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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Books of the Dead (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986815721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986815720
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,883,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the horror genre.
Megan Cott
That being said, the villain is interesting and original, most of the characters are well developed, and the story moves at a good pace.
Zombie Shakespeare
The glaring problem with this book, for me, was that I just couldn't find myself caring for any of the characters.
Neverwas

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SMcCaffery on February 14, 2011
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I had read a couple of Matt Hults's short stories before buying and reading HUSK. It's his first novel, and you'll be stunned at how good a storyteller he is, how tightly he plots and how he can sustain the pace while throwing plenty of curveballs. I suspect that other published writers will feel a twinge or two of envy. I've no idea if this book made the NYC publishing rounds, but if it did, those who elected not to publish it really missed out. I'm sure Books of the Dead Press is glad. It's the kind of book that will undoubtedly generate word of mouth buzz and sell pretty well. Think of classic Stephen King colliding with early James Patterson (before the stable of co-writers).

Stories of crazed serial killers are a dime a dozen, but there's nothing stereotypical about Hults's debut novel. His writing is very cinematic (which I like), and this story would make a great horror-thriller film treatment. You know that shopworn reviewer's phrase from yesteryear -- "I started reading it and couldn't put it down!" -- ? Well, it applies to this novel. I downloaded it while traveling on business. I was pretty tired after a full day, but I ended up reading it until 2 a.m. Cannot wait for Hults's second novel!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bret Jordan on February 5, 2011
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Ever been scared of stuff that shouldn't scare you? I'm talking about things like bags of leaves, sweaters, ski jackets and such. No? Well, Husk could possibly be the novel to change that.

It's the story of a serial killer, an ancient god, human sacrifice, things coming back from the dead and things that aren't normally dangerous that suddenly come to life. There is nowhere to hide from this terror. It can get to you no matter where you are. It's like a ghost, but it isn't. No, this evil is something new and different. Husk is a roller coaster horror ride. It will make you want to scream in terror while you are on it, but once it's over you'll just look at the cover, and it is an exceptional cover by the way, and go 'WOW'.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J Burke on March 24, 2011
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Found this one while searching for zombie books. It's technically not a zombie book, but man, is it some high quality horror. I don't make recommendations lightly, so it says a lot that I immediately loaned this to my brother. I recommend it to every horror fan out there. Just make sure to read it in the daytime!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Stone on January 31, 2011
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There's a whole spectrum of horror, from the quiet creepy kind to the visceral hack 'n' slash thriller. I'd say Husk is closer to the latter than the former. Matt Hults' strength lies in his ability to paint large explosive scenes, and to keep the momentum going in between with some charming and thoughtful interplay between his characters, many of whom are awkward and difficult teenagers. If you ever enjoyed (even grudgingly) a movie like Halloween, Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street, you'll love Husk. I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mlafitte on October 6, 2013
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Wow. This story was a heck of a reading trip for horror/supernatural fans. Fast paced, very well written, enthralling, and deserving a 6 star review. Would like to see a movie out of this one. The descriptive words used were extraordinary, as you could visualize in your mind every single detail. Kudos, Mr. Hults, for an outstanding book.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pete Kahle, Author of THE SPECIMEN on April 8, 2011
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You can't judge a book by its cover....or can you?

I'll be the first to admit that a cool cover often seduces me into buying a novel that I normally would have passed on or waited to borrow a copy from my local library, but the cover of Matt Hults' debut novel is so frickin' BADASS that I was lured into buying it. The price was a nice incentive, too.

Once I began reading it, I was even more impressed. Hults has crafted a novel that reads like a classic horror movie and evokes the sensations I had when I first read some of my favorite horror authors for the first time. The characters are well-developed. The plot captures many of the standard horror archetypes yet presents them in a fresh manner. I can only hope that Matt Hults has a long and productive career as a novelist.

Pick this bad boy up ASAP!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SuperCee on August 22, 2014
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The description doesn't do this story any justice...as I started reading it and things started to come together, I realized what the plot was. I really enjoyed this book. It had the right amount of humor at the appropriate moments in the story. I found myself chuckling quite a few times at some of the off hand humor. I counted maybe three errors so that wasn't bad. At the risk of not giving the story away, there is a supernatural element to the story which is why I love the story so much. The whole good versus evil is one plot that I truly love. Add to the fact that it's hard to get people to believe in things that are supernatural and you have a great story that can come to life right off the pages. Like I said, the description of the story doesn't do it any justice but it is definitely worth a good read. I didn't want to stop reading until I saw the story to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zombiegirl on February 23, 2014
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I gave this book 5 stars because it had me on the edge of seat from the 1st chapter. I couldn't put it down cuz I had to know what happened next, and once I found out, I had to find out again what happened after that. It took me only 3 days to finish this book. I can't wait to see whatever the author comes out with!
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