The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hunter She’s writing is like great comfort food. I mean, he’s like a wonderful plate of mashed sweet potatoes with a perfectly buttered ear of corn, and a breast of juicy barbecued chicken. Keeping with his previous books like The Montauk Monster, Sinister Entity, Island of the Forbidden, and They Rise, his latest, The Jersey Devil, delivered all the delicious flavors I have come to expect in a Shea novel.
The Jersey Devil is the epitome of paperback horror. The kind of story you expected every month from Leisure Books back in the day. The characters live and breathe within each beat, the evil creature (and star of the show) is scary as hell and will have you curled up, eager to see if anyone comes out of these woods alive. There are some great kills near the front of the book as Shea introduces the creature.
The Willet family has a history with the beast, one that comes to light by books end. Shea does a great job of weaving this main plot in with a couple handfuls of Devil fodder in between. While the side characters add some extra fun, the story really takes hold and stands up once Shea focuses on the Willets as they arrive at the Pine Barrens.
For me, the Pine Barrens, the home to the Jersey Devil, are as much a character as anyone or anything else in this book. Shea brings this devouring land of creepy trees, soft soil, and early graves to vivid life. The result is the reader truly being immersed into the story, adding to the near-constant fear factor.
In the end, I really enjoyed the hell out of this book. It’s the perfect end of summer read!
I give The Jersey Devil 4 stars!
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The Jersey Devil, Synopsis
- File Size:1261 KB
- Print Length:352 pages
- Publisher:Pinnacle (August 30, 2016)
- Publication Date:August 30, 2016
- Sold by:Penguin Random House Publisher Services
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…
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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