Book Review: NIGHTMARE IN THE WOODS by A.H. Verge
Let’s start with the negative stuff and get it out of the way. Mr. A.H. is obviously not a professional writer. At times it is painfully obvious. The wonders of the Internet and modern technology now allow anyone to become a published author, sans editorial oversight. This is both a good and a bad thing. In this case, NIGHTMARE IN THE WOODS is in desperate need of a good editor, not necessarily to alter the content of the book but to remove all the typos, grammatical mistakes, and awkward phraseology. Also, the title is misleading. While I have no doubt the experiences related by the author were terrifying to him (if they really happened), the Bigfoot that was troubling his family in the story never did anything harmful to anyone. And, again, if the story is true, it had plenty of opportunities to do so. Thus we may infer that, regardless of the author’s fears, the creature’s intentions were peaceful, or at the worst it was guilty of displaying a simultaneous curiosity and a desire to be left alone. A CURIOUS ENCOUNTER IN THE WOODS would then have been a more honest title; or CURIOUS ENCOUNTERS, plural, as there were several.
All this being said, the book, though short, is quite enjoyable. It manages to capture an almost wistful longing, a feeling of nostalgia. The author does a good job of taking the reader back in time to his childhood in the 70s, when his family experienced a few close encounters with a Sasquatch. It put a smile on my face, reading it. If you were around back then, and/or if you fondly recall the days of your youth when the woods were a magical, spooky place filled with monsters and all sorts of oddities waiting to be discovered, I predict you’ll like this book, too.