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Dead Shift (Lovecraftian Horror Comedy) by [Probert, John Llewellyn]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Horrific Tales Publishing (19 Mar. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BWU8DP0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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NOTE: I received a free copy of this book to read in exchange for giving a fair, honest review. Said review contains mild spoilers.

I didn’t have high expectations for this book. Much as I enjoy Lovecraft and the many works inspired by his style, I feel like Lovecraftian stories are overdone, much like zombie fiction. Indeed the book does start off like a typical Lovecraftian tale and I thought it was shaping up to be predictable. Thankfully, I was wrong.

Despite the generic and slow-paced beginning, story quickly delves into new, unpredictable territory and the pace steadily increases as one reads more and more. The style appears to be a combination of classic Lovecraft and old, B-movie creature features. I mean this in the fondest way possible, as it works very well. The horrific parts, and there are some truly gut-wrenching moments, are balanced with darkly enjoyable humor.

There are a couple of parts that strained my suspension of disbelief (Mostly the fact that the Internet was still working) but it wasn’t enough to pull me out of the story.

My favorite aspect of this novella is the world building and the imagery. John Llewellyn Probert expertly conjures up vivid and detailed images of the world of the story and the creatures in it, which are as hauntingly beautiful as they are nightmarish. His creativity has rarely been surpassed, at least in the scope of the many stories I’ve read.

I was pleasantly surprised by how good this book is and I will probably read it again in the future. It’s a fun romp and a great page-turner, perfect for settling into after work.
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fun read.

Lets not beat around the bush. There is a hell of a lot of Lovecraftian fiction out there. But when it is done well, the results are truly wonderful. As you can probably guess, the scene for this novella is set inside a hospital. The story begins with an old man summoning an inter-dimensional entity through a sacred book! The staff members of the hospital must find a way to reverse the spell that has been cast and send the creatures back to where they came from.

I'd never read anything by John Llewellyn Probert before but having done some digging I realised that he'd been around for some time. Probert's novella is rooted firmly in the horror genre but there is some great humour sprinkled throughout this story. The witty dialogue between the three main characters is terrific and keeps this story from falling into the 'just another Lovecraft tribute' pile.

I am not always a big fan of humour in my horror. Sometimes if there is too much of it, the story starts to feel forced and I question whether the author really has a story to tell! Probert doesn't let this happen. The laughs are very funny and the creatures created are ones that ol' H.P. would be proud of.

This is a great novella, heaps of fun with some unpleasant scenes, great humour and a fantastic ending too. The characters and the setting are terrific. The dialogue is spot on and the story wastes no time in getting going. The pace is fast and furious right up until the finale.

Fans of Lovecraftian style horror will have a hell of a time here. Highly recommended.
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I received an ARC of this novella in exchange for an honest review from the fine folks at Horrific Tales Publishing. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this story.

Reading Dead Shift is like a trip to Hell's emergency room as imagined by Lovecraft. The story is a little slow at the beginning but once the ritual begins things escalate quickly. Parts of this novella quite literally made my skin crawl with disgust. The creatures on the second floor and things growing throughout the hospital were the stuff of nightmares for me. I loved the banter between Richard, Dev, and Sandra. The witty dialogue and some of the scenes were laugh out loud funny, making some of the darker scenes more horrifying by comparison. This fast paced novella is well written and filled with such vivid imagery that it almost feels like you're there. An utterly enjoyable 3.5 star read
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Anyone who has read previous work by John Llewellyn Probert will know to expect a fun, engrossing, well-told tale. Dead Shift is no exception. Following three night-shift hospital workers as they get caught up among the summoning of unimaginable creatures the thrills and gross-outs come thick and fast. The descriptions of how the fabric of the building is altered by the encroaching other-world are richly described and the downbeat ending is nigh on perfect with just the subtlest hint that the story is only just beginning.
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Hospitals are scary enough, what with super bugs, hiding in every nook and cranny, sick people letting their nasty germs run rampant to mate with the super bugs hiding in the nooks and crannies to create an even stronger version of a superbug, to the nasty Matron, ever ready with a cold thermometer, for your own personal nook and cranny. It's no wonder that these disinfectant smelling buildings of death fill most wise people with dread.

Which is probably why horror maestro John LLewellyn Probert decided to set his Lovecraftian themed adventure horror novella in such a place. The only thing that could make a many tentacled monstrosity from another dimension is the threat of visit from the matron in the middle of the night......


Arthur Lipscomb is a bit a of dick, yes he is homeless destitute, riddled with cancer, really wanting to bring otherworldly destruction on planet earth is a bit extreme, surely a strong worded letter to The Daily Mail would have been enough? But no he wants the world to burn at the hands of pan-dimensional beings. A chance encounter with a dying priest and a book so nasty that it gives the Necronomicon a run for its money. All is going well for Arthur, he has found the right place at the right astronomical time, and has just enough blood left in him to paint the esoterical symbols required for the ritual, but when he is discovered just before he can finish it, and rushed to hospital, it seems that we are all saved from a nasty death.

Rushed to hospital that is so run down it surely must feature in the top 5 places you don’t want to be taken to when ill, it looks as though we are all saved from a fate worse than death. But that wouldn’t be any fun, now would it?
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