by Gregory Thompson
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Nightcry by Gregory Thompson

Set in the present in a Midwestern small town, Nightcry is about Grant Sykes who has returned to his hometown of Ilton to run the local paper. Soon, people start to die and fingers start pointing to him-it doesn't help the evidence continues to pile up against Grant. He thinks it may have something to do with the supernatural being that killed his parents years ago, but the local Police Chief has other theories. Grant recruits the help of a ghosthunter to investigate the banshee while Grant figures out means to prove his innocence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460936702
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2011
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 1,321,692
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gregory M. Thompson is a science fiction, fantasy and horror author with credits in Macabre Realms, Digizine, Aphelion Webzine, Concisely, Digital Dragon Magazine, and The Fringe Magazine. He also has an award-nominated science fiction story in the collection, Steampunk Anthology, published by Sonar4 Publications. He has a forthcoming horror short story appearing in the April issue of Dark Gothic Resurrected.

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Nightcry 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. The characters were very entertaining--quick read. I'm not usually a reader of books with otherworldly creatures but I really enjouyed this one !!!
Ponygirl75 More than 1 year ago
This book will bring you back to your small town roots! I felt like I was right back in my hometown...minus the serious banshee problem! I couldn't put the book down. I really got into the story, and read it in less than a day! Not everything is what it seemed...great plot twist!
Mason20 More than 1 year ago
Let me just say that a creepy cover and a decomposed dead body at the beginning is a decent way to judge a book. I finished this book in a couple of sittings and I really enjoyed the writer's easy style. It's not Hemingway, but you didn't expect that from a horror book, did you? This book reminded me of some of S. King's early work, with a continuously moving plot and likable/hateable characters. The story is that the main character is trying to find out who or what is committing murders in his small town. Over the course of the book, he keeps getting blamed because of rumors and his knack to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Eventually, he brings in a "Ghosthunter" named Mavis to help figure out what's going on. Now the reason a "Ghosthunter" is hired is because years ago something supernatural killed the main character's family. Mother, father, brother: all wiped out. He thinks it's back for him and trying to get to him by killing some of the beloved townspeople. I can tell there was a lot of backstory to the main character, but Mr. Thompson doesn't take chapters to tell you the backstory like some writers. He gives you just enough information to put the pieces together and then gets back to the main story. He gets in and gets out and that makes for a nice read. Overall, Nightcry kept me entertained. It shouldn't take someone long to read it. The story took off well and ended well; my one complaint is that a few parts in the middle seemed longer than necessary. But these were few...nothing that will distract you. I look forward to more from this author.
peacedanceCR More than 1 year ago
The story begins with the gruesome discovery of a dead body in the woods...and I do mean gruesome. From the beginning couple of pages, I wondered if this would be a story I could stomach. I'm glad I continued. The story went on to detail a small town reporter's struggle to understand the supernatural, which had plagued his family for generations, as well as solve a murder mystery. There were a couple of times when I thought, just maybe, the ghost did it. If you want a nice piece of brain candy to munch on, give Nightcry a try. The prose was plain, but the story was fast-paced and interesting. There seemed to be a general theme of family developing in this story, but it was more the karma you inherit from your family rather than anything touchy-feely. The cons? Two. 1.)The editing could have used a grammar/OCD nut like myself. One star off for editing because it made for muddy readability in places. 2.)The main character seems to be middle-aged, but occasionally he makes the sort of remarks you would expect out of a teenager with either slightly inappropriate humor or bits that refer to the character's mother a bit too often. So minus a half a star for inconsistent characterization. Overall, a fun, quick read. Will be interested in what he comes up with next.
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KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
The premise of Nightcry was a creative and imaginative one, suspense and horror combined with a supernatural element. The suspense begins with the opening scene and continues to grow throughout the story, with lots of twists along the way. As the story progresses, the fact that Grant himself could be the guilty party gave the story an edgy feeling. The author interjects Grant's somewhat disjointed, and sometimes inappropriate, thoughts in the midst of the text. While distracting, it is purposely so, heightening the idea that perhaps Grant is questioning his one involvement in the deaths. There is also a lot of backstory throughout the book, shared in the form of recollections from both Grant and Mavis, that explained some things from both of their pasts. I finished the book unsure, however, of what connection (if any) there was between Mavis' memories and the story at hand. Grant was the center of the story, and I am not really sure how I felt about him is a character. As a character, he seemed to be a bit immature and a little emotionally stunted, although the latter could be explained by the backstories of his past. There were times when I was drawn to him and really felt for him as a character, but there were other times when I didn't really care about him one way or another. I think that as a reader, we never really got to know him as a person beyond the scope of the events of the moment. I loved the ending in that it was completely unexpected, although I wish that a little more of the "why's" were answered. I don't want to spoil the ending, but I wish the reason the bad guy gave was more fully explored. The epilogue did a good job of wrapping up the more practical loose ends to the story, but I wish it had answered my "why's" and maybe tied together the backstories a little more for me. My only real issue with this book was the sheer amount of errors. There were a lot of grammatical errors, and there were places where entire words omitted and at times those omissions completely changed the meaning of the sentence or paragraph. There were also places where random words appeared to have been placed within a sentence, words that seemed like maybe they were supposed to be corrections of misspelled words on spell-check, but were actually the wrong word. Most of the time, I try to overlook this sort of thing, but it really did affect the ability to read this book. I have the recently released second edition. In spite of that, the bones of the story were excellent and better editing could only enhance that. I gave it 3.5 stars.
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HappyPal More than 1 year ago
This is by far the greatest, most excellent, most incredible, most beautiful, most friggen sweet book ever. I read the book for five days straight, never once putting it down. I just could not take my eyes off the pages of this golden book. It is like the bible, only greater. It is hard to express in words what an adventure it was to read through this novel. Heck, can something of this caliber be called a novel? I do not know. It is more like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich when you are starving, yes, it really is that great. I truly hope we see more of this author's work in the future. NIGHTCRY has become my favorite book of all time in the span of a few weeks. I can only hope for more more and more. BRING IT DUDE!