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The Horribles [Kindle Edition]

Nathaniel Lambert
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Book Description

Since witnessing the brutal death of his parents, Sheldon Delaney swore to never step foot outside again. The Horribles are out there. They’re everywhere, threatening the residents of Poe’s Creek. Sheldon’s life changes again when a savage motorcycle gang parades through town with a deafening roar, leather, chrome, and evil. They’re here for the children. Nothing will get in their way. The Horribles have arrived for real this time and for Sheldon to do anything about it, he has to confront every fear he’s ever had or risk being choked by his poisonous memories.

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Grabs your attention from the first page and never lets go . . . The Horribles is ghoulish fun, a short and quick read that establishes and sustains a gut-wrenching mood until the very last page. - Fangoria

Reads like a solid b-movie that manages to work . . . Horror fans will enjoy the thrills and eat it up nice and quick. - Nick Cato, Horror Fiction Review

The story is inventive and moves right along, very confidently, without any excess baggage. -

Product Details

  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982628153
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Grindhouse Press (October 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049U4TIG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
When Sheldon Delany was a small child, he witnessed the horrible, gruesome murder of his parents. After undergoing therapy, he returned home and vowed never to set foot outside the house again. He works as a telephone solicitor and conducts all his other interactions with the outside world via Evan, a neighborhood boy who's deaf and has no other friends. Sheldon is so afraid to step outside his door that he has Evan bring his mail in for him.

But then, everything changes when a motorcycle parade roars through town for what turns out to not to be a festive occasion, but rather a horrible day of carnage for the town. The adults are mysteriously incited to horrific acts of murderous violence, and the parade itself kidnaps the children-including Evan. And so Sheldon, having escaped the killing frenzy, must leave his house and set out to rescue his friend-all the while learning a few things about himself as well.

The book is a slim volume, weighing in at 124 pages. But it really doesn't need more than that. The story is inventive and moves right along, very confidently, without any excess baggage. The main characters are engaging--and, in fact, the focus of the story isn't on the horror elements so much as Sheldon's ability to find the courage to overcome his own fears and step out into what would be a frightening world for anyone.

Order a copy, wait for a rainy Saturday afternoon, and go off on an adventure with Sheldon Delany.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Horrible At All! July 12, 2011
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When the main character, Sheldon, was young boy his parents were murdered because of this he spends his days locked up in his house. Most of his time is spent imagining that his parents are still alive and checking to make sure that his little world is secure. He has only one friend, Evan, who lives across the street and happens to be deaf.
It's when a parade comes to town that things change. This sets off a chain off events, including Evan's kidnapping, that finally get Sheldon out of the house.
The Horribles is a fast fun read. Pick this one up ASAP!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book worth owning January 1, 2011
Nathaniel Lambert may not be an author that is familiar to you, or perhaps ever heard of; however you should! "The Horribles" is his latest offering which is a well thought out character driven story, paying careful attention in establishing character(s) that you actually care for, and then ruthlessly throws them head on into a motor parade of leather clad nightmares. By the end of the book you're wanting to know more about these mysterious even bizarre villains, and you get it slicker than slick, with a high level of viscosity! The excellent cover art by Brandon Duncan fits well the tone of the book. It deserves to be on your book shelf!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting enough March 31, 2012
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This was my fist time reading Lamberts work so I had no idea what to expect. The story was well written and original but a bit too Sci - Fi for my taste. All in all I definitely enjoyed it enough to be worth the $.99.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LAMBERT'S BEST YET April 18, 2011

Nathaniel Lambert has been one of a new batch of writers over the past couple years that has toyed with various genre labels (horror, bizarro, noir etc) but is steadily building his own niche. His work is often left of center but never fails to show endless imagination and solid writing skills. I've read some of his work that has entertained me, some that had me wondering how his brain functions and some that I would call damn near brilliant.

But THE HORRIBLES introduced me to a whole new level for Lambert. Possibly for the first time I saw him dig deep in creating his characters, investing tons of emotion. Not that his past characters aren't realistic but here I read fully developed people who I knew and understood. Lambert centers his story on a man named Sheldon. As a child, he watched helplessly as his parents were brutally murdered by a man-creature he couldn't wrap his head around. Since that tragic day, Sheldon refuses to leave his house. He knows this `Horrible' and more like it are out there waiting for him. The claustrophobia and paranoia Lambert builds is frightening enough. But the fact is--these monsters exist.

Sheldon's only contact to the outside world is a boy named Evan, who is deaf. I have to applaud Lambert on his treatment of someone with this handicap. He obviously did his research to understand how deaf people deal with daily life but he also treats Evan as a three dimensional person and not just a sidekick gimmick.

Because Lambert invests so much into the bond between these two, THE HORRIBLES can nail what it was intended to do- scare the hell out of you. When a parade of motorcycle bad asses comes to town, Sheldon is the only one who sees them for what they are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When THEY Came to Town... April 9, 2011
I generally try to steer clear of literary comparisons in reviews, but I kept thinking this the whole time I was reading:

Picture "Something Wicked This Way Comes" by way of Joe R. Lansdale filtered through Torchwood's Children of Earth miniseries. You're still not halfway to what "The Horribles" will put you through.

Nathaniel Lambert's "The Horribles" is one of the most genuinely unsettling books I've read in recent years. As a person with quite a fair share of paranoia, this book struck a rather uncomfortable chord with me and made it that much more frightening. There were passages here that shook me on a fundamental level.

Mr. Lambert not only gives us two immensely likable, if flawed, lead characters, but he tops it off with a gang of highly original, infinitely horrible creatures that defy comprehension. The mystery of these "things", and the overall uneasy tone of the book will linger in your mind for some time to come. At a breakneck-paced 114 pages, there's enough tension, horror, blood and oil in this book to keep you glued to the text while checking for the eighth time to see if the door's locked. Anyone who values a good disturbing book has no reason to NOT own "The Horribles". You'll never look at the Stig the same again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A throwback to great B-Movie horror
The Horribles is a fast read and a well crafted study in splatter/grindhouse horror. Mr. Lambert has come up with a fairly unique monster/creature and the atmosphere he weaves with... Read more
Published on January 2, 2013 by R. Thomas Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars The monsters within may be horrible, but the book sure isn't.....
This book takes the reader down a road of paranoia, fear, horrible imaginative monsters and a man's struggle to overcome his debilitating fears. Read more
Published on June 4, 2012 by Cybi
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarro horror
What happens when the "parade" comes to town. The adults won't like it. When there insides crawl outta of their ears and mouth. Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by Donald Armfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible? Far From It
This is a short review because... I wrote a book with this gentleman. Actually, two books, the Sideshow P.I. Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by K. Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It's sometimes difficult to find books that I like. This one is a good book to read when you're needing a bit of excitement in your life. Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Rambo Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars The Horribles not so horrible
I went in with trepidation but got sucked in...other than a few typos I have nothing ill to say. Well unless we wanna talk about the abrupt ending but I don't like spoilers and not... Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by NikiLynnable
4.0 out of 5 stars original and worthwhile
I'd never read Lambert's work before, but found his unique voice to be reminiscent of early Clive Barker mixed with a bit of Stephen Kings "the Regulators". Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by KBGreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and wonderful...
I never saw it coming. This story had me engaged from the first page, and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. An unlikely hero and a great, great story.
Published on January 29, 2012 by koolklawz
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out of the house Sheldon.....
This was a great quick Bizarro read from Nathaniel Lambert that deals with one man's struggles to overcome his parent's death and his fear of ever leaving the house ever again. Read more
Published on October 13, 2011 by Buckeye Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Fantastic!
When Sheldon Delaney was a child, he found the bodies of his slaughtered parents. Now he is agoraphobic and has cut himself off from the rest of the world, with the exception of a... Read more
Published on September 27, 2011 by Sarah A. Shaw
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Nathaniel Lambert is a research scientist banished to the lawless lands of North Dakota. When he hangs up his plague-infected labcoat, he picks up a pen. His short fiction has appeared in SHROUD and NECROTIC TISSUE and as a SPOTLIGHT SCRIBE over at CHOATE ROAD. He is the coauthor of SIDESHOW P.I.: THE DEVIL'S GARDEN and SIDESHOW P.I.: ALL FALL DOWN. He also wrote the story for an UNChildren's book titled IT'S OKAY TO BE A ZOMBIE. THE HORRIBLES will be his first solo acid-trip. It is due to be published in the fall of 2010.
He eats emails for breakfast. Send him some kibble at: nathaniel(at)devilsfootlocker(dot)com.

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