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The Catacombs (2) (World's Scariest Places) Hardcover – February 24, 2015
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Finalist, "Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction" Horror Novella Award, 2017,for "The Mailman."
Finalist, "Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2017, for "The Mailman."
Winner, "Foreword INDIES" Horror Book of the Year Award Gold Medal, 2016, for "Island of the Dolls."
Finalist, "Next Generation Indie Book Awards" Horror Novel Award, 2017, for "Island of the Dolls."
Finalist, "The Skoutz Award" German Horror Award, 2017, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist,"Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction" Horror Novella Award, 2016, for "Box of Bones."
Finalist, "Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2016, for "Box of Bones."
Winner, "Crime Writers of Canada" Arthur Ellis Award/The Lou Allen Memorial Award, 2016,for "Black Canyon."
Winner, "Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2015, for "The Catacombs."
Winner, "IPPY(Independent Publisher Book Awards)" Bronze Medal/Horror, 2016, for "The Catacombs."
Finalist, "Next Generation Indie Book Awards" Horror Novella Award, 2016, for "Black Canyon."
Winner, "Reader Views Literary Award" Global Award, 2014-2015, for "Suicide Forest."
Honorable Mention, "Reader Views Literary Award" Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror Award,2014-2015, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist, "Goodreads Choice Awards" 2015, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist," Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2014, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist, "Foreword INDIES" Horror Book of the Year Award, 2014, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist, "Foreword INDIES" Thriller & Suspense Book of the Year Award,2012, for "White Lies."
The World's Scariest Places Series:
- Suicide Forest - The bad news is they're lost. There is no good news.
- The Catacombs - As close to hell as you're likely ever going to get.
- Helltown - The luckiest die first and fast. The others, well...
- Island of the Dolls - Come and see the dolls, but don't expect to leave alive.
- Mountain of the Dead - Freezing to death is the least of their worries.
- Hotel Chelsea - The most haunted hotel in America.
- Mosquito Man - Are you afraid of the dark? You should be.
- The Sleep Experiment - You'll never think about sleep the same way again.
- The Man from Taured - Where did he come from? Where will he go?
- Merfolk - Deep below the blue surface a terrifying world awaits.
- New America: Utopia Calling - A brave new world.
- White Lies - You never know where a lie may lead...
- The Taste of Fear - In the jungle, no one can hear you scream.
- Black Canyon - The new face of evil.
- Run - You can run but you can't hide.
- Rewind - Nothing is what it seems.
- Neighbors - You never know what kind of psycho may be living next door.
- Six Bullets - When there's no reason left to live, what would you do with your last six bullets?
- Box of Bones - Time is running out.
- The Mailman - Be careful what you wish for.
- Re-Roll - Life can be a bitch.
- Dark Hearts - Four critically acclaimed short novels.
- Bad People - Four critically acclaimed short novels.
- The Midnight Book Club - An eight-book collection of critically acclaimed and award-winning short novels.
- World's Scariest Places: Volume One - This omnibus edition includes books one and two in the bestselling World's Scariest Places series.
- World's Scariest Places: Volume Two - This omnibus edition includes books three and four in the bestselling World's Scariest Places series.
- World's Scariest Places: Volume Three - This omnibus edition includes books five and six in the bestselling World's Scariest Places series.
- World's Scariest Legends: Volume One - This omnibus edition includes books one and two in the bestselling World's Scariest Legends series.
- World's Scariest Legends: Volume Two - This omnibus edition includes books three and four in the bestselling World's Scariest Legends series.
About the Author
- Publisher : Ghillinnein Books; Illustrated edition (February 24, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 370 pages
- ISBN-10 : 099376469X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0993764691
- Item Weight : 1.57 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.94 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #494,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The characters were well developed, the storyline well fleshed out, not any typos or errors in sentence structure (that I noticed anyway & I usually notice everything).
While I prefer my Horror with more of a splattered gorefest, the storyline definitely had just enough so I could enjoy it, yet not too much that would turn off the average reader.
I especially love how you don't need to read previous books in this series to know what is going on, or even having to read each book in order. Each book stands on it's own without the dreaded cliffhanger that forces you to buy the next book (and the next, and the next, etc.) just to know what's happening or understand what happens next.
I will definitely be reading this ebook again as well as continuing on with the rest of this series.
Will is an American living in Paris, taking language lessons from Daniele. Daniele and her friend Pascal are both cataphiles - urban explorers who frequent the catacombs. Pascal found a video camera far off the usual paths, and believes the owner to be dead. So naturally, they want to search for her. The three meet up with Pascal's friend and Daniele's brother-in-law, Robert.
Apparently, the catacombs attract some interesting people. Not surprisingly, people wanting to spend long periods of time wandering around underground are odd. Right before they reach their entrance, Will gets into a fistfight with another cataphile about to enter the tunnels with scuba gear. Then after wandering around for awhile, they meet The Painted Devil, one of three idiots in Nazi SS uniforms (yes, you are reading that correctly). And then the real trouble begins.
I couldn't help but thinking of the movie The Descent when reading this. And that movie freaked me out. Crawling through those tiny spaces that are barely more than the width of your body just gives me the willies. At one point, Will observes: "It was as if we were wandering an Escher drawing where the rules of physics no longer applied." Oh good grief!
The things awaiting the 4 explorers were not quite what I was expecting. Overall the story was entertaining and satisfying. Yes, this series is formulaic, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
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I thought this thriller from Jeremy Bates was okay. The structure of this novel is similar to his previous book, the Suicide Forest and offers the same huge vocabulary that helps make this story such an adult read. Jeremy manages to capture the atmosphere of the catacombs very well indeed when he writes…
I tried to imagine what it would be like to walk alone in utter blackness, with only your hand on the wall to guide you, your mouth dry from dehydration, your throat and lungs burning from the rank air and the countless hours of screaming for help, your feet weeping with blisters, your legs jellied with exhaustion, nothing around you but tunnels and more tunnels, ad infinitum.
Yes, it is clearly very scary being lost in complete darkness within 300 km of tunnels below Paris knowing that nobody can hear you scream. I felt Jeremy explained these fears very well indeed as our 4 characters tried to exit the nightmare they had become trapped within.
The plot of The Catacombs was okay and was a regular urban legend of a hidden community. The main problem I had with The Catacombs was that I read it straight after Suicide Forest. I thought that Suicide Forest was a GOOD 4 star read and in comparison The Catacombs was simply not as good. For me The Catacombs was an okay 3 stars read because it lacked the wonder threaded within the script of the Suicide Forest.
The story primarily takes place in the Paris catacombs where the characters are battling the terrain, the fear and occasionally each other. The description of the catacombs is uncomfortable and how he describes a 6'4" man trying to push himself through tiny crevices is horribly claustrophobic. Yes it takes a bit of a strange turn towards the end but, having read other books by Jeremy Bates, I think that's just his style and it definitely works.
One of the best stories I've read in a long time.
Ive read both books in the series so far and found this one a easier read and although the Japan spooky forest was a good read I preferred this one. What make these stories fascinating to me is that they based in real places! Are the newspaper exerts real?
Keep up the good work Mr Bates and look forward to reading your next book in the series...