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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea [5 stars]




From the Description
 
"Old school horror." —Jonathan Maberry

THE LEGEND LIVES
Everyone knows the legend of the Jersey Devil. Some believe it is an abomination of nature, a hybrid winged beast from hell that stalks the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey searching for prey. Others believe it is a hoax, a campfire story designed to scare children. But one man knows the truth...

THE DEVIL AWAKES
Sixty years ago, Boompa Willet came face to face with the Devil—and lived to tell the tale. Now, the creature’s stomping grounds are alive once again with strange sightings, disappearances, and worse. After all these years, Boompa must return to the Barrens, not to prove the legend is real but to wipe it off the face of the earth...

THE BEAST MUST DIE
It’ll take more than just courage to defeat the Devil. It will take four generations of the Willet clan, a lifetime of survivalist training, and all the firepower they can carry. But timing is critical. A summer music festival has attracted crowds of teenagers. The woods are filled with tender young prey. But this time, the Devil is not alone. The evil has grown into an unholy horde of mutant monstrosities. And hell has come home to New Jersey...

"Shea delivers a tense and intriguing work of escalating tension splattered with a clever, extensive cast of bystanders turned victims…An otherwise excellent, tightly delivered plot…Fans of cryptid creatures are likely to revel in this love letter to a legendary menace."– Publishers Weekly

Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Publisher: Pinnacle

Publication Length: 352 pages
 

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book. For more info about Hunter Shea or The Jersey Devil follow along with the blog tour.
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The Jersey Devil is a gore spattered thrill ride through the Pine Barrens. Hunter Shea deftly combines the legend of the Jersey Devil with edge of your seat action making this an adventure that I found impossible to put down. I loved the Willet's, a family haunted by an encounter with the creature. Their interactions sparkles with moments of humor that make the Willet's feel like a real family. They were all believable and easy to care about but Sam, Ben, April & Daryl were my favorites as they kicked some Devil tail. I also liked their friend, cryptozoologist Norm Cranston. The Jersey Devil and his brood of creatures are terrifying as they hunt for prey. Monster lovers or crypto fans will find a lot to love in this fast paced and fun 5 star read. Highly recommended!


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About the Author
 
 
Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weaned on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.

Publishers Weekly named  The Montauk Monster  one of the best reads of the summer in 2014, and his follow up novel, Hell Hole, was named best horror novel of the year on several prestigious horror sites. Cemetery Dance had this to say about his apocalyptic thriller,  Tortures of the Damned  – "A terrifying read that left me wanting more. I absolutely devoured this book!"

Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. Copies of his books,  The Montauk Monster  and  The Dover Demon, are currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.

He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years.

Hunter is proud to be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light-hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane.

Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hot dogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

You can follow his travails at huntershea.com, sign-up for his newsletter, or follow him on Facebook , Twitter, GoodReads



Praise for Hunter Shea


"This wholly enthralling hulk of a summer beach read is redolent of sunscreen and nostalgia, recalling mass market horror tales of yore by John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Peter Benchley." — Publishers Weekly — Voted one of the best reads of summer, on The Montauk Monster

"Bloody good read!  This guy knows his monsters!"- Eric S Brown, author of  Bigfoot War and Boggy Creek: The Legend is True, on Swamp Monster Massacre

"Hunter Shea is a great writer, highly entertaining, and definitely in the upper echelon in the current horror scene. Many other writers mention either loving his work and/or having the man influence their own, and for just cause. His writing suits anyone with a taste for the dark and terrifying!" –Zakk at The Eyes of Madness/The Mouth of Madness Podcast

"While Hunter keeps the history of the legend intact, he really uses those stories as a starting point for his own tale, which makes anything you may have heard before look like a child’s bedtime story. Strongly recommended!" - Cemetery Dance on The Jersey Devil