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Night of the Beast [Kindle Edition]

Harry Shannon
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Book Description

Slightly camp as well as spooky, the novel 'Night of the Beast' was a loving, over-the-top homage to pulp writing and the 1970's-80's mass-market horror explosion. It cheerfully saluted virtually every well-worn trope in the genre. The novel has become something of a cult classic. It was award-winning author Harry Shannon's first full-length book.

Welcome to the dying little town of Two Trees, Nevada--built in a place the Native Americans called 'The Valley of the Bones.' Something evil has awakened, something that feeds on the darkest of human emotions...

"A superbly rendered, teeth grinding, tour-de-force of pulp horror."
-William F. Nolan, 2001 Grand Master, International Horror Guild.

"Shannon is a writer who is never afraid to walk into the shadows and drag the things living there kicking and screaming into the light."
- Brian Keene

"Harry Shannon takes age-old themes and gives them a new and fearsome bite. Vividly realized, his writing is controlled, assured, and filled with the kind of spooky atmosphere that used to make you hide your head under the bedcovers on wind-wracked nights."
- Tom Piccirilli

"Shannon is a writer of incredible energy who never blinks his eye for detail."
-Gary A. Braunbeck

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harry Shannon (14 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003D7LFMO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #891,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Publisher's Weekly has said of HARRY SHANNON "Suberb pacing and an eye for the terrifying will leave the reader shaken and unsettled. " Shannon has been an actor, a singer, an Emmy-nominated songwriter, a recording artist in Europe, a music publisher, a VP of Carolco Pictures ("Terminator 2," "Total Recall," "Rambo 3"), and worked as a free-lance Music Supervisor on films such as "Basic Instinct" and "Universal Soldier." He holds an MA in Psychology and is currently a counselor in private practice. Although primarily a novelist, Shannon has sold stories to a number of genre magazines including "Cemetery Dance," "Horror Garage," "City Slab," "Crime Spree" and "" He contributed a 25,000 word mystery/horror novella to a Cemetery Dance limited-edition called "Brimstone Turnpike," as well as short fiction to several anthologies including the highly praised "Dark Delicacies II," "Tales from the Gorezone," "Small Bites," "The Fear Within," "A Dark and Deadly Valley," "Holy Horrors," and "On Deadly Ground," a collection of western noir edited by veteran author Ed Gorman
Shannon's first signed limited edition short story collection "BAD SEED" debuted in June of 2001. His debut horror novel "NIGHT OF THE BEAST"--the first in a pulp trilogy set in northeastern Nevada--was released in 2002. The acclaimed "NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF" won the small-press Tombstone Award for Best Novel of 2003. The final book, a 2005 Delirium Books limited edition of "NIGHT OF THE DAEMON," sold out in pre-order. These 'Night" books are currently out of print in the US, but the third, under the title "Daemon," was released by Delirium Books in 2008.
Harry Shannon's first noir effort, "MEMORIAL DAY (A Mick Callahan Novel)," takes place in fictional Dry Wells, Nevada. It was a hardcover release from Five Star First Edition Mysteries in May of 2004. New Mystery Reader called it "brilliant," also "wry, bittersweet and altogether touching," Library Journal praised it as "memorable," and Booklist said of amateur sleuth Mick Callahan "Let's hope he's around for a long run." The sequel, "EYE OF THE BURNING MAN" came out in November, 2005 and was also well-reviewed. A third Mick Callahan novel "ONE OF THE WICKED" was released November, 2008. Shannon's solo thriller "THE PRESSURE OF DARKNESS" was released in November of 2006. His second collection of short fiction "A HOST OF SHADOWS" will be released by Dark Regions Press in August of 2010.
Harry scripted the horror film "DEAD AND GONE" for fetish photographer/director Yossi Sasson, and played a bit part as the Sheriff. The film was released on DVD via Lions Gate in July of 2008. Shannon's novel version of "DEAD AND GONE" was published in August '08. "A Host of Shadows," a short fiction collection and the novella "PAIN" were released in 2010.
Shannon can be reached via his website at or via Facebook.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Horror 5 May 2003
What a fun ride this book was. If you like your Horror bloody and fast paced this is the book. In America it is becoming a cult classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing "homage" to pulp! 5 May 2003
By A Customer
An over-the-top, in your face homage to those gruesome, silly horror novels of the 1970's and 80's, "Night of the Beast" made the short list for the Stoker Award in First Novel and many thought really deserved a nomination. The author deftly weaves horror cliches together with quite genuine scares and pays tribute to days of yore. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Fashioned Scarefest 24 Feb. 2003
By Mark J. Sieber - Published on
Having received Harry Shannon�s Night of the Beast and also having heard so many good things about it, I picked it up yesterday and I�m about 100 pages from completing it. I had little doubt that I�d like it, as so many astute readers and authors have praised it.
Sacred Indian Grounds and Ancient Evil are just about the hoariest clichés in the horror field. Right up there with bloodsucking vampires. In Night of the Beast, Harry Shannon proves that there are no tired ideas or genres; only poorly executed ones. Which excludes this fun book. Harry obviously loves the genre and this story could have come up in the glory days of the mid 1080�s. A burnt out songwriter flees LA to his boyhood home, where something seems to be VERY wrong. Many of his old friends are still there, and they are glad to see him, but strange things are happening to them.
No, this isn�t a blazingly original plot, but Harry clearly states in his introduction that Night of the Beast wasn�t intended to be. It is a labor of love and is intended to be a lot of fun. Does he succeed? I�d say, YES. I�m enjoying the hell out of NotB and I heartily recommend it to those old enough to remember the old days and also to younger readers who are just looking to have a great, scary time reading a pulpy novel. The pages fly, but not at the expense of the characters, which is really where the heart of this novel seems to be. I�ve said it again and again, that�s what great fiction is all about; the characters and whether we care enough about them to keep reading until the end. Harry Shannon has assembled a lovable assortment of small town eccentrics that keeps this novel�s pace going strong.
If I had to compare Night of the Beast with any other author�s works that I�ve read, I�d say Rick Hautala or Joseph Citro or even Bentley Little. I even see a bit of early Stephen King in these pages.
If one cares enough to look for these things, I see Night of the Beast working on different levels as well. It appears to me to be about redemption and exorcising personal demons from our minds and our past. In his intro, Harry is pretty forthright about the hurdles he had to overcome during the long passage of this book�s struggle for life. I get the feeling that even had this novel never seen publication, it would have been remarkably therapeutic for the author to create.
However, Night of the Beast did see publication, from a small press horror outlet. That�s very nice, but this book deserves more. It would be a perfect entry in Leisure Books� line of paperback titles. Even before I�m actually finished it, I can tell it�s a lot more engaging than some of the Leisure Books I�ve read in the last couple of years.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Halloween Companion 30 Sept. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
If you are looking for a fun, page-turner to scare your pants off - this is it. Harry Shannon's story of murder, ghouls and antiheros in a small desert town is nothing short of mesmerizing. There's something here for every horror afficianado - vampires, zombies, spiders and things with no name. Shannon's writing is stellar, suspenseful and at times amusing. This is horror "pulp" at it's finest! I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taut & Visceral - This is great horror! 15 Nov. 2002
By Jon F. Merz - Published on
One of the best things about Harry Shannon's book NIGHT OF THE BEAST, is that he is supremely adept at drawing the reader into their own memories while a character goes through the same. One of the earliest examples of this occurs when a character comes across a dead dog and recalls his own childhood experience with a mangy mutt and the perfect little girl who helped him care for the animal. In the short space of two pages, Shannon plunges your emotions on a roller-coaster ride of happiness, excitement, love, heartbreak, and agony - and that's just one simple flashback! Throughout this fine book, Shannon weaves a tale of horror - yes - but this book is also a masterpiece of human condition. The intricate and interesting lives of several characters coincide beautifully, producing a scary page-turner reminiscent of the great horror novels of yesteryear. This is a multi-layered book that reaches into the hearts and minds of all readers, leading them along a twisted maze of chills and excitement. Don't miss this excellent read by one of horror's brightest new stars.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Above and beyond its genre 17 Dec. 2002
By J. P. Boylan - Published on
Harry Shannon's "Night of the Beast" is proof positive that a well-worn genre like horror fiction can be infused with fresh life. This one jumps off the page, gripping the reader's imagination and never letting go. And at the same time, it transcends the genre, becoming much more than just a thriller. Harry Shannon is easily the equal of Stephen King. Bravo!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawn in 5 Mar. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Not being one who usually reads horrors/thrillers, when Night of the Beast was recommended to me, I hesitated to read it. Needless to say, I found myself drawn into Harry Shannon's small Nevada town and the characters he has created. From start to finish, I was enthralled,and I read the book quickly and voraciously. Night of the Beast is a book I highly recommend, especially to all those out there like me, who usually steer away from this genre. Read it. You'll definitely be taken in as his story unfolds, and as the truth is revealed, you'll learn something about the darkness we all have lurking within.
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