Hunter Shea – The Devil’s Fingers Review

Genre: Horror
Length: 202 Pages
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Release date: October 24, 2018

It is a slime-covered fungus known for its pinkish red tentacles and pungent odor. It is indigenous to Australia but has spread to North America. Its Latin name is Clathrus Archeri, also known as Octopus Stinkhorn. Most people call it The Devil’s Fingers . . .

Deep in the woods of Washington, botanist Autumn Winters stumbles onto a field of the luridly colored fungi. Two of her fellow campers make the mistake of touching it. Now it’s growing on them. Fleshy gelatinous pods. Sprouting from their skin. Feeding on their blood . . .

Autumn watches in horror as her friends are transformed into monstrosities—grotesque, human-fungal hybrids as contagious and deadly as any virus. Autumn knows she must destroy these mutations before they return to civilization. But if there’s one thing that spreads faster than fear, it’s The Devil’s Fingers . . ..

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review

Hunter has done it again, he’s made me love another nasty, splattery, gore filled horror story. He never fails to bring creative creatures, monsters, or in this case a gross fungus known as Clathrus Archeri, to vivid life. The Devil’s Fingers is nothing short of old school horror that held me in it’s nasty slimy grip. At every turn the situation became worse for the group of campers. They were planning on paying their respects to a deceased friends father, but as it usually goes, things go sideways. This was a great group of characters, and I genuinely felt bad for them (this always a plus when I connect to the characters).

The descriptions of pods bursting with tentacles wiggling was enough to make me gag. The contagious and conspiratorial nature suspected behind the fungus was fun, and tied to a conspiracy I know others fully believe to be true, some I know personally. I had a hard time not reading this book in one sitting, but a reader must sleep at some point! If you’re a fan of Hunter than this will not disappoint. Go and download a copy, it’s a must read. Just be warned, the level of gross is high in the pages of this one…

Link to purchase The Devil’s Fingers

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.

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5 thoughts on “Hunter Shea – The Devil’s Fingers Review

  1. Hunter is on my auto read list. I agree, some scenes made me gag too. LOL I love that he pulls no punches. My review goes up this month too. Just reviewed Megalodon In Paradise. Have you read it yet?

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  2. Just finished The Devil’s Fingers, right after Rattus. Both stories are well written, but depressing. What happened to happy endings and Hunter Shea’s sense of humor? I miss them.

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