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OF MEN AND MONSTERS by Tom Deady is one of the very best stories I've read in 2021. A boy escaping an abusive father with his older brother and mother discovers his new sea pet is a vicious creature. As if this wasn't enough to deal with, he soon finds out he's not the only one with a monster in his house. Ryan eventually learns one problem can be a solution to the other, but the price will haunt him for the rest of his life.
Deady sinks his hooks into his readers and drags them below the surface of his characters, revealing the darkness each is hiding within. I highly recommend this novella to everyone, even if horror is not your preferred diversion. I would also like to add, the choice of cover illustration is perfect.
Tom Deady is a pro at creating that feeling of nostalgia for youth, especially in the decades before smart phones and WiFi. He succeeds yet again in this short but very deep story. It’s a monster story, but the scariest monster in it is not the one you might expect based on the cover.
The characters are fantastic and this novella is definitely worth picking up. You’ll likely read it in one or two sittings, and it will undoubtedly bring you back to the bittersweet memories of a childhood summer stretching before you.
Tom Deady has quickly become a lifetime favorite of mine, the same way Stephen King, Robert McCammon, Richard Laymon, and Jack Ketchum did years ago. More recently it's Bracken McLeod, Ronald Malfi, Greg Go find, and Josh Malerman.It's the quality of the storytelling. It's the quality of the stories. It's the innate humanity that shines through in the authors words. It's the ability to takes back to being that boy that loved comics, horror stories, Rock n Roll, and of course one great book after the other. I'm 60 years old now, but inside I'm still that boy and love the same things. Thank you Tom Ready for taking me away on another wonderful adventure.
I usually tend more towards the extremely scary or splatter-punk-type entertainment. Although this was written as a Young Adult novel, I truly enjoyed it. Tom Deady captured the feel of the 1970s, and how a pre-teen and a teenage brother are affected by their bleak real life. Deady really made you fall in to that era, and it was amazing to reminisce as a 1970s child myself. It is written more in the vein of Stephen King’s “Stand By Me”, but Deady made it all his own. Extremely enjoyable read!
Tom Deady is one of my favorite horror/dark fiction writers. However, in his newest novella, OF MEN AND MONSTERS, he has crafted a powerful coming of age tale that includes family issues and first love. It's a clever sea monster tale. While it's a sea monster story, Deady asks the reader: who is the real monster? OF MEN AND MONSTERS once again proves that Tom Deady is a master storyteller.
A well-paced, enjoyable, easy read. Tom Deady sets a tone early on and builds on the foundation with a tempo that develops in all the right places. Highs and lows blended in a well-written story with a just ending. A well-blended mix of monsters to engage the reader. A thoughtfully crafted tale of horrors!
Another terrific coming of age and monster tale from Deady. Except this will make you wonder who the read monster really is. If you love a feeling of nostalgia in your horror, Deady captures it with ease.
Tom Deady's "Of Men and Monsters" is a fast-paced pressure cooker that can easily be devoured in one sitting. Like a Goosebumps book going through puberty, this tale drags its youthful protagonist from childhood fears into the horrors of real-life. Readers will see the inevitable climax coming from page one, but will still be left in shock in its wake.