When Erin Al-Mehairi approached me about joining the blog tour for this book, I’ll admit I was hesitant. The holidays were approaching and I was already behind the eight ball as far as my work and reading loads go. And then she told me it was another Hunter Shea book. And it was another Hunter Shea monster story. Fricken sea monsters, even. Sigh. Where the hell do I sign up? Because Hunter Shea plus monsters equals mayhem and delight. And Hunter Shea plus sea monsters equals THEY RISE, another outstanding entry in Hunter Shea’s growing Monstronomicon.
I’ve long been a fan of monster stories and sea monsters are among my favorites. I saw the movie JAWS when I was 10 years old and I never looked back. That movie scared the fuck out of me and I loved every last minute of it. It taught me that being afraid can bring you great joy. Soon after, I read the stellar novel by Peter Benchley and subsequently read every other book he wrote. But, with the exception of a few books like Steve Alten’s MEG, the waters have been pretty dry in the world of sea monsters for quite awhile. Until now. Hunter Shea’s chimaera, or ghost fish, is one hell of a scary sea monster. Hours after closing the book, I’m still thinking about it and I suspect I will be for awhile. If I weren’t already afraid of the ocean, I would be after reading THEY RISE.
As with any great story, there is almost always one particular thing that really makes it work. Anyone who has followed Shotgun Logic for any length of time knows that is the thing I hunt for when I write a review. The thing that really makes THEY RISE work is that it’s believable. Shea did his research for this novel and, because of that, I found it extremely easy to suspend my sense of disbelief. While the scenario is unlikely, the science is solid enough to make it plausible. THEY RISE is designed to scare the hell out of you and it’s that plausibility combined with well developed characters and tense, gruesome action scenes that make it function perfectly to its specifications.
If you like a well written, rocket paced horror story and you don’t mind a little–okay, entire barge-loads–of blood in the water, check out Hunter Shea’s newest novella from Severed Press. I enjoyed the hell out of this book and will likely read it again at some point in the future.
THEY RISE, Info and Synopsis
- Print Length:162 pages
- Publisher:Severed Press (January 4, 2016)
- Publication Date:January 4, 2016
Some call them ghost sharks, the oldest and strangest looking creatures in the sea. Marine biologist Brad Whitley has studied chimaera fish all his life. He thought he knew everything about them. He was wrong.
Warming ocean temperatures free legions of prehistoric chimaera fish from their methane ice suspended animation. Now, in a corner of the Bermuda Triangle, the ocean waters run red.
The 400 million year old massive killing machines know no mercy, destroying everything in their path. It will take Whitley, his climatologist ex-wife and the entire US Navy to stop them in the bloodiest battle ever seen on the high seas.
About Hunter Shea:
Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weaned on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.
Publishers Weekly named The Montauk Monster one of the best reads of the summer in 2014, and his follow up novel, Hell Hole, was named best horror novel of the year on several prestigious horror sites. Cemetery Dance had this to say about his apocalyptic thriller, Tortures of the Damned – “A terrifying read that left me wanting more. I absolutely devoured this book!”
Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. Copies of his books, The Montauk Monster and The Dover Demon, are currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.
He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years.
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, crytid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane.
Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hot dogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.
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