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"In Eight Cylinders, Jason Parent serves up memorable characters, fast-paced action, and monstrous terrors. It's hard-boiled, high-octane horror that rips the reader along while delivering genuine chills on a road to redemption paved with death and danger." --James Chambers, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of On the Night Border
"Eight Cylinders is a Mad Max blowout straight from Hell. The action piles on and on,until it reaches a boiling point where an all-or-nothing gambit is their only shot to beat the Devil. A thrill ride from start to finish." - Rex Hurst, author of WHAT HELL MAY COME
From the Author
What makes this horror novel special?
"The blurbs might say it better, but Eight Cylinders is simply an unrelenting thrill ride that blends action, excitement,and Lovecraftian horror. A fast, breezy, and always fun read."
Tell us more about your lead character.
"Sebastian McCalister isn't a good man. But what he lacks in lawfulness, he makes up for in loyalty, charisma, decisiveness, and stubbornness of will.There isn't much of a place for him in polite society, but in the small community of misfits in which he finds himself, he just might be the leader the others have been waiting for. The question is: where will he lead those who choose to follow?"
Why should readers give this book or your work a try?
"This work, and much of my horror, comes with a certain snarkiness or dark playfulness that comes through my voice whether I want it to or not. If you're the type of reader who likes to chuckle when you see someone murdered in a grotesquely unique way, I might be the author for you. My horror moves fast, hits hard, and plays harder. I hope it's silently clever without ever being pretentious, and I believe Eight Cylinders hits that mark. At the least, it's just a whole lot of fun."
- Publication date : November 13, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 82 pages
- File size : 1789 KB
- Language: : English
- Publisher : Crystal Lake Publishing (November 13, 2020)
- ASIN : B08L16XL9K
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #187,778 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jason Parent's Eight Cylinders is a high-octane, Lovecraftian romp. Imagine H.P. Lovecraft's The Fast & The Furious or Mad Max: Mountains of Madness, and you've got a solid idea of what this breezy novella is all about -- T & A (um, that is, tentacles and automobiles; get your head out of the gutter!), full-speed ahead!
Eight Cylinders is a fun, lightweight read, and Parent knows exactly what this story is meant to be. It's not a highfalutin examination of this delicate mortal coil and the unspeakable, indescribable horrors of what lurks beyond. Instead, it's a straight-forward actioneer filled with guns, cars, and tentacles! And, to be sure, there is most certainly plenty of death in the race to the finish...
The plot itself is summer blockbuster thin, but it is nicely shaded with a welcome bit of existential crises. The characters aren't incredibly defined, aside from Seb, but we get to know them well enough in the brief time we have with them. Parent gives us just enough of a reason to root for Seb and his new crew of wheelmen and -women while massive, sucker-filled octopus arms careen through the sky to slam down on the unsuspecting, à la Junji Ito's "Smashed."
Like some of the best horror, the hows and whys of it all are largely left unexplained, but Parent gives us enough clues along the way to fill in the blanks for ourselves without getting bogged down in unnecessary details or dull info-dumps to detract from the gear-head mayhem we're supposed to be focused on. Eight Cylinders is a pedal to the metal blast, one that doesn't just wear its influences on its sleeves but proudly plasters their stickers all over the rear bumper, trunk, and back windows. It's a helluva ride, but just make sure you're buckled in tight!
[Note: I received an advance copy of this title from the publisher.]
Eight Cylinders is a Mad Max blowout straight from Hell. The action piles on and on, until it reaches a boiling point where an all-or-nothing gambit is their only shot to beat the Devil. A thrill ride from start to finish. It effectively uses Hemminway’s Iceberg Principle to hint at what lurks in the dark, but doesn’t spoon feed every detail to the reader. Leaving the most hideous parts to the reader’s imagination.
A little taste of what is inside:
Sebastian McAlister (Seb) gets into a shootout right outside of Las Vegas with a gang of thugs and Seb ends up getting shot, but he does escape their clutches in his turbo Charger heading into the desert. He passes out at some point from blood loss and when he wakes up he is in a village of sorts with a bunch of people where they are all contained within huge walls.
A man named Earl patched up Seb and Seb finally makes his way around the village as he learns that everyone there never leaves or goes outside the walls because if they do then they will be killed by a creature that roams the desert, so they just stay where they are with no chance of escape. Seb though has other plans as he decides that living within the walls will not be his fate and he wants to get back to his life, so he devises a plan of how to get out of there creature or no creature as he will not go down without a fight!
What is the creature? Why does it roam the desert? How long have the people lived within the walls? Does Seb make it out of the village? No spoilers here as you will just have to read the book!
This was a very creative storyline and there is quite a bit of action right away in the first chapter which set the pace for this story. There are quite a few characters in the storyline as well which I will not go into detail on them, but all of them have a story to tell and they just blend in so well within the story that I really liked each one.
The story flows along at a quick pace when Seb finds out about the creature and sets his plan into motion of leaving the village. The story is then driven up a notch as the pace picks up and I found myself having a hard time putting the book down as I wanted to see if Seb was going to be able to complete the mission that he had set for himself. Giving this book four "action packed" stars.
My thanks to author, Jason Parent, for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.