Nat Blackburn is given an offer he can’t refuse by President Roosevelt. Tales
of gold in the abandoned mining town of Hecla abound. The only problemthose
who go seeking their fortune never return. Black-eyed children,
strange lights and ferocious wild men venture from the deep, dark ghost
mine…as well as a sinister force hungry for fresh souls.
Cowboy movies were a big part of my childhood and as I got older I enjoyed cowboy novels, Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey being favourites. So I was pleased and intrigued to read a cowboy book with a twist. A dark supernatural twist but one that works very well within the storyline. If cowboys can beat aliens then they can certainly come up against a deadly evil foe of a supernatural nature. The theme is beautifully simple, one of good versus evil. Its the author that gives it that special sprinkle of magic that takes that simplicity and weaves it into walk on the cowboy side of life. By adding historical people and events the author makes the book feel real and believable. You can almost feel the heat and dust of the Wild West seeping out of its pages. Our hero Nate and his friend Teta are tasked with discovering what is happening deep down in Wyoming in the abandoned mining town of Hecla. Something is wrong those that go there are never seen again. The longer Nate and Teta spend in Hecla the worse their time there gets. The author ramps up the suspense page on page. As more characters are introduced the story takes on a more sinister twist. Like tumbleweed through a parched wasteland you are carried through the pages of the book. Finally coming to rest deep in the bowels of then hell the author has created. A page turning, suspenseful, chilling and satisfyingly great cowboy book. A book that will appeal to both lovers of horror and of the Wild West. It will keep you thoroughly entertained till the very end.
Thanks to Anne Cater and FlameTree Press for the chance to read and review the book. As always they are my own views and opinions.
A message from the publisher this book will be published on May 30th.
STAR RATING 4
Hunter Shea is the author of over 20 books, with a
specialization in cryptozoological horror that includes The
Jersey Devil, The Dover Demon, Loch Ness Revenge and
many others. His novel The Montauk Monster, was named
one of the best reads of the summer by Publishers Weekly. A
trip to the International Cryptozoology Museum will find several of his
cryptid books among the fascinating displays. Living in a true haunted house
inspired his Jessica Backman: Death in the Afterlife series (Forest of
Shadows, Sinister Entity and Island of the Forbidden). He was selected to be
part of the launch of Samhain Publishing’s new horror line in 2011 alongside
legendary author Ramsey Campbell. When he’s not writing thrillers and
horror, he also spins tall tales for middle grade readers on Amazon’s highly
regarded Rapids reading app.
An avid podcaster, he can be seen and heard on Monster Men, one of the
longest running video horror podcasts in the world, and Final Guys, focusing
on weekly movie and book reviews. His nostalgic column about the magic of
80s horror, Video Visions, is featured monthly at Cemetery Dance Online.
You can find his short stories in a number of anthologies, including
Chopping Block Party, The Body Horror Book and Fearful Fathoms II.
Living with his crazy and supportive family and two cats, he’s happy to be
close enough to New York City to see the skyline without having to pay New
York rent. You can follow his travails at http://www.huntershea.com.