Devil's Gulch: A Collaborative Horror Experience Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 24-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, R.E. Sargent, and Steven Pajak.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 40 minutes|
|Author||Sinister Smile Press, R.E. Sargent, Steven Pajak, Claire Brown, Matthew A. Clarke, T.M. Morgan, Chris Wilkerson, Chisto Healy, Kayla Krantz, Jon Miller, T.M. Brown, Mark Young, Bridgett Nelson|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 10, 2021|
|Publisher||Sinister Smile Press LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #397,086 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,236 in Occult Horror Fiction
#19,969 in Occult Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2021
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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.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 23, 2021
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.
Hello Devil's Gulch, I'm Dita, pleased to meetcha!
R.E. Sargent and Steven Pajak have brought together a talented group of writers to collaborate on a story about a lab created monster who wreaks havoc on the town of Devil's Gulch, Utah.
Chapter by chapter these authors each tell a tale of the battles individual townspeople waged, with varying degrees of success, against this Bad Mamajama.
A book like this runs the risk being cheesy but this wasn't; it was fun and scary, a pure old school horror story.
I thought TM Morgan wrote excellent dialogue, I feel Kayla Krantz wrote outstanding descriptions and wrote very relatable characters and Bridgett Nelson who wrote the last chapter, masterfully tied together the work of her cowriters. A difficult ask that she was more than up for in my opinion.
Lastly, a quick shout-out to my two favorite characters, Gladys and James...loved both of you!
There were also some loose ends with some of the survivors that could segue into short stories of their own. I enjoyed this and you will too!