'Wink' has horrors both real and supernatural

'Wink' has horrors both real and supernatural

Eric W. Trant can write creepy.

"Wink," Trant's second novel, is a supernatural horror story that grabs you on page one and takes you for a wild ride until the last page. Besides the paranormal horrors that haunt the pages of Trant's work, he also deals with real-life horrors in "Wink": abusive parents, drug dealers, murder, gun violence and more.

If you enjoy Stephen King and Peter Straub, then you'll love Trant and want to put him on your radar.

"Wink" is set in a Gulf Coast town and revolves around the completely horrifying life of Marty, a 12-year-old boy who lives in a house full of junk, including the creatures that come with it: mice, snakes, spiders and more. His junkie mother hates him, mostly because he accidentally shot his older brother at home one day, putting him in a coma. She constantly threatens and hits him, and Marty never knows when she'll go into one of her episodes.

His father is absolutely no better. He's a drug dealer and just as abusive as, if not worse than, Marty's mom. He's also gone a lot of the time, leaving Marty alone with his mom, his comatose brother and the creatures in their house.

The house they live in used to be Marty's uncle's house; Marty went to live with Uncle Cooper after he shot his brother. Uncle Cooper was an interesting man with a glass eye, which he said held powers to keep the "boogerbears" away when he winked. Marty loved him, in spite of his quirks, and listened to everything the man warned him about the evil in the world.

When Uncle Cooper died, the house went to Marty's mom, and Marty's world turned upside down again.

One saving grace is Marty's neighbor, a young girl, Sadie Marsh, who was crippled in an accident that also killed her father. Her mom is a good, Christian woman, and doesn't want Sadie to befriend Marty, who lives in a house of evil. Eventually, Sadie's mom comes around, and Marty finds some refuge there.

But in a horror novel, no one is safe for long — from the paranormal beasts that kill people or from the human beasts (Marty's parents).

Marty often finds safety hiding in the attic, but weird things are starting to happen there, too. Even Sadie and her mom see the boogerbears, black-winged creatures, when they spy on the house from the safety of theirs.

One fateful night, everything unravels quickly, and Marty has to decide if he has the courage to do what Uncle Cooper instructed to save his "good" neighbors and defeat the evil in his own house.

Although "Wink" begins in the current reality, by the ending there's no doubt that this is part of the fantasy genre. As the story progresses, more supernatural elements are added until the explosive ending. If you enjoy suspending your disbelief, this novel is for you!

Trant has an interesting blog and website at http://diggingwiththeworms.blogspot.com, where he writes about his books, writing life and personal life. He is very open about being a father and husband, and about losing his 18-month-old son in May 2012.

Trant and his wife decided to donate the baby's organs to three recipients, and they openly discuss the tragedy they faced as well as their son's ability to save three lives that day when he passed away. Trant lives in Dallas with his daughter and son and a soon-to-be addition to the family as his wife is pregnant.

There's no doubt that he is an up-and-coming author. He's putting in the work to produce horror novels like the experts, and "Wink" is an excellent start to what readers will hope is a long career!

Margo L. Dill is the author of "Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg," a middle-grade historical fiction novel. She often reviews books as a columnist for "WOW! Women On Writing" e-zine and her blog, "Margo Dill's Read These Books and Use Them" (http://margodill.com/blog/). She lives in St. Louis with her family.

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