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Mosquito Man: A scary psychological thriller by the new master of horror (World's Scariest Legends Book 1) Kindle Edition
"If you've ever been in a remote area when something terrible goes wrong, then you know the fear of utter helplessness. Mosquito Man nails this. A superbly crafted psychological thriller"—New York Journal of Books
"This is exactly the kind of book I'd pick up for a great vacation/beach read"—Sci-Fi & Scary
From USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author Jeremy Bates comes the first book in the all-new WORLD'S SCARIEST LEGENDS series.After a woman bangs at the door in the middle of the night, and promptly dies from her injury, a couple's remote cabin getaway becomes a psychological night of terror as they are hunted by an unknown assailant. Now they must go far beyond what they thought themselves capable of if they hope to save their young children and survive until morning.
Praise for Jeremy Bates:
"Old-school horror story reminiscent of Stephen King" ★★★★★
"Best book I've read to date" ★★★★★
"Perfect for Laymon fans!" ★★★★★
"Definitely recommend to all fans of modern horror" ★★★★★
"A master storyteller!" ★★★★★
"I sort of fell into Jeremy Bates by accident, and I'm so glad I did. He's one of my new favorite writers, and I urge everyone to check him out" ★★★★★
"The most chilling book I’ve ever read!" ★★★★★
"Absolutely loved this book" ★★★★★
"Non-stop adrenaline rush from beginning to end" ★★★★★
"Any Stephen King or Dean Koontz fan will love it" ★★★★★
"I was hooked from the first page!" ★★★★★
"Binge worthy!" ★★★★★
"This is one of the best books I have ever read!" ★★★★★
"A very juicy, scary ride" ★★★★★
"Suicide Forest is up there with Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box" ★★★★★
"Scariest book I've ever read" ★★★★★
"Huge fan of Mr Bates! You won't be disappointed" ★★★★★
"Edge-of-my-seat experience! I felt I was indeed living the horror" ★★★★★
"Page-turner with a twist! I was hanging on to every word!" ★★★★★
"One of the greatest suspense-filled books I have ever read" ★★★★★
"If you enjoy Richard Laymon, you'll love reading Jeremy Bates" ★★★★★
"A true edge-of-your-seat thriller...I couldn't put it down!" ★★★★★
"Startlingly Spooky!" ★★★★★
"A non-stop page-turner!" ★★★★★
"Early Stephen King, Robert McCammon, Jeremy Bates is a must read!" ★★★★★
"As usual Jeremy Bates has done it again... Give him a try, you'll not regret it" ★★★★★
Although in a series, this is a STAND-ALONE novel. For fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Richard Laymon, Bentley Little, as well as other horror and mystery authors such as Dan Simmons, Jack Ketchum, Robert McCammon, Brian Keene, Darcy Coates, Amy Cross, Jeff Strand, Ambrose Ibsen, Jeremy Robinson, Nick Cutter, Blake Crouch, Joe Hill, Iain Rob Wright, Jeff Menapace, Matt Shaw, Heather Graham, Jack Kilborn, James Herbert. We hope you enjoy!
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"Jeremy Bates writes like a deviant angel I'm glad doesn't live on my shoulder"—Christian Galacar, author of GILCHRIST
"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
"Jeremy Bates is a skilled weaver of nightmares"—Ambrose Ibsen, author of THEHAUNTING OF BEACON HILL
"Jeremy Bates knows scary. You're going to have a good time with whatever he writes"—Jeff Menapace, author of BAD GAMES
"A compelling and provocative read. One cannot help but wonder how important sleep really is"—Booklist
"[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
"Voracious readers of horror will delightfully consume the contents of Bates's World's Scariest Places books"—BookLife Prize
"Creatively creepy and sure to scare"—The Japan Times
"Thriller fans and readers of Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and other masters of the art will find much to love"—Midwest Book Review
"An ice-cold thriller full of mystery, suspense, fear"—David Moody, author of HATER and AUTUMN
"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
"Will delight horror fans who want their novels steeped in psychological suspense as well as action"—Midwest Book Review
"A page-turner in the true sense of the word"—HorrorAddicts
"Will make your skin crawl"—Scream Magazine
"Told with an authoritative voice full of heart and insight"—Richard Thomas, Bram Stoker nominated author
"Grabs and doesn't let go until the end"—Writer's Digest
"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
"Would make a great screenplay!"—Suspense Magazine
"Bates doesn't miss a trick"—Glenn Kleier, New York Times bestselling author
"Bates knows how to creep into his reader's mind and toy around"—Horror Palace
"Something to give you chills before you go to bed"—San Francisco Book Review
"Excellent!"—Andrew Peterson, international bestselling author of FIRST TO KILL
"Reads like a combination of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Clive Barker"—Midwest Book Review
"Invites you to read it in one sitting"—Hellnotes
From the Author
Finalist, "Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction" Horror Novella Award, 2017,for "The Mailman."
Finalist, "Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2017, for "The Mailman."
Winner, "Foreword INDIES" Horror Book of the Year Award Gold Medal, 2016, for "Island of the Dolls."
Finalist, "Next Generation Indie Book Awards" Horror Novel Award, 2017, for "Island of the Dolls."
Finalist, "The Skoutz Award" German Horror Award, 2017, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist,"Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction" Horror Novella Award, 2016, for "Box of Bones."
Finalist, "Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2016, for "Box of Bones."
Winner, "Crime Writers of Canada" Arthur Ellis Award/The Lou Allen Memorial Award, 2016,for "Black Canyon."
Winner, "Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2015, for "The Catacombs."
Winner, "IPPY(Independent Publisher Book Awards)" Bronze Medal/Horror, 2016, for "The Catacombs."
Finalist, "Next Generation Indie Book Awards" Horror Novella Award, 2016, for "Black Canyon."
Winner, "Reader Views Literary Award" Global Award, 2014-2015, for "Suicide Forest."
Honorable Mention, "Reader Views Literary Award" Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror Award,2014-2015, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist, "Goodreads Choice Awards" 2015, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist," Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2014, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist, "Foreword INDIES" Horror Book of the Year Award, 2014, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist, "Foreword INDIES" Thriller & Suspense Book of the Year Award,2012, for "White Lies."
- ASIN : B07NQN5LDV
- Publisher : Ghillinnein Books; 1st edition (February 13, 2019)
- Publication date : February 13, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3252 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 287 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1988091330
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,791 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2022
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The scene is set, but almost immediately the other foot drops. The author chooses to include two five-year-old characters who are occasionally cute-ish at best, but infuriatingly annoying more often than not. Six or seven times during the story they have predictably childish and pointless arguments or tantrums that slows everything down and made me lament for the bliss other books when you don't realize how lucky you are that all the characters are adults or close enough, and you don't get distracted by meaningless discussions that detract from the plot, seemingly there to make the reader relate to their own potential kids and the joys of parenting. Doubtless, the author also did this to add a kind of real-world cutesy charm to the family and raise the stakes, making us feel even more worried for them, or making us feel more sympathy. But he takes it one step further, at numerous points in the book, making the children the center of the action and witnessing events from their perspective rather than just making them side characters. I felt this choice was entirely unnecessary.
I admit the whole, "they're not actually siblings and are forced to bond as their respective parents feel out the potential for their new relationship when tragedy hits", angle was well done, and it adds an additional layer to the family's dynamic, and there's the very real dilemma that's boldly tackled head-on when the adults have to individually confront the issue of choosing to save their partner's kid over their own. I admire how that was addressed by the author with such a bleak, unflinching reality.
There are a few narrative, continuity inconsistencies which made me wonder if the editors eyeballed a few chapters, and there was a subplot about whether the monster was smart enough to anticipate what they were thinking, and even evidence to prove it, that was abruptly dropped, just to be revealed at the end that the monster was incapable of such thought all along, leaving us to believe that the one instance of insane and gruesome revelation was completely random and pointless.
There came a point that felt like the perfect ending that would have smoothly transitioned into an epilogue that wrapped things up nicely, but shortly after a second climax is added which brought with it a bit of glorious violence and a sense of vindication, but ultimately felt forced and unnecessary. It then transitions into a kind of flat, unsatisfying ending that leaves a feeling of "we're just going to ignore that all that just happened?"
I mean, the evidence that it wasn't just a lone madman, as it was implied to be resolved as, would have been overwhelming and obvious at the final crime scene long before the scientists arrived.
A real mixed bag here. Great monster, great tension, lots of terror and blood, but wow, did the antics and padding with the children drag its quality down for me. They were too irritating for my taste. Maybe I just don't have enough tolerance for children and their near-constant badgering and chattering.
But the past never stays there and Rex is starting to remember things about his childhood....and then the cycle of deaths start all over again.
Enjoyed this very unique legend and it's definitely a page turner. Very much love this guy's writing!!
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It starts well but then slows to a snail's pace. For a relatively short book (fewer than 300 pages) to linger on the trivia concerning the main characters car journey to their "cabin in the woods" is a mistake.
The two children don't act like 5-year olds. When they should be frightened they are instead busy bickering and thinking/doing things simply necessary for the plot.
Flashbacks occur at inopportune moments so rather than leaving the reader on the edge of their seats, longing to see what happens next, it has the totally opposite effect and induces boredom. Furthermore, the last act is much too abrupt and brief.
Finally, given the number and bloodthirsty nature of the creatures responsible for all the mayhem, how is it possible that only a few people have disappeared over the years? I would have expected the whole state at the very least to have been wiped from existence.
I did something I rarely do which is to completely stop around 60 pages in - I didn't even care enough about the conclusion to skim read to the end like I normally do with an unreadable book.
I apologise if I sound a little bitter, but when you invest some time (and possibly money) in a book, you expect there to be some reward - here there is absolulely none. Not worth the price I paid and I got it for free with Prime.
As usual Jeremy Bates had me hooked with this fast paced horror. I loved the World's Scariest Places series and it looks like The Worlds Scariest Legends series is going to be just as entertaining. Can't wait for the next one.