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Hour of the Beast [Kindle Edition]

C. Michael Forsyth
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Book Description


The nightmare begins on a lonely country road when young bride Elaine Stern suffers a “fate worse than death” at the hands of a werewolf. Nine months later, the traumatized woman gives birth to a pair of fraternal twins. One, Jason, is frail, bespectacled and timid. The other, Joshua, is aggressive and hairy, with uncanny strength. When the boys are in their teens, they arrive at Hallerton College, a mysterious place where weird things tend to happen even before they get there. The horror goes into overdrive when a string of grisly murders paralyzes the campus. As the body count mounts, Jason begins to suspect that his brother has inherited the curse of lycanthropy. He races to find a cure, enlisting the help of
the wise, adventurous and beautiful Professor Cairo Oldewood. Also along for the ride are Cameron, a gorgeous blonde coed, and Jason’s fearless
roommate Dylan, an extreme-sports junkie who will do anything for a thrill—even face the full fury of a rampaging monster. Together, to save Joshua’s soul, they must solve a centuries-old mystery before the full moon rises again and before the hour of the beast is upon them!

“Hour of the Beast” is written in fire and blood. This gripping, fast-paced mystery/thriller features an Indiana Jones-type heroine, Cairo Oldewood. It will keep you turning the page to the very last horror.”

-- J.e. Franklin, winner of New York Drama Desk Award.

Product Details

  • File Size: 764 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (March 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S7ZAWY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 5, 2011
I met Mr. Forsyth at a horror convention he was attending. He had a massive poster of this awesome cover art displayed which immediately caught my eye. I'm not a huge werewolf fan usually but I'm glad I went with my gut and picked up this book.

It's awesome. I read it cover to cover in a day, I couldn't put it down. I won't rehash the plot because its extensively covered in the product description. But I will say the book is smart, sexy and takes some clever chances that payoff immensely. In the author bio it says that Mr. Forsyth has written screenplays and it shows. I could completely see this book made into a film, its written with a filmmaker's eye. Its fast moving and never dull.

This is good, classic werewolf fiction. The kills are absolutely savage and I even laughed at how clever some were. No brooding, emo wolfboys here, this is Lon Chaney on steroids.

Its a great book and is easily one of the most fun novels I've read this year. This is Mr. Forsyth's 1st novel and while he seems to be moving onto other projects, I'll keep my fingers crossed for more adventures with these characters somewhere down the line.
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What actually got me interested in C. Michael Forsyth's work was a fake article he had written, as a blog, about a researcher that gets lost in Iceland, only to be found a number of years later naked on some rock formation, murmering in some ancient forgotten language, with the only word syllabically understood as "alfur" to mean elf. This article went on to claim that this researcher, interested in elves, was search for proof of the mythical little creatures a number of years ago when she, conspicuously went missing. The article was obviously fake, and the image utitlized by this rather imaginative author was one of a nude beach bather stuck on some rocks. I thought to myself, "this guy has one hell of an imagination and I have to look him up, since I bet any stories he's written will be fabulously thought out and very imaginative." I wasn't wrong. This is probably one of the better horror stories I've read lately. After seeing the 5 star reviews I decided to purchase this for my Amazon Kindle. If you are looking for a good, imaginative, interesting horror story--this is where you should spend your money. I was thoroughly entertained for over 5 hours trying, along with the multitude of characters within the story to solve the mystery. Although somewhat formulaic, and I could easily see through the fore-shadowing of some characters, making correct guesses at who really was committing the atrocities on campus (ergo I wasn't surprised at all by the ending), it still was a wonderful story. I'd genuinely recommend this for any horror fan, and it's not for the faint of heart or for young adults really it's an adult novel. I honestly cannot wait until Mr. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Master of the Horror Genre is Upon Us! September 26, 2011
Just finished "Hour of the Beast" and I must congratulate Mr. Forsyth on a great achievement.

Forsyth has skillfully woven a gripping story, filled with great characters and some stunning plot twists. A fresh, sexy new take on the classic werewolf story.

From the opening chapter, the tension increases as the action accelerates toward a precarious pinnacle. Plot lines introduced early return in a frenetic bundle at the climax of this fast-moving tale.

I personally loved all the back-story about werewolves and lycanthropy, delivered through the character of Cairo. It backfilled the events in the plot, and gave it a foundation that was sturdy, credible and intellectually engaging.

The setting - a small ivy-coated rural college campus, complete with gothic spires and gargoyles - lent the tale the necessary menace and isolation it required. It also opened opportunities for the randy sexuality that purrs throughout every page.

"Hour of the Beast" is peppered with wry cultural allusions that are served up effortlessly and with whimsy:

"He looked as if he'd been been stripped naked and then dressed again by a blind Freddy Krueger."


"It would be like dating Clark Kent if he were just Clark Kent and never Superman."

For fans of the horror genre, this is one tasty read.
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I don't read much horror but I think I will start reading a lot more of this genre if Michael Forsyth writes it. I did not know what to expect but this book did not disappoint. When I heard that this was a book about a werewolf that went to college, I thought it was going to be a cheesy teen wolf like tale. Boy was I wrong! This book comes out unapologetically swinging right from the start. At times this book is brutal, rough and crass but it made the college characters much more believable. I would recommend it only to an older YA crowd, but would have no problem recommending it for any adult. I really like how the author incorporated some science and real werwolf lore into the story but still kept it very fast paced. The characters were very enjoyable but it did make me want to slap around the frat boy jerks. This book is down right frightening at times in a classic horror way. The author was excellent at working in some unexpected hidden plot twists. If I only had $20 left in the world, I would spend it to buy this book. Do yourself a favor and pick it up right now!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't really like the book
I was intrigued by the beginning chapters of this book. However, after reading for a couple hours I found myself unable to stay interested in the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mercedes
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
One of the best werewolf books I have read in ages, I wish someone would turn this into a movie.... I am a fan of werewolf horror. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Naiee
4.0 out of 5 stars This book was very good for a werewolf book and I really enjoyed it
This book was very good for a werewolf book and I really enjoyed it! I heard it is going to be a series and I can only hope that is true because I want to read more!
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
easy, fast-paced read. great for an afternoon at the beach.
Published 10 months ago by kiki
4.0 out of 5 stars Werewolf fan
Great book for werewolf fans. I've being reading werewolf horrors for two years now. This is now number 2 out of 15 I have read. So i say good 4 stare rating.
Published 16 months ago by tom west
5.0 out of 5 stars A great solid read
I would love to read more by this author. It was simply a great story told very well; I always love to read about different werewolf legends.
Published 17 months ago by Lyndsay McClain
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
It was a very good book there was a few mispellings but the story was great and very twisted. Not for a young person to read.
Published 17 months ago by Sindrome
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy good read
From the beginning it was already clear where the story was headed. I would recommend it to someone like me, who likes the idea of horror but scares easily. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jamie R Grove
3.0 out of 5 stars Hour of The Beast is ok
If you like werewolf novels this one is ok. I guess I was expecting a little more after reading the other reviews. Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by scarefan1958
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, could not put the book down!
This book is a must read! At first, I was skeptical another Vampire book, boy was I wrong! This book keeps you guessing, you never know where the story is going to take you. Read more
Published on October 25, 2011 by Deborah Dujardin
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More About the Author

C. Michael Forsyth grew up in New York's Harlem, the son of an Episcopal minister. He attended Fieldston High School, where he delighted his fellow students with elaborate comic strips. He graduated from Yale College with a degree in English Literature. After college, he studied film at NYU, working on the projects of future luminaries in cinema, including Spike Lee. With his MFA in hand, he launched a successful career in corporate communications

In 1995, Michael landed what he describes as a "dream gig," as a writer/reporter for the Weekly World News, the infamous and outrageous tabloid. Michael investigated bizarre stories from around the globe, exploring mysteries ranging from real-life blood-drinkers in the U.S. to the discovery of a "hobbit" on a remote Indonesian island. For more than a decade, his dispatches entertained up to half a million readers each week. He wrote under a variety of pseudonyms, including Mike Foster, Michael Chiron, George Sanford, Vickie York, Miguel Figueroa, Brett Anniston and Kaye Roseburg.

Michael later taught film and journalism at Coker College in Hartsville, SC. He currently resides in Greenville, SC, where he is a writer and is involved in independent film projects. His blog, featuring horror movie reviews and weird news,, has thousands of devotees.

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