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Leech is hands down one of the most engrossing horror novels I’ve read in a really long time. The story begins with the death of the Baron’s physician in an isolated chateau in the desolate frozen North. The Interprovincial Medical Institute, the only practitioner of medicine in existence, sends another of its bodies as a replacement. When the physician arrives, however, they discover a parasitic infestation that threatens not only the chateau and its surrounding inhabitants, but also the very Institute itself.

Every chapter reveals not only a new aspect of the mystery surrounding the physician’s death, but a new aspect of how the very world these characters inhabit was built. Ennes somehow incorporates some of the best science fiction tropes with the atmospheric mystery inherent in classic gothic tales while also presenting the reader with some of the most horrifyingly graphic scenes I’ve ever read in my life.

Think The Thing meets Wuthering Heights meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers (with a little bit of David Lynch’s Dune thrown in). It’s an incredible read that I think both hard-core horror and science fiction fans alike will love.

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Author Hiron Ennes
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher Tordotcom
Publish Date 01-Sep-2022
ISBN 9781250811189 Buy this Book
Issue September 2022
Category Horror