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Brittany turned the key inside the lock and pushed on the door. She looked in for only a second before dropping her keys and purse. The couches were splayed open, the stuffing pulled out and strewn around the living room. The material covering the back of one had been slashed so many times it was little more than ribbons. A black X was smeared across the television screen, the cord that should have been stuck in the wall cut in two.

Sweat opened up on Brittany's face and scalp, her heart beat spiking.

No burglar did this but she didn't want to enter. She'd rather walk off a goddamn cliff than go inside her house. Brittany had seen things like this--sure--but never this severe. Never seen knives slash. Never seen drawings on their television. Never seen anything this fucked up.


Are you in danger? The question came unbidden.


Does it matter?


She walked in, leaving the keys and purse behind. She moved slowly, trying to come to grips with her house. She could see inside the kitchen from where she stood in the living room--disarray didn't describe it, neither did devastating. Plates on the floor, broken, with blood smearing some, already beginning to dry in other spots. Pans, knives, and silverware were scattered across the floor. The faucet poured water into the sink, flowing over the basin. All the drawers and cabinets stood open and the chairs to the kitchen table were missing. Someone (your dead husband, darling) had tipped the table on its side carved words underneath it--although she couldn't read all of it from where she stood.

She could see the word mine. Brittany didn't care about the rest; she only wanted to find Alex. She glanced around the living room again, seeing something new. The wall held knives in it. Seven butcher knives, all stabbed hilt deep into the white wall. They formed a smiley face, two knives for the eyes, and a semi-circle below with the other five. Blood dripped down the wall from one of the blades; it would reach the carpet soon (and that shit won't rinse out, honey).

Brittany could see a pile of clothes in front of their bedroom door. He was in their room.

Brittany moved down the hall, jogging now. She neared the clothes. Blood soaked through most of what she saw. She held her breath--the shirt could have been dipped in a washing bucket that held blood instead of water.

She stopped. The door to the room stood open and the only light in it came from inside the closet, outlining the closed door.

"Alex?" she called from the bedroom door.

A cry came from the closet--maybe from pain, maybe surprise. Brittany stepped inside, seeing the trail of blood from the clothes for the first time. Her husband was inside. Bleeding--and that became all that mattered. She ran to the closet, opening the door and finding Alex--the back of the closet, clothes pulled from hangers and strewn all around him.

Alex looked down at his left wrist; a knife poked carefully into the flesh and blood forming around the point. Skin stood flayed open on Alex's chest with blood running down to his bare groin. A deep, dark 'X' was carved into his body. The cuts began at his collar bone and traveled down to his ribs on both sides.

Brittany understood that wasn't simply blood; it was life leaving her husband--still pumping, trying to find veins to carry it home, but only finding gashes that forced it into the world. Even if she could get the knife away from his wrist, he would still die if they didn't get to a hospital, bleeding to death in this closet.

"Baby, put it down. Put the knife down." She walked inside, stepping on more clothes stained with blood. Alex looked up, his face dripping sweat.

"He's here, in the house," Alex whispered. "He's come for me now." Animal like fear radiated from him.

"No, no one's here. It's you, just you and me, sweetie. Put the knife down, put it down and I'll protect you--I swear to fucking God, honey."

He looked down at his wrist; his right hand tightened on the handle.

Brittany looked at his grip and simply swung her fist, connecting with her husband's temple. As he fell back, she reached for the knife, grabbing it by the blade, feeling the knife slice through her palm, sinking even deeper as she pulled on it. Alex gave the hilt up and Brittany flung the knife behind her.
She reached for him--both of them bleeding now--and pulled him close anyway.

Alex fell into her as a doll would, nothing holding him back. He wrapped his arms around her waist and tears blossomed.


Kneeling in front, Brittany put her lips to his neck and kissed. "I'm here now. It's okay, it's okay, it's okay," she whispered.

About the Author

David Beers is in his mid twenties. He blogs at http://justafewmorehours.blogspot.com. He is currently finishing up his MBA, and working on his second novel--tentatively titled End Times.

Product Details

  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098LA1Q0
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Dead Religion had a lot going for it before I so much as touched the cover: the author's last name is Beers for God's sake. I'm already a fan, I absolutely love beers. How could I possibly lose?

On a serious note, Dead Religion is a wild, imaginative tale that somehow, despite some pretty unorthodox surprises, feels wholly possible. To bring you into the loop, so that you might understand why that's a bit strange to say, realize that this story deals with powerful deities, death dealing humans, extreme paranoia, some schizophrenic tendencies; family bonds. It's all crammed in there, but the supernatural element of the story is one of the strongest and most pronounced points.

The connection Beers creates between the novel's protagonist and his younger brother feels as though it travels a fitting trajectory and the link between Alex and Brittany Valdez, two cogs in a dark, menacing machine, is fantastic.

While the story is all over the place, leaping from different perspectives and time frames regularly, Beers capitalizes on smooth setups to trigger fluent transitions. It's a good thing the man understands how to tie a narrative knot: it'd be damned easy to find yourself completely lost in this one, were Beers a less savvy storyteller.

But the broad scope of the story is actually the true crux of this delivery. It's exactly what drives the reader to plunge through the pages (thanks for knowing that this is a tale that despite its magnitude, didn't require 1000 pages to be well relayed). Virtually everyone in this story is living a closeted Hell, and there are strong ties that bind, although they don't make themselves apparent until about the midway point of the book. There's good pacing here, and a cohesive execution that keeps the story fresh.
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Dead Religion is a chilling psychological/supernatural thriller that works its way into your brain like a worm and takes you into a horrifying new world. It is an excellent first novel for freshman writer David Beers. He weaves a story that draws you in and doesn't let you go...even after you've finished. Remember the name "David Beers" because you will hear it again.
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This was one of those books where I needed to wait a bit before writing the review. It's a good book, but whew! Dark and deadly and gruesome to its very core.

I have noticed that most of this author's work revolves around characters who show how far they are willing to go for a person they love. Whether it's bringing a child back from the dead, a wife who will do anything to find and help her husband, or a mother trying to save her son, they all willingly brave anything in their paths for those they love. Another sure bet is that these paths will be bloody.

This is a book that centers around the idea that "lost" or "forgotten" gods of centuries and civilizations past aren't necessarily gone. This particular one has spent centuries, dreaming red dreams and waiting for just the right set of worshippers to come along- after all, it has all the time in the world. Eventually they do come along and unwittingly wake a being whose sole purpose is destruction.

While I liked "The Devil's Dream: Book One" better, personally, (and am eagerly if a bit impatiently awaiting book two), there is no doubt that this author is a new take-no-prisoners type of writer that is determined to give the horror genre a shot in the arm of his own prescription of darkness.
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This book was OK. It was very exciting in some places but the majority of the book moved slow for me. It was an OK read but took me longer to finish than expected due to some of the dragging situations. Over all, this book was not a complete waste and has some surprises.
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This was very good and creepy. The descriptions of things happening were so vivid that I had a couple of nightmares from this. I would love to see this as a movie. The only bad part was it ended with a lot of questions. I highly recommend this if you like horror and supernatural combined.
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Ancient beliefs wreak havoc on several modern-day folks in this suspenseful story. Suggested by Book Bub, I will seek out
more from this author. Vividly written, one can easily picture it as it unfolds.
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Extremely good story yet very gruesome, so be warned.
Apparently this is the first story from this author. I am very impressed with his writing, the concept of this story, the whole package.
While some stories can give me the creeps, this one truly scared me.
Well done, Mr. Beers!
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If apocalyptic could describe a writing style (never mind theme) then reading David Beers' Dead Religion would be the template. Every chapter, every event, every moment is world shattering and soul destroying. It's amazing the characters can even manage getting out of bed in the morning--but of course, the poor, sleep-deprived souls in this brand of horror novel are only allowed to ever dream in the blackest of blacks and reddest of reds. The adjectives and descriptions are so intense and final (e.g., "endless pits", "endless green depth", "the seemingly endless amount") one routinely feels caught in a climatic moment, only to discover another chapter of bottomless horror. The impression that things are forgone and hopeless suggests the author is most interested in his readers enduring a book-length thought experiment in real-time eschatology. So this is the way Beers' world ends: not with a bang but a whimper...from the collective mouth of countless decapitated heads.
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