- File Size: 2936 KB
- Print Length: 394 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494952424
- Publisher: DJM Entertainment; 2 edition (January 10, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HSUM4O0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Striking lines such as this one and the opening scene of a woman killing and dismembering her husband sucked me in instantly. When the woman sat down to dine on a slice of her husband’s cheating ass, the story hooked me and wouldn’t let go.
Drugs, alcohol, and police work don't mix, at least not in a normal town, but Vacant is far from normal. While Andrew, an alcoholic sheriff, attempts to drink away a painful past, his deputies cook meth and do as they please. In the space of three days, their lives changed. Something evil emerged from the forest, ripping the townsfolk to shreds. The town turns to Andrew to stop it, but for him, the jealousy and greed lurking under his nose might prove to be far deadlier.
Although the book is graphic in its horror content, it has so much more to offer: love, betrayal, jealousy, greed, and murder.
The author has a unique gift of description. Each scene became real as I read. He is not only skilled at describing blood and gore; he is gifted in describing the beauty of nature and human emotion. I was amazed at the author's ability to make me love the unlikeable sheriff. He was a drunken selfish slob who—when his underwear was not stuck in his sweaty butt crack—half did his job. Constantly sick from hangovers and withdrawals, he gets punched by the mayor, the preachers son, and slapped a few times by a pissed off woman. But he cared about people and tried to do the right thing, and this endeared me to this very flawed hero.
Although there was vomiting, sweating, blood and guts, none of the characters peed their pants--but I might have—just a little. It is that scary!
I love my sleep and it is rare for me to stay up and read, but with this book, I did. This is an excellent book by an extremely talented author and I highly recommend it.
This is very much a character-driven story. The plot moves along at a tense, but steady pace, all the while delivering plenty of thrills and chills. I am in love with this author’s descriptive style. As with his previous work, there were several times I had to go back and read a line, simply because of how beautifully it was constructed. Be warned: this story does not hold back. Morgan pumps out the terror, suspense, gore, sex, drugs, depravity, alcohol, corruption, action, and betrayal, in equal measure, with just a touch of hope sprinkled in. And he does it in such a mesmerizing way. The characters are delightfully flawed and finding a hero among them isn’t easy work. You’ll keep trying though, as you will have a lot of trouble putting it down, especially in the last quarter where the pressure is on and the fate of multiple characters is in the balance.
Flesh is a bloody, intense dive headfirst into the shocking troubles of a town that is very aptly named. I would definitely recommend it to all horror fans.
With well fleshed out characters, no pun intended, the novel speeds along at a well managed pace and I consumed the entire thing in a few large chunks. A well tied up ending completed another horror novel of the truest form.
If you're looking for a horror novel with plenty of gore as well as plot, give Flesh a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Top international reviews
Story telling is an art. Dylan Morgan combines essential ingredients to keep his reader hungry for more. There is undoubtedly a good deal of brilliantly worked traditional graphic horror, but there are also characters to side with and characters to side against, providing true reader investment in the outcome of dynamic, tense drama. I really have to care about what happens to a protagonist - otherwise, I lose interest.
If I had to comment on one outstanding feature of 'Flesh' it would be the author's particular style of writing. He uses language in a distinctive way to drive the story forward and enliven characters. Thoughts tumble into Keller's mind; goosebumps pop; monsters slither and shadows seep. It's good, creative stuff. More please!
The brutal and graphic murders that haunt the small town of Vacant are sinister and menacing, but so too are the townsfolk and half of the police force.
I was split into two camps when reading Flesh. Half of me felt compassion towards the drunk Sheriff Andrew Keller and his deputy Matthew, and then the other half of me wanted to scream and swear at them for letting deputies Manning and Brady get away with their drug induced behaviour. I was rooting for the Sheriff the whole time and wanted him to stand up for himself more against the corrupt Mayor and the freaky pastor.
As with any good horror story you expect a bit of blood and gore and Flesh delivers this in Dylan’s uniquely descriptive way. What I love about the author’s style is how he delivers the gore in short, sharp bursts as he concentrates primarily on the characters and their story.
The book is told from the various characters point of view which gives you a better insight into the inner workings of their mind – not always pleasant in some cases.
The ‘big bad’ remains elusive until the end portion of the book leaving a trail of terror as you speed towards the finale, which was fabulous – I didn’t see that one coming!
A must read for horror fans. I couldn’t put it down, even when my cat jumped onto my lap at a crucial point and I nearly leapt out of my skin!
A graphically gruesome opening chapter sets the scene for the horror which surrounds the town of Vacant. The townsfolk are living in fear of the unknown entity after a couple were killed in their own home. In order to appease whatever lurked in the woods, visitors or people passing through were to be chosen as sacrifices, at the instigation of the fanatical Pastor Nielsen and corrupt Mayor Wyatt. Deputies Manning and Brady select the victims and Sheriff Andrew Keller and Deputy Matthew Nielsen dispose of the remains.
The main characters, although very well interpreted, are all flawed and damaged in one way or another, drug addiction, alcoholism, corruption, and initially none of them were in the least appealing. Even Deputy Nielson who, although he seems unconcerned about the grisly tasks he performs in the woods, wants to help Sheriff Keller and stop the killings, yet in his own way he also has a desperate addiction.
Then about halfway though I began to root for Sheriff Keller. The past he’s been running from and trying to drown in whisky and beer, unexpectedly appears in Vacant, turning him into more of a sympathetic character. He has no choice but to face his demons and he tries very hard to fight as the suspense escalates. I liked the inclusion of Joe, the Chippewa Native American, who brings everything to a head when he shares his knowledge and beliefs.
The vivid imagery and detailed description of the setting creates a powerful representation, as do the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters. The sense of fear, panic and disbelief as events unfold. Dylan Morgan puts his own unique spin on a Native American legend in a lurid tale of sex, murder and horror contained in a well thought out and suspenseful plot. The narrative is paced well, incorporating some surprising twists and treachery.
Vacant is a one horse, hicksville town in Wisconsin with secrets ... Dylan Morgan does the 'scary redneck' atmosphere very well indeed. Although this is a horror story, it's not all blood and gore, as is perhaps suggested by the title. As with The Dead Lands, Flesh is about the people, not the monsters. Morgan is just an excellent storyteller; I read this in just over a day. As a writer myself I often find it hard to read books without constantly picking the editing to bits, but this was so good I just read it, my 'editing hat' dropping off without my noticing. The pace is perfect, the change in character point of view is spot on, with just the right amount of information released at the right time. Oh, and the ending is great, I didn't predict it at all!
If you like Stephen King, you'll love Dylan Morgan - buy it!
To begin with I have to admit cannibalism is something that majorly disturbs me, but somehow Morgan managed to make me salivate ravenously for tacos at one point in the midst of this flesh-eating tale, so I’m thinking there’s either something extremely bizarre going on inside my brain or else he has a deliciously twisted sense of humour - I’m betting on the latter.
I really enjoyed this book. It had all the gory, bloody horror I’m used to from Morgan and it was massively entertaining with some well woven twists and turns to the plot. It was also erotically charged and contains some graphic sex scenes which fit in well with the general tone and story. A couple of the twists to the story really took me by surprise! From the gory opening to the nail-biting ending this is a chilling horror story that will have you hearing freaky voices in the wind for weeks…
Sheriff Andrew Keller is a mess of a man but he holds his own secrets close to his heart. My sympathy for him grew as his story unravelled. I feared for the two out-of-town characters from the instant they were brought into the story. The edge-of-seat suspense started up when they arrived and never really dropped away from that moment on. I just wanted to scream at them to get the hell out of that creepy-ass town! From that point on the book couldn’t be pried out of my fingers for anything. It just wasn’t possible to put it down until I found out what was going to happen.
This is a must read for fans of the horror genre. I hope to see more from this author soon.