- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: Blood Bound Books; 1 edition (January 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1940250218
- ISBN-13: 978-1940250212
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,442,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mcnee starts out with introducing us to a weird scene, without really letting us know what’s going on until much later…then we meet Victor Teversham and his right hand man Harry. Victor has just been through a personal tragedy and is searching for answers by keeping a reservation at a hotel, previously booked by his wife.
Welcome to the ‘Ballador House Hotel’ but don’t say I didn’t warn you not to go! This hotel promises its’ guests epic nightmares…
I just have to say: Residents, Evelyn Burgess, Josephine, chronic hysteria, mayhem, evil, torture, insanity, sadistic, greedy, and scary as hell! Now, you go find out what all of these words combined mean to this story.
I will definitely read more by this author and I most highly recommend to all fans of modern horror!
In John McNee’s novel, Prince of Nightmares, the scares are real. Good adult horror leaves the reader disturbed, and McNee is a disturbing author. Malicious forces are at work in the Ballador, and they’re not just nightmares. The mystery behind what’s at stake drives the story, punctuated by dark imagery, gore and some wonderful characterization.
Like most good horror authors, McNee isn’t satisfied with just scares. He digs into his characters, exploring the nature of evil in a way that transcends the usual horror theme. When Teversham asks, “Am I a good man?” the reader finds, not a book in hand, but a mirror. That may well be the most potent nightmare of all. (Five stars out of five)
McNee takes the haunted house story in new directions with Prince of Nightmares and elevates the classic theme to a level that stunned me left, reminding me of the experience of reading The Shining (and leaving me just a rattled). If you love fresh, mind-bending horror, you've found yourself a dream. Just be ready to sleep with the lights on.
Victor Treversham found out that his recently deceased wife, Josephine, made a reservation for him at the infamous Ballador House only hours before her untimely demise. Regardless, of the nightmares he is sure to endure, he intends to stay at the hotel himself. Now he must navigate a grotesque cavalcade of ghosts and demons in order to try and sift thru what is reality and what is just a dream. Or are they one and the same?
This one had a cool “13 Ghosts” vibe to it. The relatively few characters had plenty of depth to them and the back story of the Ballador House was well thought out and realized. There was also an appropriate amount of violence and gore. A very well done tale of horror and suspense. 5 Ammy Stars and Highly Recommended.
*I received an advanced readers copy of this work from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The premise of Prince of Nightmares really intrigued me and as an added bonus I discovered that not only is John McNee a Scottish horror author but the story is also set in Scotland. Result! Wild horses couldn't have held me back. I love all kinds of horror but being from Scotland myself it's a real treat to come across a Scottish horror author, especially one who sets their story in Scotland. Of course that doesn't mean that I am going to love it or that I'm going to give it 5 stars based on those facts alone.
Prince of Nightmares is expertly written, a pleasure to read and much more than I was expecting. At times I wasn't sure if what I was reading was real or if it was a dream but that just added to the imagery and surreal feel of the story.
I honestly don't think I could pick just one thing that stood out for me. I enjoyed everything about this one: the writing style, the imagery, the pacing, the atmosphere, and more. Fans of horror will devour the imaginative, twisted and horrific scenes within the pages of this book. I know I certainly did. It's bloody, it's gory, it's vicious and certainly not for the faint of heart and I was totally immersed and enjoyed every minute.
I would love to read a prequel set around the history behind the hotel.