The first thing I want to say about this book is that the author is a stroke victim. Writing a book is a huge achievement for anybody, but it has been an added challenge for this author. At the beginning of all of his books, I love that he adds a stroke warning to all of his readers and a symptoms checklist. It’s a beautiful and public-spirited thing to do for others.
So, the story. It’s written from our teenager Simon’s POV but largely focuses on the decline of his cousin Joey.
The family exhibit their animals at the County fair, and it’s the event of the year. After a run of unpleasant incidents, it’s here that they first notice the change in Joey—he’s different.
When they get home, things only escalate. His dad buys him a mask, and Joey fixates on it—but by this point, the rot has already set in.
As we are pulled into a spiralling vortex of murder and unimaginable horror, the rest of the family is drawn in and implicated in the atrocities and mayhem.
The story is fast, and one incident leads to the next until the chaos abounds, and at the heart of it—is Joey. The odd child.
Seeped in 1970s nostalgia, the description of life in those halcyon days is sublime. Glick takes you back in time to small-town rural American easy-street—but then there’s Joey.
One not to be missed out on.
He is the author of three books:
There’s Something Wrong with Joey
Six Haunting Tales
Joey is his latest offering, and it’s one of the best horror stories mixed with seventies nostalgia that you’ll ever read.
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.