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" Beneath the city of Boston, evil is gathering. "

Journalist Daniel Finley is determined to save the impoverished of the world. But the abandoned part of humanity has a dark side too. While living under a bridge with the homeless for six months, Daniel witnessed something terrifying. Something that nearly cost him his sanity.

Now, two years later, he s published a book that
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Published June 3rd 2014 by Samhain Publishing
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
If you have not yet delved into the world of urban, modern horror, then please do so.

Even if horror is not your genre, you would be surprised how much you might enjoy modern horror with an everyday twist. This books is one of those.

One of those books that builds up the terror factor gradually from a gentle simmer (safe here) to a shocking, terrifying and breath removing boiling final course. Seriously, another book I was yelling at, things like "pick your leg up! KICK IT. Run, just run, blow hi
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Char
Jun 29, 2014 Char rated it really liked it
This novella was SO not what I expected. It started with a bunch of homeless people and a man writing a book and then it turned into a story of Old Gods. Weird, right? Yes, but weird in a good way!

As I said, we start with groups of homeless people being sought after by a man named Mordecai. He wants them to join his group of "seekers" and he is capable of mesmerizing them into doing just that. Enter in Daniel, a man living among these homeless vagrants doing research for a book. Enter in a side
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Kate
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Daniel is a writer who spent 6 months living as a homeless person to research his book. The small community he spent time with is torn apart as another group, the seekers, joins the area along with their charismatic leader, Mordecai. One by one the small community join the other group and Daniel himself has a disturbing encounter with Mordecai.

Two years later he has written a book detailing his life on
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Jon Recluse
Dec 16, 2014 Jon Recluse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This was an eARC from Netgalley.

This novella is a terror trifecta:
Forgotten people, i.e.: the homeless
Forgotten places beneath the streets
And forgotten gods way down in the dark

Mix in a crusading journalist, the Southie Mob, and a mad prophet named Mordecai, the result is a bounty of urban horror that would make any city dweller paranoid.





Kaisersoze
Sep 21, 2015 Kaisersoze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
When Daniel Findlay opts to spend six months living among Boston's homeless to research for his book on these unfortunates and raise awareness of their plight, little does he realise just how fundamentally his view of the world is about to alter. Daniel witnesses the building of a cult within the ranks of the homeless before narrowly escaping with his sanity intact. Only the cult is not yet done with him ...

With The Vagrants, Brian Moreland infuses his homeless antagonists with considerable cree
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Bill
Dec 31, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it
Straight ahead was an infinite blackness that beckoned.

The Vagrants is a very good and somewhat eclectic horror tale from Brian Moreland. Daniel is a journalist that goes undercover to investigate the secret lives of street people and help find a solution to the homeless problem. He barely makes it out with his sanity intact. Daniel has a new life now. Re-establishing relationships with his father and with a new girlfriend he wants to leave his social experiment behind and start anew. Unfortunat
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Glenn Rolfe
Jun 06, 2014 Glenn Rolfe rated it really liked it
Another great piece of horror from Brian Moreland. I'll read anything this guy puts out. Vagrants is the story of a writer who decides to live as a homeless person for half a year to understand and then be able to bring to light one of the biggest issues in this country today. At the end of his time on the streets, Daniel stumbles across a crazed homeless cult leader and the adventure really begins.
A fantastic tale. Brian can proudly hang this one next to Dead of Winter and Shadows in the Mist.
Paul Nelson
Jun 29, 2014 Paul Nelson rated it liked it
Journalist Daniel Finley goes undercover in Boston to study the lost and forsaken, the homeless and destitute hoping that he could inspire people to help get them off the streets. To become like them he entered a nightmare, one where he would forget his name every night and had to remind himself every day, who he really was.

During his sixth month of tented residence, a nomadic tribe of people arrived calling themselves ‘Seekers’, led by a self-proclaimed holy man named Mordecai, a carnival side
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Hunter Shea
Oct 09, 2014 Hunter Shea rated it it was amazing
This is one you won't be able to put down. A writer going undercover as a homeless man stumbles upon a terrifying shift in this borderland community. A strange cult leader is gathering the homeless under his wing, but to what end? Brian Moreland hits the mark yet again. A perfect read for the Halloween season!
David Bernstein
Jun 10, 2014 David Bernstein rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It has it all--it's well-written, engaging from the first page, a mystery that keeps you turning the pages and it's terrifying throughout, but grows darker and meaner as the story progresses. But most of all what i loved was that I didnt know where it was going, as in how it was all going to come together. BUT come to together it did. I cannot recommend this book enough.
The Haunted Reading Room {Cthulhu Down the Chimney Tonight}
REVIEW: THE VAGRANTS

Some years back I read David Morrell' s excellent novel CREEPERS, which effectively introduced the practice of Urban Creeping, in which intrepid (or foolish) individuals (often, but not always, university students) explore abandoned function of the urban landscape: subway tunnels, ex-factories, subterranean tunnels under hospitals, etc. The "Seekers" who have such an important role in this story are similar, except that they pursue a "prophet" calling himself Mordecai, who p
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Erin Al-Mehairi
Jun 03, 2014 Erin Al-Mehairi rated it it was amazing
Brian never fails to surprise me by the end of his books. Even with novellas he finds time to move things along like a thriller or mystery then whack you in the face with horror you didn't see coming!!! Reads like a novel. Packs a punch. Visual. As a journalist myself I need to remember if I uncover something like this.....RUN!
Patrick D'Orazio
Jun 18, 2014 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it
The Vagrants is the latest work from Brian Moreland, an author who I have come to rely on to create tales of creeping horror and gore that also has intelligence about them. His work is well researched for a taste of authenticity and despite the supernatural phenomena that occurs on the pages, there is a sense of believability to his characters. The Vagrants has a similar flavor to it and the author has once again chosen to introduce us to a new geographical environment-this time the urban sprawl ...more
Lori
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The Vagrants is a captivating supernatural thriller from Brian Moreland.

Journalist Daniel Finley lived undercover among the homeless for six months as research for a book. During that time, Daniel witnessed a group of nomads called the Seekers join his group of homeless people. Their enthralling leader, Mordecai, seems to have incredible power over his followers and is able to convert his friends to join his group. With great willpower and deter
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Anthony Hains
Aug 30, 2015 Anthony Hains rated it it was amazing
Young journalist Daniel Finley goes undercover for six month living among the homeless under a bridge in Boston. He develops relationships with these people and develops an unanticipated sense of compassion and empathy for them. He also learns about a deranged cult of homeless individuals whose leader possesses a supernatural ability to control his followers. To make matters worse, the cult seems to be preparing for a massive apocalyptic event – which they will trigger. Daniel’s immersion into ...more
Kimberly
Apr 22, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: samhain
"My name is Daniel Finley, and I am not one of them" .

This begins the novella, THE VAGRANTS, as our journalist, Daniel, secretly writes in his journal while undercover to gather observations on the lives of the city's homeless population. After living among them for six months, he was witness to a charismatic stranger--covered in odd tattoo designs--who began "preaching" to the others. The man called himself Mordecai, and before long, every man and woman in the area had moved on to be in his "c
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Ken McKinley
Apr 10, 2016 Ken McKinley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, own-kindle
I have quickly become a believer in Brian Moreland. The Vagrants is the final novella in his excellent collection, Blood Sacrifices. I'll review The Vagrant's here on it's own merit and then in Blood Sacrifices as a whole with the other stories.

Daniel is a recent journalism grad from Dartmouth who wants to make a difference in the world. He assimilates himself among a camp of homeless underneath a bridge in Boston. With aspirations to understand them better and gather source material to write a
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Zeb Kantrowitz
Dec 12, 2014 Zeb Kantrowitz rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Daniel Finley is a young writer in Boston. He decides to write a book about the plight of the homeless. So he goes ‘underground’ for six months living among (and as) one of them. During his time among the homeless he is exposed to how those who live under bridges and in the city’s abandoned tunnels. Daniel becomes a witness to one of the cults that form among these abandoned people.

Escaping from that life, he writes a book that becomes a best seller. People are impressed by his devotion to these
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A.E.
Jun 06, 2014 A.E. rated it really liked it
Horror author Brian Moreland’s newest offering, "The Vagrants," switches locales and takes the reader to Boston, Massachusetts, with a prologue that foretells something bad is about to come down the pipeline. Our main character is Daniel Finley. He is a journalist who posed as a homeless person for six months to write a scathing exposé about the plight of poverty in America. Here, he meets people called Seekers led by a man known only as Mordecai.

Daniel plays the underdog the reader will want to
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Peter
Apr 23, 2016 Peter rated it really liked it
Dan Finley is a journalist who wants to write a book to help the homeless people of the world. Dan, decides to go undercover and spend six months living with a group of homeless people. At first the group stays together and they get to know each other. The original group, is get smaller and smaller.
They are turning to the leader of a new group and his name is Mordecai. Mordecai, preaches about the end of the world and if you want to be saved, you must join his group. Dan, went to listen to Morde
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Bandit
Jun 16, 2015 Bandit rated it liked it
This was my first book by Moreland. As far as introductions go, it wasn't the most auspicious one, but it wasn't discouraging either. This was definitely the sort of thing where the idea outmatches the writing skills. Moreland's style is perfectly decent, but never really gets above that, which is fine, especially for genre writing, but not really a stand out. There is just a sort of bland narrative flatness to it. The idea was fun though. Crazy homeless (apparently not a redundancy, there are ...more
Dawn
Apr 03, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, monsters
This was a delightful little horror book I could not put down! Really enjoyed the characters and the story.
Noigeloverlord
Feb 18, 2015 Noigeloverlord rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be nice to the homeless or else!

Brian Moreland take us into the lives of the homeless and makes us feel bad for them right before they rip our guts out.
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Based in Dallas, Texas, Brian Moreland is the author of supernatural horror novels and short stories. Check out his DEAD OF WINTER, SHADOWS IN THE MIST, THE GIRL FROM THE BLOOD COVEN and THE WITCHING HOUSE, THE DEVIL'S WOODS and THE VAGRANTS. His latest book, DARKNESS RISING, releases September 1, 2015.

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