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Sunday Billy Sunday: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Mark Wheaton
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When a Dallas-area priest, Father Billy Acosta, believes he's been shown a miracle by God, instead of being uplifted, ensuing weeks of doubt make him demand to see a second one. Driven crazy by what he feels is God's silence, he heads to his church's East Texas summer camp to massacre 99 kids - one at a time – to bring about Divine Intervention. Among the campers are four 14 year-olds - Phil, Mark, Faith and Maia - who are forced to come of age in the Texas woods, cut off from civilization, as their friends begin dying in horrific fashion, convinced as they are that the Devil has come to Earth and is slaughtering the faithful...

Mark Wheaton is a horror screenwriter (FRIDAY THE 13th, THE MESSENGERS), graphic novelist (THE CLEANERS) and author of the bestselling straight-to-Kindle horror novellas, LAST TUESDAY, BONES, NIGHT OF THE SCORPIONS, STUTTERING HUNTER, SPIDER AND OTHER STORIES and SHEPHERD. Two print collections of his work are available as FOUR NAILS IN THE COFFIN (which includes SUNDAY BILLY SUNDAY) and UNNATURAL SELECTION.


“Remarkably character-driven…Wheaton rather convincingly showcases his talents as a writer of horror prose, taking his time to craft characters who are thoroughly fleshed out and engaging without holding off too long on the suspense…proves here to be a quite gifted storyteller undeniably worthy of an interested reader’s time and attention.” – Michael Compton, FANGORIA

“Genuinely twisted and engrossing…may just leave you shaken for days.” – Jessa Sobczuk, RUE MORGUE

“Possibly the best slasher film homage I’ve read.” – Alex Riviello,

“Entertaining and pretty original...I thought the reactions of the kids to what was going on were very realistic. Without sliding into a ‘Lord of the Flies’ mode, the author managed to show how different personalities react to stress and crisis. Each of their reactions were true-to-life.” – Red Adept,

“This is muscular, original fiction that marks the debut of an exciting new voice in the speculative/dark fantasy genre.” - Michael Rowe, editor of the QUEER FEAR anthology series and co-author of TRIPTYCH OF TERROR

“This is an outstanding collection of interesting, original horror fantasy fiction…each story bursts with clear, potent visuals and is powered by a relentless narrative drive, yet there’s a definite political/social commentary running through the stories. Wheaton is out to tell a ripping good yarn and he delivers in spades.” – Craig Perry, producer, FINAL DESTINATION I-V

“Wheaton's writing is haunting. Days, weeks, even months later, you will find your mind returning to his worlds. Stephen King is no longer my only addiction.” – Todd Farmer, screenwriter, MY BLOODY VALENTINE IN 3D, forthcoming DRIVE ANGRY

“Wheaton is a magician. He misdirects with accessibility while performing tricks of genius. Don’t try to figure out how he does it – just enjoy the show.” - Gary Dauberman, screenwriter, IN THE SPIDER’S WEB, BLOOD MONKEY

Editorial Reviews


"Remarkably character-driven...Wheaton convincingly showcases his talents as a writer of horror prose...proves here to be a quite gifted storyteller worthy of a reader's time and attention." --Fangoria

"Genuinely twisted and engrossing...may just leave you shaken for days."
--Rue Morgue

"Real characters and a coming-of-age feel lend reality to a fairly terrifying story.  Possibly the best slasher film homage I've read.  You won't be disappointed." --CHUD

"Entertaining and pretty original...I could easily see a movie being made of this book."
--Red Adept Reviews

"A really intense, awesome story." -- Badass Digest

"One of his best stories." -- Dread Central

From the Author

A film adaptation of "Sunday Billy Sunday" to be directed by Morna Ciraki was recently awarded a directing fellowship by Film Indepedent, the non-profit organization behind the Indepedent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

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  • Language: English
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars March 29, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Plot/Storyline: 4 1/2 Stars

The plot was entertaining and pretty original, as "priest gone mad" books are not in abundance. The storyline was fairly fast-paced, once I got past the introduction.

My biggest problem with this "novel" was that the author seemed to be trying to say that it was real and happened to him. He dedicated the book to "Phil" because `it really happened.' The main character's name is "Mark," just like the author's. So, when I wanted to put in my review that Mark and Phil's actions at the end were illogical and unbelievable, I was a bit worried as, if the events were true, then the author himself behaved irrationally, and I certainly didn't want to insult him personally.

However, I must stick to my guns as the actions in question were over the top. Actually, it was more of a lack of action on their part, but I can't say more without giving a major spoiler.

I thought the reactions of the kids to what was going on were very realistic. Without sliding into a "Lord of the Flies" mode, the author managed to show how differently various personalities react to stress and crisis. Each of their reactions were true-to-life.

My only other issue was that some things were never explained. There could have been more information given to `wrap up' the threads.

Overall, I found it to be a very entertaining, and creepy, story. I could easily see a movie being made of this book.

Character Development: 4 Stars

While most of the kids were pretty well done, Mark and Phil, especially Phil, were portrayed as being far too mature for their ages, but only at times. Some of the things Phil said just didn't sound like they would come out of the mouth of a young teen. Mark was a little better, though.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Lewkuh
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Seemingly starting out as an ode to the classic slasher movies of yore, "Sunday Billy Sunday" evolves into a lot more by the time you're done. An extremely gripping page-turner from start to finish, the novel chronicles the descent into madness of a Catholic summer camp after being attacked by a murderous masked madman. Unlike the classic giallos, there's no whodunit element here, however. The murderer's motivation (what is it with me and m-alliterations?) is laid out up-front before Wheaton even starts introducing us to the future victims: the priest who organizes the camp has had "part" of a holy vision and wants to cajole the Lord into showing him the rest of it by sinning as badly as possible. After "unchristian" confessionals, visits to prostitutes and drug deals do not provoke the Lord into talking to Father Billy, he decides murder is his last resort.

It's in the "future victims" that the real strength of the book lies, in my opinion. A full third of the story has passed before any violence occurs, and by the time it does, you'll not want it to happen to ANY of the protagonists. Sarcastic Mark, lovesick Faith, crazy ass Douglas, ... trust me, you won't want to see them go. I'm thinking Wheaton must be one hell of a people watcher because he just nails human interaction and, more specifically, teenage follies. As an educator, much of the behavior (minus the murdering) rang pretty true to me.

For a "slasher book", it also posits some interesting scenarios regarding divine intervention and religious laws vs a mroe practical morality.

If I were to criticize some things, I'd say that the Phil-character is a bit of a blank.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle horror at its finest! August 11, 2010
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As I continue to wade through the relatively unknown waters of kindle horror looking for a true treasure, I occasionally find something interesting, some more interesting than others, some as good as what the better known horror authors are putting out. But, hey, wow! Mark Wheaton really floored me with this one! OK, so the intro didn't grab me right off, there were some missing words here and there, and I still don't get the 'memoir' thing, since it's not told in that fashion, but besides those minor points, Sunday Billy Sunday rocks like U2 on the best of nights.

The premise of a troubled priest looking for signs from God is fresh and engaging. Some conservative Catholics might not care for this story, but as a non-practicing Lutheran who spent one horrible week at church camp many years ago, I found this highly entertaining, as well as thought provoking. Wheaton really does a great job exploring the topic of faith within the context of a horror novel. And this is indeed a horror novel. The horror aspect is especially gripping when the action heats up. Certain violent moments reminded me of the master Richard Laymon. And as the horror continued to build, I felt that oh-so infrequent tightening in my gut in one particular climactic scene.

What are you waiting for? Scroll on up and "Buy now with 1-Click"! Free preview? If you must, but I'm confident you will definitely get your $0.99 plus a whole lot more with this one. As a long-time horror fiction fan, I'm awarding 4 1/2 stars, rounding up without second thought to 5 'cause amazon won't let me do half stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
This book definitely needed a proofreader, it had quite a few typos. I found the story quite ridiculous and almost juvenile. The story was decent but nothing more.
Published 1 month ago by Debbie
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost a horror movie!
This novella was almost a horror story but somehow it failed to instill any fear in the reader. It just appeared to be weird and unsettling. Read more
Published 17 months ago by David Moore
1.0 out of 5 stars Sunday Billy Sunday
Hated this! Too x-rated & gory for me. Not about Billy Sunday for sure! Could not read at all. Would not recommend to read.Thumbs down!
Published 19 months ago by Abigail Neal
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but a good book.
I downloaded this book because I thought the description seemed pretty interesting. I found the so called miracle a little weird, I wouldn't consider it a miracle. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Avidreader
1.0 out of 5 stars simply dreadful
Interesting concept, very poorly executed. Overuse of passive verbs, generally poor grammar rendered this almost unreadable. Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by A. Bush
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I did not know what to expect from the title of this book. It is certainly different, fascinating, and keeps you thinking. Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by Deanna LaMendola
2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously?
I have no idea what all the 5 star reviewers were thinking. This book read like something I might write (and I'm not a writer). Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by Robert Hudak
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious freak out page turner
This was not the book to start reading on a night alone. I will be gathering the furry family into bed and sleeping with the light on.
Published on February 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner. Seriously.
First of all I should clarify that I didn't read this book on a kindle. I won a contest at CHUD for a double signed copy of Four Nails In The Coffin, and rather than review that... Read more
Published on February 22, 2011 by Alan Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars uh...yeah...
I was at a loss as to what to put for the header on this because, frankly, it freaked the hell out of me. Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by Jupiter
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More About the Author

Called a "quite gifted storyteller" by Fangoria magazine and "an exciting new voice in the speculative, dark fantasy genre" by author Michael ("Enter, Night") Rowe, Mark Wheaton is the author of the bestselling and critically-acclaimed indie horror novel "Sunday Billy Sunday" and several novellas including "Ascension," "Last Tuesday," "Night of the Scorpions," "Stuttering Hunter," and the popular "Bones" trilogy. Print editions of these stories are available as "Four Nails in the Coffin," "Unnatural Selection" and "Bones: The Complete Apocalypse Trilogy." He is also a horror screenwriter ("Friday the 13th," "The Messengers," "Infected"), graphic novelist (Dark Horse's "The Cleaners") and children's playwright ("Evita Sassy and the Black Mask's Last Gasp").

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