American Elsewhere is a work of classic American horror.
It’s written with energy, verve and great imagination. It evokes both the unknowable, horrifying entities of Lovecraft and the terror-in-the-mundane that is Stephen King’s signature, but Bennett manages to create something unique.
Wink is the perfect American small-town, with town halls, sun-dresses, gossip, and surgical lawns. The main protagonist inherits property there, but soon begins to peel back the veneer of perfection to find the unspeakable.
The book skips along briskly with interesting characters and intriguing set pieces. My only complaint is that it drags ever so slightly in the climax.