Zakk reviews The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea

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Zakk reviews The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea, 352 pages published by Pinnacle, 2016.

Synopsis

THE LEGEND LIVES

Everyone knows the legend of the Jersey Devil. Some believe it is an abomination of nature, a hybrid winged beast from hell that stalks the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey searching for prey. Others believe it is a hoax, a campfire story designed to scare children. But one man knows the truth…

THE DEVIL AWAKES

Sixty years ago, Boompa Willet came face to face with the Devil—and lived to tell the tale. Now, the creature’s stomping grounds are alive once again with strange sightings, disappearances, and worse. After all these years, Boompa must return to the Barrens, not to prove the legend is real but to wipe it off the face of the earth…

THE BEAST MUST DIE

It’ll take more than just courage to defeat the Devil. It will take four generations of the Willet clan, a lifetime of survivalist training, and all the firepower they can carry. But timing is critical. A summer music festival has attracted crowds of teenagers. The woods are filled with tender young prey. But this time, the Devil is not alone. The evil has grown into an unholy horde of mutant monstrosities. And hell has come home to New Jersey…

Review

Holy shit, what a ride. Hunter Shea is back (has he really ever left?) with another lethal dose of monster fueled mayhem. This in the form of The Jersey Devil, a creature I admittedly don’t have a strong base of knowledge with beyond the basic visual characteristics. Part winged goat, part horse, all nightmare fuel.

What I was lacking Is the background pedigree. I really dug the lore behind the creature, it’s a fascinating yarn in its own right. Then Hunter amps it up exponentially into a B-movie spectacle. And that is not a disparaging remark. It’s a straight faced compliment. This read made me long for my childhood, trying my damnedest (and usually failing) to stay up late to catch the after hours gore flicks on Cinemax. Trick Or Treat (not the one with the burlap sack kid), Night of the Creeps, Night of the Comet, I loved these movies. I still do.

I sincerely hope that Mr. Shea had as much fun writing this book as I had reading it. The Jersey Devil has everything I want in a Friday night read, a fun cast of characters, an awesome creature, copious amounts of gristle & bone, and all of it whipping around corners at a substantial pace. Did I mention the copious amounts of gore? It’s everywhere!

The Jersey Devil is the most fun I’ve had from Hunter Shea since Island of the Forbidden and if you even remotely enjoy a creature-feature style of read, then this is totally for you.

P. S. It’s a shame Pinnacle chose to cover up a rad artwork with a ginormous title.

Overall score: 5/ 5

Zakk is a big dumb animal!

**Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher/ publicist for review consideration. This is an honest review, as such these are my unbiased feelings. I did not receive any monetary compensation of any kind.


Hunter Shea, Biography

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.

You can follow his travails at http://www.huntershea.com, sign-up for his newsletter, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Praise for Hunter Shea

“Shea delivers a tense and intriguing work of escalating tension splattered with a clever, extensive cast of bystanders turned victims…An otherwise excellent, tightly delivered plot…Fans of cryptid creatures are likely to revel in this love letter to a legendary menace.”– Publishers Weekly

“Bloody good read! This guy knows his monsters!”- Eric S Brown, author of Bigfoot War and Boggy Creek: The Legend is True, on Swamp Monster Massacre

“Hunter Shea is a great writer, highly entertaining, and definitely in the upper echelon in the current horror scene. Many other writers mention either loving his work and/or having the man influence their own, and for just cause. His writing suits anyone with a taste for the dark and terrifying!” –Zakk at The Eyes of Madness/The Mouth of Madness Podcast


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