Blind Shadows by James A. Moore & Charles R. Rutledge
When a childhood friend of Sheriff Carl Price is murdered in the small town of Wellman, Georgia, Price and another friend, private investigator Wade Griffin, find themselves pulled into a dangerous and strange investigation. Moving from meth lab suspects to all-out horrors from outer dimensions, Price & Griffin face enemies who grow by number, size and lethality as the story builds. The duo also make interesting allies along the way.
Every character had a backstory, and that made for solid storytelling, character interaction and growth. The beats were steady, the stakes and suspense amped at the correct frequency. I liked the blending of little people of the earth with larger Lovecraftian gods.
The authors seem to gel well - I didn't really feel thrown out of the story by style change at any time.
This was a very enjoyable read, especially for the month of October. Good horror and a wild ride at the end.
I liked the various references to other horror & pulp characters and writers sprinkled throughout the tale. I bet there were more I didn't catch.
Looking forward to the sequel, Congregations of the Dead, already.