Updated: Jul 10
Wow, I’ve only just discovered The Cursed Among us, and while I know it hasn’t been out TOO long, not reading it the day it came out seems like that’s too much time to have waited.
A coming of age story in the late 90’s Durgin manages to channel genre classics, while also forging his own path. The characters felt real, and the dialogue felt as if they were actually kids, which I find is a problem many coming of age horror books stumble with. Not here.
I like that even though I knew what the main problem was, I never really knew the backstory behind it until it was fully revealed. I like not guessing the story ahead of time. The book is haunting, terrifying, sad, and in places, violent and gory.
One of my favorite reads of the year. I’m eagerly awaiting more John Durgin.