Evilution [NOOK Book]

Overview

Humankind is about to change ...

Shrouded by fog for nearly two years, the picturesque village of Paradise harbours more than its share of secrets. Having won a cottage in a competition she can’t remember entering, Chase Black moves to Paradise, only to discover that its beauty is skin deep – murder and madness fester in its shadows. When her travelling companion, Jane mysteriously disappears, she starts asking questions. Why are the villagers behaving so oddly? Who are the ...

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Evilution

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Overview

Humankind is about to change ...

Shrouded by fog for nearly two years, the picturesque village of Paradise harbours more than its share of secrets. Having won a cottage in a competition she can’t remember entering, Chase Black moves to Paradise, only to discover that its beauty is skin deep – murder and madness fester in its shadows. When her travelling companion, Jane mysteriously disappears, she starts asking questions. Why are the villagers behaving so oddly? Who are the strange figures she sees lurking in the fog? As Chase becomes afraid that something terrible has happened, events escalate dangerously out of control. A virtual prisoner; too late she discovers the real reason she’s there ...

"A classic chiller from a talented new author." - Guy N. Smith, Author of Writing Horror Fiction and The Dark One

"Shaun Jeffrey's debut novel is haunting, disturbing and spooky as hell." - Tim Lebbon, Stoker Award-winning author of Face

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011238215
  • Publisher: Shaun Jeffrey
  • Publication date: 3/12/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 185,493
  • File size: 355 KB

Meet the Author

Shaun Jeffrey was brought up in a house in a cemetery, so it was only natural for his prose to stray towards the dark side when he started writing. He has had three novels published, 'The Kult', 'Deadfall' and 'Evilution, and one collection of short stories, 'Voyeurs of Death'. Among his other writing credits are short stories published in Cemetery Dance, Surreal Magazine, Dark Discoveries and Shadowed Realms. The Kult was optioned for film by Gharial Productions.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2003

    Horror has a new name

    The plot is scary and very imaginative and without giving too much away Evilution is set in the eerie Staffordshire village of Paradise, where the main character, Chase Black has won a house. After moving into her dream home she soon realises the villagers are going mad. But when her traveling companion, Jane mysteriously disappears, she starts asking questions. Why are the villagers behaving so oddly? Who are the strange figures she sees lurking in the fog? As Chase becomes afraid that something terrible has happened, events escalate dangerously out of control. A virtual prisoner; too late she discovers the real reason she's there ... The story was reminiscent of John Wyndham's Midwich Cuckoos, and the pacing and mood are handled well in this chilling story. This is an excellent book, and the well written story makes sure the pages keep turning. Buy this book - you won't regret it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2004

    New kid on the block

    This is a commendable first novel. If you want to try a new author who can only get better, then I urge you to read this book. I imagine when he wrote this, he was having fun. There are several horror cliches, but I don't think they are meant to be taken seriously. The style of writing is crisp and fast, and the story keeps you guessing. I look forward to seeing more by Shaun Jeffrey.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2004

    horrorific

    For afirst novel this book rocked. I can see this author really going places. The story is intriguing, and menacing. It remindd me of early Herbert.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2003

    Evilution

    Shrouded by fog for nearly two years, the picturesque village of Paradise harbors more than its share of secrets. Having won a cottage in a competition she can't remember entering, Chase Black moves to Paradise, only to discover that its beauty is skin deep - murder and madness fester in its shadows. She comes across an old diary in the cottage. Opening the book, the words glare back at her. A tremulous hand has scribbled a warning: I killed her. We killed her. They killed her. It killed her. She dismisses it as the ramblings of a demented mind, nothing more. But when her traveling companion Jane mysteriously disappears, she starts asking questions. Why are the villagers behaving so oddly? Who are the strange figures she sees lurking in the fog? As Chase becomes afraid that something terrible has happened, events escalate dangerously out of control. Now a virtual prisoner; too late she discovers the real reason she's there ... Mr. Jeffrey seduces and terrifies, laying the groundwork with subtle hints and ever heightening tension. While his style and the 'Village of the Damned' plot structure are reminiscent of John Wyndham's Midwich Cuckoos, the pacing is rabid and the small-town characters breathe with the vitality of Stephen King. Jeffrey's sharp characterization, engaging dialogue, tangy local color, and galloping impetus, make this a must read for all fans of the genre. He strikes harder and with more finesse than most of his cotemporaries in the horror/thriller genre.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Amazing!

    Just amazing! If you want a good, long read, this is your book! I recommend it to anyone and everyone! :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Couldnt put it down

    Keeps you guessing. Excellent job!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Endlessly drawn out

    I was disappointed in this book. A lot of the (drama?) In it seems to go on endlessly as if the writer was getting paid by the word count. The main character, Chase, seems unable to make any kind of judgement that makes any sense to me about Ratty, the doctor, etc. The only people who seem to know anything, the victor and the raggerty man always speak only in riddles which seems designed only to justify more endless paragraphs. No crispness, no snap, just endless unreal conversations and a plot (not even close to beliveable) that just goes on and on and on and on......... Poorly written and edited, I was finally forced to skip whole paragraphs and pages, without missing anything revelent, just to finish it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2003

    Evilution

    Chase Black is jobless, and her boyfriend has left her, and when a letter arrives telling her she has won a house in the country by entering a competition she doesn't even remember entering, Chase is understandably sceptical. The house is situated in the village of Paradise, the inhabitants of which are far from friendly: in fact they are downright scary. The reason for the villagers behaviour is eventually revealed, and it's a terrifying revelation. I was drawn in to the story right from the start. It was easy to read, and consisted of some imaginative situations with likeable characters. It would be unfair to give away the solution to the mystery, but it's well worth reading this book for. There are some faults with the book, but the author shows great potential, and an undeniable energy and enthusiasm. Add Shaun Jeffrey to my list of authors to watch.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 6, 2012

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