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Tamer Animals Kindle Edition
IT WAS JUST A CAMPING TRIP
Down by the old Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge, four high school friends only wanted to kick back, smoke some weed and forget about their problems for a day or two. Sure, there were stories that the area was haunted, but there was no way they were true.
IT WAS JUST A LOCAL LEGEND
Decades earlier, an old goat farmer had been murdered by the Klan, hung from a tree near the bridge solely because of the color of his skin. His body was never found. Since then, numerous sightings of a strange creature--half-man and half-goat--had been reported in the surrounding woods. He was called the Goatman.
IT WAS JUST THE WORST NIGHT OF THEIR LIVES
From the moment they arrived, strange noises echoed around them... a sense that they were being watched pervaded the campsite... and that was just the beginning. When one of them vanishes and a horned monstrosity pursues the others, it becomes clear that the legends are real.
...and the truth is so much more horrific than they could ever have imagined.
"Justin M. Woodward isn't playing around--this is a terrifying descent into depravity." -Jeff Strand (Author of Sick House)
"Dark, twisted, and full of surprises." -Duncan Ralston (Author of WOOM and Salvage)
"Woodward is the kind of dick who invites himself into your nightmares, and Tamer Animals is the key he uses to open the door." -J. Z. Foster (Author of The Wicked Ones and Witch Hunter)
"I had to read through my fingers. . . it was that scary for me." - Scream Magazine
Justin Woodward delivers a true "gut-punch" to the soul with TAMER ANIMALS." - One-Legged Reviews
- ASIN : B07ML3GRQ5
- Publisher : simple bicycle publishing; 2nd edition (January 1, 2019)
- Publication date : January 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 6857 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 213 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #602,462 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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To find a publisher like Bloodshot Books, who is committed to putting out the best horror fiction there is, to the masses.
To read authors like Justin M. Woodward, who writes books that pull the heartstrings, turn the stomach and terrify the reader.
There's a whole lot of people stuck reading whatever is stuck on Target endcaps, and to be immersed in such killer novels makes me feel lucky.
It gives me a reason to continue to keep this blog going, and posting reviews on the standard sites, to somehow contribute to this wonderful art.
To spread the gospel of the modern horror novel in 2018, not under the guise of "dark fantasy" or "paranormal thriller", but HORROR, is only worthwhile when there are books being produced that are, in fact, worthwhile.
If there's a book that's worthwhile, it is absolutely Tamer Animals. Buy it, read it, own it and be blessed like me.
Tamer Animals is the third novel by Woodward, but the first I've read. I've gotta put those first two in my shopping cart right away, because this thing is incredible.
It takes so much of what I enjoy about reading horror and adds a heart we don't get to see often. I read a comparison of "Stand by Me meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and that's pretty spot-on.
Four teen boys venture off on a camping trip, to smoke some weed, to bond, to explore the woods. Four teen boys do not return.
That's all the synopsis you're getting out of me, because I really want you to read the thing. You won't regret it. Not even a little.
Heartfelt at all the right times, this one exemplifies what it is to be a teenage boy, lost in a billion ways, found in a billion others... I found myself really wanting more from the kids, profoundly bummed when they meet their makers. A lesser book is hardly capable of evoking some of the feelings explored here.
Gory and disgusting in others...but not so over the top to the point of disbelief. This is a very blunt approach to the subject matter.
Tamer Animals is without a doubt one of the best books I've read in 2018. Grab a copy now.
5/5. No questions asked.
Originally posted on my blog at undivineinterventions dot blogspot dot com
Tamer Animals is Woodward’s third novel and it is exciting to see a younger writer making strides toward becoming a more impressive writer. His storytelling in Tamer Animals continues to be as vivid and as immediate as in his first novel, The Variant (2016), but has a wider range of characters, a somewhat more developed plot, utilizes and enhances upon a real and historic area, and contains a more elaborate style of narration.
One of the boys, Dean, comes better equipped than the other boys with knowledge of the camping area having read on the Internet about “the Hanging Tree” where Klansmen hanged a black goat farmer in the 1930s. Neither the tree nor the vicinity has been free of legendary terrors ever since.
Despite providing essential background on the boys’ personal and family life, Woodward’s novel progresses quickly and the boys hike to their destination and the author fills the tale with plenty of atmosphere and the feeling the boys are being watched. The novel takes a rapid and drastic turn when the shadows of the woods close in on them and some of the boys disappear. By no measure are the boys alone and their troubles have just begun.
Woodward drags readers along with his characters into a nightmare of inhuman lust, gore, blood and guts far from a mere ghost story and disparate from the opening of the novel. What the campers encounter in Tamer Animals has been covered by numerous modern horror novels and movies, almost becoming a horror subgenre, but Woodward attempts to give his story a slightly different take with the legend of the Goatman and by upping the ante on the violence and extreme terrors going on in a decaying farmhouse filled with most shocking excesses in the woods. Toward the very end of the novel Woodward also introduces a bit of a provocative “inconvenient truth” about humans in general which is not often to be found in such stories.
Tamer Animals contains an occasional grammatical error and at least one improbable, over-the-top scene but these are far less distracting than can be found in his first novel. This is further indication of Woodward’s growth as a writer and one who is already providing readers who desire a fast-moving tale of grisly vileness exactly what is likely to please them most. Woodward is a writer well worth watching. [NOTE: In an opening Acknowledgements, Woodward suggests readers do themselves “a favor” and read The Variant before Tamer Animals. Doing so does give readers a fuller explanation about a character introduced in the later portions of Tamer Animals and it is a creative link between the two works. Tamer Animals can, however, be read satisfyingly as a stand-alone novel.]
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The story itself was decent but there were a few things I didn't quite find believable, one was - I don't believe a cop, who has had pranks played on him before with regards to the local legend, would take a kid out with him to investigate what sounds like another prank. Another part states that one of the characters is hiding under a table when someone else lies ON TOP of the table. The hidden character apparently knows who that person is because he can see their face. How? If one is under and one is on top (cryptic I know, but I don't want to give away spoilers).
Alot of the speech between characters (especially the group of kids) didn't always feel right either, some rather awkward and unnecessarily aggressive (when the situation didn't warrant it)
Overall, it was OK.
Tamer Animals is a great read, and a real page turner. It's also a book that's full of surprises. I thought I was getting kids on camping trip explore a legend and encounter supernatural events. What I got was much more than that.
The characters are all well-drawn and believable, with sufficient backstory given to make you care about their fate. Justin Woodward than puts them through absolute hell.
This is the second of his novels that I've read, and it certainly won't be the last.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 28, 2021
First things first - The Variant and Candy (Justin's prior releases) were really, really good.
Tamer Animals is beyond fantastic. I dare you, nope I double dare you, not to be thinking about the movie adaptation by the time you finish.
This is story-telling my a master craftsman. This coming-of-age tale fits nicely in the veins of IT, The Body or anything McCammon. You find yourself easily rooting for the kids, wanting only good to happen as things continue to go down a horrendous path.
Now if you have picked up this book, you will know that they are looking for the Goatman. That isn't a spoiler, it's fact, but man oh man, do you want to know more about this Goatman character/creature!
If you have read The Variant (if not, you should) then you will see the tie in, but if not (and you should) this will not effect reading this book.
Such a solid, solid effort here from a rising star. This will inevitably catapult him into the conversation of "next big thing" horror writers.
Now, the sad part is, I have to wait and wait for his next release!