The Beast of Loughby Island by Matt Doyle

A young man named Tom Daniels is kidnapped by a local family and is dropped on Loughby Island in an attempt to 'clean up their streets'.

When the family that dropped Tom off is slaughtered by a werewolf-like creature, he soon finds himself banding together with a small group of the island's residents in a fight for their lives against an otherworldly monster.

PUBLISHER: Fractured Mirror Publishing
YEAR: 2023
LENGTH: 122 pages
AGE: Adult
GENRE: Horror

Queer Rep Summary: Lesbian/Sapphic Secondary Character(s), Trans Secondary Character(s).

*I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review of this book. 

THE BEAST OF LOUGHBY ISLAND is a tightly-written horror story set on a small island. A werewolf-like creature has begun menacing and killing the island's inhabitants, starting with a xenophobic family who just finished dropping off their kidnap victim. The focus shifts between characters as they're stalked in turn and try to figure out what's going on as the bodies pile up. 

It's been a long time (if ever) since I read a straight-up monster story that isn't also a romance. There's a strong sense of place, and time to get a sense of most of the characters before their messy ends. This is a good read, and a quick one. 

Graphic/Explicit CW for blood, gore, violence, gun violence, injury detail, torture, death.

Moderate CW for cursing, classism, kidnapping, confinement.

Minor CW for xenophobia, racism, transphobia, excrement.

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