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Vermin Book One of The Stanley Cooper Chronicles Paperback – August 11, 2010
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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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.
Most people who love horror have at one point in time wanted to be able to see ghosts. This novel shows the folly of this desire. " Vermin" shows that this, shall we call it "talent", is fraught with a dangerous downside. For Stanley Cooper, this "talent" opens him up to a great many problems - ostracized by friends, relentless hounding from those who have died and haven't "moved on" - but the worst (at least thus far in the series) is the ease with which one can become entangled in deeper, darker supernatural affairs.
The pacing in this novel is great. It leads us on a tour of Pittsburgh that most will never know exists, and challenges the main character to face fears and demons, that no one should have to face. Without giving too much away, I'd like to applaud Scott Johnson for the amount of research he obviously put into the creation of Cooper's alternate world - not to mention a certain South American rat god/demon that plays center stage in this drama.
I read this book and when I came to the end, I was happy to find a second book in the series ready and available via Amazon. You will too. I highly reccommend.
Vermin, the first in the Stanley Cooper chronicles, gives us our first glimpse of Stanley and his band of magical cohorts as they try to save Pittsburgh from a deadly force bent on destroying the city. A very near-death experience left Stan dead for 3 minutes and he wakes with the ability to see the dead and the energies that all living and almost-living creatures leave in their wake. This is pretty cool on its own, but factor in Stanley's hometown--the undead city of Pittsburgh--and you've got a rough kind of day.
When college student Shannon contacts Stanley about an unusual house problem, then turns up dead, Stanley has the police and the supernatural breathing down his neck. The problem in Shannon's house is bigger than Stanley expected. People disappear, lives are destroyed, and it's up to Stanley to fix the problem.
We meet Maggie who is a practicing witch with a shop on Pittsburgh's historic and diverse South Side and also Stan's best friend and sometimes lover. Detective Taylor takes a chance on Stanley and learns some things he wishes he didn't. We're also introduced to Andrea, a girl with incredible potential and a great need for some guidance. The characters are the kind of people you meet on the street everyday in the city of Pittsburgh... and the ones you hope would be in charge when the supernatural world crashed into ours.
I highly recommend Vermin for readers who enjoy a whirlwind adventure with paranormal elements.