Epeolatry Book Review: Reunion Special by Carson Winter


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Title: Reunion Special
Author: Carson Winter
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Independent
Release Date: 14th October, 2020

Synopsis: No one’s ever seen “Deserted”. But people talk about it.

The “reality television event that never was” crashed before it ever took off. Now, all that survives is snippets—images of contestants staring off into space, the heads of snakes peering out from the backs of their throats. Eighteen years later, host Edgar Reyes invites them back to the island for a reunion special. But as the truth begins to slither out, the host and contestants question who’s really pulling their strings.

I’ve never really cared for most reality television. I mean, I love The Great British Baking Show and Kitchen Nightmares, and occasionally something like American Ninja. But, not most of the others, like singing and dancing competitions. And, every year there seems to be a new—even more bonkers than the last—dating reality show.

Not to mention the show that kicked off all the fervor for the reality show craze: Survivor.

I understand how it drew an audience (drama, scenery, scantily clad twenty-somethings, hijinks), but I could never stomach how fake everything seemed. I’ve always wondered what would happen if  real “bad stuff” started happening to the contestants. Like, Jimmy’s body washes up on the beach, but the producers decide to keep rolling and not call the authorities.

Guess what! Carson Winter delivered on this morbid curiosity with his book, Reunion Special. In his story, the Survivors of a gameshow never aired, and then get back together on another deserted island. An eerie feeling moves throughout the tale, that something is not right about this production.

Reading Reunion Special gave me the same sort of willies I got from creepy pastas years ago. And hint by hint, Carson leads us deeper in the secrets behind the production of the lost series. He captures the same surreal experience of stories like Crystal Cove, which dug into my brain and resurfaced in a nightmare. Within this original and capital-W weird situation, the author created perfectly placed visceral scares, and well-crafted and believable characters.

I highly recommend checking out Carson’s novel. You won’t be disappointed. Oh, I’m now more afraid of snakes. (Thanks Carson. 😊)

 out of 5 ravens.

Available from Amazon.

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