An ancient snake-demon lays trapped behind the stone walls of an Incan prison, for centuries demanding blood sacrifices and scheming to escape. Then it discovers a pathway into the world of men, forging itself into a malevolent 357 Colt Python, and making itself capable of incomparable destruction and misery. Through decades it torments, decimates, the unfortunate people whose lives it comes into until a loving married couple, Emily and Sam Walters, have enough love and faith–and the help of a mysterious priest who’s much more than he appears to be–to fight against and destroy it forever…and to send it back to hell where it belongs.
Review: Ms. Meyer Griffith leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat with this horror story. Because horror is defiantly what this story is.
To find the origins of Blood Forge we have to travel back to 1530 Peru, where we find a snake demon locked in an Incan Prison. The demon ends up escaping and latches itself onto a 357 Colt Python forged by a gun maker who sees the snake and a pentagram attached and quickly rids him of the gun.
As we journey through history with this gun we find that anyone that is in procession of it has their lives ruined as the gun wreaks havoc in its path. Destroying those that own it, I guess now one really owns the gun as we soon discover that the gun controls and actually owns you.
A man by the name of David Willows had the gun while in the Korean War/Conflict. One day his whole patrol is killed. As it is investigated it is said that he was just under stress causing him to kill his patrol. David shipped the gun to his mom and dad’s where is lay around collecting dust till it fell in the hands of a junk dealer. This junk dealer through it in his truck where is eventually ended up along the side of the road somewhere.
Over the years it ends up in the hands of many people all who’s lives where destroyed because of this gun. The destruction and still no one knew why.
As the tension builds throughout the story you find yourself wanting to reach in and smack someone just to get their attention all the while screaming at them to leave the gun alone.
We will fast forward to a small town that could be any small town across America. The gun finds its way into the local police department and right into the hands of Roger. Roger hasn’t been the most upstanding cop. He has cheated on his wife Sandy even beating her up a few times. Sandy wanting just to be loved finds comfort in the arms of another cop Tom. When Roger finds out about the two of them he goes into a jealous rage killing Tom. While in jail he commits suicide all the while spouting what most thought to be nonsense about snakes.
As we near the end of the story the gun ends up in the hands of fellow cop Sam Walters and his loving wife Emily. Emily must have realized something wasn’t quite right because she started to piece together the destruction of the gun as it started to control her husband.
Emily finds help when she goes to Father Gabriel with her strange story. As she explains what she believes Father Gabriel actually believes what she has to say.
Ms. Meyer Griffith has written a horror story that is not for the faint of heart and leaves you gripping the edge of your seat as you set upon the path of destruction left by the gun. It almost seems as if everyone is connected in some small way.
I loved the way she had the characters interact with the gun. Making it seem more real, more alive so that the story seemed more believable. I felt it was actually quite possible for the gun to be processed. Makes you think twice about buying an old antique gun. Especially one with a snake on it or a 357 Colt Python doesn’t it?
Ms. Meyer Griffith takes what we have heard for so long on the news every night; about guns not killing people but in fact people are the ones that kill people because they after all are the ones that pull the trigger to a whole new level as we find that this gun does kill people.
If you love the horror genre or just a well written story that leaves you grasping for more with every turn of the page I feel that you will most definitely love Blood Forge.