Night of the Beast: Book 1 in the Night Trilogy

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  • ISBN-13: 9780971116290
  • Publisher: Medium Rare Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    Better Than the Best

    Looking for new writers has become a passion of mine; instead of settling for some of the mundane bestsellers who believe every novel written should be an epic tale of six or seven hundred pages. I found this book entertaining and that it was written with an understanding of the craft. The characters came alive and each page prompted me to go to the next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2003

    Night of the Beast: Book 1 in the Night Trilogy

    ...But try the guy's second effort, the smashing NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF, because IMHO it is a much better book. You can't go wrong either way, but NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF is a surprisingly literate, noir-tinged novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    Great combination of horror and humor

    This novel is a great combo of horror and humor. Reminiscent of early Stephen King with Elmore Leonard style wit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2003

    SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Stephan King you've met your match! Truly one of the most intense horror books I have ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    Just Like The Good Old Days!

    YES SIR! This is a kick 'em in the behind, old fashioned horror romp. The kind they don't publish any more, but we all secretly wish they did. It is a serious contender for the Stoker in First Novel and anybody with an eye for talent can see why. If you like horror fresh, intense, edgy and filled with dark humor get this book ASAP. This guy is really remarkable. My wife and I LOVED the danged thing and so will you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    Shannon Trips the Dark Fantastic!

    Besides talent, wit and incredible imagination, Harry Shannon has a clear view of the dark side, and offers us a careening ride through every bit of it in this outstanding book. A must-read, but only if you're prepared to step out of the shadows and into the fright.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    Bram Stoker Contender

    I heard that this book is a contender for the Bran Stoker award for first novel. I purchased it based on that. For a first novel this a great start for this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2003

    Noir Horror

    I picked this book up eagerly, but still felt trepidation. Could a new author pack the punch this promised? <p> Oh yeah. Mr. Shannon kept true to his promise. He grabbed me from the start. I found the action true and momentous. The dialogue was fresh, but hinting at MacDonald noir. The settings were well described. Whether Hollywood or the Desert, I had no doubt he knew what he was writing and I felt placed within each. <p> Just the right amount of gore, ennui and love. Mr. Shannon's writing is a great blend of pulp noir with post modern pacing. <p> Yeah. I definitely liked this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2003

    Night of the Beast: Book 1 in the Night Trilogy

    Okay, so I wasn't as knocked out as some people--maybe I got over-hyped. But this is a FUN book, especially if you remember all those 80's movies and paperbacks as fondly as I do. If you like horror fiction this one should be on your shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2003

    Night of the Beast: Book 1 in the Night Trilogy

    Night Of The Beast ROCKS. Hey, this one and Jinn by matthew Delaney are th best horror books i have read in maybe ten years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2003

    WHAT A BOOK!

    Harry Shannon is the master. I couldn't put this book down. Don't you love it when that happens?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    An Old Fashioned Scarefest

    Having received Harry Shannon¿s Night of the Beast and also having heard so many good things about it, I picked it up yesterday and I¿m about 100 pages from completing it. I had little doubt that I¿d like it, as so many astute readers and authors have praised it. Sacred Indian Grounds and Ancient Evil are just about the hoariest clichés in the horror field. Right up there with bloodsucking vampires. In Night of the Beast, Harry Shannon proves that there are no tired ideas or genres; only poorly executed ones. Which excludes this fun book. Harry obviously loves the genre and this story could have come up in the glory days of the mid 1080¿s. A burnt out songwriter flees LA to his boyhood home, where something seems to be VERY wrong. Many of his old friends are still there, and they are glad to see him, but strange things are happening to them. No, this isn¿t a blazingly original plot, but Harry clearly states in his introduction that Night of the Beast wasn¿t intended to be. It is a labor of love and is intended to be a lot of fun. Does he succeed? I¿d say, YES. I¿m enjoying the hell out of NotB and I heartily recommend it to those old enough to remember the old days and also to younger readers who are just looking to have a great, scary time reading a pulpy novel. The pages fly, but not at the expense of the characters, which is really where the heart of this novel seems to be. I¿ve said it again and again, that¿s what great fiction is all about; the characters and whether we care enough about them to keep reading until the end. Harry Shannon has assembled a lovable assortment of small town eccentrics that keeps this novel¿s pace going strong. If I had to compare Night of the Beast with any other author¿s works that I¿ve read, I¿d say Rick Hautala or Joseph Citro or even Bentley Little. I even see a bit of early Stephen King in these pages. If one cares enough to look for these things, I see Night of the Beast working on different levels as well. It appears to me to be about redemption and exorcising personal demons from our minds and our past. In his intro, Harry is pretty forthright about the hurdles he had to overcome during the long passage of this book¿s struggle for life. I get the feeling that even had this novel never seen publication, it would have been remarkably therapeutic for the author to create. However, Night of the Beast did see publication, from a small press horror outlet. That¿s very nice, but this book deserves more. It would be a perfect entry in Leisure Books¿ line of paperback titles. Even before I¿m actually finished it, I can tell it¿s a lot more engaging than some of the Leisure Books I¿ve read in the last couple of years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2003

    Thank goodness I don't sleep alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a GREAT read. I could not put it down all weekend. All I can say is that if my husband had been out of town, I would have had to stay the night with a friend. Really scary stuff, but I just could not look away! This is a "MUST" for anyone who is a fan of Horror! Harry Shannon is definitely on his way, so King and Koontz had better make room!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2003

    really scared me

    There is a richness to the characters in this story that made me feel involved with them and frighted for them! And for me. But I could not stop reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2003

    I read it in one sitting...

    From page one, I could not put this book down. It's unique characters and disturbing evil made for a great horror read, which I very strongly recommend to anyone who is ready for a mind altering experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    Night of the Beast: Book 1 in the Night Trilogy

    the author says he set out to write an entertaining tribute to the horror genre and somehow his kitchen sink approach works on lots of levels. it is terrifying, eerie, laugh-out-loud funny, employs every horror trope known to man but in fresh new ways. Cemetery Dance, Hellnotes, Gothic.net, everybody is loving this one. got great advance raves from Graham Masterton and Ed Gorman and Tim Lebbon, the list goes on. may end up a classic. don't miss it (price a few places, though, because there are some GREAT deals around).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    Superbly Written and Scary As Hell

    This is a wonderfully written horror novel - an homage to the pulp-horror novels of yore that were entertaining and chilling to the bone. If you like colorful characters, great writing and some macabre laughs with your blood and gore, you will LOVE this book. This is Harry Shannon's first novel - all I can say is I hope his second is coming out soon!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2003

    Frightening to the Core!

    This novel excels in all aspects of horror fiction. Dark and demented, the thrill never stops. "Night of the Beast" is a sure-fire way to keep you up all night, with humor and fright!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2003

    Night of the Beast: Book 1 in the Night Trilogy

    I was very impressed by how the writer paid tribute to some of my very favorite horror books of the 1970's and 1980's and yet added his own twist to everything and gave the black humor a very contemporary feel I can see why the reviews in Cematary Dance and Gothic Net and Hellnotes etc. have all been raves. Well worth your while to read this one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2003

    Night of the Beast: Book 1 in the Night Trilogy

    I picked this up last weekend and had it finished by Sunday. An awesome read, harkens back to the old days of pulp horror, something that's not done enough these days in my opinion. The narrative races along at breakneck speed, and there is plenty of blood and guts for the gore-hungry. Well-written and effective, I hope this is the first of many from Mr. Shannon.

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