Helltown (World's Scariest Places - A gripping horror thriller) Paperback – June 7, 2015
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"A page-turner in the true sense of the word" ‒ HorrorAddicts on Mountain of the Dead
"Will make your skin crawl" ‒ Scream Magazine on Island of the Dolls
"Shocking" ‒ Booklist on White Lies
"Told with an authoritative voice full of heart and insight" ‒ Richard Thomas, Bram Stoker nominated author on The Catacombs
"I have long been a fan of Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Frank Peretti and I feel confident that I can now add Jeremy Bates to that list" ‒ Reader Views on Mountain of the Dead
"A blistering rustic tale that takes the reader outdoors and to the deepest inner recesses of the human heart" ‒ Writer's Digest on Black Canyon
"A horror writer to watch" ‒ True Review
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From the Author
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.
- Publisher : Ghillinnein Books; 1st edition (June 7, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 279 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0994096062
- ISBN-13 : 978-0994096067
- Reading age : 13 - 18 years
- Item Weight : 14.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author bounced throughout this book. There would be an interesting chapter but the next would focus on a character and their background. Later in the book he introduced more characters that threw me off. I couldn’t understand why they were added or their purpose until I moved further into the final chapters. The ending shared nothing of what happened to the character named “Beetle” or the co-character introduced around the same time. Instead, the ending went to an entirely different scene.
I will try reading more books by this author in hopes they turn out differently than “Helltown” had.
A kid's head crushed by a radiator falling over? Skull fracture, maybe, but not a B movie head pulping. I quit where the character who is an RN reflects on giving handjobs to make nursing school money instead of even once assessing her friends who were involved in a rollover car accident. Maybe that character should go back to giving handies. Maybe the author should, too. Certainly can't write. It doesn't help the flow of this book when these All-Americans think and speak like Londoners. Not many Americans would use the word "bloody" as a curse word. Also, we reflect fondly on eighth and eleventh grade, not Grade 8 and Grade 11. There are many more even in the fraction of the book I read.
I couldn't give full stars because of numerous typos, didn't want to take a full star away but there's no way to no half stars.
Not sure the epilogue was warranted, especially since it didn't really cover the characters we just read about. Would've been nice to know what happened with Cleavon, Beetle, Cherry and Greta.
This story was fun because it was unlike the others in this series thus far.
The only thing I struggled with was that I felt the story was very scattered and I had a hard time keeping up. There were a lot of characters in this book and the story was told from several POV’s.
If you’re a Bates fan and reading the series and not complaining about his “constant character types”, read this book. It’s funny in spots and although sometimes (in my case) confusing, it was a different take on a “haunted” place.
*** Fans of the movies The Devils Rejects & Texas Chain Saw will really enjoy this read.
Also the ending does leave a lot of open ends but this doesn’t bother me as many scary stories often do not address every single detail. Some questions are better left to interpretation from your own imagination.
Top reviews from other countries
The writing is still good, the description (when there) does paint a vivid picture but as a World's Scariest Place book, I just think it really lacks the build up and suspense I have come to expect to make it a really great, creepy, factual, page turning horror. If you're a fan of gore this is definitely a good read and overall I wish I could give it a few more stars as I have done for the others.
two of them survive!
This story has you on the edge of your seat, and wanting more. Brilliant.
Non-specific spoiler below, in regards to the genre of this book:
Certainly horror, not supernatural, so don't be mislead by the marketing