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A new breed…a new evil…

Hidden deep beneath its landfill lair of trash and filth, a strange new organism has come to life. When an accidental fire drives it out, the mysterious creature escapes across the drought-blasted Kansas prairie and finds the home of elderly hoarder Anna Grish. In desperate need of shelter, it burrows in, concealed amidst the squalor and mess.

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ebook, 216 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by DarkFuse (first published January 1st 2012)
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karen

this was great stuff, seriously. i liked Burden Kansas a scootch more because - come on - vampire western, but this one is great and manages to shudder the reader with the horrors of "the hoarding lifestyle," compound it with an additional layer of grotesquerie in the form of supernatural parasites, and have it all wrapped up in this short and tightly-packed novel.

loved. it.

because i worry that i am a hoarder, i do. after i read Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, i had a coupl...more
Nancy
Posted at Shelf Inflicted

I have yet to watch an episode of Hoarders. I’m just a little scared that I’ll be able to identify with some of their behaviors. I’m convinced that somewhere deep down lives a little hoarder screaming to get out. It is mostly books, but sometimes piles of stuff that I haven’t looked at yet or decided where to put it mysteriously grow larger. When I was unemployed last summer, I decided it was time to do a major cleanup of my bedroom in order to accommodate the new furni...more
Trudi

This is very good, just a smidge shy of four star good actually. It's been awhile since I've read such a convincing "monster" story as engrossing as this one. And it's squicky goodness too. I'm still scratching and feeling all paranoid. The hoarding details are tremendously well done, treated with real understanding and sensitivity yet not shying away from the more horrific and disgusting dimensions of the disorder.

I was a little disappointed with the soft, ambiguous ending, pretty much standar...more
Charlene
4.5 stars
I loved this book!
I've been a fan of Alan Ryker since I read Burden Kansas. I thought it might be hard for him to live up to a story that was that good. I was wrong.

The Hoard is about a hoarder (surprise!). I don't know too much about them since I avoid that TV show. I can't watch that stuff-all that garbage hanging around, cats all over the place, rodents and who knows what else - it's gross and it gives me the heebie-jeebies. So did this story.

What happens when a hoarder's house gets...more
Jason
Alan Ryker is a completely new writer to me. I joined the DarkFuse book club recently and was introduced to his work at the club's forum. And I'm glad that I was because his novella, The Hoard, is something completely original wrapped up in a wonderfully told tale.

The Hoard is about Anna, an elderly hoarder who's found herself in trouble with Adult Protective Services. Her son and his family are neighbors and, although they all know that there's something wrong with Anna and the inside of her h...more
Kate
Skin craawlingly good

This is my first Alan Ryker read and on the strength of it will most definitely not be the last.
The story revolves around Anna and her son Peter. Anna is a hoarder, whose family home is now uninhabitable. She is forced to stay with Peter and his family whilst APS assess her home. Whilst her home may not be fit for human habitation, something is finding it an ideal place to live and breed!

This is a fantastic little story that really (literally) gets under your skin. The desc...more
Paul Nelson
There’s a potential Hoarder in all you avid book readers out there, so this story was certainly an intriguing concept with a horrific parasitic twist.
Anna Grish is an old lady and a hoarder, she collects and stores everything to the extent that it’s a big chore just moving around her house, which has also disgustingly been all but taken over by feral cats (not a cat lover myself so this part repulsed me).

Her Son Pete, who lives close by with his family, regularly brings food over for Anna but sh...more
Chris
I received this book as a member of the Darkfuse book club which, as I have said elsewhere, is the best investment that I have made to my reading pleasure since I bought my Kindle. You not only get tons of great books and novels, you get to interact with the writers themselves and discuss their works. That is entrance into the pearly gates (or the gates of your choice I suppose...) for fans of dark fiction. Seriously, check it out. In the interest of full disclosure I got nothing, nada, zilch fo...more
Grimgirl
How has no one written a horror novel set against the scary reality of a hoarder? Or if they have...I'm glad this one was my first "taste" of the complexly stacked terror of what was both a tense, sad, and fast paced progression of madness. The main characters are believable, raw, honest, and victims of both the horror unfurling it's red legs in and around them as much as they are to the habits which have long been working through their veins way before the hoard ever set in.

I'm not sure what i...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja*
Brilliant, simply brilliant!

A big thank you goes out, once again, to the awesome Karen for providing me with this novella!

This story is really great, Ryker has an uncanny ability of taking the fantastic, dropping it into rural farmland and making it believable. He's really a fantastic story teller. That being said his prose is actually quite simple - and I noticed in The Hoard that it is in some cases rather poorly edited - but the story is so rich and interesting that it's completely forgivabl...more
Mike
Finished reading The Hoard last night, very good book. I just love Alan's fresh take on writing horror storys. The more I read his books the more I'm impressed. This book was kind of like a cross between the tv show Hoarders and the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers, alot of fun to read. I have yet to sit down and start reading one of his books and say haven't I read something like this before. I gave it 4 stars, almost as good as Among Prey but not quite. This was the fourth book of Alan's I...more
Mike
Here's a really weird thing to type, I think I've read this infact I'm pretty sure I have but I have a nagging doubt I haven't.... O.o
James Everington
Five reasons I loved Alan Ryker's new novella from DarkFuse, The Hoard:

1. The story tells of Anna, a compulsive hoarder; in lesser hands such a character would merely be the subject of mistrust but Ryker deals with the theme subtly, showing her actions and their emotional consequences not just on herself but on her family too. The interior of Anna's house, full of junk and grime, is described with clarity and detail, and it is a vivid and original setting for a horror story. Similarly, the wider...more
Marc Iverson
Dec 03, 2012 Marc Iverson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any horror fan
Recommended to Marc by: Charlene
I really enjoyed this one -- read it very quickly, couldn't put it down.

I loved his earlier Burden Kansas and Blood Tells True, his "Vampires of the Plains" serial novellas, but found this one a much smoother read. The first suffers from extended and a bit dreary and repetitive flashbacks that derail a lot of the book's momentum. The second wastes time with Ryker showing off his ability to write fight scenes, which, according to his biography on Amazon, he is way too proud of. But the fight scen...more
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is the story of Anna, and her son Pete and his family. Anna is a hoarder and has lived all her married life in the house her husband built for her. Now she has had an accident and must go and stay with Pete and his family. Her behaviour soon becomes increasingly erratic and Pete fears for her mental health. Then she runs from his house and back to her own and the comfort of her things around her. Then people start to go missing....

This was an interesting subject to base a horror on, probabl...more
Bill
This story will wrap itself around you like a nice warm pile of steamy, rotting garbage where you are anything but safe and secure – And I mean that in the best possible way!

The Hoard is an original and intriguing book by Alan Ryker. A dark and creepy journey into the world of hoarding which rather quickly escalates into something much more sinister. Reminded me of old school horror movies that I used to sneak and watch on Creature Features when I was a kid. I was very impressed with Rykers writ...more
Trev Twinem
The hot and sultry farmlands of Kansas are the setting for this short but snappy little horror story by a new name to me in the horror genre Alan Rkyer. Anna Grish a lonely old woman eking out an existence is visited one day by a mysterious alien creature looking for a "host" for his hoard of invading "monster insect" infection/virus type friends (every home should have one!) Anna's son Pete is increasingly worried about his mothers odd "hoarding" behaviour and so against this sultry, dry harsh...more
Jay Krow
Ever since it was announced that this book would be coming out I'd been chomping at the bit, waiting to get my hands on it. Being a fan of Ryker's previous books, I knew this one wouldn't disappoint, and it didn't. It's a great twist on the interesting, and scary phenomenon we know as hoarding. It was dark, it was scary as hell, and superbly written. After reading this book I'll never watch any of those hoarding shows the same way again. Nor will I let unused items stack up around the house. You...more
AvidReader47
The Hoard by Alan Ryker was a very creepy story that left me haunted. Will definitely be picking up another one of Mr. Ryker's novels in the future. Courtesy of Net Galley.
Alan Ryker
Nov 06, 2012 Alan Ryker added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I really read my own book today. I'm *that* author.
Stewie
Note, this is a shortened (for spoilers) review of one I originally posted in the DarkFuse book club members forum. (If you aren't a member of the DarkFuse member club, become one now by clicking here!)

The Hoard was my introduction to Alan Ryker's work, and color me impressed. Another author successfully added to my "I have to read more of" list.

Stephen King, while having a sheer amount of (well deserved) recognition in both pop culture and horror fans in general, doesn't get a lot of respect i...more
A Book Vacation
3.5 stars. To see my full review:

http://bookvacations.wordpress.com/20...

This was a really interesting premise and I found the novel to be a good read, too. I have to admit, I definitely didn’t care for the characters, though. I’m not sure if I was supposed to like them or not, but I just found them a little bit… uncaring—if that’s the word for it? Anna is a very elderly hoarder, and the fact that her son, Pete, who lives down the lane, next door, doesn’t know it, makes me wonder just how much...more
Andrew
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Rob Miller
Rob’s Critical Book Review: “The Hoard,” by Alan Ryker
Posted on June 7, 2013 by admin

Though I’m sure to upset some authors and publishers who, understandably, want five-star reviews, I’ve my own definition of the five-star system.

*One Star: A crime against God and man.
*Two Stars: Poor, or otherwise not ready for publication.
*Three Stars: A solid work worth the money/read.
*Four Stars: A superior, award-worthy achievement.
*Five Stars: A standard setter, a work to stand the test of time, a work to...more
Krystal
When an accidental fire breaks out in a Kansas prairie plagued by drought, no one thinks anything of it. But what they don't realize is that underneath the piles of trash, a new organism has been holed up, waiting. The fire drives the new organism out, and into the home of local elderly woman Anna Grish. That may have been the end of the new species, as it needs filth to survive, only Anna Grish is a hoarder, and her home is the perfect breeding ground.

After Anna is found by her son, buried aliv...more
Candice Mckinney
Peter Grish takes his mom's dinner to her home and she fails to answer the door. Fearing she is injured he goes into the house to see if she is alright. Anna Grish, his mom has not allowed Peter inside the house in a long time. He is shocked at the state of the house. He finds his mom buried under a mound of trash and things she has saved. He tries to take her out of the house but she is drawn back home.

Well written book. I couldn't wait to see how it ended.
Dianne
In a rural Kansas area, an elderly woman lives alone, hoarding and saving all kinds of trash, and cats, lots of cats. A new, devastating has come to life and needs a dark, dank environment to thrive. The organism finds a haven and place to grow in Anna Grish's garbage strewn home. Seeking hosts to multiply, it invades the bodies of unsuspecting humans.

This was horror at its best, no one believing that Anna was anything but a senile old woman who needed to be taken from her disgusting home. Up un...more
Julie Scott
This is the Episode of "Hoarders" that you will never see! A group of undiscovered, frightening killer parasites - that take over people's minds and turn them into monsters - find a warm cozy place to breed: The home of an elderly hoarder. This book is clever, and the characters are believable and endearing for the most part, you find yourself feeling genuine concern for them. It kept me reading every chance I had until I reached the end, and it never got boring. The zombie-like people who have...more
Nikki
She builds.
She gathers.
She grows.
She heaps.
She reaps.
She sows.
She obtained,
received,
procured.
She defected,
infected,
endured.

by Nikki

2.5 Stars

I don't know why I'm not excited by this read? Maybe it was the son who was scared of his momma and making wrong decisions at every turn. Or, the wife who said all the right things, but never put her foot down. Or, Bryce and the crew who were jumping from stacks of junk like Tarzan. Maybe, it was because I didn't sense anything remotely creepy or scar...more
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