Book Review: DEAD MEN by John C. Foster

51IdgMVCmSL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_From the book description on Amazon

Roaring south in a black Cadillac, John Smith is on the road trip from Hell through a nightmarish version of Americana, a place of rotting hollows and dusty crossroads, slaughterhouses and haunted trains. He doesn’t know how he woke up after sitting
down in the electric chair, where he got the black suit with the slit up the back or even the cigarettes in his pocket. All he knows is that there is a woman guarding a great secret and he’s supposed to kill her.


In this first entry of the Libros de Inferno trilogy, John C. Foster puts foot to gas pedal and stomps it right through the floorboard. John Smith is one of three death row inmates who, after being executed, are somehow miraculously revived. They are all tagged with the moniker ‘John Smith’ and set forth on a bloody quest of murder and brutal mayhem. One of the killers retains the name John Smith while the most terrifying one is known as the Ghoul and the third–likening himself to “Alice Down the Rabbit Hole”–calls himself Alice. Taking their lead from a shady and dangerous man known only as the Priest, John Smith and Alice embark on a violent and gruesome road trip through a hellish landscape, leaving a trail of blood, bodies, and flames in their wake. Meanwhile, the Ghoul hunts for vengeance against the ones who left him behind to die.

Imagine a marriage between Clive Barker and Quentin Tarantino and you have some inkling of what this dark, gory and often quirky tale is like. Foster’s atmospheric prose and lightning fast pacing fit the narrative of this offering perfectly and the characters, though often extremely unlikable, are always engaging. I found myself at the end of this book much sooner than I wanted to be and will be waiting–ever so impatiently–for the next entry in the series.

Overall, this is one of the most impressive debut novels I’ve read in the past decade. John C. Foster is an extraordinary wordsmith with a hellishly brilliant imagination. I loved this book and will read anything that John publishes going forward. Do yourself a favor and order it here.

Published by: Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing

About the author: John C. Foster was born in Sleepy Hollow, NY and has been afraid of the dark for as long as he can remember. A writer of thrillers and dark fiction, Foster lives in New York City with his lady, Linda, and their dog, Coraline. Dead Men is his first novel. His upcoming novel MR WHITE will be released by Grey Matter Press in March, 2016. For more information, please visit


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