Dead of Winter
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 the...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
In Montreal exorcist Father Xavier visits an asylum where the Cannery Cannibal is imprisoned. But the killer who murdered thirteen women is ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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