Creepers

Creepers

by David Morrell
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Creepers by David Morrell

CREEPERS, David Morrell's gripping joyride of a thriller, depicts every harrowing second in eight hours of relentless terror. A New York Times bestseller, it received the prestigious Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association.

On a cold October night, five people gather in a run-down motel on the New Jersey shore and begin preparations to break in to the Paragon Hotel. Built in the glory days of Asbury Park by a reclusive millionaire, the magnificent structure—which foreshadowed the beauties of art-deco architecture—is now boarded up and marked for demolition.

The five people are "creepers," the slang term for urban explorers: city archeologists with a passion for investigating abandoned buildings and their dying secrets. On this evening, they are joined by a reporter who wants to profile them—anonymously, as this is a highly illegal activity—for a New York Times article.

Frank Balenger isn't looking for just a story, however. And after the group enters the rat-infested tunnel leading to the hotel, it becomes clear that he will get much more than he bargained for. Danger, terror, and death await the creepers in a place ravaged by time and redolent of evil.

The darkest secrets live in places you’re not supposed to be.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012907646
Publisher: Morrell Enterprises LLC
Publication date: 03/20/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 184,530
File size: 451 KB

About the Author

David Morrell wrote First Blood, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. Often called “the father of the modern action novel,” he holds a doctorate in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic Brotherhood of the Rose spy saga, the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. He is also a three-time Stoker-award recipient from the Horror Writers Association.

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Creepers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book draws you in, and the hope for a sucessful ending keeps you there. The book packs great moments that could easily make this book a summer action film. The characters are easily typecast but very likable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth reading.
FrancesEvlin More than 1 year ago
This story about urban explorers is unique. The writing is tight, the characters are well-developed, the setting (an abandoned hotel) is most unusual. Suspenseful right to the end. i personally do not like graphic violence, but it was necessary to the premise of this particular book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mo characters to like, no detail that makes sense, no villain worth considering, and no setting of interest, makes this book a sad effort for a fine author I have trusted in the past to entertain if not enlighten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, couldn't put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this up on my way down the shore, an appropriate place to read this book. I sat on the beach and read this book all day. I couldn't put it down. I even made my friend drive home so I could read it on the way back. I finally finished it up about midnight and did not want the book to end. Creepers is a slang term for people who explore abandoned buildings. In this novel, the abandoned building and the creepers themselves are not what they appear to be. This is a fast paced, roller coaster of a novel. David Morrell is the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Be careful about how the story is described on the jacket. An intriguing idea for a potentially scary story. It turned out to be an adult slasher movie in book form. Just as newly introduced characters are getting into the mix, new ones get thrown in. Then an old murder mystery gets tossed in. Then a man running from his personal demons. Then a typical mad man chases the good guy ending. The story was fine until the band of creepers gets up a few floors, then it turns into a mishmash. The editors should have sent the author back to his typewriter and told him to fix it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a non-stop page-turner with lots of action, nasty villains, and even a damsel in distress or two. Five 'urban explorers' enter an abandoned hotel late one night just for the thrill of it. Ignoring all kinds of warning signs to get out while the getting's good, they end up getting way more than they bargained for. It didn't surprise me to learn that the author of this heart-pounding adventure also created the 'Rambo' series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel brought back soooooooooooo many memories/that of a child,teen&adult First time I visited as a child/Most of all the decay of Asbury Park/this book will haunt me for sometime to come-ENJOY
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was hard to put the book down, I kept wanting more. I thought I had the plot twist and he throws something totally unexpected into the story and it doesn't stop there. Great ending and can't wait for his next book to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are five authors who write what I call 'Morning Books.' If you start reading one of their books in the evening you will probably be up all night and be unable to put it down or sleep until it is finished. Creepers is another winner. Five people get together in order to 'creep' through the abandoned Paragon Hotel, each with their own reasons for doing so. However, there are a number of dangers and dangerous people waiting there for them. Reporter Frank Balenger is one of the five, but he is not really here as a reporter. He and others have their own agenda. Surprise, terror and thrills follow each other in rapid order until the grand finale. It is vintage Morrell at his very best, but, again, only start reading it before noon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Morrell can¿t stop exploring different subjects for his books. Starting with First Blood, which later grew into the movie by that name he has continued to expand his subject matter. Some of us have followed him wherever he goes, and I count myself among that group. This book reinforces that I am still on the track of a master of the thriller story and one who I will continue to stay with in his future books. My biggest thrill with his books is that he can introduce any topic and make it a fun read, all the while educating the reader without seeming to pontificate. He has put a Gnostic sect in the position of the good guys long before the subject became mainstream, he has written about government groups who turn boys into killers, he has turned trespassers into heroes. The common person who has failings can be a hero in a David Morrell book. I like that. This latest book is no departure from that element of writing. The subject matter is new to me, but in true David Morrell fashion I not only buy the book but also I read it with abandon. I recommend this book for thrillers who want good writing along with a really fun read. Paul Swanson
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was sad to finish this book. It kept my attention. This is the first book by this author and I will read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
creepers is a thriller with a hint of horror. a real rollercoaster ride filled with twists and turns. the only thing keeping it from five stars is a lack of character developement, otherwise sit back and enjoy the ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. It had a great story built for suspense and I never knew what was going to happen. I couldn't put this book down. I could easily see this as a movie. Just when I thought that this story plot couldn't thicken, it gets better throwing your mind for loops.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was terrific. Great suspense, expertly written, you can immerse yourself in the characters and the spooky setting of the old hotel. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down--almost read it in one day. This was my first experience with David Morrell's novels (didn't know he wrote Rambo stories until now) but I liked this book so much, I plan to read his past works as soon as I can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I discovered David Morrells novels only about a year ago I had always loved the Rambo movies and whn I found out that he was the one who wrote the origional book I started to read his novels. They are all excellent and this one is no different. Morrell is so good at writing it is just like you are watching amovie like your right there watching the story unfold. There are many twists and turns and the characters are very interesting. Everthing about this book and Morrells others are great. To me this is the perfect book and David Morrell is the perfect author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is why I read novels by David Morrell. He never disappoints. In this his latest novel, he delivers a deliciously spooky tail about urban explorers. The twists and turns of the plot keep you turning pages. There are more suprises than I can count in this imaginative thriller novel. Great fun to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Morrell's latest novel, detailing the exciting and ultimately horrifying adventures of five urban explorers, 'Creepers', is a thrill-read from the get-go. Their overnight exploration of the bowels of the soon-to-be-demolished Paragon Hotel is as insightful to the reader as it is suspenseful. And not everything is as it seems... My only qualm would be with the numerous coincidences Morrell employs throughout the story. Nonetheless, a very good tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book filled with suspense. It made me a little afraid of the dark, but that just shows how good it was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about this book when I first picked it up, but when I began reading, I couldn't stop! I read almost the whole book in one day, it kept me up all night! A great thriller/horror novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One can hardly think of a more frightening place to spend the night than an abandoned old hotel whose only guests are vermin and mysterious sounds. Yet, that is precisely what the Paragon Hotel is and a group of intrepid explorers (think intruders) known as creepers plan to break in at dusk and check out the next morning. Seems the creepers are a rather odd lot. They find entertainment and thrills in investigating old structures that have long been closed. Breaking in is, of course, against the law, but that's small potatoes to what this quintet discovers. Frank Belanger is a reporter hoping to do an exclusive on groups known as creepers, so he joins a group headed by Professor Robert Conklin, a high school teacher, and a young married couple, graduate students. Ostensibly, they're just there to have a look around, not take anything or do any damage. Not so. Belanger's people have treasure on their minds as does another group searching the hotel. The second group isn't the least bit friendly, in fact might consider murder not too high a price to pay for the treasure. Author Morrell describes a terrifying night rife with chills and other devilish distractions. Patrick G. Lawlor captures the scariness and shocks with a well paced, controlled reading. - Gail Cooke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written story with action to spare. I was not completely familiar with the concept of Urban Exploring and as I began to read this book I had to research it. The story moves quickly. This was a page turner. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The title caught my eye and even if it wasn't what i thought it was, I was very pleasently surprised that i could not put it down. I have read a couple of his other books and they are good.