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Dead Tree Forest

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Deep within the Tasmanian wilderness lies Boolool Kiambram – Dead Tree Forest. To the local Aborigines, Boolool Kiambram means death. A curse was placed over the forest more than a century ago, and the locals know that once you enter the vast expanse of leafless trees and ash-like soil, you’re never to return.

To others, Dead Tree Forest is a legend. Some are attracted to t
Hardcover, Signed Limited Mini Hardcover, 150 numbered copies, 192 pages
Published May 2011 by Delirium Books
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Jan 20, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This being my first read by Brett McBean, I wasn't really sure what to expect. What I got was an incredibly vivid, breathtaking journey that I couldn't help but read in a single sitting! Everything from the "lore" to the characterization just sucked me right into this world. In case my heading wasn't clear enough, the atmosphere was almost a living, breathing, element in this superb story--the setting of the Dead Tree Forest was truly a character in and of itself. With every step forw
Benjamin Uminsky
May 30, 2011 Benjamin Uminsky rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This is my first intro to Brett McBean. Overall, I liked DEAD TREE FOREST. The story was certainly compelling and there were a number of viscerally impactful scenes of horror and violence (particularly the last narrative unveiling the ungodly acts towards Ginumarra and her family). One other bit to this story I enjoyed was the aboriginal folklore element in addition to some of the aussie colloquialisms.

I think the weakness in this novella (and key reason why I couldn't give it more than three st
Apr 26, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-novellas
A great read. I would have rated it four stars, except I had trouble buying into certain aspects of the plot. For example, in the story, it seems odd that the main character is willing to believe in the existence of the magic amulet, but not the curse that goes along with it. It's also odd that he kidnaps a local "abo" to use as a guide, when he probably could have gotten all the information he needed just by telling the truth. Then there are the story's mystical elements, which may or may not m ...more
Greg Chapman
Jun 10, 2011 Greg Chapman rated it really liked it
The Australian bush is vast and potentially dangerous, so imagine what it would be like if it were cursed.

That's the premise posed by Aussie horror author Brett McBean in his latest novella Dead Tree Forest by Delirium Books.

The story centres on a young aboriginal man named Chris who is forced to lead three treasure hunters into the wilds of Tasmania.

Chris is more fearful about taking them into Dead Tree Forest than he is of being beaten by the thugs - and for good reason. More than a hundred ye
Feb 03, 2013 Jamey rated it it was amazing
I have to say I really enjoyed this novella. Its about 70 pages long, but takes hold of you from the beginning and doesn't let up. Basically our main character, Ray has a daughter who is dying from a disease and decides (based on a legend) to venture into Dead Tree Forest in a last ditch effort to try to save her. Very well-written and lots of fun to read if you're a fan of horror. So put your backpack on and venture into the unknowing with Ray. You won't be disappointed.
Diane Maxwell
May 11, 2012 Diane Maxwell rated it really liked it
Great read. Couldn't put it down. Don't read much horror this could convert me!
Feb 05, 2013 Geoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great little read. Very Australian, yet not parochial in the slightest.
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What a fun little book!
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Brett McBean is an award-winning horror and thriller author. His books, which include 'The Mother', 'The Last Motel' 'The Awakening', and 'Desolation Game: Wolf Creek Book 2' have been published in Australia, the US, and Germany, and he’s been nominated for the Aurealis, Ditmar, and Ned Kelly awards. He won the 2011 Australian Shadows Award for his collection, 'Tales of Sin and Madness'. Along wit ...more
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