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Monday, November 7, 2016

Greetings From Moon Hill by Anthony J. Rapino [5 Stars]

 
 
From the Description
 
 
BREATHE DEEP OF THE NIGHT.

Greetings from Moon Hill is a collection of darkly bizarre horror stories culled from the deranged mind of Anthony J. Rapino, author of Soundtrack to the End of the World.

Somewhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania, nestled between the forests and foothills of the Poconos, you’ll find the forgotten town of Moon Hill. It’s a surreal place of arcane magic and natural wonder, where a hint of autumn lingers in the air, the leaves are always turning, and the shadows grow long no matter the time of day.

You might say Moon Hill is special, an eerie pocket of Americana frozen in time, filled with eccentric characters and deathly secrets that transcend reality. And like most small towns, it also has a dark side.

This book is a roadmap to the lost town’s terrifying mysteries. Wander through the brush of Moon Hill State Forest and explore its otherworldly flora in "From Your Body They Rise." Bear witness to the interdimensional war raging above Old Road in the novella, "Reality Engineers." Conjure autumnal spirits with Handy Weber in "Halloween on the Hill," sample the peculiar glowing ale brewed by Slow Ewan in "Struck by Golden Lightning," and pay your respects with blood at the old Whistler place in "Just Once More, Little Sister."

As you explore Moon Hill’s darkened corners, you will discover a town built upon a foundation of nightmares, proving once again that Anthony J. Rapino is not only a master storyteller, but also a dark architect of the imagination.

Welcome to Moon Hill. Your definition of weird is about to change.
 
 
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Precipice Books
Publication Length: 300 pages
 
 
I received a copy of this book as part of the publicity tour hosted by the awesome Erin Al-Mehairi. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this anthology. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review. If you are a blogger, author, or member of the media and you would like to feature Greetings from Moon Hill or Anthony J. Rapino in a review or interview, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 
 
 
Greetings From Moon Hill is a slow stroll down a haunted country road. I was hooked from the excellent forward by Todd Keisling, seriously, this guy knows how to write an introduction! It set the tone for the book to follow, promising shivery delights that the book delivered in spades. This book is a collection of interconnected stories all set in the small town of Moon Hill. The stories are each good on their own but when you put them all together they paint a picture of a town that's straight out of the Twilight Zone. Normally this is where I would tell you about my favorite stories in this anthology but this time I honestly couldn't pick. They are all fantastic, filled with wonder, fear, and a very Octobery feel that kept me enchanted until I had turned the last page. This was my first book by Anthony J. Rapino and I can't wait to get my hands on more of this talented writer's work. A highly recommended 5 star read.
 
 
 
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About the Author
 
 
 
 
ANTHONY J. RAPINO is a horror writer and sculptor. He’s also a teacher, and somehow that makes more sense than it should. He spends his days among people and things that demand shaping: Words, clay, or minds, it amounts to the same job. Though the minds are a hard sell, you can find his fiction and sculptures online.
 
Discover more on AnthonyJRapino.com or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, and YouTube

 
Praise
 
 
"Anthony Rapino’s collection Greetings from Moon Hill is his best work so far. Don’t miss these fascinating and scary stories from a master of the craft." –Kate Jonez, Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author of Ceremony of Flies and Candy House
 
"Anthony Rapino’s work is uniquely infused with horror and a type of childlike innocence that makes the darkness that much darker. Greetings from Moon Hill invites you to a place that is both tragic and extraordinary. Once you enter, you’ll never be allowed to leave." – Mercedes M. Yardley, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Little Dead Red and Pretty Little Dead Girls
 
"Greetings from Moon Hill […] displays Rapino’s range, which is vast and varied, yet unique, and always dark as well as entertaining. With effortless grace and ease, and weaved like a seasoned professional, this collection proves that Rapino’s career is destined to be a long and fruitful one. I cannot think of a higher compliment." – Ben Eads, author of Cracked Sky
 
"A master at the art of tale-spinning, Anthony Rapino infuses a sense of creeping dread that immediately entrances and bewilders. To enter his world is to become unsettlingly accustomed to those tales that exist in the shadows." -- Mary Rajotte, Bloody Bookish
 
"Want thrilling, scary, moody stories that put you on edge and play with your emotions? Well if you’re looking for that and you’re looking for an experience rather than just entertainment, one author comes immediately to my mind and that author is Anthony Rapino." — Benjamin Kane Ethridge, award winning author of Black & Orange and Divine Scream
 
 
 
 
"In Greetings from Moon Hill, Anthony Rapino is at times a sorcerer, and other times a madman. His work is both that of a puppeteer and a sadist. He tends to detail much like a chef, as he parses imagery throughout his work morsel by morsel, which we ravenously consume, until we realize that with his fiction, actually it is us that are being consumed." – Eryk Pruitt, author of Dirtbags and Hashtag
 
"Anthony Rapino ... crafts charismatic & off-kilter characters with a wonderful small town mentality. And as small towns go, Moon Hill is draped in shadows and as quirky as they come. A definite Charles L. Grant glow illuminates between the pages of a Rapino yarn. It's a curio I've been missing since Grant's passing." -- Zachary Walters, The Eyes of Madness