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Terminal Island

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  9 reviews
As a child, Henry Cadmus lived on Catalina Island, a scenic vacationland off the Southern California coast. But Henry's experiences were far from idyllic. Today, even though Henry has seen firsthand the horrors of war, the ghastly images that haunt his dreams are ones he associates with his childhood… and the island: a snarling pig-man holding a cleaver; a jackal-headed wo ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Night Shade Books (first published December 1st 2012)
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Randolph Carter
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Justin Steele
In the few months that the Arkham Digest has been around, many of the reviews posted have been positive. Terminal Island by Walter Greatshell is a book I was very eager to read, but unfortunately I am unable to give it a glowing recommendation. I will say that I did not hate the book. I did like it, but I did not love it, and at times I felt that the weaknesses outweighed the strengths.

The premise of the novel is promising; Henry Cadmus returns to an island he temporarily resided on as a child,
Bob Fingerman
With only the ridiculous `60s Tommy Kirk romp "Catalina Caper" (as so hilariously mocked on Mystery Science Theater 3000) as my point of reference for California's Santa Catalina Island, I was ill-prepared for this brilliantly grim chronicle of dark goings on in Avalon. Protagonist Henry Cadmus's mostly estranged mother has stopped responding to his letters so, prompted by his amateur documentarian wife, they and their toddler, Moxie, make a family "vacation" back to the isle of his fraught chil ...more
Dec 15, 2012 Stefani rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Horror/Thriller fans
Shelves: ebook, net-galley
This book was…strange, there really is no other word for it. I have postponed writing this review for a few days to find a better word to describe it but I can’t find one. Parts of this story had me clutching my ereader in a death grip with fear for the characters. Parts of this story just left me scratching my head as I thought “Wait, what?” The basic premise is that Henry lived the life of a wanderer when he was growing up, his mother moving him from place to place with regularity. When his mo ...more
Sep 27, 2013 Katy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in ancient mystery cults, horror
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Book Info: Genre: Horror
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Those interested in ancient cults, who like their horror horrific
Trigger Warnings: killing, murder, rape, human sacrifice, cannibalism
Animal Abuse: Many horrible things are done to animals in this book, including dogs, a cat, a lamb, fish, bison, boars, etc. I can't put detail without making spoilers, so just be aware

My Thoughts: This was a really twisted story, bringing in such disparate elements as the Eleusian mysteries, the ancient
Brett Talley
I had the pleasure of receiving an early copy of this book, and I enjoyed it so much that I gave it an endorsement. I'll begin this review by saying what I said there--"A psychedelic descent into madness and cultural insanity, Greatshell has given us a tale of ancient gods and nameless cults that practice their rites not in some wasted land far away, but right in our backyard. This book never slows down until the high energy climax."

How to describe this book? A man decides to reconnect with his
Drake Llywelyn
Greatshell's Terminal Island is a bizarre trip through madness, reality, hallucination, and the uncertain space between those two things. As a young boy, Henry is yanked away from his life on Catalina Island off the coast of California. He and his mother become transients and never put down any roots. All grown up, Henry returns to the island to sort out the confusion of his past. What ensues is far from a comforting family reunion.

This is an intriguing novel that keeps you guessing but not lost
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Terminal Island isn’t bad, but it’s not remarkably good either. It’s a mediocre read. Some parts were great, other parts made me scratch my head because I was confused what was going on. It feelsl ike the author wanted to topple too much in one book.
David Marshall
I think this starts wonderfully and, overall, the plot is beautifully constructed. I lost some of my interest towards the end.
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Walter Greatshell here. I am the author of XOMBIES (Berkley, 2004), which was rereleased as XOMBIES: APOCALYPSE BLUES (2009), and followed by the sequels XOMBIES: APOCALYPTICON (2010), and XOMBIES: APOCALYPSO (2011). I have a short story called "The Mexican Bus" in the zombie anthology THE LIVING DEAD 2 (Night Shade Books), and my novel MAD SKILLS was called "the literary equivalent of a syringe o ...more
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