The Complex

 The Complex - Brian Keene 5/5 Stars

     I received a copy of The Complex from Deadite Press but had a huge backlog of stuff to get through. It taunted me though because this is a Brian Keene novel and I'm a huge fan of his. Forget all the labels and just focus instead on the writing. Keene knows horror. He knows how to pull you into a story and he does that by giving you characters that you actually care about. That's the strength of The Complex. It's a violent novel that focuses less on the why this is happening, and more on the how do they survive this. As you read it you may have more than a few questions, but it doesn't really matter because seeing these people survive the ordeal is far more important than why there are violent naked people wandering around killing people.

      If you're a fan of splatterpunk, or horror this is a solid addition to your collection. Yes, we've all read novels of this type before but what saves it from being a rehash of everything you've already read is Keene's writing style. He pulls you into the story and you don't simply read it you feel as if you're right there with the characters. It's a lot of fun to read and reminds us that horror can be violent but also fun to read. The plot is simple but in your face That's what makes this so good. Sometimes its the simplicity that makes a horror novel so good. If you've never read a Keene novel before this a good place to start.