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text 2018-06-21 12:45
Blog Tour Stop: Hunter Shea Talks People-Eating Monsters!

 

Today, I consider myself quite lucky to be hosting Mr. Hunter Shea!

Many of you here at Booklikes are familiar with him already, but if you're not-he's the author of these fun and exciting books, (among others!)

 

        By Hunter Shea The Montauk Monster - Hunter Shea  The Jersey Devil - Hunter Shea  We Are Always Watching - Hunter Shea  They Rise: A Deep Sea Thriller - Hunter Shea  

 

And this is his latest!: 

 

Today, he's here to talk about people-eating monsters!

  Take it away, Mr. Shea! 

 

Five Colossal People-Eating Monster Books

 

If you grew up in a certain era, B-movie monster flicks were everywhere. From the drive-in (remember those) to the single screen movie theater, Chiller Theatre and Creature Feature on television and in the pages of Famous Monster of Filmland. I was one of those kids who thrilled to the giant killer ants in Them! and the swarms of frogs in, well, Frogs. One of my favorite double features was Jaws and Grizzly. That day was almost better than Christmas. Almost.

 

Sure, there are still a ton of new monster movies being made today, thanks to the SyFy Channel and various streaming programs like Netflix, Shudder and Amazon Prime. But where do you turn to get your B-monster reading fix? Fear not, there are books out there for lovers of monsters like me to devour like fleeing pedestrians. You just have to know where to look. In the spirit of giving, here are five great B-monster books you should be reading. When you’re finished, look at other books the publisher has put out to bulk up your monster book shelf!

 

WORM by Tim Curran

 

Worm - Tim Curran 

 

These are not the wet willie worms of the 70s classic, Squirm. These monsters are enormous…and hungry! One of the things that really makes a great B-monster book is the level of carnage, and there is no shortage in this puppy. Tim Curran has a host of other monster books that will shiver your timbers. Start with Worm and, um, worm your way through his catalogue.

 

SIEGE OF STATION 19 by Raegan Butcher

 

Siege of Station 19 - Raegan Butcher 

 

Now this is an author who gets it. Raegan is the writer that any lover of monsters should be reading. This was the first book of his that I read and I LOVED it. Think of Assault on Precinct 13 with some frightening bug beasts. The action is intense and the dialogue is sharper than a blade, not to mention witty as hell. He’s also written four stellar books about killer, mutant Chupacabras. We need to make this man a household name, STAT!

 

SLEEP TIGHT by Jeff Jacobson

 

Sleep Tight - Jeffrey Jacobson 

 

 

My editor at Kensington suggested I read this itchy, icky novel when I was writing my own monster book, The Jersey Devil. I don’t know about you, but bed bugs skeeve the hell out of me. Well, think of an entire city overrun by the nasty chiggers. The level of insanity this book reaches is stellar. I subconsciously scratched myself the entire time I read it, not realizing I was doing it until my wife asked me if I needed Benadryl spray.

 

CAVERN OF THE DAMNED by Russell James.

 

Cavern of the Damned - Russell James 

 

 

A paleontologist, a long-sealed cave in the desert and a host of giant, pissed off creatures that have never seen the light of day. What more can I say? It’s a gleeful deep dive into a hidden world filled with lots of super nasties, all waiting to take a bite out of the hapless humans who are desperate to find a way out. The best part is, there is a fantastic follow up novel called Monsters in the Clouds. I felt like a kid again, watching an R rated version of Journey to the Center of the Earth.

 

THE HAUNTED FOREST TOUR by Jeff Strand and James A. Moore.

 

The Haunted Forest Tour - Jeff Strand,James A. Moore 

 

 

What do you get when two powerhouse writers combine to unleash their monster loving glee in a primeval forest? One amazing book that will leave you gasping. Easily one of the best monster books written in the past twenty years. I wanted it to go on forever, you know, like a Stephen King book. All I can pray for now is a sequel.

 

Thank you, Mr. Shea! 

 

In the mood for more monster mayhem? Check out Hunter Shea’s latest, JURASSIC FLORIDA. Publishers Weekly calls it a “hilarious creature-feature gorefest from pulp horror maven Shea.”

 

About the Book: 

 

Come visit Polo Springs, Florida, a town that may or may not be on the map tomorrow.

 

 

 

FLORIDA. IT’S WHERE YOU GO TO DIE. Welcome to Polo Springs, a sleepy little town on Florida’s Gulf Coast. It’s a great place to live—if you don’t mind the hurricanes. Or the flooding. Or the unusual wildlife . . .

 

IGUANAS. THEY’RE EVERYWHERE. Maybe it’s the weather. But the whole town is overrun with the little green bastards this year. They’re causing a lot of damage. They’re eating everything in sight. And they’re just the babies . . .

 

HUMANS. THEY’RE WHAT’S FOR DINNER. The mayor wants to address the iguana problem. But when Hurricane Ramona slams the coast, the town has a bigger problem on their hands. Bigger iguanas. Bigger than a double-wide. Unleashed by the storm, this razor-toothed horde of prehistoric predators rises up from the depths—and descends on the town like retirees at an early bird special. Except humans are on the menu. And it’s all you can eat . . .

 

You can get the book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever ebooks are sold.

Visit Hunter Shea at Huntershea.com and sign up for his Dark Hunter Newsletter for a free book!

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text 2018-06-19 18:45
I hope you'll join me on Thursday...
Jurassic, Florida - Hunter Shea

when author Hunter Shea joins me for a guest post in which he discusses his top five people-eating monster books! If you're a fan of creature features, you don't want to miss it! 

 

 

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 over 13 (lucky number!) books, 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.

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review 2018-06-18 11:47
JURASSIC, FLORIDA by Hunter Shea
Jurassic, Florida - Hunter Shea

The quiet town of Polo Springs, Florida, (It's where you go to die!), is about to suffer from an invasion the likes of which it has never seen. Hurricanes? No problem! Climate change? No worries! Giant Iguanas? What the..what???

 

That's right, lizards! At first they're cute and remind you of those television commercials. Then, they seem to be larger than your average geckos. Then, they seem like they must be on steroids or something. And then? Then, they are bigger than your car and threatening to destroy your house! Will the people of Polo Springs survive? You'll have to read this novella to find out!

 

Hunter Shea is the man when it comes to fun creature features. That's all there is to it. There's no shame in serving up fine horror cheese, (and this is cheesy, have no doubt), because, let's face it - sometimes we are just in the mood for some chasing and chomping! What creature is doing the dining? Who cares? Who's getting eaten? Perhaps some of us like to substitute certain members of our families or co-workers for the actual characters... what? Who said that? Anyway, pretty much everyone is getting eaten and that's what's fun about it! There's no fake, drippy sentimentality here. Everyone is fair game.

 

Once again, I came away from this creature feature interlude totally entertained and with another story to tell my friends. "I just read this great book about..." 

 

Highly recommended for fans of creature feature FUN!

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!* 

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review 2018-03-04 00:00
Fury Of The Orcas
Fury Of The Orcas - Hunter Shea Fury Of The Orcas - Hunter Shea I think I need to take a break from creature features for a while. I enjoyed Fury of the Orcas, mostly. I guess mildly would be a better term? It was not one that I could ever lose myself in. I felt sorry for the orcas, but that was about the extent of my investment as a reader.

There were some good lines in there, but there was some stuff that also made me twitch, as well. Like
“I bet they think we’re being pulled in for some sort of interrogation. Or for voting for Trump,” he said to Rosario.


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I'm reading to escape the clusterfudge going on right now, and then I come across his name in a story. I eye-rolled, then I dropped my head back and gave a despairing sigh before I went back to reading.

I... don't have anything more to say. This was an okay read, but it's already escaping my mind, as i can't even remember what the main character's first name was.

Definitely highly prefer some of Hunter Shea's other works like his Mail Order Massacre series. This one just sort of fizzled for me.

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text 2017-12-27 12:30
Char's Horror Corner: Top Ten Novellas of 2017
Spungunion - John Boden
Of Foster Homes and Flies - Chad Lutzke
Mapping the Interior - Stephen Graham Jones
Mystery Road - Kevin Lucia
Wallflower - Chad Lutzke
Just Add Water - Hunter Shea
Hoodoo Harry (Bibliomysteries) - Joe R. Lansdale
Soles - Kay Brandt
Money Back Guarantee - Hunter Shea
Sweet Aswang - Anthony Hains

I ADORE dark fiction novellas. I think that novella length is the perfect form in which to tell a lean and powerful horror story. Every word has to count, anything that isn't important is left out. Because I love them so much, I tend to read a lot of novellas. This year, I decided to give them their own category and so without further ado, here are my top ten of the year. (Please click the book covers below, if you'd like to see my original review.)

 

1Spungunion - John Boden  by John Boden. Spungunion is poignant, powerful and lyrically written at times. In my humble opinion, John Boden, (along with Chad Lutzke, see below), are the REAL DEAL. I will, with pleasure,  continue to read anything they write.

 

 

 

 

2Of Foster Homes and Flies - Chad Lutzke  by Chad Lutzke. Two parents gone and an upcoming spelling bee. It doesn't sound like much, but in the hands of Chad Lutzke it IS much. Almost too much at times. This novella touched me and I related to this poor kid in just about every way. As I said above, I believe Chad is an author to watch.

 

3Mapping the Interior - Stephen Graham Jones   by Stephen Graham Jones. This man is so prolific and thus far, I've only managed to read a few things by him. Mapping the Interior was another poignant story on this list, involving lost parents and life as a Native American in today's harsh world. Much like the two stories above, I'm finding it very difficult to describe why this tale affected me so much, but it did. Perhaps it will affect you in the same way?

 

 

4. Mystery Road - Kevin Lucia  by Kevin Lucia. This is yet another poignant tale about a man caring for his dying father, an area where I have some personal experience. Perhaps, that's why this novella hit me so hard? Or maybe it's just that it was brilliantly and beautifully written. 

 

5. Wallflower - Chad Lutzke  by Chad Lutzke. This is a powerful novella about addiction. Never, ever underestimate the power of drugs or alcohol. People often do just that and end up in dire straits. This was so well written that as I was reading I thought for sure that Chad had personal experience with drug addiction. It turns out he doesn't, but that should give you an idea of how real-feeling this novella was. 

 

6. Just Add Water - Hunter Shea  by Hunter Shea. Amazing sea monkeys! YAY! No poignancy here, (You're probably saying YAY too!), just good clean horror FUN. Simple as that!

 

7. Hoodoo Harry (Bibliomysteries) - Joe R. Lansdaleby the Champion Mojo Storyteller himself: Mr. Joe Lansdale. He's probably the biggest, most well known name on this list. Author of the popular Hap & Leonard series, he writes in all genres and he's always funny as hell. This was a mystery involving Hap & Leonard, and it made me chuckle. Plus, it's a story about a bookmobile-how could I not love that?

 

8. Soles - Kay Brandt  by Kay Brandt. As far as I know this is the only novella written by this author. It had a very cool premise and I think she pulled it off. Ms. Brandt has an interesting career going for herself, but I think if she chose to pursue dark fiction, she might do very well. 

 

9. Money Back Guarantee - Hunter Shea  by Hunter Shea. This is Mr. Shea's second entry on this list. Both of these novellas were part of a series titled "Mail Order Massacres" and were based upon things you could order through the mail via the ads in the backs of comics. Though JUST ADD WATER was my favorite of the three, MONEY BACK GUARANTEE placed a close second. Never mess with a mom who spent some of her hard earned money on a product that nearly killed her kid. Pure F U N!!

 

10. Sweet Aswang - Anthony Hains  by Anthony Hains. I admit to not knowing what an Aswang was when I started this tale. Now that I do know, I wonder why Aswangs are not the subject of more horror stories-because have no doubt: Aswangs are freaking SCARY! I had quite a few novellas ranked 4 stars this year, but I chose to include this one because of the sheer originality and fun of it.  

 

If you've stayed with me this far, I thank and appreciate you! I hope that you'll join me in 2018 as I seek out and hopefully discover more great dark fiction novellas! 

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