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" of the scariest reads that bookstores have to offer."
--Margaret Marr, Nights & Weekends Reviews

Terror has a new face...and that face is Grimm...

For retired Detective Sergeant Arlo Grimm the world has turned into a nightmare haunted by the ghosts of his past and the demons of his future. His youngest son murdered, he suddenly finds himself plunged into a frightening web of conspiracy and the supernatural. In the small seaside ...
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" of the scariest reads that bookstores have to offer."
--Margaret Marr, Nights & Weekends Reviews

Terror has a new face...and that face is Grimm...

For retired Detective Sergeant Arlo Grimm the world has turned into a nightmare haunted by the ghosts of his past and the demons of his future. His youngest son murdered, he suddenly finds himself plunged into a frightening web of conspiracy and the supernatural. In the small seaside town of New Salem, Maine, a horrifying menace has risen from the blackest depths of history. Renegade sorceresses from the Salem witch trials have claimed the town as their breeding ground for the hideous demon, Czcarabus. Calling themselves the Sisters of the Snake, they embark on a spree of grisly killings and terror that will bring the Dark One back into this world--unless Arlo Grimm can stop them in time. Together with a beautiful exotic dancer named Chloe, Arlo finds himself locked in a desperate struggle of danger and dark lust. Can he resist the spell of an evil temptress and stop the Sisters from opening the doorway to Hell? Or will he become the final sacrifice to the darkness bent on devouring his very soul?

"With a hefty dose of creepiness--and just a hint of gore to keep zombie lovers happy--Grimm will take you on a terrifying emotional journey..."
--Margaret Marr, Night's & Weekends Review

"...A creepy, spooky story, well told by a new master of the genre..."
--Lyn Morgan, Tracy's Book Reviews

"A graphic scary ride...with intense emotion and imagery. I was put through the ringer again and again."
--Buzzy's eBook Reviews

"Howard Hopkins walks you through this chilling novel of good and evil in an explosive and visual manner...Keep your loved ones close and get ready to be rocked…"
--Tabitha Tasker, All About Murder Reviews
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  • ISBN-13: 9781430306948
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  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

HOWARD HOPKINS ( is the author of 34 westerns under the penname Lance Howard, six horror novels, three children’s horror novels and numerous short stories under his own name. His most recent western, The Killing Kind, was a Dec. 2010 release and his most recent horror series novel, The Chloe Files #2: Silver of Darkness, is available now. He’s written widescreen and panel comic books and graphic novels for Moonstone, along with co-editing and writing for The Avenger Chronicles, The Avenger: The Justice, Inc. Files, and will soon bring The Golden Amazon back for a new generation of readers. He’s also created a new pulp heroine called The Veil, is the editor of the upcoming Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook and Honey West anthologies, and has had stories in The Spider Chronicles, The Green Hornet Chronicles and The Captain Midnight Chronicles.
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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    Visit New Salem, Maine if you dare!

    Everything that retired Detective Sergeant Arlo Grimm touches turns to death. First, his wife is murdered-and then, two years later, his son, Bobby, is killed during a routine drug bust. Now his other son, David, won't even speak to him. Grimm should have left things alone-and maybe those he loved would have been spared-but he's not a man to leave things be.

    New Salem is a small coastal town in Maine, where dark deeds go unnoticed in the shadows of the night and the supernatural lurks ready to strike at any moment. A group of sorceresses who call themselves the Sisters of the Snake plan on raising the demon Czcarabus, bringing him into the world to spread unspeakable evil. And because he's been chosen as Good's ally, only Arlo Grimm can stop it.

    With the help of Chloe Everson, an exotic dancer down at the Red Lagoon, Grimm becomes locked in a desperate battle with radical witches from the Salem trials who are back for vengeance. And they plan to make Grimm suffer by taking everything he holds dear, including Chloe-the first woman he's been able to love since his wife died.

    Author Howard Hopkins never fails to please me, no matter which genre he happens to be writing at the moment. This time it's straight horror, and he adds a bit more graphic gore to Grimm, which gives the plot a more depraved flavor. Hopkins keeps a good balance between the emotional and the graphic scenes. You get just enough of each, so you'll feel satisfied with the outcome.

    Arlo Grimm is faced with a huge amount of anguish, which drops him to his knees. But that's where he rises to fight with a strength born out of the tragedy that life has thrown at him. That's what makes Hopkins's characters come so alive-and they'll have you praying that they'll fight until they prevail.

    Though Chloe is an ordinary stripper who's just trying to survive in a harsh world, I could still see why Arlo Grimm falls for her. She has an endearing vulnerability about her, but she's also tough, and she won't abandon Grimm, no matter how terrified she is.

    And then there's David Grim. Though he's a very minor character, he's still memorable-because he reminds me of Dean Winchester from the CW's Supernatural. His belligerent attitude made me laugh out loud, and I would love to see him in a novel of his own.

    With a hefty dose of creepiness-and just a hint of gore to keep zombie lovers happy-Grimm will take you on a terrifying emotional journey through one of the spookiest towns in the world. If this one doesn't make you keep a light on while you sleep, then you must dwell with demons.

    Anyone wanna move to New Salem with me? No? Then pick up a copy of Grimm instead-and spend a fun night huddling under the covers as you read one of the scariest reads that bookstores have to offer.

    This review first appeared in Nights & Weekends:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2007


    If you read Dean Koontz' book INTENSITY, you will remember how the title fit the intense story. If you saw director Tim Burton's version of SLEEPY HALLOW, you know he made it into a very dark, gruesome depiction of the otherwise comedic tale. Well, GRIMM is an intense story and as grim as its title. A perfect story for Tim Burton to direct it has intenseness, gruesomeness, and involves witchcraft. The perfect story not to read on a dark and stormy night, but certainly a book that should be read if you have nerves of steel. Arlo Grimm lost his wife to the horrible ravages of witches. Now, two years later, he has attended the funeral of his eldest son, Bobby. Arlo promises Bobby that he will find the person who shot him. He keeps his promise, but the shock of the perpetrator's identity is almost more than he can absorb. Arlo is plunged into a dark world whose existence he has here-to-fore denied, but can no longer escape. He is informed that he is the 'Chosen One', the only one that can rid the world of the leader of the coven, Angelique Ficatier, and bring the slaughters to an end. He must accomplish the deed before the coven can raise Czcarabus, the third Lieutenant to Satan. Arlo is somewhat aided by a person called Granny, also Genie Lansing. The reader must decide who, or what, Genie is. Her appearance is intriguing, to say the least. But what mysterious role do an ancient Musket, and an old sword play in this witchy tale? It is almost impossible to tell the reader about all of Arlo's blood chilling encounters with unparalleled dangers. The review would be book length to give all the kudos this book deserves. It is very well written with excitement continuing throughout.No clothesline sag in the middle here the tension doesn't let up. The characters are so alive that you hurt, cry, and suffer with them you feel the heartaches and the joys, and share the horrors they go through. The reader definitely knows where the characters thoughts are coming from. The sense of place is explicit. It's so real you walk the paths, feel the rooms, and plainly see the homes. There isn't much to chuckle about in this story, but if you like superbly written witchcraft stories you cannot do better than Howard Hopkins GRIMM. Review by: Shirley (Punque) Truax

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