Press Release and Review: Straight to Hell by John Hartness

He’s half-vampire.

He’s got a bad attitude.

He’s Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter.

He’s back.

Straight to Hell Cover

About the Series

2014 EPIC Award Winner for Best Horror Novel John G. Hartness returns to the dark world of Quincy Harker in Straight to Hell, the second novella in this top-selling series. Straight to Hell continues the Charlotte-based adventures of Quincy Harker, immortal wizard child of Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray, two of the most beloved characters from Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel Dracula.

Harker and his motley crew of detectives, angels, shadowy government operatives and hacker/sniper/manservants must band together to rescue a kidnapped UNC-Charlotte student and stop a death cult from using his blood to open the Seven Seals and bring about the Apocalypse. Along the way they battle the physical embodiment of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and rack up millions of dollars in property damage in this thrill ride of a novella.

Praise for the Series

I look forward to the future volumes with gusto.

– Fantasy Book Critic

I am looking forward to the next Demon Hunter story.

– I Smell Sheep

Hartness has seemingly found a new level of excellence here with this latest series.

– NerdNation

The Enchanted Alley’s Review

Straight to Hell is the second Quincy Harker novella that I have had the pleasure of reading. Hartness’s newest release is a tense race against time to save the world from the impending doom. The opening chapter is the top of the hill on this roller coaster ride, and it doesn’t slow down until the car is back in the house. Harker is a hoot of a character, but as hilarious and badass as he is, I have to say that my favorite character is Renfield. I so want to hang out with him.

Even though Straight to Hell is the second in the series, you can read this one without having read the first one. But, why wouldn’t you? Check out Raising Hell while you’re waiting for April 28 to roll around!

About the Author

John G. Hartness is the author of The Black Knight Chronicles urban fantasy series from Bell Bridge Books, the creator of the Bubba the Monster Hunter series of short stories, a frequent contributor to the Magical Words group blog, and the creator and co-editor of The Big Bad: An Anthology of Evil series of anthologies. He is also the host of the Literate Liquors podcast, featuring the best in fantasy and sci-fi book reviews and liquor pairings. His novel, Paint it Black, won the 2014 EPIC award for Best Horror Novel. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association. John can be found at @johnhartness on Twitter, facebook.com/johnghartness, or at johnhartness.com. He likes fried pickles, cold beer, and loud music, in roughly equal quantities.

Review copies available! Contact John Hartness at john@johnhartness.com

Review: Revival by Stephen King

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Description from Amazon.com:

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.


The Enchanted Alley’s Review *some slight spoilers*

I’ve been a fan of Stephen King for as long as I can remember. I started with It and then went on to Pet Cemetery, Carrie, Firestarter, and a whole slew of others. I feel about Revival the same sort of way I feel about It. They both seem to follow the same formula: watch kids grow up and see how events of their childhood affect them as adults. And while I loved 90% of both books, they both fell flat for me in the same place. They both got weird at the end. I really enjoyed both books until the last couple of chapters. Then, aliens?

Revival was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. I would read standing in line at the grocery store, waiting between classes, and any other chance I got. I wanted to know so much what the “secret electricity” was and wanted to see how addiction and religion affected the characters on the deepest level. Those parts of the novel were absolutely wonderful. I loved every word, every page. I loved going back to that after the weird chapter with the alien “mother” creature.

In all, I would recommend this book. Minus one or two chapters, it is phenomenal.

4 Lamps

 

Enchanted Rating: 4 


UnknownEssential Info:

Title:  Revival 

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Scribner

Length: 405 pages

Price: $11.99 Kindle, $13.60 Paperback

Release Date: November 11, 2014

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE