The Final Gate by Wesley Southard & Lucas Mangum

Brandon’s younger brother, Bryce, has disappeared from St. Luke’s Orphanage. Partnered with his girlfriend, the two seek out the institute located beyond the city walls near an ominous isolated wooded area. The mystery of the missing boy instantly spirals into a vortex of horrific secrets. These obscure truths lead to a living depravity eager to be unleashed. – “Woe be unto him who opens one of the seven gates to Hell, because through that gateway, evil will invade the world.”

Let’s begin with the introduction. The Guru of Italian Gore…The Doctor of Death Metal himself…Ryan Harding sets the appropriate tone by providing the reader with a brief history of the Italian film industry and the purpose behind this anticipated collaboration of Wesley Southard & Lucas Mangum.

The inventive pair creates an atmosphere full of nightmares, nighttime shadows and creaking floorboards. These visionary offerings begin to form the foundation for what trepidations will follow. Gods and Devils subsequently convert into one, as a heinous evil beyond comprehension emerges from the murky darkness. Thus a supernatural religious entity becomes a developing manifestation within the storyline. The usage of the shambling undead, depictions of maggot infested orifices and revolting flesh-eating corpses all bind together for a nauseating Italian horror experience for the reader.
This writing duo successfully involves sights, sounds and stylistic tropes of vintage Italian horror flicks into their collaboration. I could actually hear the dense music being played by Goblin while reading their fictional creation. Both authors ceremoniously regurgitate the black bile represented by classic directors Fulci, Bava and Argento. The end result is a fictional piece of perfection entitled The Final Gate.
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A 4 / 5 🧟‍♂️ 🧟‍♂️ 🧟‍♂️ 🧟‍♂️ Horror Bookworm Review Recommendation

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