Thursday, September 6, 2012

Small-town 80's-Throwback Horror Novel THE WICKED Available for Free

While I usually (okay, always) use this thing to talk about movies, I'm also sort of a big book nerd. So allow the movie-centric transmission to halt for a moment while I bring you some great news from the literary world.

James Newman's novel The Wicked is currently available as a free download! Free. But only through tomorrow!

From what I've read, The Wicked is a great throwback to a lot of the popular horror novels of the 80's (i.e. King, Simmons) - you know, where an idyllic town is invaded by a malignant evil and the protagonist has to risk his life to protect his family, the status quo, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Having lived a large portion of my life in some pretty rural areas, I enjoy this sort of formula because it runs small-town America through the wringer. (Before hitting the reset button, of course.) I also love The Wicked's pseudo-vintage cover, as it does a great job of looking like the kind of worn-out old paperback I'd pick up at the used bookstore on a whim.

This marks Shock Totem Publications' entry into the novel market, and I've been meaning to check it out since I heard about its debut. I'd highly recommend giving the Shock Totem anthologies a look for a diverse mix of short horror. The stories they feature are consistently entertaining with only a few duds, which makes them stand out in a genre with a LOT of dud-filled anthologies.

The description of The Wicked is below:

After a fire consumes the Heller Home for Children, the residents of Morganville, North Carolina thought they knew evil...

They were wrong.

Unaware of the turmoil in their new hometown, the Littles--David, Kate, and seven-year-old Becca--are moving from New York City to Morganville in hopes of repairing their own lives, which were recently shattered by an act of sexual violence.

Before long, David realizes that his family's troubles are worse than he could ever have imagined.

An ancient demon lurks beneath the town of Morganville, an unholy creature conjured into existence by the Heller Home tragedy.

Its name is Moloch.

It is hungry for the souls of the townspeople.

But most of all, Moloch wants the children. It will not rest until it has them.

All of them.

Thanks, Shock Totem!

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