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Dead of Winter

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  216 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews

A predator stalks the frozen woods.

At a fort deep in the Ontario wilderness in 1878, a ghastly predator is attacking colonists and spreading a gruesome plague—his victims turn into ravenous cannibals with an unending hunger for human flesh. Inspector Tom Hatcher has faced a madman before, when he tracked down Montreal’s infamous Cannery Cannibal. But can even he stop

Paperback, 327 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Samhain Publishing (first published October 4th 2011)
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Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Oct 01, 2016 Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, horror-etc

If your looking for a good, gruesome book to read for Halloween, this one will fit the bill!

There is something out there in the snow, it's creeping, it's changing, what is it?


I'm not telling you what it is, it's many . . .

December 15, 1870
Manitou, Outpost
Ontario, Canada

It was the endless snowstorms that ushered in their doom. Each day and night the white tempests whirled around the fort, harrowing the log houses with winter lashings. At the center of the compound, the three-story lodge house
Nov 27, 2013 Kimberly rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Another winner from author Brian Moreland! His use of the extreme winter in Quebec was a force that had a huge effect on the tension and pacing of this novel.

Set in the late 1800's, Avery Pendelton's fort--along with its neighboring colonists and nearby Indian reserve--are being attacked by something that turns people and animals alike into cannibals that feast on human flesh. Tom Hatcher, an inspector from Montreal, is stationed there to help with this outbreak, along with his teenaged
The Shayne-Train
Nov 26, 2014 The Shayne-Train rated it really liked it
This is a horror novel done right.

I went into this thinking it'd be a zombie novel. But no, it's much more sinister than that. This is a DEVIL novel.

The idea of demonic possession is one of the few things I find genuinely frightening. As a devout atheist, I fully realize how fucking ridiculous that is, but so it goes. That's the thing about fear: it need not have logic applied. And there's something so profoundly creepy, so intimately horrific, about being possessed by a hell-beast. They see who
Ken McKinley
Jan 22, 2017 Ken McKinley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, own-kindle
In a remote fur-trapping outpost in Quebec, someone...or something is killing the inhabitants of Fort Pendleton and eating their bodies. Tom Hatcher has seen this before. The inspector from Montreal has recently captured the Cannery Cannibal after his gruesome murder spree of 12 prostitutes. Father Xavier has seen these dark forces at work, as well. He has spent his life exercising demons from poor, helpless souls. Anika Moonblood is also privy to the dark spirits that haunt these woods. Her tri ...more
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It's 1878 and Tom Hatcher, a famous Montreal detective, has been employed by a rich fur trader to investigate several deaths at a fort in the Ontario wilderness. The deaths are initially thought to be the work of a ferocious bear but news of a horrifying plague in a nearby fort points to something far more terrifying.

Father Xavier is a catholic priest entrusted by the church to perform exorcisms, he fin
Aug 04, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
In Brian Moreland's debut novel for the Samhain Horror line, Dead of Winter follows a Montreal police inspector who's working for a wealthy fur trader magnate in the wilds of Canada. Brutal deaths plague Fort Pendleton and some natives speak of evil manitous seeking out human flesh, turning hapless human victims into ravenous killing machines to stalk the forest. But Inspector Hatcher has seen this evil once before, thought it was stopped, but he may be wrong. What was known in Montreal as the C ...more
It's always interesting picking up an author for the first time - wondering if it will be worth the time to try her or him out, hoping that you hold an excellent book in your hands so that you can chase up that author's back catalogue, worrying whether you should have gone with Known Author A or B instead ... So it was with Brian Moreland's Dead of Winter for me. A horror novel that manages to weave curses, cannibals, supernatural entities, demons, resurrections, exorcisms, secret societies, and ...more
Wow this book was a roller coaster ride of chills and thrills! Very intense spooky tale! Finished reading it during the early hours of the morning. It is about a man possessed by a demon and the murdering havoc he causes to a colony set in the year 1878. This was a real page turner! Giving it five stars.
Erin Al-Mehairi
Sep 09, 2011 Erin Al-Mehairi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
No matter how much I love books and respect every author out there for having the guts to tell his or her story, it isn't often that I am BLOWN AWAY by a book. Dead of Winter, by Brian Moreland, is the best book I've read all year and I believe that Brian, in terms of talent, is one of the best writers I've ever read.

In Dead of Winter, Inspector Tom Hatcher just can't get over what happened when he was on the case of serial killer, the Cannery Cannibal. It haunts him. You can't begin to believe
Mar 23, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it
This story take place in the wilderness of Ontario, back in 1878. A fur trading post, is being attacked by monsters from the dark forest surrounding the outpost. Native American legend says, that these monsters could be windigo. A Montreal inspector, Thomas Hatcher is hired by Avery Pendelton, to stop these horrific deaths. Hatcher, has previously success capturing the Cannery Cannibal. The death were originally thought to caused by a giant bear. Hatcher, can not stop the slaughter and the outpo ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Elke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The greatest strength of the book at the same time is also its weakness: length and complexity. Several times I wished the author would get to the point instead of going down some side road and present yet another twist. But every time (and only several pages later), I marveled at his ability to effortlessly weave that new strand into the already intricate plot. Each time I thought the story was full to the brim I discovered the new addition made it look even more complete. So what do we get? Ca ...more
Rick F.
Oct 05, 2012 Rick F. rated it it was amazing
"At a fort deep in the Ontario wilderness in 1878, a ghastly predator is attacking colonists and spreading a gruesome plague—his victims turn into ravenous cannibals with an unending hunger for human flesh. Inspector Tom Hatcher has faced a madman before, when he tracked down Montreal’s infamous Cannery Cannibal. But can even he stop the slaughter this time?

In Montreal exorcist Father Xavier visits an asylum where the Cannery Cannibal is imprisoned. But the killer who murdered thirteen women is
D.J. Weaver
Apr 23, 2012 D.J. Weaver rated it it was amazing
When a predatory entity stalks a wilderness fort in the 1878, Ontario territory, attacking settlers and spreading a plague that turns them into zombie-like cannibals, a law man and a man of the cloth must intervene to stop the slaugher.

Tom Hatcher has fled to the wilderness with his son to escape the memories of the Cannery Cannibal, a man he tracked down and imprisoned for his heinous crimes against thirteen women in Montreal. A hunt which cost Tom his wife and a bit of his sanity.

Father Xavier
Oct 19, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
Brian Moreland’s bone-chilling historical novel of horror and suspense pulled me right into an intriguing and complex plot of illness, demonic possession, and Native American legend. Captivated by the reoccurring Canadian blizzards and the creepy creatures that move within them, I cuddled under a blanket to stay safe and warm.

Set during the 1870s Canadian fur trade, this novel is filled with well-researched and believable characters. Tom Hatcher stood out because of his sacrifices when he hunte
Rebecca McNutt
Feb 15, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
Set in the Canadian province of Ontario, Dead of Winter is a gripping and powerful novel filled with horror and unexpected turns.
*3.5 Stars*
Samantha Leighanne
Oct 02, 2011 Samantha Leighanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Let me start off by saying that there aren't very many authors that have made me afraid of sleeping with my back to the door, but that's how I felt when I was reading this! While I was reading I kept looking back, expecting one of the creatures out of this book to be staring me in the face. That being said, I really liked this book!

It is obvious that Moreland did a lot of research for this novel. There was a lot of research that must have been done on Catholicism as well as some of the Native Am
Mar 05, 2014 Chibineko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book with a little sadness, as it meant that I'm now completely and utterly up to date with everything that Moreland has released so far. There are probably some short stories out there, but I think I've read everything. Now I can only wait for the next work to come out.

Like much of Moreland's other works, this book is definitely a throwback/homage to 80s/90s horror films. For those who love that sort of thing, this will be an incredibly addicting book that they won't really want
Jul 11, 2012 Taracuda rated it did not like it
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Jan 23, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Dead of Winter from Brian Moreland. Such great characters, and I truly did care about the outcome of Tom, Anika, Father Xavier, and even Avery. I am especially happy with his outcome.

The settings were fantastic, and I felt like I was there, especially the wintry outposts. Plenty of description without going overboard, and it all made sense.

Very fast paced, a good build of dread, and fear, just the right amount of gore, and overall a wonderful time for a few days.

My only ne
Jun 24, 2015 Majanka rated it really liked it
Book Review originally posted here:

Dead of Winter tries to combine a lot of different tropes: cannibals, curses, demons, all into one. But while that’s a good idea in theory, in practice it doesn’t always work that way. It takes a skilled author to pull that off. Luckily, Brian Moreland happens to be a skilled author, and his creation of the Cannery Canibal, a serial killer eerily reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter, shows that he knows how to create character
Matt Mitchell
Mar 02, 2012 Matt Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Holy damn! This book had everything from Wendigos to satanic cannibals to demon possession. Oh and it is super bloody. Total splatter punk if splatter punk took place in late 1800's Canada! Reading this was a total blast and you never knew what was going to hit you next. I can't wait to read more from this guy.

I had just read another book about wendigos that left me super flat, "Enter, Night". Maybe that's why I thought Dead of Winter was so awesome.... then again probably not. The characters ar
Kerry Clair
Sep 01, 2015 Kerry Clair rated it did not like it
Started listening to this on audio. After over an hour and a half I couldn't stand it. Didn't care for the storyline and the reader was awful. Maybe the reader has more to do with me disliking this so much but life is too short to continue with this book.
Aug 04, 2013 Trace rated it it was amazing
Great read. This book had everything I like from Indian folklore to a dominant old Priest (I always think Anthony Hopkins character in The Rite)and exorcisms/demons and shape-shifters. Would gladly read more from this author!
Patrick D'Orazio
Oct 26, 2011 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it
Dead of Winter takes place in a fort in the Ontario wilderness in 1878. Inspector Tom Hatcher has been called in to solve a mystery surrounding strange murders involving cannibalism and a plague that seems to be turning its victims into ravenous creatures that both look and act inhuman. Tom has come from Montreal, where he dealt with a cannibal of a different sort-a serial killer who murdered street walkers and devoured their flesh. He managed to capture that madman, and tossed him into prison. ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Canyonxplorer rated it it was ok
I thoroughly enjoyed Brian Moreland's first book which was set during the battle of Hurtgen Forest during World War 2 and I wanted to like this one too.

Certainly, it starts well - great setting in the Ontario wilderness in the 1870's - snow just seems to work well in horror stories. The book is well-written and there are a number of creepy scenes.

The plot features elements of the Exorcist, The Thing, epidemic movies and werewolf movies . In terms of bad guys there are cannibals, serial killers,
George Wilhite
Sep 26, 2011 George Wilhite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian Moreland’s supernatural thriller, “Dead of Winter,” takes place in 1878, in the Ontario wilderness. A remote fort there falls victim to a plague that turns its victims into cannibalistic predators. Early sections of the novel move between the fort and a parallel story in Montreal, where an exorcist, Father Xavier, visits an asylum where a notorious serial killer, the Cannery Cannibal is imprisoned. Xavier believes he has driven a demon from the killer but later learns this was an illusion. ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
My normal 4 hours of sleep was interrupted last night because I was so creeped out and excited at the same time. I forgot how much I love a good scare, thank you Mr. Moreland for reminding me what I missed!! I was afraid to close my eyes and every little noise made me jump. The power of words is alive and well in this book.

A string of murders has brought Tom Hatcher to Ontario's remote wilderness. He has dealt with something similar before. Could it be linked? But how? The man responsible for t
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read all 491 pages of this book in 2.5 days. Admittedly, I found the length a bit daunting at first but it didn’t drag on or become boring. It’s a fantastic book that combines many of my favorite things: violent shape-shifting blood sucking gut eating invisible-ish monsters, violence, massive amounts of suspense, a killer back story and native lore. I loved it. Actually, I couldn’t get through the last half of the book fast enough! The “what the fuck is it-s” and the “holy shit what’s happenin ...more
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Brian Moreland writes dark suspense, thrillers, and horror. His books include DEAD OF WINTER, SHADOWS IN THE MIST, THE WITCHING HOUSE, THE DEVIL'S WOODS, THE VAGRANTS, and DARKNESS RISING. Brian loves hiking, world travel, and spending time with family. He’s been known to explore caves and unchartered rain forests in Costa Rica. He lives in Dallas, Texas where he is having fun writing new scary fi ...more
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