Something’s Killing the Children

by: James Tynion IV

A wild ride.

Something’s Killing the Children is a gritty, bloody horror that pulls you in right from the beginning. James is having a sleepover when an innocent game of truth-or-dare turns deadly. He tells them about a monster he saw and then it’s decided to go looking for it in the ravine.

James is the only one who survives that night.

You see, Archer’s Peak has a problem: children have been going missing and many are found dead. It’s the monster that did it, although James tells the cops that he didn’t see anything. Adults can’t see the monster anyway.

That’s when Erica shows up, a strong young woman with a job to do: kill the monster and save the kids. Or at least that’s what she hopes to do if the octopus doesn’t hinder her any further. So far she’s good at it, but the lives she can’t save obviously weigh on her.

James wants to help but he’s not a monster hunter, he’s just a kid thrown into a horrible situation. As if having the boy he was interested in suddenly torn apart, he’s now seen as a suspect, a freak and by some of the student body, a perverted murderer. He’s a character you really feel for because after reading this, I just want to wrap this kid in a blanket and keep him safe.

The writing is amazing, every character is distinct in a way that goes beyond the fact they all look different. They have different voices, different ways of speaking, of just being on the page. And it’s all paired with some truly amazing art.

Usually, gory horror isn’t my thing but this was a perfect blend of gore, story, and art. The three worked in sync to bring the best version of the story possible. I will absolutely recommend this to hardcore horror fans and to those just dipping their toes in the water. It’s worth the time to read, and earns a solid five stars.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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