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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd; 1 edition (3 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609286642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609286644
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 868,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
Forest of Shadows is a claustrophobic tale of a haunted house and the haunted inhabitants of a remote Alaskan town. When John Backman (a bereaved paranormal investigator) and his family move into a supposedly haunted house they find that the threats to their safety are not just from the supernatural but also from the townsfolk. Strangers aren't welcome in Shida; it is a town with secrets that refuse to stay buried.

A chilling tale with an endearing, eclectic and disturbing cast of characters. Nicely paced, building momentum to a satisfying and horrifying conclusion. Beware, it will break your heart.

Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
Hunter Shea's debut lures you into its mystery via a well drawn and sympathetic protaganist - paranormal investigator/debunker John Backman. After a frenetic, haunted-house-gone-bonkers introduction, the quieter dramatic trade-off between Backman's personal tragedy and sudden good fortune hooks you into the deeper story. Shea's eclectic supporting cast of characters is fun, and each has his/her dark secret to reveal as the tale progresses to a pacy climax. Hunter Shea is the kind of storyteller who likes to creep you out with a knowing twinkle in his eye.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Pleasant Surprise 20 Oct 2011
By S. J. Belz - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Finally horror has come back to the mass market. Well sort of...Fresh off of Samhain's new horror line comes a great novel by Hunter Shea, titled 'Forest of Shadows'.

I admit that I was sketchy at first when I read the premise, I was not too convinced I was going to buy this book. But after watching the author on his podcast 'Monster Men' with fellow author and pal Jack Campinsi, I felt like I could trust Hunter to deliver a good book. And trust me, Hunter delivers.

I feel that this novel is similar to an old car. It has a few kinks and it is slow to start, but then this novel takes off and drives you to the end like a dream.

First, Hunter crafts a web of characters and events. It takes some time to stew, not a whole lot of action, but I think it all adds meat to the story. It helps the story become not just another ghost story. Instead its a non-traditional family in a unique situation facing a town with a dark secret; oh and then there are some ghosts as well. I was skeptical at first, wondering if all of this characterization was necessary, but its the characters that help make this book stand out. I find the book akin to the movie 'Poltergeist'. Its not just about the ghosts, but about the strength of family.

The only reason why I did not give this book 5 stars is because the novel features a lot of explanation on paranormal hunting and ghost-hunting science. From watching the podcasts of 'Monster Men', I can guess that Hunter is a just a huge dork when it comes to this topic. So when the main character becomes a paranormal investigator, I can see Hunter Shea leaking onto the pages.

I find the topic interesting, but I also found that some of the explanations on the science of paranormal investigation made the flow of the story stumble.

All in all, a great surprise and a great book. I recommend reading this book in a silent house. It will have your spine tingling and have you wondering if you are truly alone in the house.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Interesting angle but ... 25 Feb 2012
By HorrorJunkie - Published on
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The story started out interesting enough and did hold my interest. Sadly I was almost 70% through the book before anything in the "horror" genre started to really unfold and trust me when I say that I use the term horror LOOSELY, not a single goose bump was felt. As a mystery this novel is a solid 4 star but I bought it hoping for a good scare which was nonexsistent so the best I can do is 3 stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Hunter Hits the Target 20 Oct 2011
By RRJames - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
It is easy to see why Samhain selected Hunter Shea's "Forest of Shadows" as an initial offering in its new horror line. You have to make a good first impression.

Paranormal investigator John Backman, reeling from personal tragedy, brings the people dearest to him to a house with a history in Shida, Alaska. Hunter builds John, and all his main characters, with back stories and details that let you really feel them. Even the town seems alive, though not in a way the local Chamber of Commerce would approve.

Each part of this harrowing tale unfolds and creates a rich story that spans generations. You will run through the last hundred pages like one of Alaska's charging grizzlies as the story reaches it's suspenseful climax.

Hunter has a second book, "Evil Eternal" coming from Samhain. I'd keep an eye out for it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Eerie, paranormal experience 19 May 2012
By David Bernstein - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed Hunter Shea's Forest of Shadows. The writing is top-notch. The prologue sets the tone for this creepy experience. The main character is a paranormal investigator who has an open mind for all things "strange" including extra-terrestrial life, although there are no aliens in this tale. This is an atmospheric, mood-setting piece, filled with sadness, mystery, scares, detail and good old fashion fun. From reading the book, you can tell Mr. Shea is either a paranormal buff or did a lot of research in the field. There isnt a lot of gore in this one, making it a book for a wider audience, but for gore fans, dont worry, the gore isnt necessary and the chills are still very much present. Highly recommended for all fans of horror as well as mystery.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Great Horror Novel with Heart and Soul... and some blood 20 April 2012
By J. Campisi - Published on
Format: Paperback
Forest of Shadows is good read. If you like a creepy ghost story with wonderful character development, atmosphere and a healthy dose of good old fashioned horror, then you should check out this book.

Let me say up front that you might consider me a bit biased. I happen to co-host a horror/paranormal themed video podcast with the author, Hunter Shea, called Monster Men. So yes, I am prone to say nice things about my friend. But on the other hand, if you watch the show, you know I am a pretty seasoned horror fan... so I also know what I am talking about when it comes to spooky subject matter. So think what you want, but I know that I really enjoyed this book.

One thing that impressed me about this book was the relationship between the father, John Backman and his daughter, Jessica. Among all of the supernatural chaos and madness lie a lot of emotions, fear and unconditional love that is the foundation of the entire story. Also, the cultural differences between the locals and the outsiders, and that inherent mistrust of outsiders, give the story some interesting texture and grit.

But of course, I liked this book mostly because it's a great horror novel. The beginning of the book punches you in the gut. It sets the tone and immediately hooks you.

After winning the lottery, John Backman suffers a personal tragedy that forever changes his life. We pick up a few years later, where John has dedicated his life to investigating the paranormal. This brings him to Shida, Alaska... a town that would give Twin Peaks the creeps. Something horrible is stirring in the woods and people are starting to die.

The story builds steadily, with plenty of paranormal scares and equally disturbing townies. All the attention to detail helps make the horror parts that much more scary, because we have gotten to know the characters and we care about them.

The last few chapters of the book are where it all pays off for the horror fan. Like a good roller coaster, this book as plenty of ups and downs but saves the big thrills for the last act. Let's just say that the horror fan in me simply loved the climax of this book. And we all know how many books fall flat at the end. Not this time.

I really enjoyed Forest of Shadows and I look forward to Hunter's next book. And I would love to see a sequel to this book someday.
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