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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Sludge by David Bernstein [4.5 stars]



From the Description
 
 
Deep in Montana's Lolo National Forest, toxic waste is leaking from aged oil drums and mixing with a new batch of biological sludge that has been dumped into a remote lake. It sickens, it mutates, and like cancer, it spreads and devours.

A group of hikers stumble upon bank robbers who've been hiding out in the forest. Held at gunpoint, they soon discover they are being hunted by a vicious predator, and it will take their combined efforts to make it out of the forest alive.
 
Publication Date: July 4, 2016
Publisher: Great Old Ones Publishing
Publication Length: 131 pages
 

I received a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.
 

The Sludge is a fabulously campy romp filled with all the gory cheesiness I love from the creature features found at the drive-in or on late night horror shows. The monster is like a fantastic mix of the mutated bear from Prophecy (1979) and the creatures from C.H.U.D. While the characters range from redneck bank robbers to yuppyish hikers frolicking in the wilderness. This story is fast paced and gloriously fun to read, I was hooked from the first page. My only complaint is the length, I wasn't ready for the fun to end. I recommend this highly entertaining 4.5 star read.


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About the Author

 

David Bernstein is originally from a small town in Upstate New York called Salisbury Mills. He now resides in NYC and misses being surrounded by chainsaw-wielding maniacs and wild backwoods people that like to eat raw human flesh. He’s grown used to the city, though hiding bodies is much harder there. He is the author of Amongst the Dead, Damaged Souls, The Tree Man, Witch Island, Relic of Death, Apartment 7C and the forthcoming Episodes of Violence. David writes all kinds of horror, from hair-raising ghost stories to gore-filled slashers and apocalyptic tales of terror. He loves hearing from his readers. You can find him at davidbernsteinauthor.blogspot.com , Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads



Praise for David Bernstein

"Dave Bernstein let his mind wander and his pen write where I know you’ll want to read. With an introduction by Kristopher Rufty, this is a reason to stay at home and read on a pleasant Saturday afternoon like I did." Cat After Dark (on A Mixed Bag Of Blood)

"David Bernstein delivers a fast-moving tale of desire and destruction that gives new meaning to the words, ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ Relic of Death twists reality and will leave you reflecting on your own personal Achilles heel long after you finished reading…" Allan Leverone, author of Mr. Midnight

"A fascinating, unpredictable, ever-shifting tale of greed and desperation. Highly recommended!" Jeff Strand, author of Pressure

"Fast-paced, cinematic, and excellent. Horror fans gather around, it’s time for another chilling tale from David Bernstein." Keith Deininger, author of Within and Ghosts of Eden

"A harrowing, brutal thriller, Skinner is Bernstein at his best!" Peter Giglio, author of Shadowshift





Monday, August 22, 2016

Amaranthine and Other Stories by Erik Hofstatter [3.5 stars]



From the Description
 
This collection will worm its way into your nightmares." -Sèphera Girón, author of A Penny Saved and the Witch Upon a Star-

Amaranthine and Other Stories serves up nine schlock horror slices, sprinkled with quirk and humour.

Forget vampires. Forget werewolves. Forget ghosts. Humans are the ultimate grotesques. Variant flavours of woe sift through these pages. The results are sometimes hilarious, sometimes outright hair-raising!

As a bonus, the collection also includes story notes, offering the reader a rare glimpse into the inspiration behind each tale.
 
Publication Date: May 29, 2016

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Length: 72 pages


I received a copy of this collection in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of these stories.
 

Amaranthine and Other Stories is a mixed bag of mostly real life horrors. Some of these stories are truly disturbing and not for the weak of heart, or stomach. Others are more psychological in nature. A few of them will stick with me for a long time. I won't go into all of the stories but here are a few of my favorites. I think I threw up a little while reading The Birthing Tub, a tale of an unusual birth and the relationship between Sean and his "son" Eli, enjoyable for those not easily grossed out. Amaranthine tells the story of a bookseller who also binds books as keepsakes for loved ones, I really liked this one. The Deep End was one of the only supernatural stories in this book and one of the best in my opinion. The Eucalyptus Grove and Akona were both twisted and disturbing. The story notes at the end were a lot of fun to read and a great bonus for people who want to know where an authors ideas come from. A fast and fun 3.5 star read.


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About the Author
 
 

Erik Hofstatter is a schlock horror writer and a member of the Horror Writers Association. Born in the wild lands of the Czech Republic, he roamed Europe before subsequently settling on English shores, studying creative writing at the London School of Journalism. He now dwells in Kent, where he can be encountered consuming copious amounts of mead and tyrannizing local peasantry. His work appeared in various magazines and podcasts around the world such as Morpheus Tales, Crystal Lake Publishing, The Literary Hatchet, Sanitarium Magazine, Wicked Library, Tales to Terrify and Manor House Show. Other works include The Pariahs, Amaranthine and Other Stories, Katerina, Moribund Tales and Rare Breeds.
You can find him at erikhofstatter.net and on Facebook , Twitter , or GoodReads


Praise for Eric Hofstatter

"Like Stephen King and Clive Barker, Hofstatter has a voice that is distinctive and highly engaging, and, like those maestros, is certain to become a major writer in the world of horror." - Starburst Magazine

"Erik Hofstatter certainly shows talent."Scream Horror Magazine

"Hofstatter is that rare type of genre writer who’s willing to take a risk, a trait that works in his and his readers favor."Shotgun Logic

"Hofstatter continues to impress with stories that pull no punches, and travel to some genuinely dark places."The Eloquent Page

"An audacious exercise in schlock-horror, gleefully twisted."Gary McMahon, author of The Concrete Grove Trilogy

"Erik writes the kind of old school horror fiction that is rarely seen these days, making him a rare breed himself."Paul Kane, author of The Rainbow Man




Friday, August 19, 2016

The Night Parade by Ronald Malfi [4.5 stars]




From the Description
 
First the birds disappeared.
Then the insects took over.
Then the madness began . . .

They call it Wanderer's Folly--a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.

After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he's bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he's on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure.

Ellie is a special girl. Deep. Insightful. And she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they're running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road . . .
 
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Length: 384 pages


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. For more information about Ronald Malfi, The Night Parade or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour hosted by the fantastic Erin Al-Mehairi over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you would like to review The Night Parade or feature Ronald Malfi in an interview, please contact Erin at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 
 

The Night Parade is reminiscent of books like Firestarter and The Road. Malfi skillfully weaves through the past and the present to tell the story of not only David and Ellie but also how Wanderers Folly has brought about the end of life as we know it. There are moments of sheer terror lurking in these pages, as well as moments that will break your heart as David struggles to keep his daughter safe. This is a tale that gets under your skin, and makes you question what would you do if it were your family. As a parent, I totally understood why David did the things he did to protect Ellie, I may have done the same if I were in this apocalyptic nightmare with my child. I highly recommend this gripping 4.5 star read.


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About the Author
 
 

Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of many novels and novellas in the horror, mystery, and thriller categories from various publishers, including Little Girls, this summer’s 2015 release from Kensington.

In 2009, his crime drama, Shamrock Alley, won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost story/mystery novel, Floating Staircase, was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award for best novel, received a Gold IPPY Award for best horror novel, and the Vincent Preis International Horror Award. His novel Cradle Lake garnered him the Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Award (silver) in 2014, while December Park, his epic coming-of-age thriller, won the Beverly Hills International Book Award for suspense in 2015.

Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi’s dark fiction has gained acceptance among readers of all genres.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1977, and eventually relocated to the Chesapeake Bay area, where he currently resides with his wife and two children.

Visit with Ronald Malfi on
www.ronmalfi.com or at Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads



Praise for Ronald Malfi

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The setting, the words, the ending. Color me impressed." Melissa Reads on The Night Parade

"The Night Parade has a creepy vibe and some genuinely terrifying moments. I even teared up a time or two. It’s everything I look for in a great read." Frank Errington on The Night Parade

"One cannot help but think of writers like Peter Straub and Stephen King."
FearNet

"Malfi is a skillful storyteller."New York Journal of Books

"A complex and chilling tale….terrifying."Robert McCammon

"Malfi’s lyrical prose creates an atmosphere of eerie claustrophobia…haunting."Publishers Weekly

"A thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride that should not be missed."
Suspense Magazine

 





Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Living Grave by Robert E. Dunn [5 stars]




From the Description
 
The first in a gritty new series featuring sheriff’s detective Katrina Williams, as she investigates moonshine, murder, and the ghosts of her own past…

BODY OF PROOF

Katrina Williams left the Army ten years ago disillusioned and damaged. Now a sheriff’s detective at home in the Missouri Ozarks, Katrina is living her life one case at a time
between mandated therapy sessionsuntil she learns that she’s a suspect in a military investigation with ties to her painful past.

The disappearance of a local girl is far from the routine distraction, however. Brutally murdered, the girl’s corpse is found by a bottlegger whose information leads Katrina into a tangled web of teenagers, moonshiners, motorcycle clubs, and a fellow veteran battling illness and his own personal demons. Unraveling each thread will take time Katrina might not have as the Army investigator turns his searchlight on the devastating incident that ended her military career. Now Katrina will need to dig deep for the truth
before she’s found buried…


Publication Date: September 13, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Underground

Publication Length: 266 pages


I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.
 

A Living Grave is quite possibly the best book I have read by Robert E. Dunn so far. The story is both heartbreaking and beautiful. Detective Katrina 'Hurricane' Williams is a fantastic main character, easy to care about and identify with as she hunts down the killer. The problems and issues of living with PTSD from a violent and horrifying event are so sympathetically and realistically portrayed that you can feel Katrina's pain and anger. Parts of this book moved me to tears while others made me want to cheer out loud at Katrina's kick-ass-atude. The twists and turns in the story kept me on the edge of my seat until the entirely satisfying ending. I'm so happy that this is just the start of what promises to be a totally addictive series! I highly recommend this phenomenal 5 star read.
 


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About the Author
 
 

Robert Dunn was an Army brat born in Alabama and finally settled in Nixa, Missouri. A graduate of Drury College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Film he also earned a second major in Philosophy with a minor in Religion and carried an emphasis in Theatre. This course of study left him qualified only to be a televangelist.

An award-winning film/video producer and writer, he has written scripts for or directed every kind of production from local 30-second television commercial spots to documentary productions and travelogues.

A writer of blognovels and contributor to various fiction websites his work has also included the book length prose poem, Uncle Sam, the collection of short stories, Motorman and Other Stories and novels Behind the Darkness and The Red Highway.


Mr. Dunn now resides in Kansas City where he continues to write genre fiction and experiment with mixed media art projects using hand drawn and painted elements combined through digital paint and compositing.
You can find Robert at his blog, Beware the Blog , or on Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads




Praise For Robert E. Dunn

"Move over tough guys, there's a new sheriff in town. Katrina Williams is a force of nature. A tight, gripping read that'll make you think Elmore Leonard has returned!" - HUNTER SHEA


 
"With the sharpest intimate eye of one who knows the land and its people, Dunn has conjured a cast of startling and believable characters in a rich and expertly paced piece of storytelling, equal parts merciless and humane." - JOHN RENEHAN

 

"The Red Highway?? is not one of the best books that I’ve read so far this year, or that I’ve read in a long time…it’s one of the best books that I’ve?? ever?? read!?? It was an incredible read, one that has so many layers that I was completely enthralled with the story. 5+++ stars!"?? -2 Book Lovers Reviews


"With beautiful descriptive imagery, frequent bursts of sarcastic humor, and a healthy dose of dread, Dunn moves his tale forward with well paced cadence. He takes his time building things up, developing a strong sense of place, a meaningful conflict, and outstanding characters. In the final, fiery confrontation I found myself on the edge of my seat, clinching my teeth and rooting for the full-bodied, convincing, and likable cast of characters."
Shane Keene, ShotgunLogic Blog


"The Red Highway is a powerful and chilling read. If you’re looking for an original and intriguing thriller, give this one a look for sure."
Matthew Scott Baker, Shattered Ravings Blog






 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe [5 stars]

 

From the Description




The Cobbs were ignorant woods-people that died off and left nothing to fear. Locals in Naples, Maine think they know this story. But are they wrong?

Luke Howard and his mom move to Naples and Luke’s eager to make new friends. When Jason and Davey invite him out to the abandoned Cobb place for a game they call "chasing ghosts," he’s ready and willing. However, the boys will come to discover that some vacant houses are better left to die alone.

Meanwhile, a punk band set to play in a rented cabin out of town feel eyes upon them. Somebody’s watching, but not their usual audience. When their lead singer strays too far from the group and disappears, his band mates set out in the darkness to find him.

Police Chief Walt Henderson is about to discover that there’s more going on out in the woods of his town than he ever imagined.

Chasing ghosts is more than just some children’s game.
 


Print Length:  102 pages
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press (August 1, 2016)
Publication Date:  August 1, 2016

 



I received a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book. To learn more about Chasing Ghosts, Glenn Rolfe or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour over at Oh for the Hook of a Book . If you are a member of the media or a blogger that wishes to review Chasing Ghosts or feature Glenn Rolfe, contact the fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi, publicity and marketing, Sinister Grin Press, at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 
 


Chasing Ghosts takes the backwoods, inbred cannibal out of the realm of cheese and turns it into a genuinely terrifying tale. The main characters are realistic people dealing with everyday problems. All people you recognize making them easy to follow and root for. The Cobbs are truly horrifying villains that will make you think twice before wandering around in the woods. The action starts right away and doesn't let up until the end. This story is bloody, violent, and fantastic for horror lovers who aren't squeamish. Glenn Rolfe has outdid himself with this nasty little book! I highly recommend this fast paced and graphic 5 star read.


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About the Author
 
 
Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter and all around fun loving guy from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, Hunter Shea, Brian Moreland and many others. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.

He is the author the novellas,  Abram's Bridge,  Boom Town,  Things We Fear, and the forthcoming,  Chasing Ghosts;  the short fiction collection,  Slush;  and the novels,  The Haunted Halls  and  Blood and Rain.

His first novella collection,  Where Nightmares Begin, was released in March 2016.

You can find him at glennrolfe.com or on Facebook , Twitter, and GoodReads


Praise for Glenn Rolfe
 
"Things We Fear  is a compulsively readable tale of obsession and dark suspense, with one of the creepiest villains I’ve encountered in recent years." — Tim Waggoner, author of  The Way of All Flesh
"Glenn Rolfe’s new thriller is addictive. A  quick,  compelling read. Rolfe creates tension with a minimal amount of words. His characters are so well-drawn they come alive (before they die)." — Duncan Ralston, author of  Salvage



  "Fast paced and tense, with one of the most interesting monsters I’ve read about in recent times." — Patrick Lacey, author of  A Debt to Be Paid



"Glenn Rolfe is quickly establishing a name for himself as one of a number of excellent new writers to ensure the horror genre is kept alive and well." — Catherine Cavendish, author of  Dark Avenging Angel

"There is a definite old school feel about this novella (Things We Fear). It isn’t an over the top gore fest. Instead, what we have is a tense, psychological thriller that builds steadily towards a fitting climax." -Adrian Shotbolt, at Ginger Nuts of Horror



Friday, August 12, 2016

All Night Terror by Adam Cesare & Matt Serafini [4.5 stars]



From the Description
 
You’re invited to experience ALL NIGHT TERROR. Don't look for help, your weaker friends will be too scared to attend, but you’re in for the nightmare of your life.

Sit down in front of the TV and prepare for a late-night odyssey of wicked shocks as a horror movie marathon becomes a bloodbath before your very eyes. It starts when a disgruntled cable host seizes control of a television station, determined to give his viewers an evening they won’t soon forget. One where monsters of all shapes and sizes rise up against mankind. One where deranged killers prowl the night for a variety of victims. And one where cinema itself haunts its creators and creations.

Join modern horror stars Adam Cesare (Tribesmen, Zero Lives Remaining) and Matt Serafini (Feral, Island Red) as they bring you ten tales of fear that will have you shivering between the pages.

All NIGHT TERROR
good to the last slash


Publication Date: July 15, 2016

Publisher: Sinister Grin Press

Publication Length: 144 pages
 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of these stories. If you are a member of the media or a blogger that wishes to review All-Night Terror or to feature Matt or Adam, contact Erin Al-Mehairi, publicity and marketing, Sinister Grin Press, at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 

All Night Terror is a collection of short stories presented as a late night horror show. If you were lucky enough to grow up in the 80's and are a horror fan you know the joys of the late night horror host. All Night Terror brings you back to those cheesy yet wonderful days with horrific results. The intermissions are reminiscent of Creepshow or Tales From The Darkside, telling a great horror story as a backdrop for the other tales in this collection. My favorite stories were: Savior Girl In Philly Hell, I absolutely LOVED this story! I would devour books set in this world. Bringing Down The Giants was tons of fun to read and seriously creepy. War Of The Cryptid was pure Kaiju goodness. Incident At Night combined two of my favorite horror tropes into one fantastic story. The Executioner's Wish was a kickass story full of bloody and fiery goodness. Adam Cesare and Matt Serafini have knocked it out of the park with this book! A highly recommended 4.5 star read.


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About the Authors
 


Adam Cesare
 
 

Adam Cesare’s list of books include Zero Lives Remaining, The First One You Expect, Video Night, The Summer Job, Mercy House and Tribesmen. He writes a monthly column exploring horror fiction and film for Cemetery Dance Online. He lives in Philadelphia and can be found at AdamCesare.com, where he’s giving away a free e-book if you sign up for his mailing list. You can also find him on Facebook , Twitter , and GoodReads



Matt Serafini
 
 

Matt Serafini is the author of Island Red, Devil’s Row, Under the Blade and Feral. He’s a columnist for Dread Central, and has formerly contributed to Bloody-Disgusting, Fangoria and Shock Till You Drop. He lives in Central Massachusetts with his wife and son where he spends way too much time tracking down obscure slasher movies. Find him at mattserafini.com You can also find him on Facebook , Twitter , and GoodReads




 


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Feast by Jeremiah Knight [5 stars]




From the Description
The human race hangs by a thread the thickness of a single gene: RC-714. The gene,which unlocks the millennia of genetic traits stored in junk DNA, gives crops the ability to rapidly evolve and thrive in any environment. But RC-714 is passed on when consumed. Any creature--mammal, reptile, fish or insect--that eats the genetically modified crops becomes a slave to the Change. Bodies morph into unrecognizable abominations. Intellect takes a back seat to ravenous hunger. And all the world's species eat each other toward extinction.

Racing against this impending outcome, Peter Crane and his family attempt to reach a laboratory in Boston, where a slim hope of saving the human race from extinction exists. But before heading northeast, they must visit the swamps of South Carolina's Hellhole Bay to find a scientist who can help undo the damage done by ExoGen, the corporation that created and unleashed RC-714. Upon reaching Hellhole, the family is captured by a man named Mason, who not only survived the Change, but managed to keep a small community alive as well--a community that is subject to his every carnal desire and whim.

Trapped in the clutches of a man whose heart is as twisted as the monsters that roam the Earth, Peter, Ella, Jakob, Anne and Alia, must fight for their freedom from a literal hellhole. Danger lurks behind every door, stalks beneath the swampy waters and descends from the sky. As enemies--both human and ExoGenetic--close in, surviving will be harder than ever, and for some, impossible.

In2015, Jeremiah Knight exploded onto the horror/sci-fi scene with his Top 100bestselling novel: Hunger. Combining the speculative science of Crichton with the twisted scares of King, Feast continues the story that made Hunger the #1 post-apocalyptic novel.

Publication Date: May 31, 2016

Publisher: Breakneck Media

Publication Length: 256 pages
 

Post-Apocalyptic fans rejoice!! Jeremiah Knight is back with Feast, the second book in the Hunger series, and it's EPIC. As a huge fan of Jeremy Robinson, AKA Jeremy Bishop & Jeremiah Knight, I expected to love this book. What I didn't expect was to be so transported by the story that I was surprised when I looked up to find myself in the real world instead of the one Knight created. A world filled with pulse pounding excitement and heart stopping moments of terror as Peter, Ella, Jakob, Anne and Alia try to save what's left of the human race. The ExoGenetic creatures are terrifying but the truly horrific monsters are human. The level of depravity in Hellhole Bay was also, unfortunately, all to realistic. The characters are believable and easy to root for or against. Some of them surprised me, turning out to be unexpected allies. I can't wait to find out more about them and what is waiting down the road for Peter and his family. I highly recommend this phenomenal 5 star read.

 


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About the Author
 
 


Jeremy Robinson (aka Jeremy Bishop and Jeremiah Knight) was born in the seacoast town of Beverly, Massachusetts. From a young age his father fostered a love for Science Fiction and all things monstrous. He grew up on thick doses of Superman, Batman, X-men, Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek and Godzillacreative fuel for the future.

He began his creative career as an illustrator for comic books and comic strips and on several small indie projects, but it wasn’t long before an epiphany struckhis art wasn’t just about creating imagesit was about telling stories. Robinson switched gears to writing, first screenplays and then novels.


Robinson is the international bestselling author of more than fifty novels and novellas including MIRRORWORLD, UPRISING, ISLAND 731, SECONDWORLD, and the Jack Sigler thriller series. Robinson is also known as the #1 Amazon.com horror writer, Jeremy Bishop, author of THE SENTINEL, THE RAVEN and the controversial novel, TORMENT, and Jeremiah Knight, author of the post-apocalyptic HUNGER series. His novels have been translated into thirteen languages. His bestselling kaiju novel, PROJECT NEMESIS is now being released as a comic book series from American Gothic Press/Famous Monsters of Filmland, and his Jack Sigler thrillers entered development to be released as a major motion picture. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, and three children.

You can find Jeremy on his website, Beware of Monsters or on Facebook , Twitter ,and GoodReads


 

Praise for Jeremiah Knight
 

"Jeremiah Knight has written the beginning of an epic sojourn into the good and evil of science, and more importantly, of man. Hunger, the first book of the Hunger Trilogy, is a must read for all!" -Suspense Magazine


"Just when you think that 21st-century authors have come up with every possible way of destroying the world, along comes Jeremiah Knight." -New Hampshire Magazine


"A wicked step-child of KING and DEL TORO. Lock your windows and bolt your doors. Jeremiah Knight imagines the post-apocalypse like no one else." -The Novel Blog