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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478270772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478270775
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,652,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dusk's writing rises head and shoulders above his competition and makes this a horror novel that shouldn't be missed" - Hellnotes.com

"Shady Palms was fun, crude and downright gory, I loved it!" - KillerAphrodite.com

"Equal parts noir slice of life and over-the-top gross-out fest, Dusk weaves a compelling web of underworld characters who ultimately confront a bizarre mutant menace cut from the same exploitation cloth as classics like Them! or The Toxic Avenger." - DarkMedia.com

From the Author

Shady Palms is my tribute to 50's creature features updated with a modern twist. I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you ever find the book too disgusting or gruesome to read, then I'll know I did my job perfectly.

More About the Author

Allen Dusk is an award-winning author of dark fiction and erotica. His favorite pastimes include photography, geocaching, lusting over old horror movies, and researching supernatural folklore.

His debut novel Shady Palms, a gritty urban tale splattered with carnage, has been earning great reviews from horror critics around the globe. Diverse Desires, a collection of Allen's short tales of twisted erotica, is available exclusively on Amazon's Kindle.

Allen has also contributed works to Rose Caraway's The Kiss Me Quicks Erotica Podcast, Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification (Great Old Ones Publishing), Peep Show Volume 2 (SST Publications), Horror-tica (Cruentus Libri Press), and Sirens Call eZine.

Customer Reviews

I love the macabre way he tells a tale, and the oft chilling voice he gives to his characters.
K. L. Wilson
Although, I didn't know it at the time, he happens to be a very talented film maker, as evidenced by the awesome movie style trailer he did for this book.
Dirty Talker
There were so many loose ends, so many things that happened that I didn't understand why or how or what was going on.
Melisa

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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To be clear, it was Allen Dusk's shorter fare (notably his brilliant sci-fi/erotic/horror "Terminal Affair") that brought me to listening to the audiobook version of "Shady Palms" -- and what a treat this experience was! Although I was disappointed by the lack of Dusk's style of erotica, that feeling quickly subsided as I realized I was caught up in a clever little horror story!

As a huge fan of minimalist settings, I really enjoyed the cast of characters that made their way through the grimy and gritty Shady Palms motel. It's not written in quite the same tradition as King's "Trucks" ("Maximum Overdrive") or "The Mist," but there's something comfortingly familiar between Dusk's and King's (earlier) work here that I can't quite put my finger on. If "Shady Palms" were made into a movie, I'd have an easier time imagining it as something to watch on a scratchy VHS tape back in the 80s -- if that analogy helps would-be readers at all.

Dusk's skill as a writer can be most easily noticed in his crafting of the character, "Sanjay" -- the uber-flawed and complex proprietor of the "Shady Palms" motel, who you will learn to loathe and love in equal parts. And Dusk -- in his signature style -- is unflinching when it comes time to release the horror. And when innocents start to die, you'll find yourself at a precipice within the plot, not fully trusting yourself to turn the pages as fast as you might have been earlier in the book.

While I cannot comment on reading the book in e-book or paper form, I can say that part of my enjoyment of this audiobook stems from the expert narration of Rose Caraway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Magda2016 on March 30, 2013
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Was totally taken by surprise: I think I'll stick to sleeping in the car than to checking into any low-standard motel. Bedbugs, who knew!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Wilson on November 9, 2012
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I have to start off by saying that I was already a huge fan of this author's short stories. I love the macabre way he tells a tale, and the oft chilling voice he gives to his characters. Shady Palms, his first full length novel, does not disappoint! It keeps you on the edge of your seat for the whole ride. I am not going to post any spoilers here - you will have to read the book for yourselves to find out what happens! But, I will say that I was sad to see some characters die off, while cheering for other to kick the bucket. And I have to add most emphatically that I will never, ever look at a hotel room without checking for bedbugs first, especially if the hotel manager's name happens to be Sanjay. ((shudder!))

Okay, this may be a spoiler after all - I have to give Mary a huge "high five" for finally dealing with her problem ex-husband in the end. Way to go, girl!

I highly recommend this novel for fans of gritty, urban horror stories. Two thumbs way up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HeadshotHeather on October 7, 2012
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Ever get the feeling you're being watched? You know, the hairs on the back of your neck start to tingle like your own personal version of Spideysense and you get that eerie feeling that you're not alone? Welcome to Shady Palms! The skeezy hotel where every creepy feeling of something lurking around the corner or under your bed is not only intensified, but it's actually happening.

Yes, the Shady Palms has its hidden cameras but it is the highly questionable clientele and their nightly activity that puts the FBI on high alert. Now, Sanjay, the office manager, must now work overtime to hide his "side project" from those snooping around his hotel. But will his naughty little web business even be a worry for the investigators when there are terrorists to find and people actually disappearing from the hotel?

Pornographic websites, employees just out of jail for crimes they did/did not commit, cleaning up dead bodies, Federal investigations of terrorist activities and creepy crawlies. Those are just a few of the thrills and chills you have waiting for you within the walls of the Shady Palms hotel. Entertaining and questionable characters you love/hate or love to hate all going about their messed up lives in a setting that would make Oscar the Grouch feel the need to bath.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JOHN LAFAVE on June 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
First time read (listened) to one of Mr. Dusk's books. I enjoyed the plot and suspense. I would have given it 4 or 5 stars except I didn't care for the overabundance of crude cursing and nasty language describing the human form and bodily functions. Sex is fine. But to continually use words such as MF, the F word, etc. really distracted from the story line.
I won't be reading any more of his stuff.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dirty Talker on October 13, 2012
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Disclaimer: I'm not an unbiased reviewer here. I love Allen Dusk's work; probably always will. So, as a review goes this is probably not going to be what you have come to expect.

So instead, allow me to proselytize to you about this author and his work.

I was first introduced to Allen and his work about a year ago starting with his short story `Pixie Cut,' and shortly thereafter, `Caught White Handed,' `Her Lovers Touch,' and of course, `Terminal Affair.'
Immediately, I was struck by his crisp yet tactile writing style. "It's very visual," I would later tell him. Although, I didn't know it at the time, he happens to be a very talented film maker, as evidenced by the awesome movie style trailer he did for this book.
Allen's film making background has clearly had a huge influence on his writing style. A style that is uninhibited and "smash cut" paced, it's hard to put his work down once you get going. He is quite fearless, and very willing to put you, as the reader, in some contradictory and uncomfortable situations. Situations that make you think this is sexy, or interesting, yet kind of awkward and creepy (see `Caught White Handed'). That takes guts people.
`Shady Palms' is fast paced, gritty, and non-stop fun. The characters are engaging, and often operate with deeply flawed personalities. Sanjay, in particular, is a wonderful character. I'd love to read his story of how he came to be. The plot has some very nice unpredictable twists, which is often the case with Allen's writing, and something that I enjoy very much.

One of my favorite features of this book is the quick yet numerous chapters. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I read on the go.
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