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Hour of the Beast [Kindle Edition]

C. Michael Forsyth
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

TERRIFYING SEXY CLEVER


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.
A MUST-READ FOR ALL HORROR FANS!

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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: #315,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 5, 2011
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Master of the Horror Genre is Upon Us! September 26, 2011
Format:Paperback
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."

or

"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good werewolf story. August 13, 2011
Format:Paperback
Werewolves are one of my favorite classic monsters. The cover was more than enough to entice me to read this story. From the very first chapter you learn that this is a story that does not mind being labeled "dark" or "gritty." In the very first chapter a woman does have a disturbing encounter with a werewolf. The rest of the story follows her two children as they enter collage for the first time and have to cope with being who they are. This story however is not just another generic blood and guts rack up the body count horror story. There is also a good sense of mystery and mythology thrown into the mix. Science and history come into play while explaining the possible origins of werewolves. The ending has a pretty good twist. This book is definitely not for young children, but if you like a good horror story with some real meat to it, then you will want to give this a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book, Classic horror with a new twist. August 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Summer Read EVER!! July 29, 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is positively prodigious!! I found myself totally engrossed trying to solve the mystery along with the characters. The suspense was killer and the descriptions of characters, places, and events were phenomenal!!! Hour of the Beast has definitely earned a permanent spot of my shelf of favorites!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
easy, fast-paced read. great for an afternoon at the beach.
Published 12 days 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago by Jamie R Grove
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly one of the best horror stories and most amazing new horror...
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... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anathema Device
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good werewolf tale...
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads (Goodreads.com).

This book started off good with an action-filled first chapter where we are introduced to... Read more
Published on October 16, 2011 by Sheri
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent by straight forward & by the numbers
I had a chance to read "Hour of the Beast" by C Michael Forsyth this past week. The book felt a bit like something you'd see at Cinemax over the weekend - a fairly straight forward... Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by M. Nastos
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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, http://freedomshammer.wordpress.com, has thousands of devotees.



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