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A Top Fave Book: Hell Hole, a Western Supernatural, Publishes Today from Hunter Shea

My very good friend Hunter Shea (www.huntershea.com), who has been launching his Kensington/Pinnacle book The Montauk Monster this summer (and I’ve had fun being publicist), has already published a new book with Samhain Horror today (July 1, 2014), called Hell Hole! I read Hell Hole about a year and a half ago as his first draft first reader, to lend any development editing suggestions or concerns. It certainly didn’t take me long to read through it, though nothing else got done that day.

I think he kicked up the sand with this book right from the start. His writing style reminds me of his whole personality, which is pretty high-octane. It isn’t a dull moment being Hunter’s friend and in helping him with his publicity and his books. He’s got mad skills, but he works awfully hard for it and at it, yet I never know what he’s going to say. I try to compete by making off the wall comments, but nothing stirs this guy! He’s a magnet for the creepy tales, so I suppose I should expect his writing to mirror things that will make my arm hair stand on end. He’s written a whole library set of books as of now and all are different, but all excellent.

Not knowing always what might come out of his head though, I wasn’t completely sure about the whole “western horror” books that a few of these guys were going to publish with Samhain (i.e. Dust Devils by Jonathan Janz came out in Feb. 2014–I ended up LOVING it). I certainly didn’t know what to expect when I dove into reading Hell Hole.

hell hole

I think this cover is so cool!! Right?

However, as with most Hunter Shea novels, and even though this one is completely different from anything else he’s ever written, I was completely immersed! He’s a GREAT writer, rarely needs copy editing, knows how to keep the action going, and he brings out the most in characters so that they really excel and are totally dimensional. I always immediately feel connected to his characters as if I know them personally. Not only that, they stay with me and are memorable–his stories never leave me, even with as many books as I read a year. He’s very visual and I can see the entire story running in my head, which normally is very hard for me.

With this one he also added the element of history (another fave of mine) by setting it during the time of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, when New York City cop Nat  is given an assignment in the mysterious. This gritty, sandy, dusty feel came through in his novel as Nat heads out west to Wyoming, and to a basically different world in this turn of the century time period, in search of finding out what is happening to the people going missing. Nat seems like Matthew McConaughey, his sidekick for-hire Teta, like Johnny Depp, and the lovely lady who’ll make an appearance, like Selma Hayek. Together, they’ll take on mysterious creatures and black eyed children….YEP, I’ll never enter a mine again. Well, I probably wasn’t going to anyway, but still, you know what I mean.

Hell Hole is scary good fun and IT MADE THE LIST AS  ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME in the horror genre, especially since it had a touch of history. I have a very hard time comparing his work to anyone else as I feel he is so original. But quite probably, I loved it as much and in the way I have loved Stephen’s King The Gunslinger since the first time I read it back in the early 90s.

Here’s the synopsis~

Deep in a Wyoming mine, hell awaits.  

Former cattle driver, Rough Rider and current New York City cop Nat Blackburn is given an offer he can’t refuse by President Teddy Roosevelt. Tales of gold in the abandoned mining town of Hecla, in the Deep Rock Hills, abound. The only problem–those who go seeking their fortune never return.

Along with his constant companion, Teta, a hired gun with a thirst for adventure, Nat travels to a barren land where even animals dare not tread. But the remnants of Hecla are far from empty. Black-eyed children, strange lights and ferocious wild men venture from the deep, dark mine…as well as a force so sinister Nat’s and Teta’s very souls are in jeopardy.

There’s a mystery in Hecla thousands of years old. Solving it could spell the end of the world.

Sounds pretty entertaining? It’s highly recommended for any reader who likes a good historical with a clever mystery, some supernatural altercations, and the use of haunting enemies that are original and unique to what most writers are using. If you like Ghost Mine or Tales of the Unknown mixed up with the movie “Desperado” and some Larry McMurtry writing, this one is for YOU! It’s spooky, but for my readers who say no to blood and gore, no worries. This one is for the mainstream reader who like thrills and chills. I hope you check it out!

Purchase~

Samhain Horror (and you get 30% off new titles for 30 days)

Amazon

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Hunter Shea, Biography:

hunter shea photoHunter Shea is the author of paranormal and horror novels Forest of Shadows, Swamp Monster Massacre, Evil Eternal, Sinister Entity, which are all published by Samhain Horror. The June 3, 2014 release of his horrifying thriller Montauk Monster is published by Kensington/Pinnacle.

He has also written a short story to be read prior to Sinister Entity, called The Graveyard Speaks (it’s free, go download!), and a book of stories called Asylum Scrawls. His next book from Samhain Horror, titled HellHole, came out July1, 2014 and is his first western horror.

His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, and the upcoming anthology, Shocklines : Fresh Voices in Terror. 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.

He is also half of the two men show, Monster Men, which is a video podcast that takes a fun look at the world of horror. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at www.huntershea.com, on Twitter @HunterShea1, Facebook fan page at Hunter Shea or the Monster Men 13 channel on YouTube.

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Grip and Hold Tight for Hunter Shea’s Online Publicity Tour for The Waiting

The publicity tour for Hunter Shea’s THE WAITING, coordinated by my business Hook of a Book Media & Publicity, has begun!! It all started Friday evening with an announcement by Shea of the schedule, then yesterday with a notice and a giveaway at Renae Rude’s The Paranormalist blog (she’s having a separate giveaway on her blog for a signed print copy of Sinister Entity and 2 e-copies of The Waiting–3 winners total).  Her giveaway is in addition to the tour-wide giveaway, to be clear, but you can enter both.

Stay tuned for the schedule below and main giveaway option. Watch for this graphic around the web! It’s going to be a scary good time, so hold on to your hats, or grip the arm of your chair…..

The Waiting Shea Tour

My thoughts/review~

Shea always impresses me with his excellent writing and fast-moving interesting books. I was scared to death to read this “based on true events” ghost novella, The Waiting. However, was glad I did….I mean….glad I read in the the-waitingDAYLIGHT. From the background stories he told me, I was petrified. I will never vacuum again without looking over my shoulder, want to be alone, or want to be ill. I’m learning more things about ghosts and spirits than I ever wanted to know. Am I curious? Yes, probably too much so. It holds my interest to learn of the unknown. Am I scared still? Yes. And I will forever be haunted by this novella. I read The Waiting in one morning session after I woke up one day, because I couldn’t put it down. I HAD to know what was happening as the story progressed. I didn’t eat breakfast that day and didn’t want to go downstairs until Tim and the kids got home.

This book will be either, depending on your mindset, fun for you to read and be a good, cheap investment for a thrill of a read, OR it will scare you to death and make you incense every corner of your house. I loved the characters in Shea’s novel, particularly for some reason, the old woman next door.

There is a ton of back story to this novel so I would be sure to follow this tour if you are interested. He’ll probably divulge some of it in his interviews and several of his guest articles. It was a blast putting this tour together for Shea and talking about this “inspired by true events” novella. I would really love to see this turned into a movie.

Tour and Giveaway~

I hope you enjoy the publicity tour and let us know what you think. Be sure to enter to win!! Giveaways include one (1) signed paperback of Sinister Entity (this is a full-length print novel of Shea’s that includes paranormal and dopplegangers) plus he’s giving away 5 e-books, one of each of his works: Forest of Shadows, Sinister Entity, Evil Eternal, Swamp Monster Massacre, The Waiting. So there will be six (6) winners in all from the tour-wide giveaway. You must do the Rafflecopter provided to enter. It’s already begun and ends on April 28 at midnight and winners will be notified. Look for the Rafflecopter below the schedule!!

Hunter Shea’s The Waiting Online Publicity Tour

Week One

April 11: Tour Kick-off Announcement at Author Hunter Shea—www.huntershea.com
Tour-wide Rafflecopter Giveaway Starts!

April 12: Inclusion in The Paranormalist’s NetNet Round-up, Plus Giveaway—                                                                              www.theparanormalist.wordpress.com

April 13:
Tour announcement/review at Hook of a Book—
www.hookofabook.wordpress.com

Review at Dreadful Tales—www.dreadfultales.com

April 14: Review at Creating Serenity—
http://www.creating-serenity.com/book-review-the-waiting-by-hunter-shea/

April 15: Review/Interview at Top of the Heap Reviews—www.topoftheheapreviews.com

April 16: Review at Wag the Fox—www.waggingthefox.blogspot.com

April 17: Review at Girl with Book Lungs—www.girlwithbooklungs.com

April 18: Review and guest article at Bookie Monster—
www.bookie-monster.com

April 19: The Paranormalist Giveaway Drawing— www.theparanormalist.wordpress.com

April 20 Easter

Week Two

April 21: Review at Tim Busbey—www.timbusbey.wordpress.com

April 22: Interview (and review re-post) with Jennifer Matlock

The Entertainer Magazine, Print in Lima, Ohio
Online at www.etjenmatlock.tumblr.com

April 23: Guest article at Promote Horror.com

April 25: Interview at Author Russell James–www.russellrjames.com

April 26: Interview at The Paranormalist—www.theparanormalist.wordpress.com

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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY LINK–
CLICK TO GO TO ENTRY  FORM

Click here to enter———————->a Rafflecopter giveaway

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The Waiting, Synopsis~

the-waitingBASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS…

Clinging to life…haunted by the dead.

Newlywed Cassandra Pagano lies in a state between life and death, her body fed and preserved by the machines at her side. While she struggles, unaware of the world around her, someone waits—a boy. A phantom that appears solid, real, alive. Cassandra’s husband, Brian, sees him in the house, by her bedside, running down darkened hallways. The boy walks without sound, whispers words that can’t be deciphered.

Terror and tension are driving Brian to the breaking point. Why is the boy there, and what does he want with Cassandra…and her fading soul?

Early Reviews~

“It has all the makings for a classic ghost story. If you enjoy being spooked by ghastly little children with sinister intentions, this novella is definitely for you.” — Tim Meyer, Horror Novel Reviews

Available April, 2014! Published by Samhain Horror Publishing

Order your e-book at AmazonSamhain Publishing and B&N

Hunter Shea, Biography~

hunter-headshotHunter Shea is the product of a childhood weaned on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. But he doesn’t just write about the paranormal. He actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experience them, then he puts those stories to the page.

His novels and novellas Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal, Swamp Monster Massacre, Sinister Entity, and The Waitingare published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. He’ll have The Montauk Monster out soon from Pinnacle/Kensington and Hell Hole from Samhain this summer.

He lives with his family and untrainable cat close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

He’s also proud to be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. Their show is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. They explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun.

Feel free to contact him any time at huntershea1@gmail.com. Writing is lonely work.

 

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Hunter Shea Releases Cover Art for Paranormal Sequel Sinister Entity!

Another Samhain published author also debuted an AWESOME book cover this week. I am loving their graphic art!! Hunter Shea, author of Forest of Shadows and Evil Eternal, will publish a sequel to Forest of Shadows, called Sinister Entity! It won’t be out for a little while, but doesn’t the cover look….well…sinister? Creepy? Alluring in an evil way? What do you think?

Here’s the blub from Publisher’s Weekly about the upcoming book: 

In the follow up to the paranormal hit, Forest of Shadows, a young, brash ghost hunter teams up with the ancestor of the world’s greatest psychic-medium to confront a doppelganger that is terrorizing a New Hampshire teen.

If you’re curious and haven’t read the first book yet, here’s the synopsis for Forest of Shadows too:

The dead still hate!
John Backman specializes in inexplicable phenomena. The weirder the better. So when he gets a letter from a terrified man describing an old log home with odd whisperings, shadows that come alive, and rooms that disappear, he can’t resist the call. But the violence only escalates as soon as John arrives in the remote Alaskan village of Shida. Something dreadful happened there. Something monstrous. The shadows are closing in…and they’re out for blood.

So, what are you waiting for? Forest of Shadows released January this year and is available in paperback and e-book.  Get caught up on it while waiting for Sinister Entity to release.

Available from Samhain: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/forest-shadows-p-6675.html or other places like Amazon, etc.

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