Saturday, September 26, 2015

Hunter Shea's Tortures of the Damned - Review and {Giveaway}

It's safe to say that Tortures of the Damned is truly frightening. Not in the sense of the horrific things that happen after the apocalyptic event in the story (believe me, there are plenty of those), but in the sense of the true dread of just thinking about the implications of "What If This Really Happens?"...and it could. We really don't know exactly what would happen in a chemical warfare attack, but I'm pretty sure if it does, it's going to be an awful lot like what happens in this book.

This is only my second read by Hunter Shea and all I can say is..."What was I waiting for?" He has a true knack for writing a myriad of horror stories, whether it be this frightening post apocalyptic tale, or a haunted house/island in Island of the Forbidden. Next up is The Dover Demon and I have to say that I'm truly psyched for that.

On another note, not only does Shea have a knack for a horror story, he knows how to write characters that the reader will care about, especially in this book. I cared about what was happening to these people, almost living their fear and trials vicariously. Thank goodness I would emerge from my reading forays into my safe armchair at home. I don't want to be one of "The Damned."

About the book
· Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
· Publisher: Pinnacle (July 28, 2015)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 0786034777
· ISBN-13: 978-0786034772

First, the electricity goes—plunging the east coast in darkness after a devastating nuclear attack. Millions panic. Millions die. They are the lucky ones. 

Next, the chemical weapons take effect—killing or contaminating everything alive. Except a handful of survivors in a bomb shelter. They are the damned.

Then, the real nightmare begins. Hordes of rats force two terrified families out of their shelter—and into the savage streets of an apocalytic wasteland. They are not alone. Vicious, chemical-crazed animals hunt in packs. Dogs tear flesh, cats draw blood, horses crush bone. Roaming gangs of the sick and dying are barely recognizable as human. These are the times that try men’s souls. These are the tortures that tear families apart. This is hell on earth. The rules are simple: Kill or die.

“A lot of splattery fun.”—Publishers Weekly

“Harrowing, bloodsoaked.” —Jonathan Janz, Author of The Nightmare Girl

“Frightening, gripping.”—Night Owl Reviews

“Old school horror.” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author

About the author
Hunter Shea is the author of the novels The Montauk Monster, Sinister Entity, Forest of Shadows, Swamp Monster Massacre, and Evil Eternal. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales and the Cemetery Dance 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 lives in New York with his family and vindictive cat. He waits with Biblical patience for the Mets to win a World Series. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at

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