A nostalgic celebration of horror, friendship and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn.
When I first laid eyes on Meddling Kids after it landed in my inbox I was like yes I am here for this so I was thrilled to receive a copy from TitanBooks. The sentence “Scooby Doo and the Famous Five shot through with Lovecraftian horror,” was all the convincing I needed.
“In 1977 the Blyton Summer Detective Club unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster – another low-life fortune hunter who would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids.
By 1990 the former detectives are haunted by strange, half-remembered events that cannot be explained by a guy in a mask. Andy, the once-intrepid tomboy now wanted in two states, wants answers. To find them she will need Kerri, the former kid genius now drinking her ghosts away in New York with Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the club. The will also have to get Nate, the horror nerd currently residing in an asylum. Luckily Nate has not lost contact with Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star who was once their leader… which is remarkable, considering Peter has been dead for years.
The time has come to get the team back together and find out what actually happened all those years ago. It’s their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world.”
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero follows the story of 3 former Summer Detective club members, their dog and a ghost, as they go back to Sleepy Lake and try to solve their final mystery, the one that changed all of their lives back when they were just kids. It’s like the Scooby Doo movie, you know the one with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr, where they split up but are all reunited on Spooky Island for a case (totally underrated awesome movie that I love and have watched a million times), mashed up with Stranger Things. Kooky little town, that one deputy/sheriff that totally believes you and helps hunt out the monsters, oh and let’s not forget the underground mine full of vines/tentacles and an interdimensional demon spawn and THAT my friend is just how awesome Meddling Kids is!!
We’ve also got the added bonus of all the 70’s/90’s nostalgia thrown in and damn I just need a good soundtrack to go with all of this and some epic snacks. Actually I did work my way through 2 Easter eggs and marshmallow pancakes while reading this, they’re basically like s’mores, adding to the nostalgia, but in a pancake.. see!
A fantastic fun adventure, such a breath of fresh air, nothing like some classic CO2 breathing many limbed monsters that come out of the mist, creepy, kooky (mysterious and spooky.. you know you just sang that!). I loved it from start to finish and highly recommend you read it especially if you’re having Stranger a Things withdrawals, it will fill the void and then some.
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero is published by Titan Books and is available now in paperback and e-book. Have a read and let me know what you think.
(Disclaimer: I received a copy of Meddling Kids for the purpose of a review, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.)