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Under The Blade [Kindle Edition]

Matt Serafini
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Book Description

When she returns, so does the horror…

At seventeen, Melanie Holden was the sole survivor of Cyrus Hoyt’s killing spree at Camp Forest Grove.
Now in her forties, she has bottomed out personally and professionally, still haunted by the undying memories of that madman. A publishing deal lures her back to the place where her misfortunes began and trouble starts anew, first with a string of escalating harassments and, soon, much worse.

When Melanie joins forces with Forest Grove’s new police chief, they get more than they bargained for as they discover that Cyrus Hoyt is only just the beginning. That the town’s past is actually much bloodier than they could’ve imagined.

And now that it has Melanie back, it doesn’t want her to leave.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1240 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Severed Press; First edition (July 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LZFHE76
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pitchforks, axes, and machetes - oh my... October 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second book I've read by author Serafini. The first was Feral, a gruesome, incestuous werewolf tale. It was poorly edited but still had strong underpinnings and a decent story.

I consider UNDER THE BLADE to be a better written story. It is still a gorefest but if you like down-and-dirty shock horror, you will appreciate this somewhat more traditional second offering. Twists, turns, and detours lead the reader down some scary paths, ending up at some surprising destinations.

Twenty-five years ago, Melanie Holden barely escaped with her life after being pursued by madman Cyrus Hoyt. So what in heck possesses her to head back to Camp Forest Grove, Connecticut? Well, she has reasons of her own plus she is planning on putting the past behind her and writing a true-life crime novel about her experiences.

A well thought out storyline and in-depth characterizations come together to make this a horror book you don't want to miss. Yes, it has some editing issues just like the author's first book but nowhere near as bad. If I could have, I would have rated this at 4 1/2 stars, taking off a bit for the editing issues. But I enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it to horror enthusiasts.

NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars small town horror story at its finest July 29, 2014
By Tony
In a throwback to the 1980s horror genre, Under The Blade will keep you up reading all night. Right from the beginning, you are brought to a frightening crime scene that introduces you to the story's main character: Melanie. Here, you follow her path back to the small town of Forest Grove, which holds it's own secret. I loved watching the sole survivor of this towns massacre deal with being just that, the only survivor to walk away from it, and the resentment that people seem to have towards her. I also enjoyed learning the small towns dirty secret, bit by bit. Great book, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Book! September 8, 2014
The latest book from Matt Serafini is a trip down memory lane. It will take you back to the days of your favorite slasher from the 80s. At the beginning, we relive watching the typical camp slasher. The killing spree of the evil Cyrus Hoyt is only stopped by the final girl, Melanie Holden. Then we get a new spin on things. We get to see what happens to the people of the town when the killing stops. Then, years later, Melanie returns to the town of Forest Grove to help her recollect the events as she writes a book. And of course, the mayhem starts again.

I loved the town of Forest Grove and what happened to it following the massacre. It’s something you rarely get to see – the aftermath. A moratorium was drawn on all social events, and it became even more conservative. The dark history of the town is revealed piece by piece. Melanie Holden, the survivor of the original massacre, is our protagonist. The other major characters are the Chief of Police and his rebel wife, Trish. All have believable personalities, and there is an intriguing dynamic between the three. We also get to meet a diverse array of locals.

Cyrus Hoyt is a great monster. His physicality oozes Jason Vorhees, complete with a mask. His mask of choice is a welder’s mask. Unlike Jason, we do get some insight into his point of view and his thoughts, so he’s not a mindless killer. We learn the reasons behind his trail of violence.

There are some classic horror tropes like a creepy visit to a gas station, tight lipped locals, and, of course, a massacre at a camp. There is more than meets the eye though, and it far from follows the path you might expect it to go. There is a fair amount of gore, so gorehounds will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under The Blade is a Must Read!!!!! July 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
An outstanding 2nd novel from an upcoming master of horror Matt Serafini! This young writer knows how to weave a tale that will scare you, and keep up flipping pages well into the night!

This is your chance to start reading the Stephen King of a new generation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book August 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow I thought going into this novel that it was just going to be a slasher novel but it turned out to be a lot more than that. I won't ruin anything for other readers so in closing I highly recommend this novel.
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More About the Author

Matt Serafini is the author of UNDER THE BLADE, as well as FERAL and its prequel, DEVIL'S ROW. A lifelong horror fan, he works in the genre as a columnist for Shock Till You Drop and Dread Central, and has formerly contributed to Bloody-Disgusting.

Currently hard at work on his next novel, you can also catch him on Dread Central's Dinner for Fiends podcast.

Matt lives in Central Massachusetts with his wife, where he spends way too much time tracking down obscure slasher movies.

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