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The Wicked

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After a fire consumes the Heller Home for Children, the residents of Morganville, North Carolina thought they knew evil...

They were wrong.

Unaware of the turmoil in their new hometown, the Littles--David, Kate, and seven-year-old Becca--are moving from New York City to Morganville in hopes of repairing their own lives, which were rece...more
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 354 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Shock Totem Publications (first published 2007)
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Jun 27, 2013 Charlene rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Every fan of 80's horror
Recommended to Charlene by: Jon Recluse
4.5 stars!
(Note: I originally read this a few weeks back and had written a short review. Since then I have been thinking a bit about this book and I decided that it deserved more than that.)

This story is an homage to the great horror boom of the 80's-including the deliberately aged looking cover. I still have paperbacks from that time period on my shelves and they look exactly like this one. Now let's face it, some of the 80's horror was flat out terrible. At the same time one could also say tha...more
Jon Recluse
Far beyond a retro retread, this novel is a respectful homage to '80s horror, while transcending that decade's cliches with a fresh eye and distinctive voice. Recommended for fans of horror's heyday and new fans alike.


The Littles move to Morganville to start a new life after a violent incident in New York. However, Morganville is not the sleep little town they imagined.


-It was a whole lot of fun to read and reminded me of why I love horror.

-The central characters were fleshed out nicely and I enjoyed the relationship between David and George.

-The fantastic 'aged' front cover, a wonderful throwback to 80's horror novels.

-Excellent pacing that made this a fast and engaging read.

11811 (Eleven)
A successful emulation of cheesy 80's horror. I had fun reading this one.
Nick Cato
The Little family--in an effort to rebuild their lives after a sexual assault--move from New York City to the small town of Morganville, North Carolina. David's a popular book-cover artist, his wife Kate both pregnant and taking care of their 7-year old daughter Becca. Kate's nrother Joel had moved there a few years earlier and is now the town's coroner.

Almost as soon as they move in, bodies begin to pile up, some victims of strange insect stings, others in brutal car crashes. And when a departm...more
This one has it all from severed members to a bad Santa to an ancient evil from the Land of Tears with a wicked nasty beard. I dug everything about this one from James Newman. A classic homage to 80’s horror down to the total kick-ass retro cover on the paperback edition! Highly Recommended!

The Wicked by James Newman is a great throwback to the old horror novels of the 80s era. This is the first novel of Newman’s that I have read and I’m damned sure that it won’t be the last.

Dave and Kate Little, along with their young daughter, Becca, decide to move to a small town in North Carolina called Morgansville. They left New York in order to escape the painful memories of some very unfortunate events that occurred there, namely, Kate having been raped one night when her husband David was...more
Kevin Lucia
The Wicked, by James Newman, is a frightfully fun exercise in classic eighties horror. The pacing is excellent, all the time-honored elements are there - evil comes to a small town, preying on vulnerable sensibilities, trying to become "flesh" - but most importantly, it's so very well written. The prose is lean, the characterization rings true and even at 325 pages, the story moves like a dragster fueled by the fires of Hell.

David, Kate and Becca Little moved to Morganville, North Carolina in a...more
An enjoyable faux-retro 1980's style pulp "small town vs. ancient evil" tale. Perhaps the best marriage of cover art and subject matter of all time. "The Wicked" is fast paced but marred by a clunky ending in which, despite all evidence to the contrary, the sense of real danger evaporates, and our protagonists have little trouble overcoming all odds. I also never got a sense of the "town" like the best examples of this sub-genre. The focus seemed to tight on the family at the heart of the story,...more
I lost myself.Here's a book you can lose yourself in. The pacing was fantastic, and I tore through it in two days. I found the characters to be believable, and Newman made sure they were balanced. I was into the characters—the Little family: David, Kate, and their daughter Becca. Supporting characters Joel and George were great, too. (Joel was my favorite.)

This is a story of “family moves from big city to small town only to find greater evil here”. Newman approaches the trope with respect and a...more
Just finished reading THE WICKED by James Newman. Loved it. Reminded me of scouring car boot sales years ago and finding books like "Baal" and "Bethany's Sin" by Robert McCammon and "Devils of D-Day" and "The Wells of Hell" by Graham Masterton, maybe even "The Ceremonies" by T.E.D. Klein. A supernatural thriller about a family who move out of NYC into smalltown USA only to find the town haunted by a vengeful demon named MOLOCH. Tongue in cheek and very nostalgic. Also includes a tie-in short sto...more
Peter Schwotzer
I thought this book was awesome!!!! A tribute by Mr. Newman to his much beloved horror books of the 80's. I too very much loved the 80's and the horror boom, with the lurid covers staring out at you in just about every supermarket was a grand time to be alive...full review to come.
Sheri White
One of James Newman's best, in my opinion. Lots of fun to read, and creepy things as well.
Timothy Ward
The presentation of this story is top-notch: inside and out. The story of a husband who chooses to leave New York City for a small town in North Carolina in order to protect his family starts us off appreciating the man’s sacrifice. That he is a book designer who thought living in NYC was a dream makes it more admirable. But he’s not perfect. You can tell right off that he and his wife have problems; she’s pregnant and they’re not sure if the baby is his or her rapist’s. The sexual tension is re...more
Stephanie Wytovich
Book Review: The Wicked by James Newman
By Stephanie M. Wytovich

The Wicked by James Newman is a new take on an old-fashioned tale regarding small town histories and haunts. Written in a style reminiscent of 80s horror, Newman introduces his readers to the Little family, Kate, David, and their daughter, Becca, and their move from New York City to Morganville, North Carolina in an attempt to leave behind tragedy, and start anew. But what seems like a quaint a...more
Benjamin Uminsky
This is my first Newman title, and I can say that I will certainly continue to read James Newman. While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I felt there were some significant distracting flaws that I will get into.

Here is what I liked:
1) Character Development was really well done: I was fully invested in David, Kate, and Becca (main characters). In fact, strikingly was the level of character development for the Dawson boy, despite this sub character being in the story for all of two seconds. It was...more
Darla Buchwalter
What did I think? Well it's definitely not the worst horror story I've read.
It could have, should have but was not great.
The author builds and builds his plot , without a strong foundation. He wraps up the ending to quickly. I found the last part of this book kind of silly & very disappointing.
The over the top sex was just funny and who knew battling ancient evil was so easy.
Sorry I just did not enjoy the book. I gave it a generous 3 stars only because I thought the story was a great idea...more
The Little family decided to move to a small town to raise their children. Soon after they are settled, deaths and murders start occurring throughout the town. The residents are acting weird and whether the Little's believe it or not, something evil has awakened. The book started off a little slow and off-putting with some religious aspects and a quite irritating Kate Little. The two main characters are struggling through a tragedy that happened and they are emotionally unavailable at times and...more
Douglas  Castagna
Touted as a throwback, an homage, a love song to the eighties horror novels, Wicked delivers. Taking the overused and often abused genre of small town horror wicked manages to make it fresh while still giving horror fans what they loved about the horror novels of a generation long since gone. The cover, the characters, the situation, even the baddie is retooled and recrafted to be fresh and exciting. I would recommend this to any horror fan, especially those of the garish covers and similar plot...more
Mark Brown
I found this wonderful novel a note perfect hymn to the glorious horror novels of the eighties as well as being a great nail biting and at times stomach churning work of evil genius in it's own right. This book is a treat from beginning to end and the design alone is fabulous as like the text it perfectly evokes the classic era of paperback horror fiction that I know and continue to love so well. Hat's off Mr Newman for this most enjoyable read. I would give it six stars were I able.
Sean Farrell
Written as a modern tribute to the pulp horror paperbacks of the 80's, it doesn't manage to live up to the best of its inspirations. There are very few genuinely frightening moments and the story at times seems more than a little silly. Still, it was largely engaging; and there is a serious lack of this type of book being made anymore. Enjoyable enough for fans of the genre to check out.
Drew Wheeler
A paean to the horror novels of the 1980s, The Wicked ranks up there with the best. A hyper readable tale of a small town possessed by evil, The Wicked is the best horror book I've read read in some time. Highly recommended.
Derek Tatum
James Newman's knowing take on the "small town horror" subgenre. Starts off relatively normal, then spirals into insanity. Recommended for fans of Stephen King and Ronald Kelly in particular.
Excellent book! I highly recommend if you're a horror fan of authors like Bentley Little and Richard Laymon. Interesting take on a wicked evil in a town with great characters. Moloch.
Newman is awesome! I love the trip back to the '80s. The suspense is excellent, and above all, I wasn't exactly sure how the book was going to end. I recommend this novel.
C.W. LaSart
Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic! Read my review here:
Jonathan Reitan
A stunning throw back to old school '80's horror novels, a must read!
A great town gone crazy tale. Twist get wilder and wilder loved it
A fun ode to 80's horror, but written much better than a lot of it!
Dark Recesses
The Wicked
James Newman
Necessary Evil Press
Autographed Limited Hardcover Edition, $45.00
Winter 2007
Review written by Nickolas Cook

Since his first major release from Leisure, MIDNIGHT RAIN (2004), James Newman has been one of the most exciting new voices in the horror and thriller genres. His newest novel, THE WICKED (from the fine folks at Necessary Evil Press), only validates the buzz around his work.
When a children's home is burned to the ground by a Satan worshipping teenage arsonist, the res...more
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