I love the Horror Genre. Unfortunately, it seems to be populated with so much garbage that when I find that rare gem, I really don’t want to let go of it. Ray Garton’s The New Neighbor is just one of those gems.
The book opens up with an article from The Global Inquisitor, recounting tales of murder and rage. It skips to a year later in trailer park with a woman named Connie Padgett packing her bags to leave her husband. We learn that he has been having an affair with another woman. The new woman in her husband’s life has two large dogs named Cain and Abel.
The main story centers on the Pritchard family: George, Robby, and George’s second wife, Karen. When the new neighbor, Lorelle Dupree moves in, their happy little life turns upside down. Lorelle has two large dogs named Sodom and Gomorrah, and she makes Christina Hendricks look like a troll.
Before Lorelle moved into the neighborhood, the Pritchard’s had a decent marriage. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a good marriage. After she moves in, though, they might as well live in Newark because everything goes to Hell. George starts to fantasize about Lorelle, and so does his son.
This is a great horror novel that not only sets out to make the reader think, but also keeps you on the edge of your seat until it is over. It was inspired by the legend of Lilith. Unlike many other writers who use Lilith in their stories, Lorelle is not a vampire (thankfully), but this shows Mr. Garton’s intellect in Biblical lore, and I suppose that’s why he teases us with the duality of Cain and Able/Sodom and Gomorrah: he wants us to think about what the story represents, and its origins, and not just that it is a Horror novel.