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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd (3 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609286634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609286637
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Milton on 24 April 2014
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I can’t believe that it’s been a year and a half and more than forty books ago that I read WWII horror novel ‘Shadows in the Mist’ by Brian Moreland! Having been thoroughly impressed not only by the story told therein but also with the level of detail and research that went into the tale, it was always my intention to return to this particular author’s work.

‘Dead of Winter’ is a tale of horror set in Canada in the late 1800s and is a distinctly different animal to SITM...

Opening in the winter of 1870 in the frozen Canadian wilderness, Moreland immediately introduces scenes of horror that may shock a more conservative reader and the body count starts to ramp up within the first few pages. Having established this pace, the author doesn’t offer any respite to his characters until about a third into the book.

Despite the relentless nature of the book, it never feels rushed. Each scene felt well narrated and all key players in ‘Dead of Winter’ have their own particular characteristics and backstory developed, lending greater depth to the book as a whole and generating degrees of empathy for some and revulsion for others. Moreland’s prose is incredibly descriptive and at no point did I encounter any difficulty in visualising the characters, creatures and scenes created by the author.

On a critical note, some readers may experience something of a lull after the first third or so of the book. However, I’d suggest that this decrease in pace is essential to both the progress of the book and the development of the central characters, since the author takes the reader through how the characters collect themselves and deal with the events of the first frantic and bloody stanza.
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I received a copy of Dead of Winter from the publisher in return for an honest review.

I loved the characters in this book, I connected and cared about them very early on and I was right there with them throughout, rooting for them during their struggles. I have a soft spot for anything related to Indian folklore so this book really grabbed my attention and I enjoyed those parts a great deal. The plot wasn't what I was expecting and turned out to be more and better than I originally thought it was going to be on reading the blurb.

The writing style when describing the scenes and the storm was very well done, I could easily picture the cold and the atmosphere the author was projecting. I must be honest and admit that when I first started reading I found myself thinking, oh no this is going to be a zombie story and I am not a fan of most of those. Thankfully it turned out not to be and it went down the path of some of my favourite subjects in horror. Demons, exorcism and Indian lore!

The ending went where I was hoping it would and I was happy with the conclusion of the story. So many books now have cliffhangers or open endings, this one doesn't and I enjoyed it all the more for it. It did take a bit for me to get into the story but I think that's more because I was reading it during the Christmas season than any fault with the story itself.

Dead of Winter is the first of Brian Moreland I have read and I will be reading more from this author. Definitely one I would recommend to fans of horror.
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Brian Moreland's visceral blend of historical horrors, intimate chills and macabre mythology makes for an exciting, nerve rattling excursion into the very darkest of winters. Brace yourself for a finale as vivid as blood on snow...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nat30 on 16 Feb. 2012
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One of the best horrors iv read in a long time. Reminded me of the cult classic film 'the thing '. Highly recommend this book. Its ashame his first novel which won an award is not on kindle
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Deadly Winter 4.5 Stars 27 Oct. 2011
By Patrick S. Dorazio - Published on
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Dead of Winter takes place in a fort in the Ontario wilderness in 1878. Inspector Tom Hatcher has been called in to solve a mystery surrounding strange murders involving cannibalism and a plague that seems to be turning its victims into ravenous creatures that both look and act inhuman. Tom has come from Montreal, where he dealt with a cannibal of a different sort-a serial killer who murdered street walkers and devoured their flesh. He managed to capture that madman, and tossed him into prison. Now it seems a new killer is following in that maniacs footsteps out in the backwoods. At the same time, back in Montreal, Father Xavier, an exorcist, has been called upon to cast out the demon possessing the serial killer that Tom Hatcher caught while the man rots in prison.
These two men's paths intertwine as the mystery at the fort grows deeper and more people end up dead or worse, transformed into savage monsters, both in mind and in body. It is up to these two men to discover what is behind the plague and stop it before everyone else ends up dead.
Dead of Winter is a horror-mystery that intertwines both of these elements with ease. The author also intermingles Catholic beliefs in demonic possession and exorcism with the traditional native tribal beliefs of evil and good spirits, and does so quite deftly. The interesting thing is that the way the story is told, the two elements don't clash or conflict with one another, but seem to make sense as a natural blend. Evil is evil, whatever it is called, and you need whatever resources you can collect to combat it. The culture, religious faiths, and historical elements of the story are well researched, and my first guess was that the author must live in the region, since he knows so much about its tribes and history. So I was surprised to find out that Mr. Moreland lives in Dallas according to his bio (though I suppose that doesn't mean he isn't originally from Canada).
I enjoyed the detail to which the characters were developed and the depth they were given. They are revealed inch by inch, divulging enough details that they kept me intrigued without revealing too much, too soon. The reveals are intriguing at each turn and the author was willing to give the reader a surprise with a startling turn of events fairly early on in the story. Elements like that are unexpected, but welcomed despite the sense that an author has zigged when you might expect him to zag. At least for me. Characters like Tom Hatcher and Father Xavier are definitely not cookie cutter-there are plenty of reasons to both like and dislike both men, and to really feel what they are going through as they face this nightmare both on their own and with the rest of the cast of characters.
I have not read anything else by Brian Moreland, but if his other works are this well researched and well crafted, I look forward to checking them out as well. Dead of Winter is a well crafted story that I thoroughly enjoyed.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Horror read! 10 Oct. 2011
By Leighanne's Lit - Published on
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**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

Let me start off by saying that there aren't very many authors that have made me afraid of sleeping with my back to the door, but that's how I felt when I was reading this! While I was reading I kept looking back, expecting one of the creatures out of this book to be staring me in the face. That being said, I really liked this book!

It is obvious that Moreland did a lot of research for this novel. There was a lot of research that must have been done on Catholicism as well as some of the Native American tribes that appear in this book. That's something that I could really appreciate. There are a lot of authors that don't take the time to research as they should.
With that, Moreland spends a lot of time giving his characters a lot of depth. From Father Xavier to Anika, all of the major characters, you really got a sense of who they were and why they were that way. You could relate to them and like them (in most cases). And then he makes the villain so despicable that you have so much hate for him, but he still scares the hell out of you.
My favorite part though, were the demons. He describes these creatures so vividly that I actually dreamed about them. And they're scary. Not to mention that there is a fair amount of gore sprinkled throughout this book, which I thought was fantastically executed.

Moreland does a fantastic job introducing the characters, making to connect with them and going through the story with them, making you just as scared as they are. There's also a level of suspense as you wait to find out where these creatures are coming from and how they are going to be stopped.
Overall, fantastic book and it was a fantastic read for October! If you love horror and don't mind gore, I highly recommend that you check this book out! I give it 4 out of 5 stars!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoyed all aspects of this story. The author did a great job converging native spirituality with Catholicism. The story is about evil men, evil spirits, and evil demons. The evil is attacked on different fronts. The Catholics call on their God, the natives call on their spirits, and society calls on their lawman. The story has all of my favorite elements of a horror story. It has serial killers, monsters, demons, and evil men. Very enjoyable.
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Horror Novel Reviews: Honesty in the Terror 24 July 2013
By Horror Novel Reviews - Published on
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I've got to kick things off by hurling a massive thank you! at Brian. It seems I constantly cover works (be it literature of some sort, film, sports or music) that demand I walk on egg shells in order to give readers an idea of what the story is truly about without injecting multiple spoilers into my summation. Dead of Winter allows me to be vague, yet provide a really solid outline of what the tale is about. And, despite my lack of intricate expression in regards to the details of the synopsis, I believe readers will want to pick this one up based on this review alone (I'm not stroking my own ego by implying I'm a fabulous writer, this book just... really works).

This period piece drops readers into the Canadian wilderness where a pair of forts have been overrun by insanity of some sort. Is it simply a severe case of cabin fever, or is it something much darker? I'll give this much away: it's much darker. Something hunts within snowy torrents, and it's big, mean and packs the wallop of a mac truck barreling down the highway at 70 mph. But, this beast isn't the only loose seam in this tightly knit - yet isolated - world. People are going mad, cannibalism ensues. Possession, monsters both human and otherwise and a conflict between religion and science help muster a noteworthy impact as the pages of Dead of Winter fly by rather quickly.

Brian's work actually reminds me a bit of John Everson's, sans the prominent eroticism. The narrative is delivered in very straight forward fashion, yet this isn't a piece of work aimed at the stereotypical layman, ignorant to all that unravels around him. There's a bit of history within the pages, and Moreland's words flow smooth and articulate. Dead of Winter is a well written piece of work, and a fine addition to the horror genre in general.

Quite a bit of the novel's enjoyment value leans on pronounced character development, which, in retrospect is a bit surprising, given the frantic nature with which the chaos unfolds. There isn't much downtime to be taken in here; it's a whole lot of violence and mayhem crammed into a few hundred pages, and it's off and running from the jump. Moreland is an unforgiving author who casts aside regard for taboos (you'll know exactly what I mean within the first quarter of this novel) and hits readers right in the face with a vicious blend of physical and emotional torment.

The novel's hero, Inspector Tom Hatcher, is a likeable personality: father, man of the law, noble despite his relatively frequent drinking habits. He's embraceable, and he carries the book, for a sizeable amount of the other characters tread a fine line between decency and antagonist. Those who don't seem to be painted on a mural of neutral colors, but they offer forth flawed mindsets (who doesn't?) that intentionally keep readers from completely dedicating themselves to their cause or existence. Hatcher, as well as an Indian woman with a battered soul (who serves as the story's master tracker), Anicka are the true "good guys" here, and while both suffer some issues of their own, they've both endured (in the past as well as live time) more than enough to draw sympathy to their plights. Their connection is unmistakable and detectable early, which makes forming the idea of these two growing close, and fighting for the same cause (which really just comes down to survival) very believable, regardless of the differences in their social status (we're talking a white man and an Indian woman, in a time when equality was about as valuable as a cow patty).

The oft-subtle (and sometimes far from it) rivalry between religion, superstition and science is fantastic. Moreland outlines each belief system from an unbiased standpoint, which really leaves readers to rely on their own personal opinion when siding with one personality or another, which in turn creates a few characters one may love, while another hates, while perhaps another is completely indifferent. They're dynamic in their petition. I'm not sure Brian really gives a damn about hurting anyone's feelings, but he approaches the story with an open mind all the same, enabling readers to think for themselves (there's almost a sense of tangible interactivity here), ultimately creating a piece of art that could please numerous individuals for completely different reasons.

To be honest, I'd actually like to spill a few details here, as some are extremely powerful, and would surely enhance curiosity, but I'll refrain. Dead of Winter is a novel that should be sought out. It's not a piece of perfection, but it's a damn fine representation of Moreland's skills, and it's gratifying on more levels than one. I can say with certainty right now, that I'll read this book again in the future. That alone speaks testament.

Written by Matt Molgaard for Horror Novel Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland 20 Oct. 2012
By Lauren Johnson - Published on
Format: Paperback
Evil is coming, Brian Moreland makes the reader feel it in their bones through the descriptive chilly setting and depth of the characters. The suspense is ongoing throughout the story with believable plot twists, character betrayals, and justice. The story was well researched mixing Catholic beliefs with Native tribal views effectively incorporating both to ultimately fight the evil that is threatening them.

Realistically drawn characters, complete with histories, beliefs and flaws help progress the plot with their different choices and motives. While the urgency created for the reader with the fast pace of the action makes this a page turner.

I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review - all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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