Book Review: Inferno Park by J.L. Bryan

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Inferno Park
by J.L. Bryan
Publication date: August 13th 2014
Category: YA
Genre: Horror
Source: Personal purchase

My Rating:

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Carter was only twelve when he witnessed the disaster that killed more than a hundred people at Starland Amusement Park. Five years later, Carter’s hometown is no longer a busy Florida panhandle resort, but a slowly dying town full of empty motels and attractions rusting behind chains and padlocks.

Now something evil stirs in the ruins of the old amusement park…something with an alluring siren song drawing visitors into the dark mysteries of the forbidden world behind the gate. Something with an appetite for restless, yearning souls.

Carter reluctantly returns to the old park in the company of a new girl in town, who is obsessed with urban decay and pop-culture ruins, and discovers the evil at work. To stop it, and protect the children of the town, Carter will have to face his oldest and deepest fears.

~My Thoughts~

Starland Amusement Park is the major tourist attraction in Conch City, located in the panhandle of Florida. Twelve-year-old Carter and his best buddy, Jared, are happy to be hanging out there the week before school starts up. That is until a tragic event kills more than a hundred people inside the park while they watch. The park is shut down for good, and with it all the booming businesses around it. Conch City is quickly leveled to a ghost town. Five years later, Carter wants nothing more than to finish high school and get the hell out of dodge. On the 5th anniversary of the disaster, the evil lurking within the park beckons the remaining residents to come back inside for one last ride.

Inferno Park is a brilliantly written, vividly detailed, seriously creepy tale. It easily rivals the horrific tone of a Stephen King novel. I read a lot of zombie books, but I don’t think any have scared me as much as when I was reading this book. You know how you spend your life trying to find a movie that terrifies you as much as that first one you saw when you were a just a wee tot? The one that made you almost pee yourself? This book is the equivalent of that first real fright. I almost wish there would’ve been a hidden camera recording my facial expressions. As embarrassing as it might have been, I would have gladly posted it here for your entertainment.

I think I’ve been permanently scarred. I drove past a local carnival today with my kids and was afraid to even look in the direction of the parking lot. It’s a week before school starts, for crying out loud!

I highly recommend Inferno Park to all fans of horror! It’s full of mystery and terror that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. This one is going on my Favorite Reads of 2014 list.

~About the Author~


J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in the metro Atlanta sprawl with his wife Christina, where he spends most of his day servings the toddler and animal community inside his house. He is the author of the Paranormals series and the Songs of Magic series.

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