence of mine (you’re probably shaking your head, as you’ve heard it a hundred times before. There’s a reason he’s cited so often). My other influences include Margaret Atwood, Anne Rice, Elizabeth Hadyon, H.G. Wells, Orson Wells, Issac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. LeGuin, Joanna Russ, and Ray Bradbury.
As cliched as it sounds, my son made me realize writing is where it’s at for me. I’ve always wanted to write, and I’ve tinkered with short stories here and there, but after his birth, I actually had the hutzpah to put together and finish an actual novel. After writing “Cursed”, I haven’t looked back.
I’m glad I get to do what I love in the great city of Hot-lanta, as the low humidity keeps my curls intact. Yes, in fact, I can be that shallow at times. I can also be a Chatty Kathy, and a Nosey Nancy.
Currently, I’m at work on my fourth novel, Obsolution, a speculative sci-fi project that explores gender roles.