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Born in California, raised in Alaska and the Oregon Coast, Erik Tavares' writing includes novels, short stories, screenplays, teleplays, theater, copywriting and almost everything else in between. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his long-suffering wife and two children and, unlike many writers, does not own a cat. For additional information, visit www.ValourDesigns.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Valour Designs (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615603750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615603759
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in California, raised in Alaska, Erik Tavares has written fiction, non-fiction, copywriting, screenwriting, theater, and everything else in between. By day he is an elementary school teacher. By night, he is the director of Dark Hollow Haunted Forest, a non-profit outdoor haunted attraction southeast of Seattle, WA (www.DarkHollowHaunt.com).

For a complete list of creative work, and additional book content, visit http://www.ValourDesigns.com.

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I look forward to reading his next novel.
N. Atchison
Erik used such descriptive vocabulary I was able to picture the characters and environment vividly.
Susan Bishop
The Story is magnificent The action in this book is awesome the story is told great.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lorelei Shannon on February 18, 2012
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*I am flat-out crazy about this book. From the harrowing werewolf attack on a monastery at the opening, to the truly shocking conclusion in Borneo, this book is a wonderful, scary ride.

Tavares creates a vivid portrait of late-1800's New Orleans--both the beauty of the old city, and the darkness behind it. The exotic countries the characters travel through are just as vivid. Borneo is particularly memorable; beautiful, wild, and exotic, with unimaginable horrors barely concealed.

Before you groan and roll your eyes about the use of the word "unimaginable," I actually mean it. Tavares digs deep into the folklore of Borneo, and comes up with a horrible creature that very few people in the western world have ever heard of. I'm not going to spoil the surprise, but I'll just say that these things are freaky, original, and horrifying.

Then there are the characters. I'm a sucker for well-developed characters. In fact, characters make or break a book for me. The characters in House of Corruption are fascinating, fully-formed, and completely believable. I particularly like Mahonri, the Mormon gunslinger with a tormented past. Many of the characters have tormented pasts, which makes them all the more interesting.

I really can't recommend this book enough. If you like classic horror in the tradition of Dracula, if you appreciate fine storytelling, great characters, and genuine scares, House of Corruption is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Litchick on December 5, 2013
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I read this book in hopes that it would be terrifying because I needed a reset in between the paranormal books that I normally read. I came across it by accident, read the book blurb and hoped it would fry the fluff from my synapses and give me the reset I so desperately needed. I figured it would be a quick, easy read with some grammatical errors and story-flow issues because it’s an independent pub.

The frigging thing is almost 800 pages long (on my e-reader) and has fewer typos than books that come from major publishing houses. The story wasn’t full of holes or awkward perspective shifts like I had anticipated. It flowed smoothly and for such a lengthy book it never seemed to drag. In fact, at times I hoped it would never end. It was…hypnotizing. Mesmerizing.

ERIK TAVARES, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN???

Welcome to my world, my new friend. If we ever meet in person don’t sign anything I give you, especially if I bring my own pen for you to use because while I’m smiling and rambling on and on about how much I enjoy your writing, I’ll be secretly harboring ulterior motives of harvesting your DNA from the skin tags you leave on my pen so that I can clone you fifty times, raise evil genius minions of you and send them forth when they reach maturity to shift the balance of the paranormal literary world.

Okay, I suppose I should stop fangirling and actually review the book now. And while I’m tempted to do so with gifs, memes and jpegs full of happy dances, I’ll try to restrain myself.

*deep breath*

Gone are the glittery vegetarian vampires with teenage angst and a propensity for hipster jeans and emo eyes. Gone are the shape shifters that have complete control over the animal side of themselves and hunt down deer to sake their bloodlust.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Uzzetta on March 16, 2013
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A good story line. I love werewolf stories and would have enjoyed much more focus on the werewolf characters AS werewolves (considering there is a werewolf on the cover). There were vampire-like creatures that stole a lot of the plot, and this was an interesting change of pace as to how they come into being. The beginning of the book had a wonderful "werewolf running rampant" feel that I hoped would continue throughout but instead went into other areas. However, I'm happy that anyone is writing anything with werewolves in it. Keep 'em coming, Mr. Tavares, and let's have more of the beasties, please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes Haws on February 3, 2013
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5 stars

"House of Corruption" is a complex and multithreaded tapestry, invoking the thought of a collaboration between Henry James and Edgar Rice Burroughs to rejuvenate "Dracula," with all new characters and additional monstrous creatures. Author Erik Tavares has done his research, and the results are intriguing and riveting. An entirely new "thing that goes bump in the night" category arises here, a creature of Borneo and Malaysia, a sort of body thief, which consists of a head and spine, then taking on the form of actual individuals, in order to fool, to trick, and to attack and murder.

But this is not the only beastie in the cryptozoology of this novel: there is also lycanthropy, in the form of Reynard LaCroix and of Wilhelm Carlovec, a wealthy landowner of Borneo. Both men, who are actually lateral relations, suffer this disease because of their ancestor and his unholy pact. Both wish to overcome it, and one of them certainly will stop at nothing to find that cure. In the meanwhile, Reynard's sister Lasha and Wilhelm's daughter Kiria are in the crosshairs, subject to the whims of fate and the narcissistic self-centeredness of those determined to control.

I found this novel riveting and fast-paced, as much Supernatural thriller as mystery, hystery, and mythology.
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