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The Grass Monkey and Other Dark Tales (A Finn McCoy Paranormal Prequel)

The Grass Monkey and Other Dark Tales (A Finn McCoy Paranormal Prequel) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Langrel
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Welcome to Shallow Springs, Virginia. It's not a nice place to visit, and an even worse place to live. Evil dwells in the mountains and lakes surrounding the town. Creatures more ancient than the Appalachian Mountains themselves lurk in the shadows and prey on the unsuspecting.
Consisting of four short stories and a novella, The Grass Monkey and Other Dark Tales takes the reader on a terrifying tour of Shallow Springs:

A family moves to the Springs from the city, only to discover that their new, peaceful surroundings are nothing but a deception...

A telephone lineman, out in a bitter winter storm, must fight demons--both his own, and the ones stalking him in the snowy woods...

A group of loggers set out to harass a tree-hugging environmentalist and instead find an ancient horror...

A lawyer and a farmer encounter an otherworldly creature in the 1930's...

A paranormal "handler" returns home to Shallow Springs to help a woman who is being stalked by a creature as intelligent as it is evil...

Welcome to Shallow Springs. Sit back. Stay a while. But you might want to be on your way before the sun sets.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,697 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I was born and raised in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, a town nestled in the mountains of Appalachia. Which, by the way, is pronounced "apple-atcha", not "a-puh-lay-shua". My favorite TV shows as a kid were "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" and "Night Gallery" with Rod Serling. I was also drawn to books with larger-than-life heroes such as Doc Savage and Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane. I was (and still am) a big X-files fan, along with Lost, Supernatural, and The Walking Dead.
I prefer horror and thrillers where there is a real, supernatural villain as opposed to psychological horror, and I try to incorporate such characters into my stories.

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A collection of five short stories each of which is dark, surreal and quite bizarre. You need an open mind. They're not the best stories I've read but they do have their moments.

The concentration is basically on people staying in the same location, different times, and living an outdoorsy kind of life tucked away in a 'big dark wood'. There's something lurking in the shadows, behind the trees or in the water and it might be a spirit, a mutant or even some type of Yeti. You'll meet up with some different 'baddies' who read as a decent mix of contemporary horror and mythology. The stories are linked to one another, I enjoyed that, but it's all very subtle.


The Grass Monkey
The Sink Hole
The Moss God
The Otter King

As I've already pointed out these aren't great stories but they do have some decent, original ideas and horror scenery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 16 Feb 2013
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I enjoyed the short stories, they are creepy and build the tension nicely throughout.
The fourth story is novella in length and therefore is the most involved. It introduces Finn McCoy, a paranormal handler, who is the main character that also appears in the follow-up novel.
I like this authors style and find it a very easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stories, well told! 12 Jun 2014
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Scott Langrel is an excellent storyteller. Very good at developing characters and building suspense. Also some wonderfully scary monsters. I can't wait to read more of his work and heartily recommend this book to anyone who likes horror or just a really good story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully dark tales 6 Jun 2014
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From the first story I was well and truly hooked. The tales are the perfect length, not to long and not to short.
Dark and chilling, they made me think of fairy tales for adults.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more of Scott's work.
If you enjoy things like Grimm and shows that dabble with all manner of mythical beasties, you should give it a go.
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