Blackwater Lights [NOOK Book]

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Michael M. Hughes’s Blackwater Lights combines the eldritch horror of H. P. Lovecraft with the supernatural thrills of Dean Koontz.
 
When Ray Simon receives a desperate call from his childhood friend Kevin, begging him to come visit, Ray can’t say no. Kevin promises to clue him in on shocking discoveries he has made about weird, half-forgotten events in their ...
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Overview

Michael M. Hughes’s Blackwater Lights combines the eldritch horror of H. P. Lovecraft with the supernatural thrills of Dean Koontz.
 
When Ray Simon receives a desperate call from his childhood friend Kevin, begging him to come visit, Ray can’t say no. Kevin promises to clue him in on shocking discoveries he has made about weird, half-forgotten events in their past—events associated with a summer camp near Kevin’s home in the small town of Blackwater, West Virginia.
 
But when Ray arrives, Kevin is nowhere to be found. So Ray does some investigating of his own, only to find that no records exist of the camp. Yet he is not alone in looking for information. There are Lily, a beautiful redhead with uncanny seductive powers; Crawford, a wealthy collector of art and people; and Micah, the mysterious leader of the Church of the Open Door. All of them are seeking information about the rumored camp. And they are all interested—very interested—in Ray.
 
Then a midnight encounter with strange floating lights sparks a return of old memories—vivid but fractured images that haunt Ray’s waking hours with intimations of terror and cruelty. Something dreadful happened at that camp long ago. Something was awakened there. Now, with the help of his new friend Ellen, a waitress at the local diner, Ray must navigate a path through madness and murder—a path that leads inexorably to an all-but-forgotten night in his childhood . . . and to a future of unimaginable horror.

Praise for Blackwater Lights
 
“Michael M. Hughes’s highly intelligent debut novel, Blackwater Lights, weaves a stunning tale of intrigue, ritual, and dark magic. It’s brilliantly paced and beautifully written, and once the journey has begun, it’s impossible to put down. Luckily for those of us hooked on Hughes, Blackwater Lights is but the first work in his forthcoming trilogy.”—Lisa Mannetti, Bram Stoker Award–winning author of The Gentling Box

“Disturbing, surreal, and spooky as hell, Blackwater Lights is a brilliantly written debut, marking Michael M. Hughes as a talent to watch.”—Tim Lebbon, author of Coldbrook and the Toxic City trilogy

Blackwater Lights is a paranoid thrill-ride that deftly combines mystery, sci-fi, and horror elements into a modern-day conspiracy tale. An impressive debut that builds to a satisfying, action-filled conclusion.”Cemetery Dance magazine

Blackwater Lights has action, adventure, sex, love, designer drugs, and violent death, all woven into a globe-spanning paranormal conspiracy. I mean, really, what’s not to like? Consider this my official request for a sequel.”—F. Paul Wilson, author of the Repairman Jack novels and The Adversary Cycle
 
“A harrowing and riveting thrill ride. Hughes is a welcome addition to the dark-fiction ranks.”—Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345548801
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 35,737
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael M. Hughes writes both fiction and nonfiction. Blackwater Lights is based on a short story that first appeared in Legends of the Mountain State: Ghostly Tales from the State of West Virginia. When he’s not writing, Hughes lectures on paranormal and Fortean topics and performs as a mentalist. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Truer than Fiction First off, full disclosure: I am honored to

    Truer than Fiction

    First off, full disclosure: I am honored to be a fairly long-time friend of Michael Hughes, who discovered my identity by browsing my one and only book at a Haight-Ashbury bookstore in 1996. Secondly, and perhaps balancing this partiality, I am not at all inclined to read anything in the "eldritch horror" genre. This is my first reading in this genre. So let us say I began reading it more from the obligations of loyalty than from an intrinsic interest.
    All that notwithstanding, I truly and honestly could not stop reading it once I started. (And didn't go to bed till about 2 AM.) And although some of the supra-rational events at the finale stretched my credulity, the abysmal horror of our own United States brainwashing-multiple identity-construction and memory-deletions carried out on children here in the 1950s and 1960s did indeed take place, and the horror of this fictional tale is no worse than the horrors that actually occurred here and which have been covered over by our government. If peeps of a younger generation are unaware of these events, all they need do is a quick online search when you encounter a term like MKUltra. You will find first-hand accounts from people now in their 70s who were thus abused when 5 or 6 years old.
    So this is not just fiction. As Samuel Johnson would say, it both entertains and instructs. It is a lesson in how not to let government and government secrecy cloak inhumane and barbarous behavior. But it is, nonetheless, truly a "page turner."

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    A compelling and riveting supernatural thriller, but with a very

    A compelling and riveting supernatural thriller, but with a very realistic feel, which made it extra creepy. It had all sorts of crazy stuff - mind control,
    conspiracy, erotica, weird drugs, and just the the right dash of humor to balance it all out. The characters are really rich and I cared about all of them,
    especially Ellen (the love interest) and the I really wanted to throttle the nasty villainess, Lily. 

    I wish the book had been longer because I wanted more! I hope there's a sequel because I want to find out what happens next. Highly recommended if you like well-written but scary thrillers. 

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Great read! The book really captures your attention from the be

    Great read! The book really captures your attention from the beginning and I found it hard to put down. Mr. Hughes is an up and coming author and I look forward to his next book!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Fantastic mix!

    Loved the mix of paranormal, designer drugs, and politics with a chunk of history thrown in. Many people dont know that the US gov did delve into the paranormal to help gain footholds during ww2 and the cold war fron what i underatand. Plus, it included local history. I loved the writing and read thia book in 1 day it grabbed me so hard. Hope to see lots more feom Mr Hughes. Just got his compilation of short stories for free! On nook

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Great read

    Great book.... I could not put it down... Felt like I was reading Steven King.. a great compliment to this new author.... It ended as if it could be continued... I'm hoping for a sequel... PLEASE!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    CREEPY 200 pages

    This book is science fiction, super natural. It is about 200 pages. It is extremely violent, with all kinds of torture, blood, guts, murder rape, cursing, the occult, aliens, drugs, blackmail, corrupt officals, sex, esp and everything else nightmares are made of. It is worse then any other book I have ever read with the psychological terror. It freaked me out big time. I am big fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, yet this book outcreeped their works big time. It is better edited than most free books. I started to give this one star because I found it so disturbing, then I thought, well...isn't that what the author intended? For adults only.

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    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Meh

    Easy read. Finished it within a few hours - so it obviously had something that made me want to keep reading it. However, the first half was much better than the last half. I liked the writing style a lot. I just didn't find the explanation of the big mystery as interesting as I hoped it would be.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Good story.

    Well written-worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Ahhh boo

    This gives u night mares for rest of u life

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Super creepy!

    Super creepy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Loved it

    This was a really good stort!!! Congrats! :) keep it coming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Super Creepy!

    This book creeped me out especially since I was reading it before bed! I think it was be awesome as a movie!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    GREAT READ !!!

    GREAT READ !!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Crystalfur

    Name:Crystalfur

    Gender:Female

    Position:Dep

    Mate:None

    Kits:None

    Appearamce:Shes scarred from so many battles shes almost ugly (ive rped tgis cat from a kit these r all from actual bloodclan battles) her peircing blue eyes seem to stare into cats souls

    Personality:Feirce she is secretive and a bit hostile at times but only becaue of her hard life she can be sweet

    Past:If u want to know so bad ask.



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  • Posted November 18, 2013

    Well....some things I liked and some I didn't. Ray was a great

    Well....some things I liked and some I didn't. Ray was a great protagonist - school teacher, fresh out of a relationship, and trying to do right by coming to the aid of his childhood friend. I liked Ray, but he seemed a little too gullible at times. Kevin is desperate for Ray to come visit and has new information about a childhood trauma they both experienced, but when Ray arrives, Kevin is gone for several days, leaving a note telling him he'll return as soon as possible. And Ray just....accepts this. Some of Ray's other actions I also questioned, but don't want to give any spoilers.

    The setting added to the mystery - small, secluded town in WV, a house in the mountains with no neighbors, and colorful characters whose trustworthiness is questionable. Growing up in WV, I could identify with some aspects of the story and think I may have met some of these characters before.

    There were some pretty graphic scenes in this book, but I felt like they were essential to the plot and not for shock value. The final 50+ pages were especially gripping and several times I found myself thinking, 'Well, there's no way Ray is getting out of this situation.'

    This was a quick read and the writing flowed well, but if you're not a horror or darker thriller fan, maybe just looking to try something new, this may not be the book for you.

    This review is based on a digital copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    I kept reading this book - against my better judgment - to see i

    I kept reading this book - against my better judgment - to see if something good would be redeemed for my time. It was dark and disgusting with evil acts described that I find no reason for anyone to want to know about. Had I realized it was this, instead of a mystery/murder mystery I would never have ordered it, much less spent time reading it. Since it had good reader reviews - and I do look at those before purchasing - I felt compelled to add my opinion so as to save someone else from wasting time and money if they do not enjoy this type of book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Anon

    Move over King and Koontz there's another player in your field of strange and unearthly delights. I enjoyed all the aspects of terror this horror novel provided. The darker side of evil and power have always been with us...only the truly corrupt and ignorant attempt to control it for their own needs, as is shown in this book. Truth is always stranger than fiction...Germany was not the only ones experimenting on adults and children during the war. Mind control and psi abilities are still being studied today. If you can bend a spoon just by thinking about...I'd keep it to yourself. Jp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    This was not good.....

    I don't understand all of the positive reviews and praise for this book. I really wanted to like it, but struggled to care about any of the characters or what was happening to them. The pacing was slow and I found the main character to be really unlikable. I forced myself to finish the book, only to be rewarded with a predictable ending.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Pretty good

    I enjoyed this free read

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Very good Book

    Very good book..finished it 2 days...keeps you on the edge of your seat!

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