Hunter Shea – Just Add Water Review

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review

Just Add Water was an absolutely fun read that I enjoyed from start to finish. Hunter fills the pages with all the nostalgia and wonder we all remember when we were kids. Without much recap on the book summary I’ll get right to it. The story is set in the 1980’s and is sprinkled with songs from that era. There are also baseball games played in the street, and various ‘kid’ activities that always lead to no good. This really sets the mood for a good kid adventure centered story. In true kid fashion David and Patrick have no patience waiting for the Amazing Sea Serpents to grow. They feed them without much result, other than a horrible stink, and decide to dump them in the gutter. Now bad news is just around the corner for everyone. These little beasts are growing and I loved the mayhem that ensued after they got loose. There is plenty of horror along with blood and guts and tense moments. As any fan of Hunter’s books knows, he is the king of cryptids, and I think these little monsters are another of his very cool creations. It was fun discovering their origin and the weakness that let the kids beat them. I love that the kids were the main characters and ultimately the ones who battle the sea serpents. Just Add Water had a similar feel to IT or more recently Stranger Things with the banding together of kids against a monster. I look forward to the next book in the Mail Order Massacre series. Optical Delusion here I come!

Book Info

Length: 91 Pages

Publisher: Lyrical Underground

Release date: June 13, 2017

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It’s fun! It’s easy! They only cost a measly dollar. Just clip out the ad in your comic book. Then ask Mom to mail it in. A few weeks later, receive a packet of instant Sea Serpent dust. Then:

Just add water . . . and watch them grow!


Just ask David and Patrick. Their “instant pets” are instant duds. They don’t hatch, they don’t grow, they don’t do anything. So they dump them into the sewer where Dad pours toxic chemicals.


It’s been years since David and Patrick thought about those Sea Serpents. But now, small animals are disappearing in the neighborhood. Strange slimy creatures are rising from the sewers. And once the screaming starts, David and Patrick realize that their childhood pets really did come to life. With a vengeance. They’re enormous . . . and have a ravenous hunger for human flesh.


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, sign-up for his newsletter, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


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