Swamp Monster Massacre by Hunter Shea
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
I’m not sure what I expected from this novella, but Swamp Monster Massacre was one hell of a fun book to read. As typical of monster novels (and movies) there is a very large cast in the beginning of the book and a much smaller cast by the end. There are some characters that didn’t have much opportunity to develop before they suffered a very painful and gory death, but the ones that survived until the end definitely had my vote. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say that I liked it. And as much as I love horror novels, I typically hate how stories in this genre end. Not so with this book. It ended perfectly. There was just enough closure to know that the worst could be over for the survivors.
I did enjoy the fact that the characters had a different flavor than what I’m used to. The star of the show was the original bad guy. The rest of the cast is different and enough is said about them to know that they’re typical people who got on the wrong boat. I’m pretty sure that none of them will ever decide to tour the Florida Everglades again. I did have a hell of a fun time reading it, but I wasn’t scared. This is more focused on the gore and if you like brains and dismembered limbs, than this is a perfect book for you.
Deep in the overgrown swamps of Florida, where humans rarely dare to enter, lives a race of creatures long thought to be only the stuff of legend. They walk upright but are stronger, taller and more brutal than any man. And when a small boat of tourists, held captive by a fleeing criminal, accidentally kills one of the swamp dwellers’ young, the creatures are filled with a terrifyingly human emotion—a merciless lust for vengeance that will paint the trees red with blood.
This book guarantees hours of entertainment for monster lovers.
I received a copy of this book as part of the RABT tour in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Hunter Shea is the author of the novels Forest of Shadows and Evil Eternal, as well as the upcoming Swamp Monster Massacre and Sinister Entity. His stories have 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 Monster Men video podcast, 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.