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Toxic Shadows

Toxic Shadows [Kindle Edition]

Tim Curran

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Cut River, Michigan. Population: 0. The town the Devil built. Once it was a sleepy backwater town and once there were people in it.Then a lurking pestilence ate the flesh from its bones. A pestilence born in the smoldering graveyards of nameless, forgotten battlefields. And now there is only a shifting darkness in Cut River, a darkness populated by hideous shadows that pretend to be people. Seven strangers will arrive. If they can stay alive until dawn, they'll survive. But to do that will mean engaging in a bloody war of attrition against the things that crawl and hunt in the night. Things that wear the faces of men, women, and children. Toxic Shadows.

Welcome to Cut River. Welcome to the graveyard.

War is Hell.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1062 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 141371269X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Severed Press (28 Jan 2014)
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful storytelling 16 Mar 2014
By Keith C Blackmore - Published on
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I've read a few books by Curran now, and I've added him to my list of writers who I regularly check on, just to see if he has anything new ready.

Tim took the time to explain a few things things about "Toxic Shadows" and from my POV, Tim, man, there really wasn't any need, but appreciated.

This is a fast moving, very well told, steam engine of a story, with the expected Tim Curran chills and frightening imagery I've come to expect with his work. There are only a few writers that make me pause and just think about what I just read, just marvel at the wordplay, and Curran is one of them. I actually thought that, taken on a whole, this book was much more focused than his other efforts, and didn't go on and on--an issue which, if I ever had to critique Tim on, well, it would be that.

But that's my only issue, and I'm only one reader.

A city suddenly cut off from the rest of the world and transformed into an urban, ghoulish nightmare, where the general populace has shed any semblance of civility and now delights in hunting down new, unchanged flesh. The travelers who drive into this (at night even, so, brrrrr o.O) quickly realize not all is well with the town, and channel all efforts into escaping this horrific city sprawl.

For fans of any storyline where a few characters are heaved into a twilight zone situation, where everyone else wants them dead.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toxic Shadows. 23 Mar 2014
By Lisa - Published on
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I enjoyed this book tremendously. It was incredibly disgusting and most definitely warped. The Laughing Man virus is nothing to laugh at. I loved getting to know Johnny, Lou, Lisa and Ruby Sue. Ruby Sue was a very memorable gal! I kind of hated the ending, but it did go along with the whole story. I would recommend this story and author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...that's the way it was-screams and shrieking, gunfire and shouting, all punctuated by the inhuman gibberings of the rabids... 21 July 2014
By Mark Louis Baumgart - Published on
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Cut River is a dead town, isolated from mainstream Michigan it has been hit by a bad storm, taking out trees, cell towers, and its electricity, and eight people will have the unfortunate bad luck to be caught up in in Cut River's death throws, as the populace has been turned into kill-crazy, impossible to kill, cannibalistic madmen.

They will be Lou Frawley, an overweight plumbing salesman; Lisa Tabano, a goth metal musician, and junkie, coming home to see her parents; fat Nancy Eklind, ballbuster and complainer; Ben Eklind, her weak husband, and perpetual loser; Sam, Nancy's brother, and fresh out of prison; Johnny Davis, a dysfunctional Vietnam vet who's looking for a fight; and Joe and Ruby Sue, a pair of real hardcase bikers, who seem to be operating on a mission of their own.

And as bad as things are, they can always get worse, and they do. The dead are starting to organize, they now banding together with military precision, and they are now prowling Cut River on their own search and destroy missions.

At first everybody is operating on their own, but they gradually start running into each other, all while trying to escape the rampaging townspeople. Ben and Nancy are saved at the last moment by the manmountain Joe and Ruby Sue, who seem to be loaded with enough weapons to fight a war, while Johnny and Lisa will band together, and in one form or another everybody will end up going at the St. Thomas Catholic Church. But God won't save them, as there is a bunch of fanatically religious, and desperate, people in the church's basement who think that this is all Satan's work. They will only manage to come out of hiding long enough to be caught in the flood of crazies that come barreling into the church looking for trouble.

During some down time, Johnny tells the tale of a time back when he was part of America's Phoenix program, and he and his team were sent into the Mekong Delta "Rung Sat" region when he was a SEAL on a reconnaissance mission. It was here that they will came across a village infected with something called "The Laughing Man", and that the villagers were all as crazy as Cut River's residents.

Now, Tim Curran will never be called the most original of action authors, after all, original would have been something that was changing people into rampaging bananas, only to have our intrepid heroes trying to escape Cut River while slipping and sliding on viscous banana peels. But that ain't this novel, what this is, is a no-holds barred cat-and-mouse chase book as madmen of all stripes are trying to hunt down any, and all, survivors of the initial contamination. And at this, Curran excels.

Now, this ain't a perfect novel, as at times Curran seems more in love with his action than he is with the logical consistency that should be holding this bit of textual madness together. Examples are that sometimes when the "rabids" are shot, they die, and at other times the rabids will receive traumatic head wounds, but they will still get up run amok. Or, during one scene a rabid toddler can't turn a doorknob, while later a zombified fetus crawls up a wall, and goes on the attack.

Still, for those of us that looked forward to a novel of action, gore, and destruction, this novel won't be a disappointment. This is a novel that has a shoot-out at supermarket, two separate shoot-outs at the town's police station, a shoot-out at a church, has madmen, naked zombies, a zombie fetus clawing its way out of their womb, cannibalism, zombie dogs, chases through the sewers, death by hanging, eating, knives, guns, fire, and cars.

And to top it all off, I stayed up way too late, and I missed a lot of sleep to finish this story, as especially noteworthy was the epic final battle, which seemed to be made for the cinema. And yes, for once Severed Press actually gives one of their book cover artists credit. "Toxic Shadows" has a pretty good cover by Tim Pryor.

For this site I have reviewed these other Tim Curran books:

Cannibal Corpse, M/C.
Dead Sea.
The Hive #1: Hive (The Hive Series). The Elder Signs Press edition.
The Hive #2: The Spawning: Book Two of The Hive Series.
Skin Medicine.
3.0 out of 5 stars Monsters, violence, blood, gore and good times 7 Jun 2014
By Jason the rational Sony fan - Published on
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I'll just say it. Horror fans are funny and diverse people and whether or not you will enjoy this book depends largely on the type of horror you enjoy. I bought this book on a Kindle sale and now I find myself in the odd position of defending the story from the man who wrote it. The author tells you in the foreword that the book is flawed, has inconsistencies and is not on par with Stephen King's "The Stand." I don't disagree with him but I also enjoyed the story and felt I got my money's worth.

Toxic Shadows is the story of a group of people who must survive in a town of... zombies? In this book the zombies are more along the lines of infected people. Credit to Mr. Curran for using this plot element before it became popular in the movies. I prefer my zombies to be the living dead type but Mr. Curran's monsters work for the story and they retain a surprising amount of intelligence. How many zombies think to barricade the exits in a town or selectively release prisoners from a prison?

I wish that some of the characters were better fleshed out and more diverse. I also think Mr. Curran missed a few story points that were begging to be exploited. However, I think Toxic Shadows was enjoyable enough. I should point out that Toxic Shadows is not a nice story. People die brutally and there are no safe zones in the story. If you can forgive some structural flaws in the story and like fast moving monsters and lots of gunplay then you I say give this a shot.
4.0 out of 5 stars Balls to the wall infected action 23 April 2014
By Andres F. Prieto - Published on
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I've only been a fan of author Tim Curran's work for a short time and all I can say is that he, just like your favorite chinese restaurant, always delivers. Toxic Shadows being an early work of Currans makes it all the better. Raw and unflinching, it layed down the groundwork for this authors knack of intense action scenes intermingled with blood chilling horror. The story throws together a motley crew of characters and puts them through the wringer dropping them into small town zombie hell as they try to escape from the clutches of the infected. There really is a great mix of the classic Romero-Matheson shambling undead but also throw in some 28 Days Later and just enough of James Herbert's The Fog, another favorite of mine and you kind of get an idea. Big bonus here is the Vietnam flashback, holy horror!
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