Chet Williamson – Dreamthorp

93. Dreamthorp by Chet Williamson (1989)
Length: 357 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 27 September 2014
Finished: 30 September 2014
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 23 January 2001
Why do I have it? I like horror and Chet Williamson is a new author for me.


Welcome to Dreamthorp, Pennsylvania – an idyllic little resort town full of picturesque cottages, friendly neighbors and a sleepy, picture postcard-style atmosphere. It is to this quiet little town that two people from the city can finally come to get away from it all. A place where one can escape and start their life over…

Laura Stark is a woman on the run. She has fled to Dreamthorp in order to recover from a brutal attack perpetrated by a crazed rapist – the same attack during which she saw him mutilate her best friend. Dreamthorp seems like the perfect place for Laura Stark to hide – and forget the past… 

Tom Brewer is a recently widowed teacher and sculptor, determinedly trying to put his life back together and helping his grieving fourteen-year-old son, Josh. 

Then one day the peace of Dreamthorp is irrevocably shattered when a couple of local treasure hunters uncover several deeply-buried Native American artifacts. The couple’s digging yields some ancient coins, beads, and an unusual-looking amulet. Once the haunted relics are unearthed, a hellacious and centuries-old evil is also unleashed; one that will inevitably exact a horrific vengeance that has no place outside of the gates of Hell. A series of brutal murders occur in the quiet town, rocking Dreamthorp – and its people – to its very core.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was certainly very graphic and gruesome in parts, and the story was somewhat far-fetched in places. However, I found the book to be surprisingly well-written, for horror that was written in the late 1980s and I’m currently looking for more books by this author. I would give Dreamthorp by Chet Williamson an A!

A! – (90-95%)   

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

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