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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460936701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460936702
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,140,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gregory M. Thompson is a science fiction, fantasy and horror author with credits in Macabre Realms, Digizine, Aphelion Webzine, Concisely, Digital Dragon Magazine, and The Fringe Magazine. He also has an award-nominated science fiction story in the collection, Steampunk Anthology, published by Sonar4 Publications. He has a forthcoming horror short story appearing in the April issue of Dark Gothic Resurrected.

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Gregory M. Thompson is a Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror writer with publishing credits in Macabre Realms, Digizine, Aphelion Webzine, Concisely, Digital Dragon Magazine, Dark Gothic Resurrected, Midwest Literary Review, Roar and Thunder, The Fringe Magazine and more. He also has an award-nominated science fiction piece in the collection, Steampunk Anthology, published by Sonar4 Publications and has a horror/western story called "Cora" in the anthology, Welcome to Hell: an Anthology of Western Weirdness, edited by Eric S. Brown. Nightcry and The Golden Door are two of his novels, released in March and June 2011 respectively.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coral Russell on September 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The story begins with the gruesome discovery of a dead body in the woods...and I do mean gruesome. From the beginning couple of pages, I wondered if this would be a story I could stomach. I'm glad I continued. The story went on to detail a small town reporter's struggle to understand the supernatural, which had plagued his family for generations, as well as solve a murder mystery. There were a couple of times when I thought, just maybe, the ghost did it. If you want a nice piece of brain candy to munch on, give Nightcry a try. The prose was plain, but the story was fast-paced and interesting. There seemed to be a general theme of family developing in this story, but it was more the karma you inherit from your family rather than anything touchy-feely.

The cons? Two. 1.)The editing could have used a grammar/OCD nut like myself. One star off for editing because it made for muddy readability in places. 2.)The main character seems to be middle-aged, but occasionally he makes the sort of remarks you would expect out of a teenager with either slightly inappropriate humor or bits that refer to the character's mother a bit too often. So minus a half a star for inconsistent characterization.

Overall, a fun, quick read. Will be interested in what he comes up with next.

I was given a complimentary copy to review at alchemyofscrawl and Writing with Spirit
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kiki Deister on June 17, 2011
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The premise of Nightcry was a creative and imaginative one, suspense and horror combined with a supernatural element. The suspense begins with the opening scene and continues to grow throughout the story, with lots of twists along the way. As the story progresses, the fact that Grant himself could be the guilty party gave the story an edgy feeling. The author interjects Grant's somewhat disjointed, and sometimes inappropriate, thoughts in the midst of the text. While distracting, it is purposely so, heightening the idea that perhaps Grant is questioning his one involvement in the deaths. There is also a lot of backstory throughout the book, shared in the form of recollections from both Grant and Mavis, that explained some things from both of their pasts. I finished the book unsure, however, of what connection (if any) there was between Mavis' memories and the story at hand.

Grant was the center of the story, and I am not really sure how I felt about him is a character. As a character, he seemed to be a bit immature and a little emotionally stunted, although the latter could be explained by the backstories of his past. There were times when I was drawn to him and really felt for him as a character, but there were other times when I didn't really care about him one way or another. I think that as a reader, we never really got to know him as a person beyond the scope of the events of the moment.

I loved the ending in that it was completely unexpected, although I wish that a little more of the "why's" were answered. I don't want to spoil the ending, but I wish the reason the bad guy gave was more fully explored.
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Bought this at a local con. Read it from start to finish without putting it down. I really enjoyed it, he writes with a style that is unique, grotesque, and fascinating.
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By Sarah on September 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Grant is the editor of his home town newspaper. One of only two people still here from his high school class; the other being Police Chief Bobby Hamilton. When people start dying and the evidence points to Grant, he must figure out what is going on in order to save himself. His investigation begins to point to a supernatural being, but how can he prove that?

I find myself very torn about this story. I liked the premise of the storyline, but I hated the main character and wasn't satisfied with full execution.

As a character, Grant was dispicable. He was rude, selfish and annoying. His constant, inappropriate inner monologue kept me from caring about him at all. I never understood his hatred of Police Chief Bobby Hamilton. Aside from the fact that Bobby was seeing Grant's ex-girlfriend, there was no explanation for Grant's hatred. Bobby never acted liked a jerk, and in fact, several times seemed to go out of his way to give Grant access to things he really shouldn't have.

The one character I liked was Mavis. He was interesting and unusual. I loved his background stories, even if they didn't really impact the main storyline. I'd love to hear more of his stories and experiences.

The ending had quite a big twist to it. I wasn't really satisifed with the explanations given though. They seemed incomplete and rushed. I'd love to have learned about and had the last two chapters expanded to really explore what was happening.

Overall, this was a creepy story with an uncommon paranormal element. It had great potential, but I couldn't connect with the main character, and felt some areas needed more detail.
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