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Devil's Gulch: A Collaborative Horror Experience Hardcover – November 16, 2020
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It was all in the name of science. Now someone has to clean up the mess.
Stan Armstrong dedicated his entire life to science. Branded as a maverick and a risk-taker by his colleagues, his unorthodox experiments and outlandish theories of time and space resulted in loss of funding and ultimately, his termination from tenure at the university where he'd spent his entire career.
Stan's insatiable quest to explore extreme hypotheses and to prove the unproven were matched only by his neurotic lust to peel back the mysterious layers of time and space to expose the hidden secrets of the universe. Determined to continue his work at all costs, he uproots the life he once knew, liquidates his assets and builds his own lab on a desolate twenty-four-acre rural property in Devil's Gulch, Utah, no longer bound by government regulation or the prying eyes of small-minded administrators.
Whether born from his profound love for science, or his enormous ego, Stan unintentionally unleashes something sinister in Devil's Gulch-something that was never meant to walk this Earth.
Sinister Smile Press presents Devil's Gulch, a horror novel written by Claire Brown, Matthew A. Clarke, T.M. Morgan, Chris Wilkerson, Chisto Healy, Kayla Krantz, Jon Miller, T.M. Brown, Mark Young, Bridgett Nelson, Steven Pajak and R.E. Sargent.
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- Publisher : Sinister Smile Press (November 16, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 318 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1953112064
- ISBN-13 : 978-1953112064
- Item Weight : 1.36 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.88 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,746,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Patrick M. Whitehurst on January 22, 2021
Devil's Gulch: A Collaborative Horror Experience Kindle Edition by Sinister Smile Press
Oh Stan..what did you DO??!!
Ha! This was one of my more twisted reads lately. And how could I not read it? An old school horror written by multiple writers including two of my GR Friends? It was a must read.
I must admit I did not think I'd like it at first. This is not my usual type of read..but as time went on, I got more and more into it..and surprised myself with how absorbed I got.
This Is PURE old school Horror. It is about a..well..a creature, created in a lab, by a smart gentleman by the name of Stan. Poor Stan! He got way more than he bargained for!
Each chapter is written by a different author but the ebb and flow of the story stays smooth. It also is plenty creepy.
I mean..really creepy. The descriptions are macabre and just plain terrifying. I'm also a bit more tired (and spaced out) due to recent surgery so I was kind of already a bit out of it. What a book to wake one up!
My horror book influences, who made me appreciate the genre growing up, are John Saul and Christopher Pike. I read so much of their work. This brooding and scary tale reminded me of both of them and I also love the collaborative quality of the book.
Shout out to R.E. Sargent and Bridget..you guys rock! Thanks to all the writers. Highly recommended for a fun and dark read.
The stories of the townspeople and their fates are broken down into a prologue, ten chapters and an epilogue by different authors. Each new chapter presents different characters and their experiences with the hungry monster.
"It wasn’t hard to suss out the creature. Even though its body melded with the shadows, its glowing orange eyes were a beacon. This wasn’t a creature that needed subterfuge to hunt. Wherever it was from, it was the top ... predator of its food chain."
Having ten stories about the same monster provides a challenge to keep material fresh. At times, I felt that the chapters could have been interchangeable. However, overall, the concept worked, especially when the same characters appeared in different chapters, providing consistency.
My personal favorite offerings were by Jon Miller, who penned two wonderful characters and lent some much needed comic relief, and by Bridgett Nelson, whose ending chapter and prologue wrapped the novel up seamlessly. For anyone looking for a wicked creature feature, this is your book.
My sincere thanks go to author Bridgett Nelson for providing me with an early copy of this novel.
This horror novel is a collaboration between twelve authors, with each author taking a chapter of the book. Being the wimpy horror fan that I am, barely able to handle much more than a friendly hint of monster shenanigans, this story went way past my comfort level. This monster is not a picky eater of humans, young, old, man, woman, it's all in a day or night's search for the next juicy morsel . So keep that in mind when I say that I was pretty good with the first chapter which showed us how the monster came to Devil's Gulch and then the last chapter, which gives the monster some of its own medicine. The last chapter is blood and gore but at least there is a hint of a tiny bit of mankind taking a stand and winning.
Once I read two chapters of the monster on a rampage, the following chapters were just more of the same. Each chapter is almost its own short story, with new characters that I knew not to grow attached to because this monster is unstoppable. My mind was numb by the time the second set of folks became a snack.The idea of all these authors working together on a story like this is intriguing but in the end, there is only so much that can be done to make a horrible monster, playing a bloody version of Pacman on humans, not be too much of the same thing, over and over.
Thank you to Sinister Smile Press for this ARC.