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When a mutilated body is found in the woods near the central Massachusetts town of Grantham, Scott Dugan comes home for the first time in more than twenty years. He returns to the decaying house where he'd grown up, one of many derelict homes in the long-abandoned neighborhood of Applewood.

More than two decades earlier, Dugan and his tightly bonded group of friends had been struggling with the same pains that plagued millions of teens like them--bullies in school, broken ...

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Overview

When a mutilated body is found in the woods near the central Massachusetts town of Grantham, Scott Dugan comes home for the first time in more than twenty years. He returns to the decaying house where he'd grown up, one of many derelict homes in the long-abandoned neighborhood of Applewood.

More than two decades earlier, Dugan and his tightly bonded group of friends had been struggling with the same pains that plagued millions of teens like them--bullies in school, broken families, money problems, relationships. But the evil that revives to spread through Grantham confronts them with a far darker and more destructive adversary. In 1861, Grantham sent its own home town war hero, Colonel Alexander Pope, and a company of locals to fight for the Union cause in the Civil War. Marching through the isolated rural regions of Georgia, the Colonel and his soldiers discovered a horrible secret hidden behind the lovely facades of the plantation mansions. When the veterans of Grantham came home, they brought something else with them.

Now that something else has awakened once more to grow and feed. Dugan and his friends are among the few who realize what's happening to their town. They band together to ferret out information about the history of the Colonel and to fight the threat. But victory, if it's even possible, will come at a terrible cost. Some, like Dugan, will never be the same.

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Somewhere in the pages of Myers's coming-of-age vampire story lie the bones of a decent horror novel, but it's obscured by muddy prose, confusing multiple time-lines, and unclear points of view. In the early 1980s, adolescent Scott Dugan and his friends are dealing with common challenges of youth in their small, history-filled Massachusetts town of Grantham. Dugan's paper route in his subdivision of Applewood, school assignments, bullies, girlfriends and family issues capture more attention than the ongoing disappearances in town. Eventually, and with limited adult aid, the boys collect enough circumstantial evidence to act on their belief that the town is under attack by a Civil War era vampire and his cohorts. Myers has a feel for the rhythms of a high school freshman boy's life and vernacular, but only readers willing to pay for what resembles a rough first draft will find those buried gems. (May) The Bite Club Rachel Caine NAL, .99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-451-233189 Caine (Glass Houses) offers a solid new entry in her lengthy Morganville Vampires series. Stellar college student Claire Danvers' boyfriend Shane Collins is drawn into an underground fight club that pits humans against vampires for a pay-per-view website. Under the protection of Morganville's Founder and secret ruler, the vampire Amelie, and with her part-time job as lab assistant to the vampire mad scientist Myrnin, Claire has become a little too comfortable with the local vampires for the much more hostile Shane. As Shane jumps at the chance to secretly work out his anger in front of an online audience, with the tantalizing prize of escaping Morganville forever, the murder of Claire's lab partner pulls her into a new round of vampire intrigue that threatens the Founder and all the humans of Morganville. Caine effectively balances the immediate mystery plot with long-developing series relationships, including not only Claire and Shane, but the complicated romance between their vampire housemate Michael and his goth girlfriend Eve, for a satisfying 10th installment that will please both series fans and new readers. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935303190
  • Publisher: By Light Unseen Media
  • Publication date: 5/15/2011
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Before devoting himself full-time to writing, Brendan P. Myers held a variety of senior positions in Information Technology throughout the Boston area, in fields as diverse as engineering, real estate investment, and commercial banking.

His short stories can be found in the Northern Haunts anthology from Shroud Publishing, Dead Worlds: Undead Stories from Living Dead Press, and Malpractice: An Anthology of Bedside Terror from Stygian Publications. His Writers of the Future award-winning novelette Adamson's Rock and his novels Hope Town and Sumner Gardens are available online from all the usual places.

A lifelong resident of Massachusetts and die-hard Red Sox fan, he has recently relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida and is loving every minute of it.
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  • Posted May 28, 2011

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    This is an engaging atmospheric horror thriller

    In Grantham, Massachusetts, Sergeant Lombard of the local police department controls the homicide scene until State Police Captain Jenkins arrives to take over the investigation. A teen taking a leak in the woods found the corpse of a young Caucasian male whose neck was ripped open, but little blood is in the vicinity.

    Lombard knows the vicious attack denotes the return of the beast after a quarter of a century of dormancy. He contacts his high school friend Dugan to come home to the decaying Applewood neighborhood so they can once again fight the evil that came to town during the Civil War when the Grantham regiment fought in Georgia.

    This is an engaging atmospheric horror thriller that hooks the reader with the opening corpse and never slows down until the final cemetery confrontation. Overall the story line is fast-paced though flashbacks to Dugan's early teen days and 1861 detract from the speed but enhance the sense of inevitable gloom and doom. Dugan is a unique protagonist who lost the ability to dream during his first encounter with evil while the malevolent one is a super vile beast. Readers will appreciate a trip to central Massachusetts as Brendan P. Myers provides an exhilarating deadly tour.

    Harriet Klausner

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