The Buried King by Thomas KS Wake (Emerge #5)
Deep in the Canadian wilderness, a high-end resort is nearing its completion.
An ancient entity trapped in the soil. Waiting. Hungering. Hating.
A village elder blinded by grief sets out to unleash the ageless power upon those who crossed him, his people, and his family.
When our modern world comes face to face with the power of the old, we realize we are not the kings of this world. We never were.
Fear What Lurks Below!
Many generations ago the Iñupiat people locked away a monstrous being that towards over the land and preyed upon humans, sealing this gargantuan beast deep underground where it could never devour another man ever again. Fast forward to our current time, and the Iñupiat have been swindled out of their sacred grounds by businessman looking to create the next biggest resort deep in the Canadian woods. Unknown to these men, their disrespect for the land and it’s people will spell out their untimely demise at the hands of something you or I could ever fathom. The Buried King is folk horror done right. Well researched, a topic I have never seen used before in horror, fleshed out characters, and fantastic pacing. Not to mention Thomas KS Wake figured out how to fit so much into such a tiny package! Usually something that felt this huge would take hundreds of pages to convey well, but Wake used his writing magic to fit it all into a short story that should take less than an hour to read from cover to cover. D&T’s Emerge program has introduced me to yet another rising star I’ll be keeping my eye on. If you haven’t been keeping up with the Emerge series on godless, now would be the time! Every month a brand spanking new author is published for their very first time. Check out these budding writers, you may end up finding the next big indie sensation!
Ancient evil awakens
This is an excellent example of folk horror with an added bonus of revenge. The author did a wonderful job of bringing the smells and sights of the forest alive in your mind. The Buried King is a terrifying ancient evil and will eat you alive. I particularly enjoyed the description of what happens when it eats you alive.
The Buried King
Ray along with his guide Olivia make the hike to a building site. This site just happens to be a resort that Ray has worked hard for over the last seven years. Relishing in his dream soon changes to concern when he learns the natives have been sneaking into the construction site at night. What are they up to and are his troubles just beginning? When details unfold about why Torngarsuk would visit the site and sing I had a feeling things were going to get rough. The construction workers and Ray had no idea what was in store for them. One man’s grief and desire for revenge releases something so powerful and astonishing! This was an enjoyable read for me. It’s a short but still had a lot of detail in the pages. I wanted to know what was coming next and could feel the despair the construction workers and Ray felt while the ancient being was doing its thing. If you enjoy a dark read and evil ancient beings, you need to check this one out. Very gripping!
Better get this one while it’s hot!
Have you ever read a book where you get so caught up in it that it gets to the end and you’re like, “holy shit! Where did that come from and where did the time go?” Well, look no further than THE BURIED KING by Thomas KS Wake! Ray, the visionary resort mastermind and Olivia, his “faithful” guide, are making the trek to the still remote and being built resort. In the middle of nowhere, the resort is 6 months from being completed. The problem is, Ray did a bit of loopholing and the native tribes around the resort are none too happy about it. What starts out as the resort of a lifetime, turns into a blood soaked nightmare. This is my first by Thomas and I can tell you, it won’t be the last. It feels researched, which to someone like me, is appreciated. The characters are fleshed out in such a short amount of pages and does not slack on violence or gore. With that being said, it isn’t overly violent so anyone on the spectrum of horror can love this. I freaking loved it. I need more from this author and I am about to hunt down all I can from him!