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Welcome to Moon Hill [Kindle Edition]

Anthony J. Rapino
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Book Description

Welcome to Moon Hill: A collection of 19 stories, and a couple of surprises.

Moon Hill is a forgotten place that few purposely visit, and even less leave. Once you arrive, the deep dark of the forest creeps into your mind and will not relent. Strange flowers that grow from deer carcasses, murderous lunatics, talking ravens, wriggling parasites that induce eruptive confessions, and demons of every variety: they all live here too.

Even so, the residents of Moon Hill can feel, beyond the fear and distress, that this land is special and they are lucky to live here. Most everyone feels that way right up until the day they come a little too close to the magic of this place. When dusk's light leaks through their carefully locked doors and rips holes in their minds.

Then, they pray for release.

--Welcome to Moon Hill.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Anthony J. Rapino resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, somewhere between the concrete of the city and the trees of the forest.  On occasion, you'll find him moderating the feverish battles between the creatures of these two arenas.  Whose side he's on is anyone's guess.

His debut novel, Soundtrack to the End of the World, is now available from Bad Moon Books.  When in doubt, his newest fiction can always be found carved inside a variety of autumn gourds.

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  • File Size: 358 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073X6G96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tricks and treats February 9, 2012
By Laurita
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book in 24 hours, not because it lacked material, but because I couldn't put it down.

Each story deals with a different horror, and yet they seem connected, whether by the mysterious town of Moon Hill, or by the dark, shadowy mind of the author.

One thing that impressed me about this collection was the atmosphere, like Halloween as you imagine it from childhood. It is a mix of all the colour and earthy goodness of October, mixed with the dark and twisted things lurking just out of sight. When we are finally faced with those things, the result is wickedly satisfying.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, Sweet, Funny, and Haunting February 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This collection covers a range of emotions, moods, tones, and styles - but all of them are clearly the product of a unique and engaging mind. Terror doesn't take long to take hold, but once it does - it won't let you go, and you won't let this book go until you're done.

It's like being blasted with a firehose spraying imagination at high-pressure instead of water. The sweet moments are as moving as the frightening moments are bleak - and the range of characters you will meet as you make your way through Moon Hill and the surrounding landscape is as mind-boggling as the wonders that befall them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, could not put it down! February 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very good collection with a deliciously eerie edge to them that makes you want to keep reading page after page to find out what else could be conjured up. The author has a novel being released soon and after reading his collections so far, I am eagerly awaiting that date!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales that horrify and hook November 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
An intriguing collection of short fiction based in the mythic town of Moon Hill. The alluring stories that comprise the collection are unique as the town itself: dark, suspenseful, and most of all, enticing. The author gives us well-written, tightly-woven stories that touch upon myriads of emotions. Stand outs are:

"From Your Body They Rise", is a surreal and haunting tale of curiosity and the wonderment of discovery. Alan discovers a peculiar "plant" that would make him a legend in science, and re-define physics. As the journey grows, so do the stakes. With a suspense that is palpable, the author weaves the reader into the tale white-knuckled, with effortless grace and ease.

"Hair of The Dog", Poor, John. Some guys just can't get a break. He gets the courage up to ask the girl at the local coffee shop out, and she rejects him. A bit worse, actually. She simply states that he is "dark and depressing." He walks out and goes in search of another java-joint. However, his options may be limited. This one is short, sweet and best of all, hilarious.

"And The Drums Went Thump Thump Thump", is a somber, heart-felt tale of the struggles single parents face. John is trying his best with his teenage, death-metal loving daughter, Ashley. John decides to open a door into her world, her life. Perhaps with some renewed insight, he can understand her gruff exterior. A pair of street thugs would like to do the same as well. Can John put the bottle down and finally stand up?

"Struck By Golden Lightning", Ewan has the mind of a child. Despite some of his neighbors understanding this, others are more reluctant to have their children play with him. This touching, fantastical tale explores family, friends--tolerance vs. intolerance--and the belief that anything is possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice place to visit, but ... May 18, 2012
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I always find it interesting when an author releases a short story collection that carries a share theme or setting. In the case of Welcome to Moon Hill, Anthony Rapino takes readers on a walking tour of sorts around the small town of Moon Hill, nestled in some forgotten patch of Pennsylvania. Despite its leanness, Anthony offers nineteen stories all situated in Moon Hill, shining a light on its residents. A good number of these stories are short, short stories, clocking in at merely a page sometimes. For me, it was the heftier stories that offered the real entertainment.

The first stand-out was a story called "Stanley," about a man and his dog. In this case, a man and his remarkably stupid dog. Stanley is one of those lost causes in the mutt world, and in his case he has an appetite for rocks. And it's on Halloween night, when the dog and his owner go out for a walk that the dog leads the man to the end of the road. Literally. And the strange, reclusive man living there. For me, as a dog lover, this was an easy charmer to get me into this collection, and the whole ordeal of putting up with a dog that's more trouble than it's worth is something I can relate to. The tension didn't build up quite like I'd hoped, but still darned good and with a very nice payoff at the end.

Another one, this one a gruesomely fun bit of horror and botany mixed, was "From Your Body They Rise." There's a very small piece called "Surreal Botany" that precedes it and gives a good idea of what to expect from the story, but it still doesn't prepare you for the creepy factor. A scientists discovers a new form of plant-life that feeds on carrion--ewww--then finds that it feeds on human flesh as well, and it's not exactly fussy if the person is alive or dead.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Won't Be Leaving Anytime Soon... February 3, 2012
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This collection of delightfully creepy tales grabs hold of you by the short hairs and doesn't let you go until you've finished them all. Believe me. I know.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative & engrossing
Well crafted tales of mystery, suspense, and horror. I enjoyed this entertaining collection. Some of the stories will haunt my memories for some time.
Published 2 days ago by Janice I. Fallin
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and Creative
Very good. Very creepy. Very creative. I read the entire book in one sitting. I can picture a lot of the short stories turned into movies or an episode of some sort. Read more
Published 8 months ago by C Sell
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book.
Moon Hill is Pennsylvania's answer to Castle Rock, ME. This anthology will not disappoint horror fans. It's got a little bit of everything.
Published 10 months ago by Robert Crow
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Horror Themed Short Story Collection
This short story collection, set in the town of Moon Hill, has a nice creepy vibe that weaves throughout the book that really drew me in. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome read for all the horror and thriller lovers out there
Great stories.they are all great short or long.definitely recommend it.its really hard to put it down at all.they are all so suspensful
Published 10 months ago by Arcelia I Rios
4.0 out of 5 stars I could go for a bottle of Golden Lightning Ale
"Stop being creepy, Franky."

"Welcome to Moon Hill", a collection of 21 short tales and oddities, all residing in the small Pennsylvania town of Moon Hill. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Zach @ The Mouths Of Madness Podcast
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Fairly good read. I like a book with many short stories once and a while. A couple of them were enjoyable.
Published 14 months ago by Kathy Oros
3.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to moon hill
I am afraid this book was a little hard to follow and at times I became lost in both the plot and the story line.
Published 15 months ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed this book very much and would recommend to another person. I read it in a very short time on my Kindle.
Published 15 months ago by Carol Toler
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of Supernatural Horror
I love creepy supernatural stories that aren't too graphic or gory. This collection hit the spot. Not all of the stories were supernatural, but the even the stories about regular... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Angela Perry
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More About the Author

Anthony J. Rapino resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, somewhere between the concrete of the city and the trees of the forest. On occasion, you'll find him moderating the feverish battles between the creatures of these two arenas. Whose side he's on is anyone's guess.

His debut novel, SOUNDTRACK TO THE END OF THE WORLD, is now available in limited signed hardcover and trade paperback editions from Bad Moon Books:

Most recently, he has published two audio books, available exclusively through In Ear Entertainment:

Other fiction can be found in issues of Black Ink Horror, On Spec, Arcane, Electric Spec, A Capella Zoo, Space Squid, TQR Stories, and carved inside a variety of autumn gourds.

Proof of his psychosis can be found on his website:

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