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- Print Length: 189 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1548501379
- Publisher: Post Mortem Press (July 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 21, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072Q67KNZ
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What Do Monsters Fear is Matt Hayward's first novel and I am beyond impressed. I'm going to go ahead and say this is a must read, with strong potential for it to be on my favorite books to come out this year list.
It tells the story of Peter, a former rock star with a crumbling life and baby on the way. Beyond that, he's got a drinking problem that is on its last legs of sustainability.
Hitting rock bottom, he checks into a rehabilitation facility. Rock bottom doesn't seem quite as bad when strange occurrences start happening, patients start vanishing and all hell breaks loose.
This book just has it all. Monsters, mad scientists, mutated giant cats, squishy gooey gore to the brim. It's an absolute blast. Great characters, a pace that is relentless, perfect writing... just a top of the line read.
Out now on Post Mortem Press, I give this my highest recommendation.
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I read and enjoyed his previous release, BRAIN DEAD BLUES (Sinister Grin Press, 2017), a really good collection of short stories that displayed Hayward’s massive potential in stories like, “That’s the Price You Pay” and “The Faery Tree” had me eagerly awaiting Hayward’s debut novel, WHAT DO MONSTERS FEAR? (Post Mortem Press, 2017).
This novel is about a group of addicts that sign up for a rehab facility of sorts, where unbeknownst to them, the end game might not be the promise of a clean and sober life, but that of something far more sinister.
There are definitely some cool influences here. I saw a review that mentioned One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest, and rightfully so, as the author also refers to the book and film in the story itself. There’s also a bit of John Carpenter’s The Thing, as well. Both movies that I love. As with both of those films, the characters here are real, and Hayward does a great job making them stand out from one another, something that some newer writers stumble over with a larger cast.
Peter and Henry’s relationship is the best in the book. Two guys trying to kick the bottle, one older, and the other in his early thirties, their initial meeting out on the front porch is a memorable one. From there, Hayward develops them even further and it really makes the horrors to come all that much more intense.
For me, although Hayward uses the front half of the book to get you acquainted with everyone, and does a great job, it is a little slow, but you feel there is definitely something horrible just around the corner. And believe me, when you get to the second half of this one, hold on to your seat!
Hayward delivers in the horror category with lines like: “…___’s innards slopped away from his sliced open stomach, like saliva dripping from the jaw of a pit bull.”
Also, his use of Phobos (the personification of fear in Greek mythology) is righteous and wicked fun. I really enjoyed this one, and so will all you horror fiends. Great characters, great blood and guts, and a fun story.
Overall, I give WHAT DO MONSTERS FEAR? 4 stars!
Peter Laughlin starts contemplating suicide after he wakes up from a binger in his own mess one too many times. He is about to go through with it, but he finds an advertisement for rehabilitation in the back of a paper. He decides to go to rehab to straighten out his life because he got his old friend Bethany pregnant.
When Peter arrives at Dawson Rehabilitation, he becomes friends with Henry Randolph, an alcoholic who is trying to get his life together as well. Matt Hayward does a great job of character building. The other rehabilitation guests are Shelley Matthews, Donald Bove, Jamie Peters, and Walter Cartwright.
Dawson Rehabilitation is not what it seems. Peter and Henry are suspicious of Jerry Fisher, the rehab counselor. Jerry Fisher has a sinister secret. An ancient evil lurks there. Peter will have to face the ancient evil head on if he wants to survive.
What Do Monster Fear? is a crazy book! It doesn't let up from the first page. The characters are great and easily relatable. The story unfolds nicely, and Matt does a great job of keeping the tension tight. The ending is great too!
Kealan Patrick Burke did a great job on the cover! That cover is awesome!
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