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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Watch is a horror story written by Cass J. McMain. Corky is not terribly thrilled to hear that her Uncle Moony is dying and has asked to see her. Uncle Moony had been a father figure for her as she was growing up, ever since her own father had gone away. She arranged for a week's leave at the bookstore where she worked and started on the 6-hour trip home. Uncle Moony had been obsessed with vampires and had amassed a huge collection of vampire books, which he was leaving to her. When she arrived at the hospice, her rather unpleasant cousins Pam and Bruce were waiting for her. Uncle Moony was out of it more than there in the room with her while she visited, but he made her promise to read 'the book.' It meant life or death, he said. He also gave her a large silver cross, which had been her mother's, and an ornate silver mirror.
Cass J. McMain's vampire story, Watch, is dark, fantastic and intense. Corky's visit with her dying uncle opens up a whole new world for her as fantasy and reality converge in a strange place. Her uncle's journal seems to answer a lot of questions about her long-absent father, but she can't really tell if it isn't all the ravings of an unbalanced mind. I loved reading the passages from Moony's journal and especially enjoyed the part of the book that covered Moony and Edgar's childhood. McMain's writing style is fluid and composed, and reading Watch became a compulsion. I just didn't want to stop until I had reached the end, and then I was sorry it was over. Watch is a macabre little gem of a book. It's sly and may get you caught up in its web if you aren't watching. Watch is highly recommended.