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Dastardly Bastard [Kindle Edition]

Edward Lorn
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Book Description

When war photographer Mark Simmons is sent to do a promo on Waverly Chasm, he assumes it’s a puff piece, a waste of his talents.

Widow Marsha Lake brings her son, Lyle, to help him heal after his father’s death.

Donald Adams, aka H.R. Chatmon, joins the tour to get away from a sticky situation.

Justine McCarthy consents to the hike to placate her boyfriend, Trevor.

For Jaleel Warner, the tour guide, walking the chasm is just part of his job.

Each of these people must face their darkest memories in order to discover and defeat the secret buried in Waverly Chasm.

Editorial Reviews


"While Waverly Chasm is a creepy and well-realized location, the real setting of DASTARDLY BASTARD is the most terrifying place imaginable: the dark recesses of the human mind." - Stephen Kozeniewski,  author of Braineater Jones
"... does not want for either action or creepiness, and Lorn manages to include plenty of both with unique verve." - Aniko Carmean

"The more I read . . . the more it felt like a nightmare. Full of terror and surreal happenings." Big Al's Books & Pals

About the Author

Edward Lorn is an American horror author presently residing somewhere in the southeast United States. He enjoys storytelling, reading, and writing biographies in the third person.

Product Details

  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477459863
  • Publisher: Red Adept Publishing (May 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An author worth watching May 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Do you like fast-paced stories? Do you like getting to know characters, almost as if they are your friends? Do you like mysterious villains who are real bastards? Yeah? Well, then you're going to like this book.

A group of strangers come together for a hike around Waverly Chasm, a natural depression in the ground (think combination Mammoth Cave and Grand Canyon but smaller), but they fall into a trap of sorts laid by an evil that has been waiting for such an opportunity. Not all will survive the journey forced upon these characters, but those who do will be stronger and better for it. Wait? Did I say "survive?" Mwahahahahahahaha! Who's going to survive?

With plots and characters reminiscent of Stephen King, and a style of prose reminding one of Richard Laymon, the author Edward Lorn will be worth watching in the future.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittter or Sweet....... May 11, 2012
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........our memories are the essence of our humanity. Seven strangers come face to face with some of there sweetest and bitterest memories as they hike a beautiful and mysterious place called Waverly Chasm.

Edward Lorn has created a eclectic group of people that are flawed and dealing with issues that they are forced to face when confronted with the "Dastardly Bastard". What is the bastard and why is he trying to destroy the people by distorting their past memories? As the group faces life or death situations they are headed to a direct conformation with the bastard. Who will survive and live to tell the secrets of the Waverly Chasm.

This was a very suspenseful story with lots of emotions from the characters as we learn of their past memories and actions that have make them into who they are today. As their memories are manipulated we see how their humanity is effected.

I really enjoyed the story but I think the characters gave it a more interesting perfective. Mark is a 500lb overweight male, Donald a dwarf, Justine and Tyler a mixed race couple and Marsha a recent widow with a young son trying to deal with their lost.

Another area that I think gave this book an interesting touch for me is that it was set in and around Bay's End, the setting for Edward Loren's first book. If you haven't read it, I high recommend it and be prepared for lots of thrills an unexpected ending. In my opinion, we a very good new author in the horror genre.

Thank you so much for the gift of this book and the opportunity to voice my opinion.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, Thrilling Page Turner May 9, 2012
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This book is prefaced with a poem which begins, "The Dastardly Bastard of Waverly Chasm does gleefully scheme of malevolent things..." Thus is set the tense, suspenseful tone that the author manages to retain perfectly throughout this book, which follows seven people on a nightmarish journey to what should be a routine tourist destination.

The characters face real and imagined horrors, unable to distinguish between the two. Could there be a fate much more brutal than having to relive one's most terrible, devastating memories - sometimes cruelly altered to be even worse than the original event? Will the characters' memories be the key to their salvation, or to their doom? Who/what is the origin of the Monster? What sustains it? Who will succumb to it and who will survive? The reader is pulled into this tale as inexorably as the characters are pulled into the Dastardly Bastard's world.

The story is told from the perspective of the different characters, and these transitions are perfectly timed and add freshness and interest to the narrative. Most chapters end in cliffhanger fashion, making it almost impossible to put the book down. A very compelling read.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What do your memories say about you? May 7, 2012
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This story is well written and captivating. The monster is a mix of humanity and the supernatural... what do you fear the most? is it something you have seen, something you have done, or something you have experienced. Have you ever been stuck inside your own head reliving and re-imagining things you have been through. We follow this group of strangers who go out for a tour of one of natures beautiful mysteries and are suddenly forced into a torturous situation. Forced to relive the horrors of their own lives. What kind of a person do our experiences make us? they will find out.

The Dastardly Bastard was a great read. Sometimes books written from more than one characters viewpoint can be skewed and hard to follow. Edward Lorn picked the perfect moments to leave off one persons tale and pick up anothers so that the events and the flow of the story meshed well and kept me captivated. I thoroughly enjoyed my harrowing hike through Waverly Chasm and would recommend the tour to all my friends.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable read August 31, 2012
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After reading 'Bay's End' I couldn't wait to get my hands on another book by Mr. Lorn. I'm glad to say 'Dastardly Bastard' did not disappoint!

This book was very different from his debut novel, but also held some close parallels. This is not just a novel full of frights, but a very in-depth look at humanity and what shapes us. Namely, our memories.

True to form, the author's prose is fluid and the pacing sweeps you along. The book starts out introducing the characters one by one. There's Mark, the morbidly obese photojournalist, whose sent to Waverly Chasm on assignment much to his displeasure. I loved his personality and unique counting quirk! Donald is a writer with a huge chip on his shoulder and a very small stature. There were times I found his personality most abrasive, but he also made me laugh! Justine is full of spunk and vigor, a good contrast to her laid back beau, Trevor...and then there's Lyle and his mother who could very well be our friends or neighbors! And I dare readers not to fall in love with the sage and spunky Nana Penance.

I held my breath as this cast gathered, knowing something wicked was in store. It doesn't take long for the Dastardly Bastard to make his appearance and start accosting the cast. He attacks them one by one, going after their most vulnerable spots. Not their bodies, but their hearts and minds as well. People turn on each other, perceptions get warped, and things get ugly in a hurry. One can't help wonder who or what this legendary creature really is and where he draws his strength. (When we finally meet this villain face to face, his description was vivid and downright chilling...I almost wished I hand't found out!) I will say this, if I wasn't laughing at Edward Lorn's colorful humor, I was holding my breath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a really interesting book
This was a really interesting book. It was different from almost anything I remember reading. At the beginning, it was just plain weird. Read more
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Published 7 months ago by Judith Mckenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold, pacy, entertaining fiction.
I think, mostly, I find horror engaging when the author writes good characters. Lorn starts out with massive characters, big bold creations that leap out at you, instantly... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Craig Saunders
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good characters but, a little hard to visualize the setting. overall good read
Published 9 months ago by Mikle C Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a read
Very interesting characters, clear and precise writing and suitably creepy events. Hated the ending, though.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Starts out great...
All these people with secrets being brought together on a wilderness tour. Great premise and as you learn the secrets you want to see how it all comes together. And then... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Greatdanes
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
This book was really interesting and entertaining but different from what I usually read. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys horror.
Published 12 months ago by Mary Cordova
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird. Just plain weird.
Very twisted mind trip with the battle of Good vs. Evil. This was either a fever dream or a bad LSD trip.
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Edward Lorn is an American horror author presently residing in the southeast United States. He enjoys storytelling, reading, and writing biographies in the third person.

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