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Zakk reviews We Are Always Watching by Hunter Shea, 252 pages published by Sinister Grin Press March 1, 2017.
They’ve watched over the house for generations…
The move from New York to the decrepit Pennsylvania farmhouse is as bad as West Ridley thought it would be. His father’s crippling vertigo only seems to get worse, and even with his mother working herself to the bone, they’re out of money and options.
Grandpa Abraham is a drunk bastard and the living embodiment of the long neglected farmhouse. He claims the place is haunted. Ghosts roam the hall at night and their muffled cries fill the silence of warm, summer nights.
On the ceiling above West’s bed are the words WE SEE YOU. In a house plagued by death and mysterious visitations, West realizes something beyond the fiction of his favorite horror books has to be faced.
Dark secrets are buried deep, and there are Guardians who want to keep it that way. No matter where they go or what they do, West and his family know one thing… they are always watching.
More commonly known for his books about monsters, spirits or “mythical” (I’m a believer) creatures, We Are Always Watching feels like a great change of pace for Mr. Shea. Without going into spoiler territory, Hunter adds a superb human element to the frights experienced while reading. Based on a true events, We Are Always Watching drops a thick veil of dread and anxiety, pretty quickly, that holds up through out the remainder of the novel. Suspense ratchets as the mystery thickens keeping you (the reader) on your toes as the narrative unfolds. The scares in WAAW make the book feel like it can go in any number of ways, with the way it actually does go being very enjoyable and quite satisfying.
The unnerving narrative is carried and supported by a quality cast of characters. The Ridley family feel like an honest to goodness broken unit, the maladies they incur are easy to grasp and in a lot of ways trigger some issues that I experienced while growing up (broken families, setbacks, monkeys on backs, bastard patriarchal figures). Speaking of which, Grandpa Abraham is a real sonuva bitch! Just like…
We Are Always Watching is all mood, all the time. It’s a must read for Hunter Shea fans, a must read for horror fans in general.
I dug this book a ton and it gave me more anxiety than I am used to while reading. I even got up to check the locks a time or two while reading in the after hours. This is currently my favorite Hunter Shea book, you should read it.
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
**Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and/ or publisher and I am reviewing it voluntarily. These are my honest, unbiased feelings. I did not receive any from of compensation.
Here is a link to the most recent news concerning the Watcher of Westfield. Crazy stuff, man. Follow this down the rabbit hole.
Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. 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. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. He’s a bestselling author of frightful tales such as The Montauk Monster, They Rise, Island of the Forbidden, Tortures of the Damned, The Jersey Devil, and many more, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle.
Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.
You can follow Hunter and join his action packed Dark Hunter Newsletter at www.huntershea.com.
Praise for We Are Always Watching
“The family dynamics in We Are Always Watching are perfect, so believable. I thoroughly recommend.” — CEMETERY DANCE
“Brilliantly crafted, keeping you on your toes.” — UNNERVING MAGAZINE
Praise for Hunter Shea
“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
“Hunter Shea has his own style. It’s simple, yet well-written, stories that flow with ease. Mr. Shea graciously walks you through the adventure and mystery, all the while, tickling the hairs on the nape of your neck and filling the pit of your guts with lead.” –Glenn Rolfe, Author of Chasing Ghosts and The Haunted Halls
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