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Bird of Prey (A Horror Novella) [Kindle Edition]

Griffin Hayes
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Book Description

Nestled in the warm belly of the abandoned Keisel Steel Works, an ancient creature has begun to stir. A one-hundred-year cycle is drawing to a rapid close and with it the time when the beast must lead her newly hatched young to the feeding grounds.

A handful of the oldest folks in town remember that time well. A time when the sky was clotted with flapping, leathery wings and monsters driven mad by the smell of human blood. They also know of the feeding grounds. They know them as the backyards in which their kids play and the streets of the tiny Alaskan town they call home.

Buck Sanders didn’t know any of this the day he arrived at the steel works to pilfer a length of siding for the roof of his crumbling bar. And neither did his friend Tommy Hodgkins. But they are perhaps the only ones who can stop a curse that has been playing out for centuries. At stake is more than their lives. At stake is everything.

Excerpt bonus material:
Malice (YA paranormal thriller) by Griffin Hayes

Editorial Reviews


Praise for the works of Griffin Hayes

"Nail-biters beware: Griffin Hayes will have you chewing off your arm!" 
- Hugh Howey, Author of WOOL

"Griffin Hayes brings to-the-point characterizations, a crisp writing style, and well-written action scenes." 
- Keith C. Blackmore, Author of MOUNTAIN MAN 

From the Author

Bird of Prey was a horror novella that I had an absolute blast writing. I didn't want it to end. An old school monster brouhaha where a motley group of men set out to kill a flying monstrosity that's poised to wipe their tiny Alaskan town off the map for good. "We're going to need help. And guns, lots of guns." I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

Griffin Hayes 
October 26, 2011

Product Details

  • File Size: 3717 KB
  • Print Length: 53 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Trebor Books (October 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00608TMFK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bird of Prey December 26, 2011
By Scooby2
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this from Library Thing. This story will not disappoint if you're looking for a quick horror story about a group of men finding a "bird man" like creature in a small town in Alaska. I thought this story was well written and flowed nicely. I would definitely recommend to others who like horror and the unknown. I am looking to read other stories by Griffin Hayes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Novella January 8, 2012
By LKerf
Format:Kindle Edition
Won this book off Library thing. Very good short story. Author packed a lot of description and action into this. I like how somethings weren't specifically named but hinted at. Would not mind reading more by Griffin Hayes. My eBook copy came with the begining of Malice, another one of his books/stories. The first chapters were great and I am going to have to get the book and finish reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. December 8, 2011
By Trish E
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this book on Library Thing and I loved it. It starts out with adventure and horror and just explodes from there. I am going to let my kids read it also. It is not so scary that they won't like it. Thank you so much for letting me read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Five-Star Heart-Pounding Chiller! December 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"Bird of Prey" is one of those horror stories that slips under your skin from the very first page. Right off you know that something is very, very wrong and every moment thereafter feels like a realistic journey into the scariest movie nightmare anyone would ever dare to dream. With plenty of terrifying, heart-pounding elements of "life or death" situations, I was on the edge of nervous anticipation, but dare not pull away in fear of not knowing how it would end. Griffin Hayes is a winner with his ability to send chills up your spine in the ways of some of the greats and I wholeheartedly recommend his book as one of the best (and scariest) I have had the pleasure to read. It's a definite must-read for every horror fan and a sure bet to thrill you as much as it did me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bird of Prey is a great short read! October 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Buck stumbles onto something horrific at the old abandoned Steel Factory and has to show Tommy. When Tommy drives them back to the factory they find something even more horrendous than what Buck had seen before. It flies, it's mean, and it reeks of stink....

Bird of Prey is a great short read, it makes you think about what really could be out there living down the street from you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Story July 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Buck has just discovered something that scared the crap out of him at the Keisel steel factory. He tells Tommy the unbelievable story. Buck was scavenging tin to repair the leaky roof. But when he is there, a strange creature attacks him. Buck is bleeding badly, but decides that he has to go back and finish the creature. He doesn't want it to attack other humans because he woke it up.

Tommy and Buck go back to where Buck was attacked and find the creature missing. They do find another creature that is three times the size of the one that attacked Buck. Tommy and Buck go for reinforcements then plan on cleaning out the Kiesel steel factory.

This is a really good novella. I loved the concept of the creatures, they remind me of the Moth Man. Great premises but I think there is room for growth on where these creatures came from and if anyone actually ran into them years prior.

Beyond that, I recommend this to anyone that likes horror, novella or not.

I received this novella for free from the Library Thing Early Reader program.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good horror tale April 12, 2012
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This was a well conceived horror tale with a good amount of believable suspense. The character descriptions were very good and overall it was a solid, readable, and fast-paced novella. In my opinion, however, the ending seemed a bit longer than it needed to be. That having been said, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who could use a little more adrenaline pumping in their system!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and fun horror read March 4, 2012
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So as the synopsis says, Buck goes to the abandoned steel works to steal some siding to use on his leaky roof. While there he cuts his hand pretty badly. The scent of his blood brings about this giant...bird, wait no, moth, Who knows what it is, but it has a wingspan of like, nine feet. He barely makes it away and gets back into town.

His friend Tommy says they will go back together, along with a couple others. Allan, Tig, Tommy and Buck armor up and go after this thing. Little do they know, the monster Buck fought off has a momma. And she is much much larger. Think a wingspan more like thirty feet!!

For such a short story there was some really vivid imagery within. I completely felt like I was right on the outskirts of this little Alaskan town at an abandoned steel factory. It felt cold and sparse, and quite eerie. Then the Winter Moth shows its face, and it turns down right scary.

"We're gonna need some help. And guns, lots of guns."

This was a great little horror story. It quickened my pulse and the author really has a great way of explaining and painting the scenery for you. There is a bit of gore and gross, so be prepared. However it totally sets the scene for you, and completely lets you know - this is friggin serious!

I surely would recommend this to my friends who were into monster movies, those who liked a touch of horror into their fright. I look forward to reading more from the author!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prey or Food?
The following review is my personal opinion of the book. This review is not a paid review. To form your own opinion of this book please support the author and purchase your own... Read more
Published on February 11, 2012 by Suzie - Bunny's Review
4.0 out of 5 stars Old School Monster Pulp
Bird of Prey is a good, fun, pulp as a buddies versus monster brood story. Slightly ridiculous, occasionally Aliens style disgusting, and definitely a David versus Golaith... Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by DoskoiPanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary!
The character description and development are relatable, most people know a few of the characters in real life - the monster or 'Bird of Prey' description was harder for me to... Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by brie867
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and entertaining
I enjoyed this novella, Bird of Prey by Griffin Hayes. It was creepy, suspenseful, and a little bit gory (but not too much - for me, at least). Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Kathleen
4.0 out of 5 stars Look to the Skies
Suspend reality and jump right in. This is a fun, fast read about long-dormant creatures living in an abandoned steel mill in Alaska and the friends who stumble upon it. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Jersey Exile
3.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet
Birds of Prey is an easy to read novella about some strange bird like creatures that are breeding and beginning to take over a town, by killing the citizens. Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by Demonite
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read but definitely targeted at the YA market
Not a bad read and it wasn't a slog to get through it, although I didn't find myself hanging on every page. Read more
Published on December 25, 2011 by Grant McHerron
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More About the Author

I grew up watching grainy reruns of The Twilight Zone and rereading worn-out copies of Raymond Chandler novels. Eventually, my taste for the unsettling and the inexplicable found an outlet in my short stories; two of which have been published: The Grip with Black Ink Horror and Last Call with Alienskin. I've written a handful of books to date. The latest is a post-apocalyptic series called Primal Shift about a worldwide amnesia that sends humanity back to the dark ages.

I'm always thrilled to hear from readers, so feel free to drop me a line at: griffinhayesbooks[at]gmail[dot]com.

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