Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, best friends since the first grade, have managed to turn stories of their decades-long friendship and crazy food-related games into one of the funniest and most popular channels on Youtube, the variety show, Good Mythical Morning. Now they’re expanding their media empire into fiction writing with their first novel.
Inspired by their adolescence together in North Carolina The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek tells the story of Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson during the last days of summer vacation before their first year of high school. Together with their co-best-friend Alicia, they’ll do anything to finish their no-budget horror movie, PolterDog. But when their plan to add a sense of realism by filming at a church barbecue ends with reform-school-principal Wayne Whitewood burning his hands and Alicia sent to the infamous Whitewood Academy, Rex and Leif have to find a way to get Alicia out.
But how can they save Alicia when faced with disappointed parents, unexplained deaths, an ominous robe-wearing cult, a failing scooter leg, and a haunted artesian spring? Not to mention the confusion of competing crushes on Alicia.
Based on Rhett and Link’s Youtube show, I expected The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek to be funny, and it definitely is, but the novel’s suspense is what made it for me. There are scenes of legitimate jeopardy that made me wonder if these kids were really going to make it out alive.
If you’ve been watching Good Mythical Morning for years, you already know you’re going to love The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek. If you’ve never even heard of Rhett and Link, there’s a lot for horror and suspense fans to like about this book.