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Published by Severed Press on February 7, 2018
Genres: Alien, Creature Feature, Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Psychological Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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The Dover Demon is real...and it has returned.
In 1977, Sam Brogna and his friends came upon a terrifying, alien creature on a deserted country road. What they witnessed was so bizarre, so chilling, they swore their silence. But their lives were changed forever. Decades later, the town of Dover has been hit by a massive blizzard. Sam's son, Nicky, is drawn to search for the infamous cryptid, only to disappear into the bowels of a secret underground lair. The Dover Demon is far deadlier than anyone could have believed. And there are many of them. Can Sam and his reunited friends rescue Nicky and battle a race of creatures so powerful, so sinister, that history itself has been shaped by their secretive presence?
“THE DOVER DEMON is Shea’s most delightful and insidiously terrifying monster yet.” – Shotgun Logic Reviews
“An excellent horror novel and a strong standout in the UFO and cryptid subgenres.” –Hellnotes
“Non-stop action awaits those brave enough to dive into the small town of Dover, and if you’re lucky, you won’t see the Demon himself!” – The Scary Reviews
THE DOVER DEMON, by Hunter Shea, is one of his fast-action cryptic–or “creature-feature” novels. What sets this one apart from some others, in my humble opinion, is that it incorporates many unexplained sightings and conjecture from all over the world, merging it flawlessly into its own fictional universe. This gives the story a sense of reality, in that many of the topics are actually in debate in our world now. The Dover Demon is an alien, of a sort–only with Shea’s imagination it becomes something much more “fleshed out” and unique than you’ll find in an average alien novel.
“. . . Without mystery, there is no faith, no yearning for greater truths . . . A world without mystery is a mundane existence . . . “
The real beginning to this tale would be an evening in Dover, Massachusetts, in 1977, when several teens–including Sam, Kelly, Tank, and Stephanie–saw an unnatural, alien-like creature. Despite most of them pushing the memory of that night into a locked recess of their subconscious, it had irrevocably changed the course of their lives. Decades later, Sam Brogna’s son, Nicky–spurred on by recent tales of a “Dover Demon” sighting nearby–decides to go “hunting” with a couple of his friends . . .
“Resistance is futile.”
The first part of this book is set up to give us some great insight into each and every one of the main characters. I’ve always felt this to be one of the strengths in Shea’s writing, and he doesn’t disappoint here. We get to bear witness to scenes in the individual characters’ current lives, and in doing so, we see exactly what motivates them, their fears, strengths, beliefs, family and friends. In Sam’s case, his love for his son is pivotal, as he exchanges an impressive business career to open a comic book store, in order to stay closer to Nicky.
“. . . There was always time for books. Reading was knowledge, it was pleasure, it was joy, it was life . . . “
By only a quarter of the novel, I felt as if I actually knew these people, their lives were so complete in my mind that they could’ve walked off of the pages and into the house down the street. When you find yourself genuinely caring about an author’s creations, you know you’ve found something great.
Aside from the emotional attachment, I found the area in Massachusetts–in the middle of a snowstorm–so easy to envision through Shea’s narrative. The bitter cold, biting wind, forms half glimpsed from the corner of your eyes . . . all these become not only possible, but plausible. Once the action starts steadily ramping up, disbelief is impossible. You are under the spell of a spectacular tale.
The action and carnage keeps everything moving along rapidly, and you may find yourself wishing the novel didn’t have to end.
“There is nothing like freedom lost, is there? . . . “
Overall, THE DOVER DEMON is already one of my favorite reads of the year, combining realistic characters, environment, action, and just enough “folklore” to keep you thinking . . . “What if?“. This is a book to keep on the shelves, and re-read for certain.
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.