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Black Canyon
     

Black Canyon

4.5 11
by Jeremy Bates
 

AUTHOR'S NOTE - This is a novella, hence the $0.99 price; if you're looking for a full-length novel, please check out any books in the "World's Scariest Places" series.

EVIL HAS A NEW FACE - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado boasts one of the most beautiful and deepest canyons in the United States. For twelve-year-old Brian Garrett, a

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AUTHOR'S NOTE - This is a novella, hence the $0.99 price; if you're looking for a full-length novel, please check out any books in the "World's Scariest Places" series.

EVIL HAS A NEW FACE - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado boasts one of the most beautiful and deepest canyons in the United States. For twelve-year-old Brian Garrett, a weekend camping trip in the park promises to be an opportunity to bond with his aloof parents. But after his father suffers a horrible accident during a hike to the chasm's floor, events spiral quickly out of control, and over the next twenty-four hours Brian will uncover a terrifying dark side to his father--and an even darker side to himself.

"Discontented adolescent Brian, the narrator of this short, sharp shocker, admits to parricide in the opening paragraphs, and he has a few more startling surprises to spring before he's through recalling his family's ill-fated Colorado camping trip in the fall of 1990. Things are already tense between Brian and his bickering parents when Brian's showboating dad stumbles off a cliff and seriously injures himself. While Brian's mom runs for help, Brian watches over his dad, until the delirious man tells Brian a secret that makes the boy less inclined to save him. The stage is set for other revelations that put Brian's behavior in grim context. Bates (The Taste of Fear) writes persuasively from Brian's adolescent point of view, making the horror of his youthful reminiscences that much more intense. A coda shifting from the past to the present comes across as something of a storytelling cheat, but it doesn't diminish the power of this first-person tale."
- Publishers Weekly

Praise for Jeremy Bates and his books:

"Bates' approach to the story is surprisingly restrained, cultivating impressive frights in the unnerving environment...an understated horror story that will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like."
-- Kirkus Reviews on Suicide Forest

"Bates takes an intriguing premise to shocking lengths, revealing the outcome only in an epilogue. A graphically violent story with building suspense and a moral about where weaving such a web may lead."
-- Booklist on White Lies

"The Catacombs is easy to consume whole, like a shocking, but delicious, pint of ice cream, as Bates never shies away from the bad or the ugly. If you are looking for something to give you chills before you go to bed or make you think twice about turning off your light, then The Catacombs is the book for you."
-- San Francisco Book Review on The Catacombs

"The story culminates in a tense situation and a surprising yet satisfying ending...well written and an exciting thriller."
-- Suspense Magazine on White Lies

"The Catacombs is a thrilling descent into the unknown, peeling back the dark layers like a rotting onion, tears running down your face as you try to climb your way out. A hypnotic story of buried truths, disfigured creatures, and lost histories told with an authoritative voice full of heart and insight."
-- Richard Thomas, Bram Stoker nominated author on The Catacombs

"Big on suspense...think of The Blair Witch Project with the exception being that this takes place in...a real haunted setting."
-- HorrorAddicts on Suicide Forest

"Here's an enjoyable book to lose yourself in. Jeremy Bates doesn't miss a trick, teasing and misleading, ratcheting up the tension as the heroine...loses traction on a slippery slope of deceptions."
-- Glenn Kleier, New York Times bestselling author on White Lies

"A horror story like none other...makes for a read that will delight horror fans who want their novels steeped in psychological suspense as well as action."
-- Midwest Book Review on The Catacombs

Product Details

BN ID:
2940046570793
Publisher:
Jeremy Bates
Publication date:
02/10/2015
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
18,744
File size:
621 KB

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Meet the Author

Jeremy Bates is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and novellas, which have been translated into several languages and downloaded more than one million times. He has won both an Australian Shadows Award and a Canadian Arthur Ellis Award. The novels in the “World’s Scariest Places” series are set in real locations, and so far include Suicide Forest in Japan, The Catacombs in Paris, Helltown in Ohio, and Island of the Dolls in Mexico. You can check out any of these places on the web, or visit SUICIDEFOREST.INFO, THECATACOMBS.INFO, HELLTOWN.INFO, and ISLANDOFTHEDOLLZ.INFO. Also, stop by JEREMYBATESBOOKS.COM to receive a free novel and novella.

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Black Canyon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters! Well written. Crazy what some people are like!
Anonymous 4 days ago
Short but right to the point.,.....
Brodk 6 days ago
Quick, easy read, seems as though the events could happen. Free for download.
Anonymous 11 months ago
loved it! best short story i have read in a long time
Anonymous 11 months ago
This was a really good read. It's only 45 pages, but I got it free, which made it even better. I hope the author brings back Brian. I will be purchasing more from this author.
steveww More than 1 year ago
wicked little thriller! would recommend to anyone who likes serial killers (though this one is a little more unusual)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had no idea where this novella was going (in a good way!) until the end. Then .... shocking! Poor little Brian
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazin'! Great story told via the perspective of a young boy. He's on a vacation with his dysfunction parents when something goes wrong - but that is all I will say. Didn't see the twist!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this author but the last two "books" I've purchased have been 25 pages and 48 pages (this one). B&N as well as author should be ashamed of peddling what doesnt even amount to a short story as a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Totally unexpected events. I love this author's books. Fun thriller.