At one time or another, we’ve all heard of Rhett & Link, the goofy duo eating foods they shouldn’t and bathing in liquids we’d never dreamed of. This last October, the pair turned to a new endeavor: their first horror novel. Co-written, the novel was released just days before Halloween in 2019.
Read this synopsis from Goodreads:
“It’s 1992 in Bleak Creek, North Carolina, a sleepy little place with all the trappings of an ordinary Southern town: two Baptist churches, friendly smiles coupled with silent judgments, and a seemingly unquenchable appetite for pork products. Beneath the town’s cheerful façade, however, Bleak Creek teens live in constant fear of being sent to The Whitewood School, a local reformatory with a record of putting unruly teens back on the straight and narrow—a record so impeccable that almost everyone is willing to ignore the mysterious deaths that have occurred there over the past decade.
At first, high school freshmen Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson believe what they’ve been told—that the students’ strange demises were all tragic accidents. But when the shoot for their low-budget horror masterpiece, PolterDog, goes horribly awry—and their best friend, Candice Boykins, is sent to Whitewood as punishment—Rex and Leif are forced to question everything they know about their unassuming hometown and its cherished school for delinquents.
Eager to rescue their friend, Rex and Leif pair up with recent NYU film school grad Janine Blitstein to begin piecing together the unsettling truth of the school and its mysterious founder, Wayne Whitewood. What they find, with Candice’s life hanging in the balance, will leave them battling an evil beyond their wildest teenage imaginations—one that will shake Bleak Creek to its core.”
The characters in the novel are loosely based off of Rhett and Link themselves, as the two speak about quite frequently in the marketing of the novel. You can listen to the pair’s podcast “Ear Biscuits” below and hear about how their childhood informed the novel.
This novel is one of fun, camp, and some scary moments. While I believe it is evident, that the duo are not writers, this novel was a fun ride. Any fan of the pair must make this a quintessential text for their TBR list. If I was not a fan of the two and only judging the novel upon its designation in the “horror” category of fiction and the writing prowess, it would be a solid three Cthulhu read, but the novelty of my favorite YouTubers writing this book with self-influenced characters, bumped it into a four range for me.(4 / 5)