Thursday, January 09, 2014

Family Night by Tim Miller Book Review

by Tim Miller

Anyone who knows me knows I love my horror and this will make a quick change to my Zombie-esk reviews...well just for a bit anyway.

I have already read one of Tim Millers books Dark Exorcist so when I was really looking forward to reading this brand new horror.

In 2010, one of the most grisly discoveries in Texas history was made. Numerous body parts and human remains were found on an abandoned farm near San Antonio. Very little information was made public, until now.

Eddie Mason is a family man. But his is not your typical family. With a wife at home who belittles and ridicules him at every turn, he has sought other means of satisfaction.

With his teenage daughter Brandi, and small son Jeffrey, he teaches them the most horrifying of rituals. Using his kids as bait, Eddie captures his victims and takes his children on a journey of torture, cannibalism and mayhem. Learn what the Masons do on Family Night.

Family Night will take you on a horrific rollercoaster. It was so grisly I simply couldn't put this book down and blasted through the 115 pages in one sitting. It has shot to my most horrific and sadistic read list. Those of you that are squeamish or have nightmares after reading horrors, this is NOT for you. But those that love horror and I mean REAL HORROR; buy it now and dont stop reading.

Tim has produced a real evil character; Eddie a normal every day weedy guy to you and I, who is continually ridiculed by his quite obnoxious wife. But Eddie is not who he seems, he has a very sick and twisted way to pass his time. This deranged man has involved his 2 children into his sick rituals and this book is certainly NOT for the feinthearted. 
I wasn't so much as shocked by Eddie, but by the reactions of the 2 children, particularly his daughter and how she has evolved into a smaller version of her father without any compassion a normal young girl should have.
Gruesome is an understatement, its disturbing, gritty and very dark and sadistic. These 2 children are very much up for joining their father in his night time games. Their behavior becomes increasingly disturbing when they not only take great pleasure in being used as bait but both enjoy actively joining in!
This reminded me of the family in the Chainsaw massacre it has similar feel with its unfeeling sadism and cruelty and tight knit family.
This is so well written and is an explosive fast paced read, that you simply cannot put down. If it were a film you would be behind a large cushion with the light on. What makes this even more disturbing and horrific is that there are no zombies, bogeymen or vampires these are a normal on the outside people with some extremely disturbing behaviors.
Tim has perfected Eddie with his sadism brought on by his hatred of women (namely his wife). But maintains the caring father towards his 2 children who he clearly loves. Tim's victims have a believable balance of being tough at the start and surcoming to their fate at the end. Its scarily realistic...and are what nightmares are made of...! 
The ending was just perfect for this storyline and not what I was expecting at all. How can Tim improve on this.....I cant wait to see....but it will be behind a cushion.

WARNING; Not for the faint hearted.

If you want to read the story behind the mask see Tim's site HERE
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Author Bio

 Tim Miller has studied various religions, as well as psychology and has worked in several fields involving the study of human behavior. After serving four years in the U.S. Marines, Tim spent six years working in corrections and social services. He currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife and their children.
Tim became a fan of horror as a teenager. At the age of fourteen he would often read Stephen King books while listening to Iron Maiden on his head phones. He would write short stories to entertain himself and his friends. You can visit Tim's website at

All my thanks to Tim for sending me a copy free of charge for this review.
My views and opinions are all my own.
 Please take a peek at my other Tim Miller Book review

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