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From Within [Kindle Edition]

John M. Dow
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Something hideous is stalking the streets of Wakely.

"They stopped, looking around, trying to pinpoint the source of their discomfort. The tension in the air suddenly snapped, released, and with a series of staccato bangs, every door down the length of the street swung open.

From out of the houses and shops they came, shuffling, staggering, and swaying. Fly-by-wire humans, jerking along the street like meat marionettes, with mouths agape and eyes empty. In their suits and their dresses, overalls, smocks and pyjamas, the locals of Wakely marched to their own rhythm of decay to greet the visitors to their town."

Three strangers find themselves drawn to Wakely, a small village in the Scottish Borders, where a centuries-old conflict between two warring Celtic deities is drawing to its gruesome conclusion.

A small boy holds the key to their survival, but first they have to find him. And they're not the only ones looking.

"One of the many things John Dow does very well indeed is tension and release. The tension will ratchet up and up with fear and horror laid upon trepidation and anxiety, and then he’ll write something that will make you smile. Fear and a little humour make for a terrific combination." The View From My Kindle (4.5/5)


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About the Author

John M. Dow (johnmdow.co.uk) was born in a small mining community in central Scotland and, other than a short stay in Australia, has lived there ever since.

His life to date has been split evenly between writing and technology. His technology career pays the bills and the writing keeps him sane.

To date, he has published reviews and articles for computing and video game magazines, as well as short stories.

From Within is his first novel; a dark and frantic homage to the horror fiction of the 1970s and 1980s.

His preferred genres are dark fantasy and horror, and promises never to feature sparkly vampires. His short stories have ranged from the blatantly surreal to the comedic, and he feels that humour has a very definite role to play in the modern horror novel.

He is currently working on his second book, a dark fantasy documenting a conflict between immortals. The events therein stretch from ancient Babylon to the modern day.

Product Details

  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463537379
  • Publisher: Smashwords, Inc (April 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VSZNHW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie takeover! July 14, 2011
By bortly
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Darkness, fog, zombies! A battle between ancient Welsh deities takes place in a small Scottish town, with the townspeople forced into zombie armies. Three strangers arrive, on schedule according to the folklore, and have to figure out what's going on and how they figure in the myth. I could not put it down! Well done John M. Dow!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing - you won't want to put it down! June 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a thoroughly engrossing read, which will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. The author has a brilliant way of describing everything going on in such a way that it feels as though you're watching it all unfold. This is a great addition to the horror genre, and I highly recommend it for those that enjoy a supernatural/horror reading experience that will envelop you into its world! 5 stars!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It Was a Dark and Foggy ....er.. World? September 26, 2011
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I liked this book. It wasn't too long or too short, but that has nothing to do with the contents. I frequently judge a book by my ability to figure out the end by the beginning which unfortunately, I too often am able to do. While parts of this book you can see coming down the extremely foggy road 10 miles away (The character of the preacher is one of those, such a lazy stereotype), other parts left me going,,, huh.. didn't see that one.

The author has a style that I like. Although any book or movie set in a dark, lonely place will always get me to notice it, the author was able to give descriptions that added to the story. The descriptions made a clear picture in my mind as to what the protagonists were seeing. I wished he had added to a few of characters motivations however, and who was the one dead person in the woods? I was thinking that the length of book showed some signs of editing that possibly removed too much in the middle 8 and most of my issues with the book lie there.

Zombies are not my thing, but then these were hardly the modern day zombies and in reality they were not a huge part of the story. For a while in the middle of the book I was afraid this was going to turn into some sort of digital game where the 'good' entities shoot the evil ones. They're slow, easy to kill and did not seem to have any real motivation other than what they were told to do. The book pulled itself out at the end but the middle was a little weak for me.

I'd try another of the authors' books based on this one. As I said earlier, it seemed to me to be an editing issue more than a story issue which is why I gave the author the benefit of doubt and went to 3 stars. If the preacher character wasn't such a stereotype I would have gone to 4 easily.

Did I mention fog?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Had so much potential but dropped the ball January 26, 2013
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I really enjoyed the first 90% of this book. It was extremely descriptive and very hard to put down. I was rooting for the characters and was expecting an equally entertaining ending. Unfortunately, I was let down. The last portion was very choppy and disjointed, making for an unsatisfying conclusion. I reread the last bit several times in an effort to see if it was me, if I'd missed something, or anything to figure out why it didn't work. I still don't get it. It's almost as if the author wrote a section that was unintentionally left out. It's really too bad that the ending left such a sour impression on me because it was an otherwise highly enjoyable book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fog, fog and more FOG! December 8, 2012
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Three people are brought together during a freak fog and land in a small town in Scotland. The town seems nearly deserted and disaster is in the air, eery and ominous. There is death everywhere, gruesome and gory. Monsters and demons run amok, feasting on the remains of the villagers. It seems that two Celtic deities are battling it out, and there is a small boy who holds the key to victory.

Okay, dark nights, fog, demons, dead bodies, no way out...maybe these ideas together aren't original, but the way the author stirred it all together achieved the goal of an entertaining, dark read, full of horror, death, and blood. And, yes, I checked under the bed before turning off the lights that night!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Huh? April 30, 2012
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This started out really intriguing. It was suspenseful and well-paced BUT at times the author wrote the WRONG NAMES for the character that was speaking or doing the action which can be confusing when a main character is in 2 different places doing different things...... Also, the way that the main character concluded the story needed some better explanation. Maybe even an epilog?
Lastly but waaaay less important our heroine has a major personality change waaaay too quickly. To be believable we needed a bit more background at the very least.
All and all suspenseful and at least 1/2 of it is perfectly enjoyable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding old-school Lovecraftian Horror October 14, 2011
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From the opening paragraphs of "From Within," I knew I was in safe hands. Dow has excellent writing skills and wields them masterfully. This man can flat-out write. He has created three-dimensional characters and vivid scenes. The action sequences are easy to follow. And the horror? Truly horrifying.

I don't really want to give much synopsis because I wouldn't want to spoil it. Suffice it to say that there are a couple of Old Gods with no regard for human life and a few humans with little regard for the plans of Old Gods.

One of the many things John Dow does very well indeed is tension and release. The tension will ratchet up and up with fear and horror laid upon trepidation and anxiety, and then he'll write something that will make you smile. Fear and a little humor make for a terrific combination.

This is a well-written and thoroughly frightening not to mention entertaining book. Zombies (of a sort), Old Gods, hellhounds, possession. This book has got them all.

I really enjoyed it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars nice reading
enjoyed the reading didn't make much sense but it did make me sleepy aye the full book would be better
Published 3 months ago by Pat Griggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked a lot
Published 6 months ago by KyLee
5.0 out of 5 stars From Within
These are the type of books l like to read, was easy to read enjoyed it and I would recommend to my friends.
Published 20 months ago by DARKLADY
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
This is my first reading of Mr. Dow's work. It will not be my last. His writing kept me glued to my screen. His twists and turns of the characters is wonderful. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Bert Holden
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright
Started a fad slow for my taste but got better as it went. Creative storyline kept my interest. Wanted to know how it all worked out so it kept me reading.
Published 22 months ago by Jesse Louthain
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
thought it was a very captivating story leaving you wanting to
Know what happens next. A very good read excellent.
Published on October 29, 2012 by richard marshall
2.0 out of 5 stars A tough slog
I don't usually give poor reviews, but this book is a mess. I got the impression there was more to it that wound up "on the cutting room floor" as it were. Read more
Published on June 19, 2012 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars good scenery but old story
Best intentions for a stroy...requires patience though because it is a tired theme. Although there are a few good scares it is a bit tedious to reach the end.
Published on February 23, 2012 by Poppislady
1.0 out of 5 stars Glad that this was free
You get what you pay for. I hope that this was a much larger novel that had been hacked by an editor. Seemed to have assumed a previous knowledge of, at least one character. Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by M.L.
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More About the Author

John M. Dow was born in a small mining community in central Scotland and, other than a short stay in Australia, has lived there ever since.

His life to date has been split evenly between writing and technology. His technology career pays the bills and the writing keeps him sane.

To date, he has published reviews and articles for computing and video game magazines, as well as short stories.

From Within is his first novel; a dark and frantic homage to the horror fiction of the 1970s and 1980s.

His second book, Careless Talk, is a dark fantasy documenting a conflict between immortals. The events therein stretch from ancient Babylon to the modern day.

His preferred genres are dark fantasy and horror, and promises never to feature sparkly vampires. His short stories have ranged from the blatantly surreal to the comedic, and he feels that humour has a very definite role to play in the modern horror novel.


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