Length: 288 Pages
Publisher: FLAME TREE PRESS
Release date: September 6, 2018
The monsters live inside of Kate Woodson. Chronic pain and a host of autoimmune diseases have robbed her of a normal, happy life. Her husband Andrew’s surprise of their dream Maine lake cottage for the summer is the gift of a lifetime. It’s beautiful, remote, idyllic, a place to heal.
But they are not alone. Something is in the woods, screeching in the darkness, banging on the house, leaving animals for dead.
Just like her body, Kate’s cottage becomes her prison. She and Andrew must fight to survive the creature that lurks in the dead of night.
Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review
I’ve read a lot of books from Hunter Shea, if you follow my blog you’ll often see his reviews. I really have a great time reading his crypid and monster stories. Creature was a very different book from what I typically see from Hunter Shea. It had a different voice, feel and overall vibe, and I dug the shit out of it. I was immersed in this story right off the bat, and every detail of Kate’s illness and her horrible journey couldn’t have felt any more realistic, and the creature was terrifying and awesome. I didn’t know where the story would take me for most of the book. But, when I saw where it was going I thought ‘holy crap, Hunter just took this horror story to another lever’. Kate was an amazing character and I loved her and the strength she showed as her body continued to rundown. It’s hard to say too much without spoiling it in some way, so I’ll let you see how it all shakes out. It was easy to see the love, sweat and tears Hunter put into this book, and this is most likely the best damn book Hunter Shea has written and I can’t recommend it enough.
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 http://www.huntershea.com, sign-up for his newsletter, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.