Not extremely terrifying, but a good adventure nonetheless. It almost feels like how Stephen King would write if he was marinated in popular geek culture growing up. There’s some anachronistic elements, namely the Wraith and to a lesser extent the Triumph, to anchor the story in some semblance, it seems to me, of maturity. To prevent it to from going all fantasy, spaceships and an overload of nerdiness.
I have to say Hill writes very well. This is my first real Hill novel, after all, and the excellent Locke and Key was not an indication of his ability at prose. I have always maintained that King’s writing was horrendously underrated – I felt he wrote better than a lot of ‘commercial’ writers. I need to look up if his son was held to the same standard or higher prose-wise, but I thought he wasn’t bad at all.