The Slab : Book Review

Tamarind Valley may seem like the quintessential Southern California suburb, filled with tree-lined streets and playing children and rolling acres of comfortable houses...but in reality, it is one scary, scary  place to live.

First, there was THE HOUSE BEYOND THE HILL--an old, ramshackle place tucked far away on a secluded lane where no one can easily find it...but where Fear itself comes to visit, likes what it finds, and stays to kill.

Then there was THE SLAB--where something went horribly wrong during the construction of an otherwise typical subdivision...and one house quietly consumes family after family that dares to live in it.


And now there is STATIC!--where two neighbors first experience friendship, then face fear, and finally spiral unknowingly and unwillingly into the ultimate in electronic identity theft...and replacement.

Feel free to visit Tamarind Valley. You may find thrills and chills, villains and victims, corruption, damnation...and, just perhaps, redemption.

Yes, do feel free any time to visit Tamarind Valley. Each time I visited, I met intriguing characters, explored unsettling landscapes, and spent long hours working through the darkness into the light. Emerging was a relief...but I did so enjoy visiting there.

However, I strongly recommend that you don't plan on living there.




Michael R. Collings is an Emeritus Professor of English at Seaver College, Pepperdine University. He has written over one hundred and twenty books, including multiple volumes of poetry, novels, collections of short fiction, bibliographies, and studies of the writers Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Piers Anthony, and Brian W. Aldiss. Many of his books have been published by the Borgo Press Imprint of Wildside Press. He lives and works in Idaho.


This scored 3.5 out of 5 on Amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down, March 4, 2011
This review is from: The Slab (Paperback)
I finished this book the same day that I started it. The Slab reminded me of Stephen King's Misery--both of them compelled me to keep reading, despite the horror. I had to know what happened. I found myself holding my breath as I raced through pages of suspense. Collings has crafted a roller coaster of emotion for his readers, artfully playing upon our fears and sympathies for his characters. If you are easily spooked, don't read this alone at night. No matter your brand of horror--real life or supernatural--Collings weaves them all through this disturbing tale. In a word: Riveting. In a sentence: One seriously messed up tale.







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