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"Creatively creepy and sure to scare" ‒ The Japan Times on Suicide Forest
"Jeremy Bates writes like a deviant angel I'm glad doesn't live on my shoulder" ‒ Christian Galacar, author of GILCHRIST
"Jeremy Bates knows scary. You're going to have a good time with whatever he writes" ‒ Jeff Menapace, author of BAD GAMES
"[Bates] is the real deal. He is a bit of a mix of Stephen King and Richard Laymon. You won't regret your purchase" ‒ Amazon Top Contributor
"I keep hearing this author being compared to the likes of Stephen King or Dean Koontz. I think [he] should be known for his OWN style of writing" ‒ Amazon Reviewer
"Will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like" ‒ Kirkus Reviews on Suicide Forest
"Voracious readers of horror will delightfully consume the contents of Bates's World's Scariest Places books" ‒ BookLife Prize on The Catacombs
"A short, sharp shocker" ‒ Publishers Weekly on Black Canyon
"The perfect antidote to a restful night's sleep, The Sleep Experiment is a fast-paced thriller that will keep the pages turning late into the night" ‒ Steven Sayers, author of THE SOUL DWELLER
"Thriller fans and readers of Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and other masters of the art will find much to love in highly recommended, action-packed read" ‒ Midwest Book Review on Island of the Dolls
"Reads like a combination of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Clive Barker" ‒ Midwest Book Review on Mountain of the Dead
"A page-turner in the true sense of the word" ‒ HorrorAddicts on Mountain of the Dead
"Will make your skin crawl" ‒ Scream Magazine on Island of the Dolls
"Shocking" ‒ Booklist on White Lies
"Told with an authoritative voice full of heart and insight" ‒ Richard Thomas, Bram Stoker nominated author on The Catacombs
"I have long been a fan of Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Frank Peretti and I feel confident that I can now add Jeremy Bates to that list" ‒ Reader Views on Mountain of the Dead
"A blistering rustic tale that takes the reader outdoors and to the deepest inner recesses of the human heart" ‒ Writer's Digest on Black Canyon
"A horror writer to watch" ‒ True Review
"Bates offers a truly chilling tale that reminds readers that humans can be the worst type of monster to fear, after all" ‒ BookLife Prize on Helltown
"An ice-cold thriller full of mystery, suspense, fear" ‒ David Moody, author of HATER and AUTUMN on Mountain of the Dead
"Would make a great screenplay!" ‒ Suspense Magazine on The Taste of Fear
"Bates doesn't miss a trick" ‒ Glenn Kleier, New York Times bestselling author on White Lies
"Bates knows how to creep into his reader's mind and toy around" ‒ Horror Palace on Island of the Dolls
"Something to give you chills before you go to bed" ‒ San Francisco Book Review on The Catacombs
"Excellent!" ‒ Andrew Peterson, international bestselling author of FIRST TO KILL on Suicide Forest
"Jeremy Bates is a skilled weaver of nightmares" ‒ Ambrose Ibsen, author of THE HAUNTING OF BEACON HILL
"Spellbinding" ‒ Bestsellersworld on White Lies
"Will delight horror fans who want their novels steeped in psychological suspense as well as action" ‒ Midwest Book Review on The Catacombs
"Invites you to read it in one sitting" ‒ Hellnotes on Suicide Forest
From the Author
The World's Scariest Places Series:
- Suicide Forest - The bad news is they're lost. There is no good news.
- The Catacombs - As close to hell as you're likely ever going to get.
- Helltown - The luckiest die first and fast. The others, well...
- Island of the Dolls - Come and see the dolls, but don't expect to leave alive.
- Mountain of the Dead - Freezing to death is the least of their worries.
- Hotel Chelsea - The most haunted hotel in America.
- Mosquito Man - Are you afraid of the dark? You should be.
- The Sleep Experiment - You'll never think about sleep the same way again.
- The Man from Taured - Where did he come from? Where will he go?
- New America: Utopia Calling - A brave new world.
- White Lies - You never know where a lie may lead...
- The Taste of Fear - In the jungle, no one can hear you scream.
- Black Canyon - The new face of evil.
- Run - You can run but you can't hide.
- Rewind - Nothing is what it seems.
- Neighbors - You never know what kind of psycho may be living next door.
- Six Bullets - When there's no reason left to live, what would you do with your last six bullets?
- Box of Bones - Time is running out.
- The Mailman - Be careful what you wish for.
- Re-Roll - Life can be a bitch.
- Dark Hearts - Four critically acclaimed short novels.
- Bad People - Four critically acclaimed short novels.
- World's Scariest Places: Volume One - This omnibus edition includes books one and two in the bestselling World's Scariest Places series.
- World's Scariest Places: Volume Two - This omnibus edition includes books three and four in the bestselling World's Scariest Places series.
- World's Scariest Places: Volume Three - This omnibus edition includes books five and six in the bestselling World's Scariest Places series.
- World's Scariest Legends: Volume One - This omnibus edition includes books one and two in the bestselling World's Scariest Legends series.
- The Midnight Club Super Box Set - The complete collection of the award-winning Midnight Book Club short novels.
- ASIN : B00U30WSG6
- Publisher : Ghillinnein Books; 1st edition (February 26, 2015)
- Publication date : February 26, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2080 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 369 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,893 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The characters were well developed, the storyline well fleshed out, not any typos or errors in sentence structure (that I noticed anyway & I usually notice everything).
While I prefer my Horror with more of a splattered gorefest, the storyline definitely had just enough so I could enjoy it, yet not too much that would turn off the average reader.
I especially love how you don't need to read previous books in this series to know what is going on, or even having to read each book in order. Each book stands on it's own without the dreaded cliffhanger that forces you to buy the next book (and the next, and the next, etc.) just to know what's happening or understand what happens next.
I will definitely be reading this ebook again as well as continuing on with the rest of this series.
Will is an American living in Paris, taking language lessons from Daniele. Daniele and her friend Pascal are both cataphiles - urban explorers who frequent the catacombs. Pascal found a video camera far off the usual paths, and believes the owner to be dead. So naturally, they want to search for her. The three meet up with Pascal's friend and Daniele's brother-in-law, Robert.
Apparently, the catacombs attract some interesting people. Not surprisingly, people wanting to spend long periods of time wandering around underground are odd. Right before they reach their entrance, Will gets into a fistfight with another cataphile about to enter the tunnels with scuba gear. Then after wandering around for awhile, they meet The Painted Devil, one of three idiots in Nazi SS uniforms (yes, you are reading that correctly). And then the real trouble begins.
I couldn't help but thinking of the movie The Descent when reading this. And that movie freaked me out. Crawling through those tiny spaces that are barely more than the width of your body just gives me the willies. At one point, Will observes: "It was as if we were wandering an Escher drawing where the rules of physics no longer applied." Oh good grief!
The things awaiting the 4 explorers were not quite what I was expecting. Overall the story was entertaining and satisfying. Yes, this series is formulaic, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Top reviews from other countries
I thought this thriller from Jeremy Bates was okay. The structure of this novel is similar to his previous book, the Suicide Forest and offers the same huge vocabulary that helps make this story such an adult read. Jeremy manages to capture the atmosphere of the catacombs very well indeed when he writes…
I tried to imagine what it would be like to walk alone in utter blackness, with only your hand on the wall to guide you, your mouth dry from dehydration, your throat and lungs burning from the rank air and the countless hours of screaming for help, your feet weeping with blisters, your legs jellied with exhaustion, nothing around you but tunnels and more tunnels, ad infinitum.
Yes, it is clearly very scary being lost in complete darkness within 300 km of tunnels below Paris knowing that nobody can hear you scream. I felt Jeremy explained these fears very well indeed as our 4 characters tried to exit the nightmare they had become trapped within.
The plot of The Catacombs was okay and was a regular urban legend of a hidden community. The main problem I had with The Catacombs was that I read it straight after Suicide Forest. I thought that Suicide Forest was a GOOD 4 star read and in comparison The Catacombs was simply not as good. For me The Catacombs was an okay 3 stars read because it lacked the wonder threaded within the script of the Suicide Forest.
The story primarily takes place in the Paris catacombs where the characters are battling the terrain, the fear and occasionally each other. The description of the catacombs is uncomfortable and how he describes a 6'4" man trying to push himself through tiny crevices is horribly claustrophobic. Yes it takes a bit of a strange turn towards the end but, having read other books by Jeremy Bates, I think that's just his style and it definitely works.
One of the best stories I've read in a long time.
Ive read both books in the series so far and found this one a easier read and although the Japan spooky forest was a good read I preferred this one. What make these stories fascinating to me is that they based in real places! Are the newspaper exerts real?
Keep up the good work Mr Bates and look forward to reading your next book in the series...