Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tatterdemon by Steve Vernon [4.5 stars]

From the Description:

In 1691 the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her, they shot her, they hung her - but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root,flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries.

Three hundred years later Maddy Harker will murder her bullying husband Vic. She will bury him in the field as she buried her abusive father years before that. The very same field where the revenant spirit of Thessaly Cross lies waiting.

In three days Vic will rise again - a thing of dirt, bone and hatred.

Men will call him the Tatterdemon.

And hell - and Thessaly - will follow.


"This genre needs new blood and Steve Vernon is quite a transfusion." - Ed Lee

"Steve Vernon was born to write. He's the real deal and we're lucky to have him." - Richard Chizmar

"Armed with a bizarre sense of humor, a huge amount of originality, a flair for taking risks and a strong grasp of characterization - Steve's got the
chops for sure." - Dark Discoveries

"This book is EVIL!" - Keith Blackwood

I can sum up this book in two hilarious words for you: Redneck Zombies. Now let that marinate for a few seconds. What does it bring to mind?? Whatever it is it won't be as funny and perverse as the thrill ride that is Tatterdemon. Full of funny characters and fun this book had me laughing out loud one minute and groaning with the ickiness of it the next. I guarantee this is the only book I've ever read that has one of the main characters praying to Lorena Bobbitt the patron saint of castrations. Steve Vernon is a great writer and I recommend you grab one of his books quickly! A fast paced perverse thrill ride that well deserves the 4.5 stars.