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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Shaw (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981599303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981599304
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,679,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Shaw has worked in film, television and live events as a location & production assistant, production coordinator, assistant director, stage manager, producer and writer. He has been a diamond courier, truck driver, salesman, cinema usher, video game tester, voice & data cable installer, gas station attendant and factory laborer. He co-wrote the indie action/horror film Mexican Devil starring Danny Trejo and wrote, produced and directed the short film "Bedbug" which can be seen on YouTube.

His first novel, The Scare, was adapted from a screenplay he wrote as an homage to 80s/90s style horror films. Girlfriend Trouble also started as a screenplay.

He currently lives in Australia.

More About the Author

I've slogged my guts out in film, television and live events as a location & production assistant, production coordinator, assistant director, stage-hand/manager, producer, director and writer. I've worked with Brando, Pacino, Hopkins and tons more. As a stage manager I've walked hand-in-hand with Halle Berry as I led her backstage, swapped Austin Powers impersonations with Mike Myers, talked to Annette Bening about how she probably shouldn't take her drink onstage, and chatted to Spielberg about his Bentley as we both arrived for work at the Amblin Compound. I've been a diamond courier, truck driver, salesman, cinema usher, video game tester, voice & data cable installer, gas station attendant, factory laborer and carnival ride operator. I co-wrote the indie action/horror film Mexican Devil (aka Project x27) starring Danny Trejo and wrote, produced and directed the short film "Bedbug" which can be seen on YouTube.

My first novel, The Scare, was adapted from a screenplay I wrote in homage to 80s/90s style horror films. Girlfriend Trouble and Thunder Rising also started as screenplays - Thunder Rising originally had the working title of "Jaws on a Prairie in the Old West."

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Gripping with suspence right to the very end.
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The supense builds up very well and surprises abound.
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The characters were very strong and personable.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By lsprawling on June 15, 2011
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As an avid reader it was great to read a horror story that wasn't (a) about Vampires (b) werewolves or (c) just gore. This book has good solid characters and nice plot and actually explains everything by the end of the story unlike a lot of books that leave you hanging and don't bother to explain half the stuff that happens. Nicely written, I found it easy to read and was eager to pick it up and find out what happened next. Would make a great film!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mdaley on July 7, 2011
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I bought The Scare to read on a long plane ride, and found I could not put it down. The most impacting and moving aspect of this novel is the strong friendship among the protagonists, and how the strength of their friendship pulls them through the horror plaguing them. The supense builds up very well and surprises abound. I definitely recommend this novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By megHan on March 6, 2013
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I loved this book. There were a lot of moments, especially towards the end, when your breathing stopped, waiting for the next "Scare." It was one of those books that roped me in and I continued reading it every chance I got until I was done.

I'm not usually a fan of books that change viewpoints a lot, but this one was done very well. Each chapter was focused on either the group as a whole or on one particular character and the author does a great job with the transitions. In fact, it helps the story a lot by being able to know what each person is feeling in different situations.

These are a few of my observations while reading this book:

1 For this being a book for young adults, there is a LOT of people turned on in it. o_O It seems, at one point, that everyone not inside this little clique is seriously weird with it. (Ejayce's step-brother especially.) I'm not a fan of sexual content and I don't want to pass a book full of sexual content on to younger readers, so if you're a parent looking for a good read for your child, I would take a look at the book before you let them read it. There is a point to it, in the end, but I wish the point could have been made differently. This did not affect my star rating, as you can see, because this is a personal thing of mine and I didn't feel it should affect the author just because it's something that I personally don't like.

2 For high school kids, they sure think in big words. I would have loved this group when I was in high school because no one understood me because I was always using the big words. But most high school kids don't think that way.

3 Some of the descriptions of things were a little strange. Interesting, but strange. For example: "...putting him to sleep faster than a lethal injection." Very descriptive and also a way I don't usually think about things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scenidagenie on January 30, 2013
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This book is really well written and one of the scariest books that I have read. The writing style is easy to read and let your imagination soar, thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joyce R. Romano on January 22, 2013
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While this book could have been culled down some, Mr. Shaw drew you into the scary story and made you feel like you were there with his well-developed characters, all the while creating a creepy mystery with a surprise ending.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane Sullivan on April 19, 2012
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Modern horrifying gothic story....it will chill your bones and you might creep your friends out but it's cool ! Very gory , dripping with blood ,horror, screams and murders
and I am glad that love and friendship did triumph over the twisted bitter jealousy and very brutal lust ! Gripping with suspence right to the very end. I really enjoyed it
and I recommend it. Very good read !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark1068 on November 23, 2013
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Ethan Harris is a sixteen your old boy who lives in the coastal town of Emerald Bay. He harbors a lot of guilt over the death of his younger brother a year before. One day, he meets the new girl in town, Shay Cassidy. Like Ethan, Shay has a dark past. The two immediately become inseparable, and Shay becomes member of Ethan’s inner-circle, a close-knit group of friends.

The town bully, Viktor Sols, has his eye on Shay Cassidy too, and will stop at nothing to have her. Viktor is shrouded in mystery, living in creepy old house that overlooks the ocean. It is rumored that he has a wheelchair bound-brother.
Soon, people start dying, including some in Ethan’s inner circle, victims of horrific murders. Ethan, Shay, and their remaining friends soon find themselves locked in battle with a strong supernatural force that is determined to see them all dead, all but Shay that is.

The story was told from multiple viewpoints, and had the distinct feel of a classic horror story, complete with a creepy old house on the edge of a cliff, and plenty of horror and killing. The author was also very effective at blending haunting nightmare sequences with reality, making the reader question the very fabric of what is what is real and what is not.
The tension slowly built over the course of the book, and it seemed as though each chapter ended in a cliffhanger, pulling the reader further and further into the book, making it difficult to put down.

The main protagonists, Ethan, Shay, Quincy, and Eejayce were well developed by the author, and came across as the kind of friends everyone would like to have. They were thoughtful, loyal, and brave.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book.
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