I love to read. I am a bookworm and a half. Every now and then I have a craving for a specific genre of literature. You know, sometimes romance, mystery, end-of-the-world sci-fi... Lately I have been craving caving fiction. So, I got out my copy of Jeff Long's The Descent.
If you've never read it, I highly recommend it. Not too gory, but just enough to add a feeling of uneasiness to the story.
Basically, it's this: We are not alone. But, it's not aliens from above that are infiltrating our world, it's demon-like creatures (called hadals) from below that creep up to kidnap, enslave and/or eat our people.
Once the world learns that there is a whole world underground that is inhabited by the enemy, they begin invading the caverns, tunnels and road systems down deep in the earth - searching for the hadals and, eventually, their rumored leader - Satan himself.
When I saw the previews for the movie, The Descent, I thought, "Woo hoo! I can't wait to see the book on screen!"
But, to my disappointment, it wasn't even based on his book. The only thing it had in common was being trapped underground with carniverous humanoids - and of course, the title.
Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the movie. It was downright gory, terrifying, and stomach-wrenching - and I don't normally like slasher films - but this one was well-made. Being a film major in college, I know how to study a film and see it's many parts, which helps me stay focused while watching and not get too caught up in the gory details. But it wasn't what I wanted. I wanted Jeff Long's story. I wanted to see what the hadals and the other characters looked like outside of my imagination.