“You just don’t understand. But you soon will Jake. I’ll not return here until everyone you know and love is long in the ground. My work was almost done. Now I must hope that I have done enough.” Jake noticed a faint blue outline appear behind Smeets as the wind kicked up around him.
The trees whistled and strained as a gust whipped up along the hillside. To Jake, it felt like his ears had just popped as he saw the blue glow strengthen into the shape of a doorway. The big man put his cases on the floor, bowing his head and removing his dark glasses. He spoke as he looked at the ground, the wind blowing his coat around his long legs.
“Do you know why you’re stood here, Jake? This very minute?”
Suddenly unsure of himself, Jake hesitated. “No, why?” he shouted over the roaring wind.
“Because I wanted you to be. You are my gift to a friend. Now I must leave you.” He looked up at Jake, his red eyes penetrating the night. Jake’s mouth fell open as he swayed on his feet.
Smeets took two steps back, turning his head to the blackness behind him. “Enjoy him, Anya, for he is fresh and very healthy.” He walked backwards until he vanished from sight, the blackness swallowing him whole.
Jake took a step forward, dumbfounded. His mind a whirling maelstrom. He stopped in his tracks when another figure emerged from the void. He stared in horror at the figure, dressed in a dirty grey gown that fell almost to her white bony ankles, dark mottled blotches covering her bare arms. Her yellow eyes are searching out and finding Jake, who felt like the earth was tilting at a strange angle.
She smiled at the sight of him, her dirty canines filling her blackened mouth as she moved closer. He tried to move backwards, tripping on a fallen log and crashing into the crook of a small tree. She sensed an advantage and moved to within ten feet of Jake, edging closer to him with shuffling feet. He wanted to turn and flee, back to his car, back to the safety of his house where he could bar the doors from all this. He then remembered his friend who lay dead on his lounge floor.
Not even his house would keep him safe from this. He was brought back to reality as two hands seized the lapels of his coat. He looked into the eyes of the woman as they bored into his. The yellow light seemed to dance like firefly’s, slowly taking away his fears. He welcomed the inevitable. He could almost see himself floating in a red river as her face filled his vision. He was at peace as her hands yanked apart the material of his clothing, exposing the flesh underneath.
Two things happened at that moment.
Firstly, his ears were filled with the deafening sound of her screams. Second, his eyes were blinded by a flash of light from below as he felt the hold on him released. The woman staggered backwards, her hands in front of her face, trying to fend off the piercing light that threatened to engulf her. Jake tried to rub his eyes and blink away the fuzzy shapes that floated in his vision as he suddenly felt a searing pain on his chest, followed by the smell of roasting flesh and burning hair.
He tried to grab at whatever it was that was causing the pain, his fingers touching the pendant that hung there. He pulled his hand away at the intense heat, flapping his fingers in the cold air. The bright light had dissipated enough for him to see that the woman had made it over to the glowing blue doorway between the two trees, one hand resting on the trunk as she tried to recover her resolve.
“Next time we meet, you’re mine,” she hissed before turning to trudge into the blackness.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant Read By Sarah on 9 Sept. 2016
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Just finished reading this book. WOW brilliant. After a few chapters in I was hooked. You just want to keep reading to see what is going to happen next. Love the way you step in and out of different times/worlds without it being confusing. Not going to say anything about the story line as you need to get this book and read it for yourself. Very addictive and a must for any vampire/horror fans. Looking forward to more from Phil Price.
A great scare - Read this book but not if you need a restful nights sleep!!!
By No1Bookbabe on 15 Sept. 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
So unexpected, the start to this book. The mark of a great scary read is when the detail is not given in plain english but instead little hints and silent terror is woven through the chapters until your skin begins to crawl and you are reading through your fingers waiting for something to make you jump. And jump you do, several times as the many timelines that set the scene are slowly and masterfully brought together into a wonderful showdown. I don't want to add spoilers but it's safe to say that this book opens many doors to many different sequel opportunities and I am looking forward to reading the sequel. It was refreshing to read a vampire story that didn't focus on just the bloodletting but instead focussed on the fear of what could happen. That is much more effective and I am still shaking.....Read this book but not if you need a restful nights sleep!!!!
ByK.R. Roweon 4 August 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought Unknown not knowing what to expect and what a pleasant surprise. I was happy I did. As the first scene unfolded, I was drawn in by the visually descriptive writing. It was gruesome yet beautiful and hooked me instantly. I had to read on. The novel continues with the introduction of several characters and short snippets of their lives. It moves along to other times and other places and just when I started to wonder what was going on, the story started to coming together.
The author has a wonderful knack for storytelling. I was impressed with the interesting worlds he created and described in intricate detail. What a wonderful imagination. Not only were there vampires, demons, and strange beasts, there was also a lovely romance. I really enjoyed the ending but I do hope there is a sequel in the pipeline. Read it!