“Spore” by Tamara Jones is a Wicked Ride of Chills

Published: June 2, 2015; Samhain Publishing, Ltd. | Amazon | Goodreads

Abandon hope all ye who enter here. 

Dante Alighieri would’ve suffered a heart attack were he to read Spore. Let me tell you, this story is not for the faint of heart. But if you’re the type to gorge on Walking Dead, Supernatural, or Hannibal, then you can take this rowdy ride.

It’s not every day the dead come back to life, stumbling naked through your yard, even if you are a comic book artist for a gory graphic novel like Sean Casey, who wakes up every day after a fresh nightmare of blood and violence, which turns out to be much more than imagination.

Bad-Assery Level 10

First of all, the dead people don’t try to bite or chase Sean, which scratches out the possibility of them being zombies. Instead, these people didn’t even know that they had already died. And aside from the initial confusion, these people, soon called “Spores” bring with them long-buried secrets, forgotten memories, and ground-breaking discoveries.

One of the things that gripped me was the array of wonderful, sympathetic, and badass characters in the novel. Sean Casey is no simpering coward. Though similarly confused at the strange phenomenon in his backyard, he tries to help the Spore people find their homes and get to the bottom of the mystery.

With him is his wife, Mare, who curses like a sailor and is as tough as one, too. Mare is no damsel in distress, and she certainly has her heart in the right place when she took it upon herself to help Mindy, one of the Spore people, when the latter was turned away from her own home. Mare also has to deal with Sean’s clingy, germaphobe mother.

And Mindy? Pretty and kind, she’s no helpless little girl either. It’s tough when you find out your husband might have something to do with your death, but it’s tougher to find out that he still wants to kill you again!

Caution: Sleepless Nights

I admit I had clammy hands when I read “Spore”. My phone kept slipping and I had to constantly rub it dry against my blanket. Yup, it kept me up at night and I don’t regret it. I just couldn’t sleep without finding out where the Spore people came from and why they were freakin’ alive!

And the villain? I can’t even begin to describe how I feel towards this evil. Every good story has a memorable villain. I don’t want to spoil, but I’m telling you right now – Spore’s villainous characters are ones you’ll hate with every fiber of your being. They depict the darkest recesses of the human psyche.

Tamara Jones has expertly drawn out the strength of human bonds and the depravity of human souls.

If you’re wondering how Spore came to be, check out my interview with the author herself.  Tammy was fun to chat with, and is definitely as interesting as her spine-chilling stories.

P.S. When you read “Spore” at night and alone, do check your yard for mysterious beings from time to time.

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