Title: Slash by Hunter Shea
Publisher: Flame Tree Press
Date Published:10th October 2019
Watch out, world, the Wraith is coming for you. As always, Shea brings the thrills with this urban exploration mystery chiller! Megan Hart, New York Times bestseller author
Five years after Ashley King survived the infamous Resort Massacre, she’s found hanging in her basement by her fiancé, Todd Matthews. She left behind clues as to what really happened that night, clues that may reveal the identity of the killer the press has called The Wraith. With the help of his friends, Todd goes back to the crumbling Hayden Resort, a death-tinged ruin in the Catskills Mountains. What they find is a haunted history that’s been lying in wait for a fresh set of victims. The Wraith is back, and he’s nothing what they expected.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
I want to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on this blog tour and Flame Tree Press for providing me with a copy of Slash in exchange for an honest review.
This is my first Hunter Shea novel and I can safely say it won’t be my last!
Five years ago Ashley King survived the infamous Hayden Resort Massacre, commited by an unknown murderer nicknamed The Wraith but as her memory starts to return, she’s unable to cope and commits suicide. This starts a series of events leading Todd and his friends back to the resort. Something evil is waiting for them, ready to claim more victims. Who will survive?
Goodness me did Slash scare the living daylights out of me! Don’t read this at night, if you’re a bit of a scaredy cat like me, it will have you jumping at the slightest of noises.
You’re probably wondering why I read a book that scared me half to death but I just love a good slasher film, so when I read the blurb for this book I found that it was a nod to the old slasher films, I thought I need to read that!
It turned out to be so much more than I thought. Of course there was a good dose of murder, mayhem and gore but I found myself really caring about the characters, hoping they’d survive.
The ending was good but there were certain aspects of it that I was a little disappointed with specifically the killer reveal but of course that’s just my opinion.
Slash was a gruesome but gripping novel that will have you on the edge of your seat.
About The Author:
Hunter Shea is the author of over 25 books, with a specialization in cryptozoological horror that includes The Jersey Devil, The Dover Demon, Loch Ness Revenge and many others. As part of the new horror line at Flame Tree Press, his novel Creature has gained critical acclaim. His novel, The Montauk Monster, was named one of the best reads of the summer by Publishers Weekly. A trip to the International Cryptozoology Museum will find several of his cryptid books among the fascinating displays. Living in a true haunted house inspired his Jessica Backman: Death in the Afterlife series (Forest of Shadows, Sinister Entity and Island of the Forbidden). In 2011, he was selected to be a part of the launch of Samhain Publishing’s new horror line alongside legendary author Ramsey Campbell. When he’s not writing thrillers and horror, he also spins tall tales for middle grade readers on Amazon’s highly regarded Rapids reading app.
An avid podcaster, he can be seen and heard on Monster Men, one of the longest running video horror podcasts in the world, and Final Guys, focusing on weekly movie and book reviews. His nostalgic column about the magic of 80s horror, Video Visions, is featured monthly at Cemetery Dance Online. You can find his short stories in a number of anthologies, including Chopping Block Party, The Body Horror Book and Fearful Fathoms II.
A lifetime New Yorker, Hunter is supported by his loving wife and two beautiful daughters. When he’s not studying up on cryptozoology, he’s an avid explorer of the unknown, having spent a night alone on the Queen Mary, searching for the Warren’s famous White Lady of the Union Cemetery and other mysterious places.
You can follow his travails at www.huntershea.com.