A surreal and suspenseful nightmare, Doll Island (Source Point Press) adds to the slasher ingredients with such unrelenting vigor. Raw and gritty, Doll Island translates everything you love about ’80s teen slasher movies into a pulse-pounding read.
Located off the coastal beaches of an idyllic small town, a fabled island draws the curiosity of a tight-knit group of friends. Considered nothing more than a local ghost story, hardly anyone in the town gives more than a passing, shuddering thought to the strange dolls nailed to the thick, ancient trunks of the darkly wooded little isle.
Here are 5 reasons why you should read Doll Island:
5) Slasher Movies!
Imagine having fun with the typical slasher movie setup, with a dash of sexual overtones. Then adding the raw intensity of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and creating an original killing machine much like the modern cult classic, Hatchet, did. Put all these ingredients together and you get Doll Island!
4) The Writing!
Writer Mira Mortal quickly establishes the fun and raunchy camaraderie among the group of sex-driven teens, led by Rach and Parker. Mortal then takes the suspense to another level once the narrative gets to the Doll Island. Mortal’s lettering captures the mystery of the island and the weirdness of the setting.
3) The Artwork!
Artist D.N.S. has fun picking out references from popular culture, especially with the wardrobe. Ange is wearing the red and green sweater from A Nightmare on Elm Street and CJ has on the yellow shirt Charlie Brown is seen with. The jaw-dropping kill scenes are gory and brutal in their extreme closeups and crooked angles.
2) The Colors!
Visually, you don’t associate pink tones to go with horror. The pink tones highlight the page’s surrealistic atmosphere and the hallucinatory landscape when the slasher pops up. Notice how the gray shades add to the shadowy backgrounds.
1) A Fun Slasher!
A nostalgic throwback to exploitation cinema, Doll Island is impressively visceral from start to finish. Horror fans should definitely pick this one up!
Doll Island arrives in stores on December 18th, 2019.