The Hollows

Angry Robot. Nov. 2022. 464p. ISBN 9781915202383. pap. $16.99. HORROR
DEBUT As a snowstorm descends on the small village of Barsall in the Peak District, the frozen body of local Tony Harper is found by teenagers. It appears that he drank too much and froze to death. But as police constable Ellie Cheetham investigates, she’s puzzled by the details of where and how he was found, with a knife frozen in his hand—Tony used his fists, not a knife. Then there’s the mysterious marking left near the body, which seems to stop the Harper matriarch in her tracks, although she won’t say why. Meanwhile, smashed windows and missing people are also occupying Ellie. The culprits, however, are far more monstrous and destructive than she could imagine as creatures ransack the village during the snowy nights, determined to awaken ancient gods.
VERDICT Folk horror meets small-town police procedural with a side of revenge and redemption as police constable Ellie and a likable group of ragtag helpers work together to stop the end of the world.
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