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In The Dover Demon we have four teens and one alien encounter along with plenty of stomach turning horror. Sam, Tank, Kelly and Stephanie are on a ride home from the movies when they see something so unbelievable they vow to never speak of it again. But for our unfortunate foursome they soon find there is more in our memories than we sometimes remember.
Kelly has been obsessed for her entire life with what they saw as teens and has been following every occurrence and sighting. Tank and Stephanie just want it forget what happened and never speak of it again. Sam takes a different approach in how he works through their past by writing about it. But one thing they have in common is the past comes back for them all and with a vengeance. Sam’s son Nicky and two friends want to find where The Dover Demon was once spotted and set out for an adventure. They find where the Demon is said to have been seen and more as they disappear in the woods now knowing the Demon is real. I have always found the idea of Aliens one of the most interesting possibilities and one of the most frightening at the same time. The Twilight Zone scared me as a kid and Hunter Shea scares me as an adult and I’m not afraid to admit this because The Dover Demon is one of the scariest and most stomach turning books I’ve read all year. After having just read Tortures of the Damned I thought I couldn’t be made more uncomfortable and queasy but how wrong I was. The scenes of the Dover Demon interacting with humans was almost too much, the horror was so real it made my skin crawl. Hunter does a complete mind twist in the pages of The Dover Demon and had me putting the book down more than once to catch my breath. The sheer helplessness and hopelessness of Sam and his friends was nearly overwhelming and the horrors they are put through must have come from a very dark and scary corner of Hunters mind.
This is the kind of horror book I don’t find often and it hits you where you least expect it. If you love an excellently written and terrifying story, as most of us horror fans do, than I highly recommend The Dover Demon. 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.
Length: 252 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Release date: September 1, 2015
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?
“This wholly enthralling hulk of a summer beach read is redolent of sunscreen and nostalgia, recalling mass market horror tales of yore by John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Peter Benchley.” — Publishers Weekly — Voted one of the best reads of summer, on The Montauk Monster
“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
A trip Hunter Shea made to the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine two years ago sparked the idea for THE DOVER DEMON. While he was there, he met famed cryptozoologist, Loren Coleman and talked about creatures he’s personally investigated. It turns out, he was the man on the scene in Dover, MA in the late 70s when the uber strange biped was spotted by several people over the course of two nights in April, Hunter reported. He also gave it its name, Dover Demon.
Now, Hunter’s fictional world of The Dover Demon has been published as a novel and he was able to go back to the museum of cryptids in August and have a launch party for the book with Loren Coleman! To read more about that and see photos, head over to his site via this link: http://huntershea.com/2015/08/30/the-dover-demon-raises-his-round-little-head-cryptid-novel-release-day/
Hunter Shea, Biography-
Hunter Shea is the author of the novels The Montauk Monster, Tortures of the Damned, Sinister Entity, Forest of Shadows, Swamp Monster Massacre, Evil Eternal, and The Dover Demon. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, and the Cemetery Dance anthology, Shocklines : Fresh Voices in Terror. He’s currently working on or completed a few more manuscripts set to come.
His obsession with all things horrific has led him to real life exploration of the paranormal, interviews with exorcists and other things that would keep most people awake with the lights on.
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, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors, and anyone else living in the horror lane.
He lives in New York with his family and vindictive cat. He waits with Biblical patience for the Mets to win a World Series. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at www.huntershea.com or find him on Facebook and Twitter.
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