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Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter

4.5 12
by Brian Moreland
A predator stalks the frozen woods.

At a fort deep in the Ontario wilderness in 1870, a ghastly predator is attacking colonists and spreading a gruesome plague-his victims turn into ravenous cannibals with an unending hunger for human flesh. Inspector Tom Hatcher has faced a madman before, when he tracked down Montreal's infamous Cannery Cannibal. But can even he


A predator stalks the frozen woods.

At a fort deep in the Ontario wilderness in 1870, a ghastly predator is attacking colonists and spreading a gruesome plague-his victims turn into ravenous cannibals with an unending hunger for human flesh. Inspector Tom Hatcher has faced a madman before, when he tracked down Montreal's infamous Cannery Cannibal. But can even he stop the slaughter this time?

In Montreal exorcist Father Xavier visits an asylum where the Cannery Cannibal is imprisoned. But the killer who murdered thirteen women is more than just a madman who craves human meat. He is possessed by a shape-shifting demon. Inspector Hatcher and Father Xavier must unravel a mystery that has spanned centuries and confront a predator that has turned the frozen woods into a killing ground where evil has come to feed.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Pushing the limits of hyperactive horror, this dark fantasy combines mythologies to inflict manitous and demons on the inhabitants of fur-trapping outposts in the Canadian wilderness of 1870. Insp. Tom Hatcher left Montreal to recover from pursuing the Cannery Cannibal, but now he is profoundly shaken as people around him are slaughtered or transformed into ravenous, flesh-eating fiends. He is both attracted to and repelled by Anika Moonblood, an Ojibwa tracker with her own traumatic history, who tries to awaken his repressed Native American spirituality so that he can recognize the evil spirits at work. Meanwhile, Jesuit exorcist Father Xavier attempts to identify those possessed by demons. It’s hard to work up much involvement with the many characters who exist merely to contribute their blood and guts to the proceedings, and the frantic action eventually becomes more numbing than diverting. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“Dead of Winter is an exceptionally well crafted horror novel. The atmospherics are outstanding and the story offers plenty of surprises right up to its shocking and violent conclusion. Highly recommended.”
— Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Monster of Florence and Cold Vengeance

“A major new talent.”

— James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Map of Bones

"Dead of Winter is a thrilling, wholly-engrossing read that masterfully crosses multiple genres and leaves the reader breathless. Moreland weaves one hell of a history lesson, rich with brilliant characters and incredible plot twists."
— Brian Keene, author of The Rising and Ghoul 

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Samhain Publishing
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5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

In 2007, Brian Moreland’s debut novel, Shadows in the Mist, won a gold medal for Best Horror Novel in an international contest and was published in Austria and Germany under the title Schattenkrieger. When not writing, Brian edits documentaries and TV commercials. He has traveled the globe making films and worked two tours at military bases in Iraq with a documentary crew.

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Dead of Winter 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Dead of Winter tries to combine a lot of different tropes: cannibals, curses, demons, all into one. But while that’s a good idea in theory, in practice it doesn’t always work that way. It takes a skilled author to pull that off. Luckily, Brian Moreland happens to be a skilled author, and his creation of the Cannery Canibal, a serial killer eerily reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter, shows that he knows how to create characters that, albeit mad, are believeable. The plot is complex and challenging, but in a good way. Definitely a must-read for fans of horror. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story couldnt put it down
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has everything you need in a horror book. 1830's, wilderness, indians, superstition, windigos, manitous, devils, demons and cannibals..Great story, I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Brian Moreland's debut novel for the Samhain Horror line, Dead of Winter follows a Montreal police inspector who's working for a wealthy fur trader magnate in the wilds of Canada. Brutal deaths plague Fort Pendleton and some natives speak of evil manitous seeking out human flesh, turning hapless human victims into ravenous killing machines to stalk the forest. But Inspector Hatcher has seen this evil once before, thought it was stopped, but he may be wrong. What was known in Montreal as the Cannery Cannibal, and who also taunted him and murdered his pregnant wife, could have escaped prison and suddenly appeared here now seemed incredible, impossible. Eventually, Pendleton agrees to enlist the help of a priest who specializes in thwarting demonic infestations...an exorcist, much to Hatcher's dismay. But can they stop this seemingly ancient evil before its too late... Moreland deftly blends a thoroughly enjoyable blood-chilling historical horror novel that blends elements of Christianity and Native American spiritualism to combat an evil older than time. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant to buy this book & was glad I took the chance! The plot is engaging, the characters realistic, & I enjoyed the attention to detail. Pleased to find an author with the ability to create a very real world that drew me in to the story. I didn't want to put the book down, but at the same time I wanted to make it last longer. I'm looking forward to reading new stories from this author!
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Brian Moreland’s bone-chilling historical novel of horror and suspense pulled me right into an intriguing and complex plot of illness, demonic possession, and Native American legend. Captivated by the reoccurring Canadian blizzards and the creepy creatures that move within them, I cuddled under a blanket to stay safe and warm. Set during the 1870s Canadian fur trade, this novel is filled with well-researched and believable characters. Tom Hatcher stood out because of his sacrifices when he hunted down the Cannery Cannibal. Anika Moonblood, a feisty native Ojibwa, attracts Tom’s attention with an exquisite feline grace. Tom and Anika’s relationship enthralls, growing and changing throughout the story. The potent combination of characters, suspense, and mystery will have you turning pages to the dramatic, frightening conclusion. I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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sleighanne More than 1 year ago
**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review** The year is 1878 and we're in the Ontario wilderness at Fort Pendleton, owned by a fur trading company. In the midst of winter, a small child rides into the main fort from an outpost, near death, with a priest's journal in her possession. Tom Hatcher, sent there to help solve some grizzly murders, soon learn that there is a shape shifting demon in their midst, one that he has faced before as the Cannery Cannibal. Hatcher and Father Xavier, an exorcist, must then find a way to get rid of the demon before it kills the entire colony, including themselves. Let me start off by saying that there aren't very many authors that have made me afraid of sleeping with my back to the door, but that's how I felt when I was reading this! While I was reading I kept looking back, expecting one of the creatures out of this book to be staring me in the face. That being said, I really liked this book! It is obvious that Moreland did a lot of research for this novel. There was a lot of research that must have been done on Catholicism as well as some of the Native American tribes that appear in this book. That's something that I could really appreciate. There are a lot of authors that don't take the time to research as they should. With that, Moreland spends a lot of time giving his characters a lot of depth. From Father Xavier to Anika, all of the major characters, you really got a sense of who they were and why they were that way. You could relate to them and like them (in most cases). And then he makes the villain so despicable that you have so much hate for him, but he still scares the hell out of you. My favorite part though, were the demons. He describes these creatures so vividly that I actually dreamed about them. And they're scary. Not to mention that there is a fair amount of gore sprinkled throughout this book, which I thought was fantastically executed. Moreland does a fantastic job introducing the characters, making the reader connect with them while going through the story with them and making you just as scared as they are. There's also a level of suspense as you wait to find out where these creatures are coming from and how they are going to be stopped. Overall, fantastic book and it was a fantastic read for October! If you love horror and don't mind gore, I highly recommend that you check this book out! I give it 4 out of 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. I cant wait to read this authors next novel.
AMDonovan More than 1 year ago
A very well done horror with believable plot twists, loss, betrayal and redemption. The main characters are those that have lost the groundings of their lives, usually through the actions of others. These are people that could easily have given in to despair and surrendered to the evil that had already tried to destroy their lives but manage to make it through the hardships for a chance to rebuild their lives. Ultimately, in the end, this is a tale about justice and a fresh chance. Taking place during the colonial days with the northern fur trade and involving evil spirits, deals with the devil and cannibalism. Definitely not for the faint of heart. © Night Owl Reviews