In keeping with my semi-ongoing monster theme for the month of October, I want to introduce Hunter Shea’s THE DOVER DEMON to you. I’ve been a huge fan of monsters since before I can remember. Over the course of my life I’ve read literally hundreds of fiction and nonfiction novels and stories about various types of monsters and probably devoured every single issue of FAMOUS MONSTERS magazine ever produced. Another person who loves monsters is Hunter Shea. Since I discovered Hunter, not so very long ago, I try to consume every monster novel he writes. The first one I read was the tremendous work, THE MONTAUK MONSTER. Upon reading that book, I became an instant fan of Hunter Shea and his awesome monsters. In THE DOVER DEMON, Shea takes an urban legend and makes it his own.
THE DOVER DEMON Synopsis:
The Dover Demon is real…and it has returned.
In 1977, Sam Brogna and his friends came upon a terrifying, alien creature on a deserted country road. What they witnessed was so bizarre, so chilling, they swore their silence. But their lives were changed forever.
Decades later, the town of Dover has been hit by a massive blizzard. Sam’s son, Nicky, is drawn to search for the infamous cryptid, only to disappear into the bowels of a secret underground lair. The Dover Demon is far deadlier than anyone could have believed. And there are many of them. Can Sam and his reunited friends rescue Nicky and battle a race of creatures so powerful, so sinister, that history itself has been shaped by their secretive presence?
THE DOVER DEMON follows Sam, Kelly, Tank, and Stephanie in their quest to save Sam’s son Nick from the strange creatures the four of them witnessed in 1977. In typical Shea fashion, the story opens with just enough action to reel you in and then slows into a steady lull just long enough for you to get to know his hopelessly flawed but likeable characters. Then he grabs you by the tonsils and yanks you through the story at such a frenetic pace you have to remind yourself to breathe. From the first scare to the last word, Hunter moves the story along with fast paced action scenes and timely scares, all the while building tension and a heavy sense of despair that stays with you all the way through the story. And you’ll think you know where the book is headed, but you’ll be wrong. The story takes a jaw-dropping and completely unexpected turn that makes for a shocking, immensely satisfying finale.
THE DOVER DEMON is the third Hunter Shea monster story that I’ve read to date, and the stories get exponentially better with every new novel. His monsters are always convincing and always scary as hell. I’ve read every one with a sense of roller-coaster glee, and I can’t wait for the next one. Hunter knows monsters and THE DOVER DEMON is his most delightful and insidiously terrifying monster yet. If you love horror and you love a good monster scare, you want this book.
Published by: Samhain Horror
About the author: Hunter Shea is the author of the novels The Montauk Monster, Tortures of the Damned, Sinister Entity, Forest of Shadows, Swamp Monster Massacre, Evil Eternal, and The Dover Demon. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, and the Cemetery Dance anthology, Shocklines : Fresh Voices in Terror. He’s currently working on or completed a few more manuscripts set to come.
His obsession with all things horrific has led him to real life exploration of the paranormal, interviews with exorcists and other things that would keep most people awake with the lights on.
Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors, and anyone else living in the horror lane.
He lives in New York with his family and vindictive cat. He waits with Biblical patience for the Mets to win a World Series. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at www.huntershea.com or find him on Facebook and Twitter.