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Friday, October 14, 2016

Harvest Night by D.A. Madigan [4 stars]

 
 
From the Description
 
READER'S ADVISORY: This novel contains scenes that sane readers will find disturbing, including incredibly graphic descriptions of horrific violence and unimaginably depraved sexual acts. Obviously, this is a work exclusively intended for mature audiences.


They moved to Redhaven because of its folksy charm, its old fashioned small town feel, its safe schools and its nonexistent crime rate.

They moved to Redhaven because the town's locally owned bank is so reasonable and generous with low interest mortgages and small business start up loans.

They moved to Redhaven because everyone there is so friendly, so neighborly, so pleasant and helpful and kind. Because Redhaven seems like the kind of place where you don't have to lock your doors at night, where you can raise your kids in peace and quiet.

They moved to Redhaven because it seemed to be so wholesome... so safe.

THEY MADE A HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE MISTAKE...

...one they won't live to regret...
 
 
Publication Date: April 10, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Length: 672 pages
 
 
Harvest Night is a disturbingly graphic, stomach churning and utterly terrifying nightmare. To say that this book is not for the faint of heart would be an understatement. This book has sex, violence, cannibalism, torture, rape, incest, child abuse (of the worst kind!), bestiality, murder, MKULTRA (if you don't know what that is go ahead and look it up, I'll wait), with a few vampires and werewolves thrown in for good measure. The story is about the cult of Satanists that founded and run the small town of Redhaven with an iron fist and the small group of FBI agents determined to put a stop to their depraved reign of terror. The cast of characters is huge and made up of mostly deplorable people doing horrific things. The dark tone is reminiscent of The Purge while the writing reminded me of something by Jack Ketchum or one of William Johnstone's demon books. Admitting that I liked this book makes me feel dirty, like I need to go shower off the filth it left on my soul. This book is not for everyone but if your not squeamish and enjoy extreme horror then you might want to give this 4 star read a try.
 
 
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About the Author
 
 
D.A. MADIGAN has milked cows, washed dishes, checked student IDs Saturdays nights at Syracuse University’s only all girls’ dorm, ground lenses, typed insurance forms and City Council minutes, and done a lot of other stuff even less interesting.
While doing all this foolishness to pay the bills, he’s also written a collection of short stories and 14 novels (with more in the works), all of which are available via links on this site. Along the way, he was a semi-finalist in Made in 502 creative writing contest in 2013 and he was voted Louisville’s Best Local Author in 2011 by the readership of the Louisville Eccentric Observer ("LEO"). He is a member of the prestigious Horror Writer’s Association as of April 2015.
He currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, with his gorgeous and brilliant wife and his three awesome and amazing daughters.
He is fully committed to making fetch happen.
You can find out more at The Wondrous Worlds of D.A. Madigan or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads

Praise
 
 
"Probably my favorite book this year along with Weir’s "The Martian"– The Reverend Dr. Richards
 
"a cross between ROSEMARY’S BABY and THE PURGE."– lunablue
 
"Maybe the best, most well thought out small town horror mythology I’ve ever read. Dude goes all out." – vivatoto, absolutepunk.net
 
"Definitely a master work. Highly recommended."– Lisa R.
 
"… an unremittingly dark, wrenchingly violent horror novel told with considerable skill and in-your-face brio and all the more chilling because, at its core, it is a story about the slow decay of the American century."– John McDaid, harddeadlines.com