When Jake, a shy fourth grader, starts a fire in the woods behind his school that gets away from him, he's punished and forgiven. But his life is never the same. Three years after the incident, the dreams begin. Dreams of flames and a strange creature Jake calls The Melting Man. Waiting and watching with an insidious grin, it lures him deeper and deeper into his darkest fears, and closer to an otherworld of fire and torment. And then, Jake begins to see The Melting Man wherever he goes.Come with me, Jake...Come and see...As his dreams bleed into waking life, Jake realizes he's being dragged toward a very real apocalypse, and that The Melting Man's powers are growing stronger. Asleep, awake, or trapped between the two, Jake must fight to understand not only who and what The Melting Man is and what the dreams mean, but how this creature and Jake's mysterious family legacy ties into a disturbing, violent and enigmatic film associated with his father, a failed screenwriter.But there may be no way to stop what has already begun...because this is a new nightmare...a new terror...a new Flesh...
The New Flesh by Keith Deininger struck a wrong chord with me right at the start. I couldn't blithely accept the whole violent porn-film-making right at the start and didn't want to. The plot just kept going downhill for me. While it was setting up the horror part of the novel, I couldn't get beyond my initial disgust and it just got worse. Although I normally only accept copies of novels I think I will appreciate, I am sorry but I can't recommended The New Flesh.
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of DarkFuse via Netgalley for review purposes.