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text 2015-05-01 10:42
Giveaway - today only!
The Remedy - Asher Ellis

Are you a Horror fan? Then don't miss the opportunity to win one of three e-copies of The Remedy! at https://goo.gl/k3kHcD [Giveaway by Hellnotes.com via Rafflecopter]

The Remedy is an intelligent, bloody and gripping read by Asher Ellis.

 

Find out more about it and read a Q&A with the author at goo.gl/AjGhAj

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text 2015-04-16 17:35
The sickness will kill you, but can you stomach The Remedy - Q&A with author Asher Ellis

 THE REMEDY (April 8, 2015, Full Fathom Five Digital) is a gripping tale of a college vacation gone horrifically wrong.

In his début novel with Full Fathom Five Digital, Asher Ellis displays a disturbing knack for campy fun and backwoods gore.  It’s Warm Bodies and The Strain meets Spring Breakers, and definitely not for the faint of heart.


Today we have the pleasure of meeting up with author Asher Ellis and talk about his brilliant début novel, The Remedy, our favourite book of the year so far.

"Straight-A student from the University of Vermont, Leigh Swanson, knew she should never have gotten in that car.  A raucous, booze-filled weekend in Montreal sounded like a bad idea from that start.  But, following the incessant nagging from her roommate, she finally gave in— against her better judgement.  However, when a half-baked scheme to smuggle illegal substances across the border takes a turn for the worse, the gang finds themselves lost deep in the woods, terrorized by a contagious deadly fungus and hunted by a family of twisted, interbred cannibals.  And these kids are about to discover that, sometimes, the only thing worse than the sickness itself is The Remedy."
 
Source: bookschatter.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/QA-AEllis-Remedy.html
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review 2015-03-08 15:29
The Remedy by Asher Ellis
The Remedy - Asher Ellis

Take one pinch of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, several dashes of Deliverance add in a whole stock cube of THE LONESOME DEATH OF JODY VERRILL from Creepshow, mix well, and you come out with Asher Ellis' debut novel, The Remedy. And, for the most part, it's a wholly satisfying meal.

Starring a fairly typical cast of college-aged kids who make a number of dumb decisions that put them in the wrong part of the world at a particularly bad time, The Remedy at first glance, seems fairly by-the-numbers. But as the novel progresses, Ellis challenges a number of established genre tropes and forages a path that is different enough to stand out from the pack of similar reads.

Like many stories of this ilk, Ellis has his group of friends meet up with a mysterious stranger who guides them off the beaten path and into a part of the world where a nasty moss begins to cover and transform anything that comes into contact with it. The locals have worked out how to keep said moss at bay, and of course, it's not the kind of remedy our cast of characters is going to pay willingly... The "B" plot of The Remedy follows a park ranger and his two colleagues as they wander around the periphery of proceedings, until the last act of the novel, when they are dragged kicking and screaming into the "A" plot. And it's at this point that things truly get interesting. Ellis holds a couple of genuine aces up his sleeve that I, for one, did not see coming, and these elevated proceedings in notable ways. The Remedy is worth reading for these developments alone.

All of that said, this remains a first published novel and it has a few of the issues that normally exist in such a beast. For example, superfluous characters who raise some kind of hidden past issue that goes absolutely nowhere in a shoehorned attempt to make the reader care before they are dispatched; while another was the extremely predictable "final girl" who I was therefore never too concerned about since it was obvious she was going to make at least the final few chapters. Also, there were a few too many typos to be ignored, but that said, I did read an ARC, so perhaps they'll be caught before the final printing.

Long story short, if you're in the mood for a mash up of several horror sub-genres with a high body count and moments of gross-out gore, then look no further than . It may not knock your socks off, but there's every chance you'll have as good a time as I did, and really, what more can you ask for from a book about a killer fungus?

3.5 to 4 Ill-Advised Dips in the Lake for The Remedy.

 

The preceding was based on an eARC obtained through Netgalley as made available by Full Fathom Five Digital.

Source: www.horrorafterdark.com/2015/03/review-the-remedy-by-asher-ellis
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