My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review: WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING by Hunter Shea
Hunter Shea' s reputation for locking on to a wide range of horror potentials is spot on. Whatever particular avenue crosses his imagination, is delivered to readers with talent and finesse. WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING is one scary novella, and ought to be enjoyed outside in broad daylight. This is not the lately routine stalking-serial killer novel; instead this story focuses on the Guardians, an invisible, inaudible, omnipresent entity or entities, which are ubiquitous and omniscient. Outdoors, indoors, "They" watch, wait, and warn. Possibly they are simply Observers; possibly they are killers. Possibly.
The treasure of this story, apart from the SCARY, is West Ridley. Fourteen years old and wise beyond his years, West loves the horror genre in all its aspects and his life purpose is to become a paranormal investigator. Far from being a one-dimensional hormone-driven early-adolescent, West' s character is deep. Hunter Shea explicates West from inside out, and I readily cheered for the boy, because even though there are other "good guys," (for example, West' s mother Debi, and his late grandmother), West is "the man." Reminded me of Holden Caulfield. So I can call WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING a terrifying, wonderful, deep, coming-of-age horror.
Print Length: 252 pages Publisher: Sinister Grin Press Publication Date: March 1, 2017
They’ve watched over the house for generations… The move from New York to the decrepit Pennsylvania farmhouse is as bad as West Ridley thought it would be. His father’s crippling vertigo only seems to get worse, and even with his mother working herself to the bone, they’re out of money and options. Grandpa Abraham is a drunk bastard and the living embodiment of the long neglected farmhouse. He claims the place is haunted. Ghosts roam the hall at night and their muffled cries fill the silence of warm, summer nights. On the ceiling above West’s bed are the words WE SEE YOU. In a house plagued by death and mysterious visitations, West realizes something beyond the fiction of his favorite horror books has to be faced. Dark secrets are buried deep, and there are Guardians who want to keep it that way. No matter where they go or what they do, West and his family know one thing… they are always watching. Hunter Shea, Biography Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. He’s a bestselling author of frightful tales such as The Montauk Monster, They Rise, Island of the Forbidden, Tortures of the Damned, The Jersey Devil, and many more, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.
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Praise for Hunter Shea “Hunter Shea is a great writer, highly entertaining, and definitely in the upper echelon in the current horror scene. Many other writers mention either loving his work and/or having the man influence their own, and for just cause. His writing suits anyone with a taste for the dark and terrifying!” –Zakk at The Eyes of Madness “Hunter Shea has his own style. It’s simple, yet well-written, stories that flow with ease. Mr. Shea graciously walks you through the adventure and mystery, all the while, tickling the hairs on the nape of your neck and filling the pit of your guts with lead. It’s this “I’m your friend who just might make you wanna sleep with the lights on” relationship the author builds with us that keeps us comfortable, but not too comfortable, and on our toes throughout his work. I find that an extremely admirable ability.” –Glenn Rolfe, Author of Chasing Ghosts and The Haunted Halls Purchase Amazon Want to Feature? If you’re a book blogger or media site and would like to feature Hunter Shea or review We Are Always Watching, contact Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.