"A compelling story"
Ten years ago Erin rescued Mickey a dwarf from four
punks. They moved in together. Five years later, Mickey
met a weeping dwarf Isolde and invited her to move in as
their cook. A third dwarf Beau joined the family later
on. Then there are the midget twins, Patrick and Sarah,
Erin's older siblings to round out the family living in a
former circus wagon turned into a cottage in Hester, New
York. Erin is the income maker bringing in cash through
phone sex with her clients.
Erin finds the circus canvasses that adorn the walls of the
cottage quite magical especially when she dreams of
escaping the bondage of her now bed ridden body. When she
sleeps, Erin's spirit joins the canvas animals roaming
Hester as predators in search of human prey. Erin has no
problem with the hunt. When she was fifteen, she
overpowered and drowned her parents with no remorse as her
father sexually abused her. Now apparent innocents are
dying leaving behind mutilated bodies. Witnesses insist
nothing was there that could have caused the mangling of a
person in front of them.
PHANTOM FEAST is a supernatural thriller that starts slowly
allowing the audience to distinguish the varying individual
personalities of the family members especially the
individual psychological longings (though the twins are not
quite as delineated). Once the background and
individualism is established, the compelling plot turns
into paranormal mode at very rapid speed especially when
the spirits of the canvassed animals and Erin begin their
nocturnal killing spree. Diana Barron provides horror fans
with an exciting psychological and supernatural thriller.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 5, 2003