Book Review: Follow Him by Craig Stewart

Title: Follow Him

Author: Craig Stewart

Publisher: HellBound Books

Publication Date: September 27, 2019

Genres: Horror

Shelves: Female-fronted

While there are hints of the supernatural and promises of apocalyptic darkness in the opening chapters of Follow Him, they are almost deceptively placid . . . slow paced and subtle . . . character studies of men and women whose identities were to have been erased and consumed by The Shared Heart. What makes it all so disturbing is the way Craig Stewart simultaneously makes the cult seem creepy and yet dangerously appealing at the same time.

At least, that is, until the screams and the blood and the mutilation.

Just as we’re getting settled, accustomed to the darkness of the cult, Stewart throws in the rescue and extraction, a scene that is brilliantly rendered and almost heartbreaking in its emotional complexity. Nina has been searching for Jacob, desperately trying to find the man she almost married before he disappeared, but as the story illustrates, it’s one thing to free a man from a cult, it’s another thing entirely to free the cult from the man. He doesn’t want to be saved, and the Sacred Heart isn’t just going to let him go.

The edginess of this, the uncertainty as to what’s rational and what’s supernatural, is the real draw. Your constantly on edge, wondering as much about what’s going to happen next as what’s really happening now. Can we believe our eyes? Can we believe what we’re being told? Can we believe what the characters believe they’re experiencing? All of that is important because if we can’t trust their motives, if we can’t be sure of their intents, then the line between hero and villain, captor and savior, becomes ever-thinner.

Fear not – or perhaps fear more is the correct phrasing – for there are answers here, and they may not be what you were hoping for. Having read Stewart before in Worship Me, the story of a organized cult (i.e. Church) with apocalyptic problems of its own, I had some idea of what to expect here, but the way he eviscerates the story and the reader is fantastic. This gets really dark, and depending upon the depth of your faith or the nature of your belief system, it may very well give you nightmares.

But isn’t that precisely what we crave from horror?

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀

About the Author

Craig Stewart is a Canadian author and filmmaker who learned how to count from the rhyme, “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.”

He’s a creator and connoisseur of everything horror; never afraid to delve into the dark, and then a little further. His written works include short stories, film scripts, articles, and most recently, a novel.

He has also written and directed several short horror films that have enjoyed screenings across North America.


Don’t be afraid to reach out to him on twitter: @TheCraigStewart

Or visit his website:

Read Craig’s interview with Fanbase Press here: FANBASE PRESS

About the Book

Follow Him
by Craig Stewart

HellBound Books
September 27, 2019

True love doesn’t die – it devours. Just outside the sleepy town of Dreury, a mysterious cult known as The Shared Heart has planted its stakes. Its followers are numerous. More join every day. Those who are lost and suffering seem to be drawn to it; a home for the broken. When Jacob finds himself in need of such a home, he abandons his dead name and gives himself over to the will of The Great Collector.

However, love refuses to let Jacob go so easily; his ex-fiancé, Nina, kidnaps him in the hopes that he can be deprogrammed. As she attempts to return Jacob to the life they once had, a terrible fear creeps in: what if there isn’t enough of her Jacob left? When The Great Collector learns of his missing follower, the true nature of The Shared Heart is unleashed. Nina discovers what Jacob already knows: that hidden behind the warm songs and soaring bonfires is a terrifying and ancient secret; one that lives and breathes and hungers. And it’s coming for them.

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