Book Review: Creepers by Bryan Dunn

Think Tremors when a zany group of characters struggle to save their home after a genetically altered creeper vine invades a small desert town with an insatiable thirst… and a taste for human blood.

Doc Fletcher, an eccentric biologist in the remote Mojave Desert, has finally created the ultimate drought-tolerant plant: a genetically engineered creeper vine. It’s destined to change the world, but not according to Doc’s plans. Instead, this vine has a mind of its own. Mayhem ensues as the residents of Furnace Valley (pop. 16), along with campers at the nearby hot springs, run for their lives – led by wannabe date rancher Sam Rainsford and the nerdy yet gorgeous botanist Laura Beecham, who has come to the desert for a reunion with the father she has never known…


Creepers has all the makings of a B-side horror movie within its pages. There are strange monsters, a colorful cast of characters, and the right combination of horror and humor to keep you interested and turning the pages.

Furnace Valley isn’t everyone’s first choice when it comes to living the good life, but most of the residents have found their own particular way of dealing with it. Doc Fletcher invested his money into a home because of the seclusion, and the ability to work on his genetically engineered plants. Sam Rainsford wants to grow seedless dates on his farm, and of course, every small town has a store and gas station that has to be manned.

Doc Fletcher is striving to engineer a ground cover that is drought resistant. It would be a plant that would work as a creeping ground cover in the desert, with the intentions of eventually reworking the soil into something that could hold vegetation. It looks good on paper, but what happens if you can’t stop the plant from taking over everything?

Laura Beecham - a botanist - only came to Furnace Valley to reunite with her father, Doc Fletcher. When she arrives she is greeted with the plant that her father engineered, and its unquenchable thirst.

The creeper plant has been altered to aggressively seek out a source of water, and the plant doesn’t discriminate as to where that water comes from. Did you know that up to 60% of the human body is made of water?

Bryan Dunn has done a great job in inventive horror, and I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for an action-packed off-beat horror story.

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