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The Wicked Paperback – May 13, 2012
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"The Wicked is a well-honed blade."
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"Reminiscent of the best of 80's horror and Bentley Little at his most grotesque and unrelenting, The Wicked is the kind of horror we don't see enough of anymore. This is one wild and bloody ride, and in the capable hands of James Newman, it's one worth taking."
--Kealan Patrick Burke
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David, Kate and Becca Little moved to Morganville, North Carolina in a desperate attempt to start over. After Kate's assault and rape, the Littles are hurting, badly. This may be the only chance they have at saving their family and returning to some sense of normalcy. Especially with Kate's pregnancy looming above them. Because they don't know. Whose child is this? David's?
Or the rapists?
Much worse dangers lurk in the shadowed corners of Morganville, however. Invoked by the fire that destroyed the Heller Home for Children several months before the Littles arrived, an ancient demon has come forth. Its hunger is eternal, and not only does it want to defile and debase and corrupt all human life...
It wants the children. To fuel its unholy fires, and bring it forth from hell. And to defeat it, David must face sacrificing more than just his life...he may have to sacrifice everything he holds dear in this world.
The debate will always rage, one imagines, between those who champion "introspective, literary horror" and those who favor the more visceral sub-genres like splatterpunk and monster fiction (zombies, vampires, etc). And that's the best thing about The Wicked. It's so well written.Read more ›
As I state in my intro, growing up as a child of the 80s I just loved those mass-market horror novels that seemed to be so prevalent back then, with their garish covers and lurid descriptions. They were often cheesy and exciting and above all else, FUN! With The Wicked, Newman set out to pay tribute to those tales, a homage of sorts. And he succeeded, but at more than just paying tribute to those 80s horror novels. He outdid them. His small-town-invaded-by-ancient-supernatural-evil tale definitely mirrors the formula of a lot of those great 80s chillers, but Newman also elevates the material. Through complex and intriguing characters, a plot that is rich and fast-paced, and most of all through some damn fine writing, he creates a story that sucks you in and just whisks you along til the end. Newman is a major talent, and if you haven't read him, then you're truly missing out. He is a diverse writer that tackles different subjects and different tones, but he always provides excellent storytelling. And The Wicked is a prime example.
And this review wouldn't be complete without talking about the production from publisher Shock Totem. They wanted to take the idea of this book as homage to those 80s horrors and really put that into play, and they created a truly beautiful book. The design, from the cover to the ads in the back, really sells it.Read more ›
Almost as soon as they move in, bodies begin to pile up, some victims of strange insect stings, others in brutal car crashes. And when a department store Santa gets a little too close to young Becca, the idealic town of Morganville begins to reveal dark secrets that drag David, his family, and their elderly, ex-Marine neighbor George into a dark world of occultic violence and ancient mysteries.
THE WICKED is James Newman's homage to the generic horror novels of the 80s, and in the hands of a lesser author this could have been a real cheese-fest. But Newman manages to give the tired old "Evil in a Small Town" thing a real kick in the pants, placing both children and religious institutions into frightening peril that's anything but campy. The blood flows as freely as any classic Laymon or Garton novel, but unlike many stories THE WICKED pays tribute to, there's a real sense of impending doom throughout, as well as two protagonists we truly care for. The compulsively-readable prose yanked me through it's 325 pages in 2 manic sittings.
Shock Totem's gore-geous retro-80's-looking cover design made me yearn for my teenage years, and Newman's bonus short, 'Boaracle,' is a fine way to top off what is easily going to be the most fun-to-read horror novel of the year. Even those who read the limited edition hardcover from Necessary Evil Press a few years ago will want this nifty, extras-packed edition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Wicked is a horror staple. A classic. Read it NOW! Trust me, I know what I'm talking about.
I couldn't put it down! One of the best books I've read in a long time, this author is amazing!Published 9 months ago by Borfanides
James Newman brings to life a classic small town horror tale. Like Newman, I am a child of the 80's and loved that era of horror fiction. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Adrian Shotbolt
As the author states at the end, he loves the horror novels of the 80s. Agreed. This story reminds me of reading old Stephen King books, like Needful things and Salems' lot. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Peggythejedired
While some of you were playing with your Transformers in the eighties, I had much more time on my hands since I was stuck with Go-Bots which wasn't nearly as cool, but left me with... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cory Cline
Wanted to know what was going to happen. Page turner n exciting. Recommend to anyone whom likes a good read.Published 17 months ago by Rose
4.5 leaning towards a 5
"The Wicked" is a ton of fun and you should go in with as little knowledge as possible. Read more
I freaking loved this book! Every now and again I want to read something fun and when I started reading this book I knew that was what I was getting. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Robert Holmes