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The Devil of Echo Lake [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Wynne
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Book Description

Billy Moon would have given his life for rock 'n' roll stardom, but the Devil doesn’t come that cheap.

Goth rock idol Billy Moon has it all: money, fame, and a different girl in every city.
But he also has a secret, one that goes all the way back to the night he almost took his own life. The night Trevor Rail, a shadowy record producer with a flair for the dark and esoteric, agreed to make him a star. . . for a price.

Now Billy has come to Echo Lake Studios to create the record that will make him a legend. A dark masterpiece like only Trevor Rail can fashion. But the woods of
Echo Lake have a dark past, a past that might explain the mysterious happenings in the haunted church that serves as Rail’s main studio. As the pressure mounts on Billy to fulfill Rail's vision, it becomes clear that not everyone will survive the project.

It's time the Devil of Echo Lake had his due, and someone will have to pay.

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"This book sings a dark, dark song -- it's got a grim rhythm that even rock-and-roll has forgotten. If you're standing at the crossroads and you don't know where to go, take the road that leads you to this book." 
-- Chuck Wendig, Author of Blackbirds and Mockingbird.


"Doug delivers the quiet, atmospheric horror that pervades the story with the deft touch of an experienced writer.  I may not have heard of Douglas Wynne before I started reading The Devil of Echo Lake, but now that I have finished this excellent debut novel, I can honestly say that I'll be looking for more of his work in the future." 
-- Joseph Nassise, bestselling author of the Templar Chronicles and the Great Undead War series.


"The author's love of music adds another level to this atmospheric supernatural thriller, which should appeal to fans of Goth rock as well as horror aficionados."  
--  Library Journal


"Wynne combines the cinematic imagery of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll with a good old-fashioned ghost story."
--Publishers Weekly


"Ancient gods, haunted forests, the Devil, and Rock & Roll. What more do you need for a great story? The Devil of Echo Lake is a beautifully crafted book that puts a unique spin on the classic tale of Robert Johnson and the crossroads. In the first few pages, Douglas Wynne grabs hold and never lets go. You can't miss with this fantastic debut." 
-- Brett J. Talley, author of Bram Stoker Award™ finalist That Which Should Not Be and The Void.

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"The Devil of Echo Lake does what all good books do--it compels the reader to keep reading...through the night.  Write the name Douglas Wynne on a note, underline it, put it up on the fridge door--then buy everything this guy writes."
 ---Gene O'Neill, Author of Operation Rhinoceros Hornbill and The Burden of Indigo
 
"The Devil of Echo Lake delves into the oh-so-thin interface between reality and the supernatural. Douglas Wynne handles complex issues deftly in this novel. His characters, real and otherwise, ring true. His writing is strong and appropriate to his subjects--temptation, acceptance, realization, and ultimately redemption." 
-- Dr. Michael R. CollingsAuthor of The Slab, The House Beyond the Hill, and other tales of wonder and fear.

"
It's an impressive, crackling, no-holds-barred debut from an author who can actually write about rock music without it devolving into No seriously I'm cool! preening clunkiness."
--Shawn Macomber, Decibel Magazine

"It's not often I find a novel that so engrosses me; it kept me turning pages until well after I should have been asleep.  I simply could not put this book down. The fact that this is a debut novel is simply astounding. It is only very rarely that a new author arrives on the scene with such a well written book."
--Sanitarium 

Product Details

  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: JournalStone (October 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Q5OA5Q
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and Satisfying April 16, 2014
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This one got to me - I didn't want to stop reading it - the epitome of the cliched page turner! The characters were deliciously developed, to the point that you could easily slip into their skins. Except for the villanous one, who is so repulsively portrayed that your skin crawls. And there are creepy twists and horrible turns and a spectacular ending. Read it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Devil of Echo Lake March 30, 2014
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Very vivid description but way too long. Good story but not much dialogue in the first half because the author got lost in the descriptions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth the read November 7, 2012
Format:Paperback
Well-crafted fiction. Intelligent. Compelling.

The Devil of Echo Lake has a great plot - actually several interwoven stories - which Wynne uses to bring each of the characters to life, as well as to lace them together for the larger picture at Echo Lake where their agendas intertwine with the recording studio's sinister history. The artists, the people, the music and strange things at Echo Lake may all appear to come to life, but for some of them it's tentative, as befits the genre.

The author includes quite enough detail about music, the artists and the process of the music production industry to give a real-life counterpoint to the fiction of the plot. It was a learning experience for me and this made the book especially rewarding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't always get what you want... October 19, 2012
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but Billy Moon got what he thought he wanted...and there's the devil to pay. This is a great story - fantastic descriptions that put you right there, characters you can love/hate/fear, intriguing insights into the business and art of recording, and a nice bit of horror. Anyone even remotely connected to the music business will relate to this tale. One of the few books I've read lately that I really couldn't put down. And as always, when I finish a good book, there are characters I hope to see again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Selling Your Soul at the Crossroads! February 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has a lot going for it. Ancient evil, witches, Pan, and good old Rock N Roll. How could you go wrong?

As a huge fan of rock music and the blues, I'm on board with the whole Robert Johnson "sold his soul" train. This book was an original twist on that story, with the modern accoutrements of an evil record producer and an ogre of a music label.

For a while in the middle portion, the pacing slowed down a lot, (technical stuff in the recording studio), but then the story began to get more complicated and from there this tale came alive. That's also when that originality kicked in and delivered some spice and surprise.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it for horror fans that don't mind a slow burning story, without much gore, and for fans of old school stories like The Great God Pan. If that person is you, I wager you will enjoy this novel!

I was provided a free copy of this book to honestly review for: [...]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How rock n roll made December 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an ARC in exchange for honest review:

Billy Moon is about to record his third studio CD with the last man he wants to see Trevor Rail. Billy is pretty afraid of him and how he makes feel. Billy is totally not looking forward to recording yet doesn't have any other options. When Billy's father unexpectedly dies, Billy's world crashes down around him in ways he didn't think possible but does. Billy wants to do a different kind of recording this time around which Trevor nixes right away saying you want to make crap do it on your own dime. Jake is a new sound tech wanting to learn the ropes from Kevin Brickman, the engineer for Billy Moon's newest CD. Jake is excited about the recording process and what he'll learn. Jake doesn't like Trevor Rail very much gets a creepy vibe from him. As recording process gets underway another tragedy strikes which could hold up the recording process. Jake and Billy both have heard haunting note playing yet can't explain it either. Billy is more moved by the acoustic songs he's been playing on his own than by what Trevor Rail has him recording. Will Trevor get what he wants? Will Billy continue to do his own thing? Will Jake help Billy? Your answers await you in The Devil of Echo Lake.

I'm a fan of music much like any one else yet I struggled to read this book at the beginning. It did get better as the page advanced. It's a good book just not one of my favorites or one I'd read again. The author crafted the story well and characters were well developed. Just not my style of book. Read the book for yourself.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended - lush, evocative, engrossing October 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Book Info: Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Book Available: October 19, 2012 (just available) in paperback and ebook format
Recommended for: Fans of dark story with overall redemptive themes, rock `n' roll lifestyles, the old gods

Disclosure: I received an ARC ebook edition from Journalstone, via the LibraryThing Early Reviewer's program, in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Billy Moon would have given his life for rock 'n' roll stardom, but the Devil doesn't come that cheap.

Goth-rock idol Billy Moon has it all: money, fame, and a different girl in every city. But he also has a secret, one that goes all the way back to the night he almost took his own life. The night Trevor Rail, a shadowy record producer with a flair for the dark and esoteric, agreed to make him a star. . . for a price.

Now Billy has come to Echo Lake Studios to create the record that will make him a legend. A dark masterpiece like only Trevor Rail can fashion. But the woods of Echo Lake have a dark past, a past that might explain the mysterious happenings in the haunted church that serves as Rail's main studio. As the pressure mounts on Billy to fulfill Rail's vision, it becomes clear that not everyone will survive the project.

It's time the Devil of Echo Lake had his due, and someone will have to pay.

My Thoughts: This is a richly atmospheric story. I've never heard of this writer before, but he certainly knows how to set a scene to keep the reader flipping those ages - I will definitely be looking to see if he has anything else out there, because I just loved his style.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Star on the rise, Demon in the studio
A Robert Johnson-esque tale of witches, Gods, the devil and, of course, good ole rock n roll. Billy Moon was going nowhere. Fast. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough to Sell your Soul For
This one started off slow, and I felt at first like secrets were being given away prematurely, but then the story found a good rhythm and didn't let up. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all
Always interested in books about devils, or books about music. It was a treat to read a book on the classic 'sold my soul for rock n' roll' myth.
Published 5 months ago by Tee Nuh
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great God Pan Rocks Out!
I love rock n’ roll horror. It’s an under appreciated subgenre rich with untold stories. There isn’t enough quality musical fiction out there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Errera
5.0 out of 5 stars Good rock and roll book
Great read, strong characters, and special attention to the finer details of producing a record. Can't go wrong with this one.
Published 5 months ago by Mack
5.0 out of 5 stars seriously good craft
Reading "The Devil of Echo Lake" while traveling to Sin City may sound poetic but it's the seedy side of both stories that made this all so readable. Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. SALMON
5.0 out of 5 stars must read!!!
Dark and riveting read. Can't wait for more books from this new author. Reality and imagination blended with the underside of the rock and roll.
Published 12 months ago by capone
5.0 out of 5 stars best read in a long time
i got the book out of nostalgia for a misspent youth and the allston music scene of the time (or what little slice of it that i knew), but the story line and ideas are far more fun... Read more
Published 12 months ago by P.George Kokkinogenis
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil of Echo Lake
From the time I picked this book up, I could not put it down. The author leads you through the life of a struggling musician, who feels as though he sold his soul for the fame he... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cam
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle horror that creeps up on you
I received this as an ARC from Journalstone through Library Thing, and I hadn't heard of Douglas Wynne, but I thought I'd take a chance...and it paid off bigtime! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrburnswriter
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Douglas Wynne is the author of the rock n roll horror novel THE DEVIL OF ECHO LAKE, which was a first place winner of JournalStone's 2012 Horror Fiction contest. His second novel, STEEL BREEZE, is a crime thriller about a modern day samurai serial killer, and his short fiction has recently appeared in Dark Discoveries magazine and The Lovecraft eZine. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son and spends most of his time hanging out with a pack of dogs when he isn't writing, playing guitar, or swinging a sword.

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