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Sudden Death Overtime [Kindle Edition]

Steve Vernon
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Book Description

Meet Sprague Deacon - one of the toughest old-time hockey players who ever skated upon a rink of hand-poured ice. Sprague was born and raised and he expects to die here on the Northern Labrador coast. What he did not expect was a tour bus full of vampires - none of whom glitter in the least bit - to pull into his town and begin lowering the population level - one corpse at a time. Sprague and his three best friends - an over-the-hill never-say quit bush league hockey team from Northern Labrador go toe-to-tooth with a tour bus full of vampires in an immortal-stakes showdown of street hockey? For the answer - throw Paul Newman's Slapshot into a blender with Steven Niles 30 Days of Night and hit frappe!

Steve Vernon is the author of a dozen e-books of outrageously mind-blowing horror and dark fantasy including his horror/historical full length novel DEVIL TREE, the take-no-prisoners testosterone-fest superhero extravaganza NOTHING TO LOSE and the cult hit novella LONG HORN, BIG SHAGGY - A TALE OF WILD WEST TERROR AND REANIMATED BUFFALO.

Steve is a born storyteller who hits notes that have been known to hurt the ears of other notes.

Also including the bonus time travelling hockey tale, "Time Out".

"With SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME, Vernon perfectly captures the dark heart of a Canadian Winter and the lifetime passion surrounding the game of hockey. He takes a group of old friends who never backed down from a fight on the ice when they were younger and still refuse to do so even when they're old enough to know better. Toss on the rink some memorable characters, truly great dialogue, a bus load of nasty vampires, and a shocking surprise ending that you won't see coming and you've got yourself a story that's sure to be a winner." - Gord Rollo - author of VALLEY OF THE SCARECROW

"If Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch had a three-way sex romp in a hot tub, and then a team of scientists came in and filtered out the water and mixed the leftover DNA into a test tube, the resulting genetic experiment would most likely grow up into Steve Vernon." - Bookgasm

"Steve Vernon is something of an anomaly in the world of horror literature. He's one of the freshest new voices in the genre although his career has spanned twenty years. Writing with a rare swagger and confidence, Steve Vernon can lead his readers through an entire gamut of emotions from outright fear and repulsion to pity and laughter." - Cemetery Dance

"Armed with a bizarre sense of humor, a huge amount of originality, a flair for taking risks and a strong grasp of characterization - Steve's got the chops for sure." - Dark Discoveries

"Steve Vernon was born to write. He's the real deal and we're lucky to have him." - Richard Chizmar

Best of all - you don't even need to be much of a hockey fan to enjoy this yarn.

Pick this one up. You won't regret it.

Editorial Reviews


"C' and vampires, how could I resist. You all know how much I love vampires and as much as I love vampires, I love hockey just as much. Combining the two in a horror story is just brilliant in my opinion, especially if it is done right.

Steve Vernon gets it right. "Sudden Death Overtime" hit all the right notes with me. A wonderful cast of characters, great dialogue between the characters and an evil bus full of vicious vampires.

Reading "Sudden Death Overtime" brought back so many memories of my childhood and our backyard skating rink that our father would painstakingly work on for hours. We would spend hours out there in the winter playing hockey. Of course, we didn't have a bus load of vampires to fend off...unfortunately.

The best part of the story is the group of "old guys" that still strap on the skates and maintain their backyard rink for the neighborhood children. Their love of hockey shines through in the way they communicate with each other and their willingness no matter how old they are getting to pass that love along to the next generation.

Characters are the driving force for me in any story and Steve's characters are wonderful, life like and quite funny also. They also accept what is happening to them and use their knowledge from horror movies to take on the vampires.

The ending is nothing that I really expected and I thought it was perfectly fitting for the tale." - FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND

From the Author

We are a region of tale-tellers here on the east coast. Some folks say that there is a story told for every wave that washes upon the shores of our province. This story is one of the strangest you'll ever hear.

Product Details

  • File Size: 268 KB
  • Print Length: 123 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490952187
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press; Crossroad Press First Digital edition (February 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077ZR2TS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fight of all hockey fights March 2, 2012
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Steve Vernon did a wonderful job of crafting an original vampire story. His ability to weave a story with a flow that is virtually flawless is a testament to how good a storyteller he is. I loved the characters and their personable dialogue and was able to plant myself easily in Labrador. While his metaphors were clever, I sometimes felt there were a few too many, though I understand the reasoning of Vernon's use for them. My suggestion is to read this short!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pucker Up It's Vampire Clobbering Time February 12, 2012
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Steve Vernon is one of those authors, that brings a big smile to my face every time I hear he has a new book out. He is also one of those authors that fully understands that the heart of a good book is a good story. He is a master of story teller, filling his story with brilliant characters and equally brilliant, and realistic dialogue.

You know you are in for a thrilling read when the central premise of the story is a bunch of old guys going up against a bus load of vampires with a dash of ice hockey thrown in. This is not so much Buffy The Vampire Slayer, more like Auld Duffers The Vampire Slayers. In fact there are some similarities, both have cracking dialogue, and both have a nice sly line in humour.

Vernon builds the tension right up to a wonderful final battle scene on on the ice, which has one of he best uses of Holy water I have ever come across. By the time he throws in a shock ending, you will have just read, one hell of a short story. Sudden Death Overtime is perfect example of a good time, fun filled pulp short story that will have you hollering for the good guys and booing at the bad guys.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hockey night in Hell July 6, 2013
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Hope's End was just a nondescript little village in Labrador. For many of the residents, the village was aptly named, since loneliness, disappointment, and unvarying boredom were the reality of their lives. When the big black bus suddenly appeared, it was hardly worth a second thought for villagers, blissfully unaware that the occupants of the bus were about to unleash a tidal wave of death and destruction on the village.

Sprague, Leo, and Fergus, three of the village's geriatric set, passed their days with copious quantities of rum and memories of their younger days when they slammed pucks into the goal with the best of them. When the vampires on the mysterious bus began their killing spree, were the three old geezers up to one last ice hockey match, one that would determine their fate and the survival of the village?

I enjoyed "Sudden Death Overtime" very much. The dark fantasy ramped up the tension from the first page, and maintained the suspense till the very end. The author's writing style was very polished, and his characters, even while fighting for their lives, managed to have their humorous moments.

The art of the short story is very much alive in "Sudden Death Overtime."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Mr Vernon does dark, weird, disturbing humour like nobody else I've ever read.
After several disappearances (and a burning church for good measure), the old men of town, crazier and gnarlier than the weather-beaten fish oil paint that keeps their houses dry, find themselves up against a tour bus full of murderous Vampires. Typically, when faced with a scarier prospect than going without raw fish heads for a month, the guys do what they know best and challenge the mysterious and bloodthirsty newcomers to a Hockey Game.

It's often said that you can turn up to a fight in Canada and a Hockey Game might break out, and this is exactly what this blisteringly cold slice of Labrador bleak humour serves up. Clinging to life like the hard-edged landscape to which they cling, these hardy souls risk everything in an all-fangs-bared game to the finish. They even had the rink nice and smooth out for the Holy Water!

You also get `Time Out': a heart-warming snapshot of a youth spent playing street hockey , and, as if that wasn't enough, a sneak of `Nothing to Lose' called `The Glint of Moonlight on Broken Glass', in which our hero, Captain Nothing, reveals himself to be as conflicted as he is courageous.

If this is what `Canlit' (that's Canadian Literature eh?) can produce, then bring on the snowdrifts of dark and scary humour! More please Steve!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hockey + vampires = a surprisingly fun horror tale September 3, 2013
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There's a lot going on in Sudden Death Overtime, from an group of older men who still run a local hockey rink (of sorts) to a threatening black bus which lurks ominously on the edge of town, from a group of horrific vampires to a lonely middle-aged woman waiting for a date at a bar, and it's to author Steve Vernon's credit that it all comes together so wonderfully into something tense, exciting, a little scary, and even suprisingly moving. The fact that he does all this in a novelette that feels neither rushed nor unduly abbreviated? Even better. In Sudden Death Overtime, Vernon tells the tale of a small Canadian town that finds itself invaded by an evil presence, only to be defended by a group of old men that band together to stop them. In lesser hands, that would make for a cheesy or goofy tale; instead, Vernon makes their stand both noble and quietly comic, but in a way that the characters themselves are acutely aware of. It's a tough balancing act to pull off, but Vernon achieves it by focusing on his characters and letting them drive the story, all the way to the surprising but effective ending. Of course, none of the strong character work would matter as much if the horror wasn't effective, but Vernon's got that handled, too; the opening chapter makes for a perfect and unsettling short story by itself, and Sudden Death Overtime is just getting started by that point. In short, it's a great little horror novelette, one that nicely scratched the itch for something scary but still well-executed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars dark humour with shock value
Steve Vernon is an author who writes like no one I have read thus far. His freedom with the written word is astonishing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynn A. Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun quick read
Hockey Saves Hope's End From Vampires - if Hope End's has a newspaper, that would be the headline the day after this book takes place. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Angie Lisle
4.0 out of 5 stars Steve Vernon Goes Top Shelf
How could I not? Hockey and horror, it's such a logical fit yet there is so little of it. Steve Vernon's SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME blends the two themes perfectly. Read more
Published 11 months ago by NJMetal
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read. Wish it had more horror.
What do you get when quirky Canadian humor, hockey, and vampires are combined?

In the case of author Steve Vernon's(Devil Tree) "Sudden Death Overtime" you get a fun... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Horror_Nerd
4.0 out of 5 stars Sudden Death Overtime will be the goal that will make you stand up and...
Review originally posted on my website, From the Mind of Tatlock

Hockey and Vampires. Who would've thought that these two could go so well together. Read more
Published 13 months ago by From the Mind of Tatlock
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror Novel Reviews: Honesty in the Terror
Perhaps one of the most originally entertaining horror novellas in recent memory, Steve Vernon's "Sudden Death Overtime" combines the passion of hockey and the classic terror of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Horror Novel Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'll curdle your guts and give you a permanent case of funk-fangs."
What do you get when you mix backyard hockey, old men, and vampires? That's right - "Sudden Death Overtime. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cheryl Stout
4.0 out of 5 stars A little horror... A little humor...
I am a huge paranormal romance fan but I also have a secret love for horror as well. So, even though it's fun to play with the nice vampires, every now and then it's also fun to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by kitkat40
4.0 out of 5 stars Sudden Death Overtime
Vampires and hockey. What more could a girl ask for? Well, and these aren't sappy vampires either. Now, for you non-hockey fans, there really isn't as much hockey within the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Makayla Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires and Hockey? I'm there!
I just had to see what this interesting premise was all about. I enjoyed this story about 70 something former hockey players taking on Vampires. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J. Miller
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More About the Author

Hi! I'm Steve Vernon and I'd love to scare you. Along the way I'll entertain you. I guarantee a giggle as well.

If I listed all of the books I've written I'd bore you - and I am allergic to boring.

Instead, let me recommend one single book of mine.

Pick up SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME for an example of true Steve Vernon storytelling. It's hockey and vampires for folks who love hockey and vampires - and for folks who don't!

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Steve Vernon

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