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TORMENT - A Novel of Dark Horror

TORMENT - A Novel of Dark Horror

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by Jeremy Bishop

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Jeremy Bishop's first pulse-pounding novel is a horrific tale of post-apocalyptic terror that is one part zombie story and one part Dante's Inferno. The story asks hard questions and generates strong emotions in everyone who reads it—anger, excitement, and most of all: FEAR. This book asks the question that everyone is afraid to answer: Are you


Jeremy Bishop's first pulse-pounding novel is a horrific tale of post-apocalyptic terror that is one part zombie story and one part Dante's Inferno. The story asks hard questions and generates strong emotions in everyone who reads it—anger, excitement, and most of all: FEAR. This book asks the question that everyone is afraid to answer: Are you ready?


Small town reporter, Mia Durante, finds herself having brunch with the President of the United States on the day civilization comes to an end. An electromagnetic pulse blinds the U.S. Cars crash. Planes fall. Chaos reigns. Power is restored within minutes, but it’s already too late. Russian nukes are falling. U.S. allies around the world are all ready wiped out. The United States will cease to exist inside of five minutes.

After giving the order to launch a full-scale retaliation, dooming the planet, the president, White House staff, Secret Service and those lucky enough to be visiting the white house, are whisked below ground where they board several Earth Escape Pods. As the EEPs launch into Earth orbit, missiles descend.

Less than forty survive the end of the world. When they return, they’re greeted by survivors of a different sort. The bloodbath that follows leaves Durante and nine other survivors on the run. They find themselves fighting for survival in a world in which only torment remains and where death is the only escape.


"Jeremy Bishop takes a terrifying bite out of the zombie genre with TORMENT. This is a dark and devious post-apocalypting thrill-ride!" -Jonathan Maberry, NY Times Bestselling authr of PATIENT ZERO and ROT & RUIN

"TORMENT is a nightmarish descent through Armageddon. With barely a pause for breath, Bishop drags you out of normality, straight into the depths of a devastated post-apocalyptic landscape. Surreal and extraordinary locations, grotesque characters and outlandish events rise up from the devastated ashes of the familiar in this startlingly original horror novel. Dreamlike, disturbing and never predictable, once you start reading, you won't want to put it down." -- David Moody, author of HATER, DOG BLOOD & the AUTUMN series.

“Jeremy Bishop explodes onto the zombie scene with TORMENT, a thought-provoking gorefest that turns the genre on its head. Both shocking and riveting, this is a debut novel that leaves the reader hungry for more.” -- Steven Savile, #1 bestselling author of PRIMEVAL and SILVER

"With originality not seen since Fleischer's Zombieland, Bishop's debut novel will drag you kicking and screaming to the very bloody end. Look out Maberry ... there's a new sheriff in town."
-- Thenovelblog.com

"This is one of those kick-ass icky books that constantly surprised me. I’m looking forward to what Bishop has up his sleeve next." -- Jeff Ayers, Author Magazine

“TORMENT is a fast paced horror story filled with monsters and zombies (but not the kind you might expect in a novel like this). [It’s] gory and intense, all things a book like this should be.”
-- TheManEatingBookworm

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Jeremy Bishop has, by all outward appearances, lived a normal life. He grew up in a nice home, in a friendly seaside town. But, as is often, the pleasant facade seen at first glance conceals a darker side. Throughout childhood and early teen years he encountered malevolent entities that whisked in and out of rooms, moved furniture and haunted his dreams.

At second glance, the seaside town was only miles from where the puritans tortured innocent women and hung them as witches, a history and culture that permeated the area. A closer inspection of the nice house revealed past evils of previous owners—bullet holes in windows and a five foot square, red, white and black Swastika painted on the basement wall—a basement that terrified Bishop and his two brothers, even as adults.

He processed these encounters through drawings of monsters and devils, expunging horrible images from his mind. As an adult, he continues to expel the monsters of his childhood through his novels, the first of which, TORMENT, is based on a dream. Enter the mind of Jeremy Bishop if you dare. Share his nightmares. Experience the fear that shaped his life. You may never be the same.

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TORMENT - A Novel of Dark Horror 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 145 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What all the people below who said this is a bad book are talking about but this is a good book. It may be a little long on talk in the beginning but once it gets going it doesnt let up. Kind of a cross between robert mccammons swan song and brian keenes zombie trilogy.
Nadbar More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you first that I am not a Zombie fan. TORMENT is a Zombie-like novel. The zombies are not stupid or slow but people who are tormented (get it) by what they are doing. There's action aplenty and a fast pace to the storytelling. War. Space. Zombies. Action. Religion. Nudity. Oh, and by the way there's a nice twist at the end. I recommend it and can't wait for the next one. Bishop is one to watch.
Shelly65 More than 1 year ago
One of the best things about reading is finding those few gems, books that catch you off-guard and blow you away. This is one of those books. The action starts early on and just never lets up, this is truly a "can't put it down" book. At first I was simply amused and entertained by (what I was calling) the "apologetic zombies" but as the book went on I realized there was much more to it than that. I stayed up way too late reading this on more than one night, and didn't want it to end. The ending itself is quite awesome too. Will be eagerly looking forward to more by this author.
Sean_Ellis More than 1 year ago
There's a common theme in apocalyptic fiction, and I don't mean the obligatory end of almost all life on earth, the collapse of civilization, or the constant threat of danger to the survivors. No, I'm talking about human drama. Whether it's The Stand or Night of the Living Dead, what captures our interest is the way that ordinary people will behave when everything familiar is swept away and they are thrust into a completely alien environment--alien not just to them, but also to those of us on the other side of the fourth wall. In his debut novel, TORMENT, Jeremy Bishop gives us plenty of all of the above. The story follows Mia Durante, the fiancé of a US Marine sniper whose apparent involvement in a plot to assassinate a world leader has brought the world to the brink of total war...did I say to the brink? Well, I don't think it's a spoiler to say that maybe things go just a wee bit over the brink. Mia's quest to learn more about her fiancé's fate puts her in the right place at the right time to survive the initial phase of the apocalypse, but of course the interesting stuff is what happens afterward. Bishop doesn't belabor the human drama, but there's just enough to make us care about Mia and her comrades. Where TORMENT really shines is in the action scenes, where the dwindling ranks of the survivors are harried by the creepiest and most imaginative army of undead monsters I've ever seen in prose. What makes them creepier than most? I don't want to give too much away, but let's just say that they do more than just moan, snarl and consume human flesh. TORMENT is not without its flaws however. Bishop's style has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer that's been wrapped in concertina wire. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's a serious liability in the first 1/3 of the novel. The setup here, for both the characters and the end of the world, is a Rube Goldberg contraption of contrivances that requires more suspension of disbelief than the otherworldly scenario that follows. If you're as nitpicky as I am, my advice is just go with it; don't think. Once the unkillable undead start coming out the woodwork, TORMENT will delight you.
autz1 More than 1 year ago
Not the best book I have read. The twist at the end is just as confusing as the entire story. If there is a second I'm not buying. Sorry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastically original spin on the zombie genre. It is a relentless adrenaline rush that left me exhausted. It has one of the most messed up, creeptastic endings I've ever read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good when I read it the first time I wanted to read it again, because it scared me and made me think at the same time, I will never look at a pond the same way again, it is well written, the story line is so good, Torment has every thing you want it a Horror book .
Heather Lynn More than 1 year ago
Loved loved it! Couldnt stop reading it
El_Soe More than 1 year ago
This book was none stop action from start to finish great twist. Read it in two days could not put it down. Only for work.
siillyy2000 More than 1 year ago
i loved this book i cant wait. for the wtiter to erite more books, ver fast paced I could not put it down
Carol Scott More than 1 year ago
While some of it was implausible , I really connected to the characters and story line. Did not want to put it down. Can't wait to see what he has next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! It was fast reading and ended before I was ready to let it go. A definate read for any reader of horror.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read TORMENT twice now and the second time was just as exciting as the first. What a ride! Freaky, tormented undead people chasing survivors of a nuclear holocaust. Big twist at the end. The question asked is, Are You Ready?
Kane_Gilmour More than 1 year ago
Torment is a novel of intense suspense and creeping horror. Ostensibly a post-apocalyptic nightmare in the zombie genre, the author turns some of that genre's clichés on their heads to excellent effect. To wit: the zombies keep coming back to life, no matter how many times you kill them. The cast of characters are well rounded and the action hooks you pretty early on, then the blood and gore begins. What makes Torment stand apart from the pack though is a lightning-fast pace, constant danger for the heroes, the occasional excellently turned phrase, and most importantly, an allegorical approach to the genre. That's right--a zombie tale with a deeper message and enough hints and subtle suggestions to spark some actual discussion about the hidden depths of this dark tale. Bishop doesn't hand us all the explanations on a platter and makes us think about how this new world actually works and what the correlations to the living might be. Bishop keeps the surprises coming and the suspense ratcheted up right up to the last page. If you like fast-paced action and horror thrills, this is the book for you. Jeremy Bishop is a bold new talent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had been a new fan of author till this book . Had read seven various action novels that were greatly entertaining till this one. The last part of the story was a joke with a ending beyond words. I guess any one can have a bad novel and this one is sure his. Dont waste your time with this one.
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Kelnyg1 More than 1 year ago
Jeremy Bishop has a way of writing that makes you question everything and allows your imagination to continue what his started, which is totally creepy but fantastic. I couldn't put it down and regret that I may have nightmares because of it. But it was definitely worth it. The ending is shocking and not what I expected, but that is what is so good about Bishop - he does the unexpected and doesn't apologise for it, nor should he. A book that will definitely be in the 'repeat read' pile.
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Dustino More than 1 year ago
Jeremy Bishop's Torment takes on nuclear war and the horrible planet left in its wake. As the survivors return to Earth, they find out the hard way that this isn't their earth anymore. I could not put this book down. If you like horror, give Torment a shot. I've read a lot of horror and I found this book to be far more original than at least 96% of all the other books in the horror genre I've read. Do it, read it now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jeremy Bishop is a great up and coming author. He's debut book TORMENT has a little something or everyone, action ,zombies, post apocalypse, and mostly lots of dark terror. Very well written, and fast paced. But above all its some what controversial. Get the book and you decide....
V8_Ranger More than 1 year ago
I must say, after reading some other authors books, this one was an eye opener! It started off a little slow, but must books do because they give you background info. Then Jeremy hit the throttle and I was off. I wasn't expecting things in the book which was a good thing! Torment is a good name for this book! Thanks for a different view from what I normally read!
garnetS More than 1 year ago
NOT WRAPPED UP WITH A PRETTY BOW First off, I loved this book! Being the first horror novel by Jeremy Bishop, I thought he took the end of the world theme and gave it a twist and a thought beyond what has been done before. if you like your horror stories wrapped up with a pretty bow at the end, then this is not the book for you. That being said, if you have a hankering for an original story with an unusual head-scratcher end, then this is it! I have never thought of myself as someone who likes horror stories, but having read Bishop's other two horror novels, The Sentinel and The Raven featuring Jane Harper, seems I am a die-hard fan now. It's been said that this novel is the result of a dream had by the author years ago. All I can say is that I am glad I don't dream like he does! So...tick tock, tic tock, are you getting sleepy, Jeremy??
Rianrenee More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. I don't feel it is a zombie book at all, these people were the living dead but not like the typical zombie living dead. They know what they are doing, are horrified by it, but cannot control themselves. It was a fun, fast read and I loved every minute of it, including the ending, I thought it ended perfect. Those who did not enjoy it must have expected a certain type of book or just didn't understand the book at all. This book makes you think, makes you wonder and for me had be going crazy when I was done waiting for a friend to finish it so we could talk about it. Isn't that what makes an awesome book?
Boatsm3 More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed reading this book. I read mostly thriller/mystery books. I will read more of his horror books. I also don't understand what people didn't like about it..