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A Crying Shame

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Each night they emerged from the murky depths of the swamp to claim another victim--a lovely, innocent, fertile female who would be carried off in huge hairy arms and plunged into a nightmare world of terror. Her screams would echo in the darkness. Her face would contort in the throes of horror and pain. But once taken, each became a mother of an unholy child, a link in th ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published April 1st 1983 by Zebra
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Quentin Wallace
Oct 14, 2016 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read for fans of 80s horror. I remember the old Zebra paperbacks with the skulls and skeletons on the cover, great reads and very creepy.

This one has the not so original (kinky) premise of monsters wanting human females for breeding purposes, usually hot young nubile females. Hey, even the monsters know what they like, am I right? This plot reminded me a little of the movie Humanoids from the Deep, but there are some pretty big differences as well.

Johnstone manages to put plent
Laura Thomas
Jun 27, 2015 Laura Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was wicked creepy. I love creatures with my horror and you get some new ones in this story.

I tried to visualize them and came up with a cross between a bigfoot from the movie Sasquatch and the vampire creatures in Priest. Probably not even close but that’s scary enough for me.

I know the blurb mentions these monsters emerging from the swamp to kidnap human females and impregnate them. That sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But the author manages to pull it off, giving you a believable enough explana
May 19, 2017 Chrissy54202 rated it liked it
William W Johnstone was one of must read authors, back in the late 80's and early 90's. I especially liked his horror stories. I was pleasantly surprised to find most of them available on Kindle, and an slowly doing a reread of them. I don't remember reading this one, possibly missed it.
While it was an OK story, honestly not one of my favorites. And I'd have to agree w a previous reviewer about the upside down quotation marks being a little annoying. All and all, pretty typical monster story
Angela Crawford
Sep 18, 2015 Angela Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I bought A Crying Shame because it was described as the prequel to Watchers In The Woods, my favorite horror story by William W. Johnstone. While it did take place before the events in Watchers I wouldn't really call it a prequel. It was more like an earlier, less pulled together version of the same story. I still thought that the plot was really good, just not as good. If you are easily offended by non-PC storylines this isn't the book for you. The scenes of horror are graphic and gory, and th
Sep 05, 2016 Mel rated it liked it
This book is fun. Missing links (some good, some not) live in the swamp. As they have for years. The younger generation males are somewhat rogue. What follows is a book that is a little creepy, and folk lore like. I do think there might be things in the swamps of the South that we aren't (or maybe we are?) aware of. If you don't mind missing link rape (and quite a few similar descriptions of their anatomy), and gore give it a read.
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Sherrie Lynn Grimes

It was a very good monster story full of action from the start unlike other books I have read enjoyed
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William Wallace Johnstone was a prolific American author, mostly of western, horror and survivalist novels.

Born and raised in southern Missouri, Johnstone was the youngest of four children. His father was a minister and his mother a school teacher. He quit school when he was fifteen and worked in a carnival and as a deputy sheriff. He later served in the Army and, upon returning to civilian life,
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