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{Review} WHAT HIDES WITHIN, Jason Parent

{Review} WHAT HIDES WITHIN, Jason ParentWHAT HIDES WITHIN by Jason Parent
Published by Bloodshot Books on December 15, 2017
Genres: Alien, Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Police Procedural, Psychological Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
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Clive Menard is just an ordinary guy living an ordinary life. But when a talking spider crawls inside his head, things get a lot less ordinary...and people start dying.

Could an itsy-bitsy arachnid be behind the killing spree terrorizing Clive's community? To evade a sharp detective and find a murderer among friends, Clive must shake the cobwebs loose and piece together the puzzle of his life, all without falling prey to a dark force beyond his comprehension.

A genre-twisting dark comedy, What Hides Within is an EPIC Finalist and Independent eBook Award Runner-Up for "Best Horror."

"I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes horror. It will make you cringe. It will make you shudder. It will make you want to take a shower. But you won't be able to put it down." - Thomas W. Everson, author of The Rain Experience Trilogy

WHAT HIDES WITHIN, by Jason Parent, was originally released in 2012.  It is now being re-released by Bloodshot Books, with revised content and an all new cover design.  I enjoyed this book immensely the first time I read it (my first novel by Jason Parent), but I must admit that this new edition is a much smoother, more professional quality book overall.  I caught several key moments that really added to my understanding of the characters here.

We begin with Clive, an unmotivated man without any real ambition, his reclusive roommate, Kyle, and his “friend”, Morgan.

“Clive was complacent in his complacency, his life without waves . . . “

After a day of fishing–when Clive accidentally paddles himself into a massive nest of spiderwebs–he begins to notice some changes . . .  The one major change begin a voice that talks to him from inside his own head.

“If I was the devil, would I tell you that I was? . . .”

Through their everyday banter and sarcasm-laced interludes, you begin to know and feel for these characters.  Aside from Clive, we have “Chester” (think Charlotte’s Web gone horribly wrong), the over-protective “friend”, Morgan, and the young but so-much-more-mature than the adults around her, Victoria.  These characters come alive on the page through their actions, inactions, and dialog.

“. . . He wasn’t alone.  He was never alone.”

Once Clive’s head becomes a home to Chester, the novel takes off in all directions, making this a complex narrative that crosses over into several genres.  Besides having his “best friend”  talking to him from literally inside of his own head, Clive has to contend with a bomb-weilding psychopath, an overly friendly boss, a no-nonsense detective, and his neglected eight-year old niece.

“. . . It wasn’t that . . . given up.  Rather, . . . recognized that the fight was no longer winnable . . . “

There are enough twists in this book to keep you guessing up until–and even after–the very end.  The action is virtually non-stop, and the scenes laced with dark-humor give the story some comic relief, without letting up on the intensity of the overall novel.  This is one tale that will keep you on your toes all throughout–particularly if you suffer from Arachnophobia . . .

“Some things should stay buried.”

Highly recommended!

About Jason Parent

Jason is an author of horror, thrillers, mysteries, science fiction, and dark humor, though his many novels, novellas, and short stories tend to blur the boundaries between these genres. From his award-winning first horror/mystery novel, What Hides Within, to his widely applauded police procedural/supernatural thriller, Seeing Evil, Jason’s work has won him praise from both critics and fans of diverse genres alike. His work has been compared to that of some of his personal favorite authors, such as Chuck Palahniuk, Jack Ketchum, Tess Gerritsen, and Joe Hill.

Jason grew up near Fall River, Massachusetts, the setting for several of his novels. He has lived in New England most his life, currently residing in Rhode Island.

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Praise for Jason Parent

“Seeing Evil has some very special moments and is a very fast read. There’s no denying Parent has talent.” – Glenn Rolfe, author of Blood and Rain and Boom Town

“Jason Parent has done it again! He has created a brilliant story that will grip you tight and won’t let go! I found myself turning page after page to see what happens next. From start to finish, this book is mind blowing!” – Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews on A Life Removed

“Wonderfully original tales of horror… Wrathbone and Other Stories gets my highest recommendation.” – Cemetery Dance

“From the eerie opening tale to the grisly closer, and all of the wonderfully mean-spirited tales in-between, Wrathbone is a winner!” – Jeff Strand, author of Dead Clown Barbecue


I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.


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