By The Fire
Imagine it’s the turn of the 20th century. You’ve traveled by horse into a vast scrubland. Maybe you’re looking for your corner of the American Dream, or tracking down takes of gold, or you just want to get away from these new, congested places they call cities. You gather some firewood and as night falls, you whip up some beans and biscuits. As the fire crackles, you realize you can’t see more than five feet past the dancing flames.
You’re alone, in the dark, in a strange land. You’ve heard tales of renegade Indians, refusing to live on the reservation, hungry for vengeance on the white devil. There are plenty of stories of thieves, killers, marauders who stalk the plains and prairies, out to rob and kill.
Albie, your horse, gives a frightened whinny. What’s that? Is something out there? A twig snaps beyond the weak light. You hunker down in your bedroll, pistol in hand, one eye open a crack. There won’t be much sleep tonight.
A scene like that is the stuff of a horror writer’s wet dreams. It’s hard to write a modern day tale that cuts to the core of our fears – isolation and superstition. We’re packed so tightly together now and according to science, all our mysteries have been debunked. Phooey.
That’s exactly why I felt writing my next horror book set in the old west would be a delectable setting for a true tall tale meant to give a major case of the shivers. Hell Hole is, I’ve recently learned, a Weird West novel. I can attest, it is weird, and does take place in the west, out where the Union Pacific Railroad won’t stop. There be ghosts and monsters in them thar hills. How would you feel, the hills at your back, your fire dwindling as the night wears on?
Let Hell Hole take you there.
Former cattle driver, Rough Rider and current New York City cop Nat Blackburn is given an offer he can’t refuse by President Teddy Roosevelt. Tales of gold in the abandoned mining town of Hecla, in the Deep Rock Hills, abound. The only problem–those who go seeking their fortune never return.
Along with his constant companion, Teta, a hired gun with a thirst for adventure, Nat travels to a barren land where even animals dare not tread. But the remnants of Hecla are far from empty. Black-eyed children, strange lights and ferocious wild men venture from the deep, dark mine...as well as a force so sinister Nat’s and Teta’s very souls are in jeopardy.
There’s a mystery in Hecla thousands of years old. Solving it could spell the end of the world.
Raves for Hunter Shea:
Forest of Shadows
"A frightening, gripping story that left me too frightened to sleep with the lights off. This novel scared the hell out of me and it is definitely a creepy ghost story I won't soon forget." --Night Owl Reviews
"This is the real deal. The fear is palpable. Horror novels don't get much better than this." --Literal Remains
". . .Culminates in a climactic showdown between human and spirit that keeps you glued to the pages!" --Horror Novel Reviews
"Hunter Shea has crafted another knockout. At turns epic and intimate, both savage and elegant. . .a harrowing, blood-soaked nightmare." --Jonathan Janz, author of The Sorrows
Swamp Monster Massacre"If you're craving an old-school creature-feature that has excessive gore. . .B-horror movie fans rejoice, Hunter Shea is here to bring you the ultimate tale of terror!" --Horror Novel Reviews
Hunter Shea, Biography:
Hunter Shea is the author of paranormal and horror novels Forest of Shadows, Swamp Monster Massacre, Evil Eternal, Sinister Entity, which are all published by Samhain Horror. HellHole came out in August 2014 and is his first western horror. His next Samhain novel, Island of the Forbidden, publishes January 2015.
The June 3, 2014 release of his horrifying thriller Montauk Monster was published by Kensington/Pinnacle. He’s working on a second novel to come through them.
He has also written a short story to be read prior to Sinister Entity, called The Graveyard Speaks (it’s free, go download!), and a book of stories called Asylum Scrawls. His next book from Samhain Horror, titled HellHole, is set to come out in August 2014 and is his first western horror.
His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, and the upcoming anthology, Shocklines : Fresh Voices in Terror. His obsession with all things horrific has led him to real life exploration of the paranormal, interviews with exorcists, and other things that would keep most people awake with the lights on.
He is also half of the two men show, Monster Men, which is a video podcast that takes a fun look at the world of horror. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at www.huntershea.com, on Twitter @HunterShea1, Facebook fan page at Hunter Shea or the Monster Men 13 channel on YouTube.