It had been a long time since I had read something by Christopher Golden but I did not hesitate to read “Snowblind.” This novel is a return to horror for Golden and is his first horror novel in over a decade.
One night, the small town of Coventry finds itself caught in the grips of the worst blizzard it has seen in years. This is not an ordinary blizzard, however, as there is something riding the winds. As the snow piles up, so do the deaths and disappearances as the demons that haunt the night take their victims. Families are torn apart as lives are lost and no one in the town emerges from the storm unscathed.
12 years later, a great storm is once more approaching Coventry and strange things are beginning to happen again. It seems that the spirits that haunt the ice are returning once more but there is more to it this time. This time they are hunting for something, or someone, and the residents of Coventry are left to fight for their lives as well as the souls of their loved ones.
In “Snowblind,” Christopher Golden captures both the magical and the horrific at the same time. Most of the works that I have read by Golden were more fantasy than horror and that element of the fantastic is definitely at play here. The creatures in the storm are otherworldly and evil but at the same time they have a magical feel to them as if they are enchanted creatures gone bad. Even in the midst of the terror of the storm, there is still an almost childlike sense of wonder to the story that is missing in most horror. This is not a gritty tale of terror even at its most terrifying point. There is an almost innocence to the story that is not common in modern horror.
Whether viewed as a work of horror or simply dark fantasy, “Snowblind” is a spellbinding novel of terror and magic. There is simplicity to the tale that belies the tangled web that it weaves that will trap the reader in the story and draw the reader toward the final end of the tale. Golden proves that he is a master storyteller that deserves a much wider recognition than he has received to this point. “Snowblind” is sure to cast its spell on any reader who is daring enough to face the darkness that lies within these pages.
I would like to give a special thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this advanced review copy. “Snowblind” is available now.