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Published by Pinnacle Books on August 30, 2016
Genres: Creature Feature, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Supernatural
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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 . . .
THE JERSEY DEVIL, by Hunter Shea, is a fast paced rampage of the type of “old-school” horror I’ve always loved. The best thing, for myself, in reading a new book based upon an existing legend, is what the author brings into it to make the story uniquely his/her own. Hunter Shea is an author that has yet to fail me in that regard.
The Jersey Devil, a legendary folklore of a winged beast, originates in the Pine Barrows of Southern New Jersey–a vast, wooded region easy to lose oneself in. Some think it is a form of hybrid demon, others, a “scary story” made up to keep children from straying into the Barrens. Then there are those families that insist: “. . . He comes from a power greater than anything on earth . . .”
Three generations of the Willet family believed in the Jersey Devil, for reasons all of their own.
“Every family had their secrets.”
Hunter Shea has everything you could want in a story like this: authentic, believable characters that you come to know intimately through both their words and actions; an intense scope of atmosphere that retains the authenticity and mood as the novel progresses; violence, gore, and other monstrous scenes; and an ending that fits in perfectly with the tale he brings to life.
Even the secondary characters come off as “real” in this environment. Shea doesn’t waste words on unnecessary filler–every part he creates has a reason for being here. The sense of family loyalty is especially prevalent when we are introduced to the lifestyles of those living near the Barrens. When one of their own is affected, the entire family feels it.
“Now, it was simply a matter of an eye for an eye.”
This is one tale of the Jersey Devil that you won’t want to put down until the very last page . . .
About Hunter Shea
Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened 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 www.huntershea.com
I am an avid reader/reviewer of books--primarily horror, thriller, supernatural, and mystery.