- Paperback: 346 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 11, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1453707611
- ISBN-13: 978-1453707616
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,250,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vermin Book One of The Stanley Cooper Chronicles Paperback – August 11, 2010
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About the Author
Scott A. Johnson is the author of ten books including An American Haunting, Deadlands, Cane River: A Ghost Story, and City of Demons. He also is the Paranormal Studies Editor for Dread Central. When he's not writing, he chases ghosts, teaches Kajukenbo Karate, and plays golf (poorly). He also teaches in the Masters in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. He currently lives near Austin, TX, with his wife and daughters. To find out more about Scott, visit his website at http://www.americanhorrorwriter.net.
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Stanley Cooper died and came back to life changed. He can communicate with the dead and he uses his sensitivity to the supernatural to help people with their otherworldly issues. Shannon, a student, believes her house is haunted and her roommates possessed. When Stanley investigate, he discovers her problems go much deeper than she thought.
VERMIN, the first book in the Stanley Cooper Chronicles, introduces Stanley and his witch sidekick Maggie. The characters are unique and fascinating, exactly the type of story people that are perfect for a multi book series. Stanley may have action hero aspirations, but he’s the type of average Joe, with a magical bonus, that’s easy to identify with. He suffers from the same foibles as most, but his heart is in the right place. Helping people is in his blood. And he’s willing to shed some to protect people from evil.
The story is packed with humor and magick. Johnson’s encyclopedic knowledge of the supernatural and the way he brings the Pittsburgh setting to life add a richness to the tale. I can wait to see what new trouble Stanley gets into as the series progresses.
For the most part, the primary characters are everyday relatable people--no ex-navy SEALS or defrocked priests. VERMIN assembles the team and gets them started, PAGES (my favorite) cements the relationships, and ECTOSTORM sets them off in pursuit of the latest Big Bad. There's still a lot of character to explore and ECTOSTORM ends with a tantalizing teaser for the next adventure.
Vermin is a great read for anyone who loves horror with a twist of comedy. Stanley is the "every man." He's just another guy, trying to get through his day. He's a very relatable, likeable character wearing shoes anyone could walk in. Stanley's best friend, Maggie, is anything but. She's a with practicing sex magick, but somehow she's also very down to earth as well. Together they make a great team working to save their city from a vicious threat.
Set against the Pittsburgh skyline, Stanley's story offers a view of the Steel City that is authentic. Anyone who loves Pittsburgh, horror, comedy or the supernatural will enjoy this book.