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The Shore

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Believing himself pursued by monsters, a teenage boy skulks through windy streets, while a madman prowls in search of salvation ... and a tormented girl struggles to escape captivity. As a winter storm tightens its grip on the town of Edgeharbor -- epicenter for a series of horrible murders -- the scattered inhabitants cower from more than pounding waves. Mangled victims b ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 319 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Leisure Books (first published 2007)
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mark monday
Dunbar's follow-up to The Pines is a satisfying experience. it seems as if the many years between novels has served to intensify rather than decrease his disinterest in presenting traditional horror thrills, and this novel is if anything even more challenging to the reader expecting a simple, scary narrative. straightforward suspense is still available: during the prologue (The Pines contains a similarly suspense-filled teaser) and in particular during a very entertaining sequence in which a cla ...more
4.5 Stars

The Shore, Robert Dunbar’s sequel to book one The Pines is quite possibly the better of the two books. The Shore is first and foremost a classic style horror where the atmosphere and tension is the name of the game, and not graphic guts and gore. The book is paced like a smoldering coal that as the wind comes off the shore is stoked to end with a raging fire. The story plays out like that. The Shore is not a fast paced thriller, nor does it look for the quick scare.

The Shore is much mo
Robert Dunbar
Feb 19, 2015 Robert Dunbar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
There's nothing quite so much fun as when that first box of books arrive. The initial reviews have been very exciting.

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“It's often said that “style is the verbal identity of the writer.” In this way Robert Dunbar's vivid imagery continues to blaze a distinctive trail.”
~ Shroud Magazine

“Every bit as much of a classic as THE PINES. This is the way great horror should be written.”
~ HellNotes

“Impeccably crafted, with precise and elegant prose, meticulous attention to detail and pacing, this inte
Robert Dunbar
Jun 30, 2011 Robert Dunbar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to resist sharing reviews when they're this good. (Not that I tried very hard.)

“In literary circles, it’s often said that 'style is the verbal identity of the writer.' Robert Dunbar’s vivid imagery continues to blaze a distinctive trail.”
~ Shroud Magazine

“Literary and atmospheric … Be prepared to be entertained. As terrifying as it is satisfying – this one is definitely highly recommended.”
~ Horror World

“Impeccably crafted, with precise and elegant prose, meticulous attention to detai
On the New Jersey shore, in the small town of Edgeharbor, where the woods creep into the streets, a monster stalks out of the night and rips people apart. As a winter storm brews, the murders escalate, until everyone in town is afraid to be caught outside after dark. Whatever’s out there has no mercy or sanity—it just kills, frightening the townspeople far more than an angry ocean during a hurricane.

A stranger shows up in town, and he’s the only one who knows what the monster is. Barry Hobbes—as
Very dark and puzzling in it's story telling. The book started out reminding me of an episode or two of Twilight Zone. The author made some very nice visuals of the surroundings and kept me entertained thruout the whole book.
Dark Recesses
By Robert Dunbar
Delirium Books
Hardcover Limited Edition, $50.00

At the tail end of the horror boom of the 80s and early 90s, Robert Dunbar presented to the genre a book of moody, bleak terror: THE PINES. Over the years, this novel has rightfully gained a rabid cult following. Fans of the novel (myself included) speculated why no sequel. This was a man who could, after all, craft engaging and atmospheric fiction, a true master of the art of horror.
Well, we can thank Robert Dunbar and Deli
A tremendous book. A psychic/horror/mystery book of the highest caliber. Along the New Jersey coast is a area called The Barrens, a desolate wooded, swampy, unsettled area that harbors all of its' own mysteries, its' own beliefs and wives tales. A short distance down the coast is a small essentially deserted town called Edgeharbor, it was once a bustling vacation area with boardwalks and amusement parks, then the murders and mutilations started. The only law enforcement was a young woman. One da ...more
Nick Cato
When a series of gruesome murders hit the small coastal town of Edgeharbor, NJ, policewoman Katherine "Kit" Lonergan begins to investigate---and her interest grows deeper when she learns the killer just may be a legendary creature, although she doesn't want to believe something so far-fetched.

Despite Dunbar's fantastic, poetic writing style, I must admit that I found the first 200 pages to be a bit slow-paced, and I began to worry this just wasn't going to live up to THE PINES. BUT, this is exac
The first quarter of the book was like slogging through quicksand in flippers, but I'm glad I stuck it out. Dunbar walks a fine line between building mystery and writing in an intentionally obtuse style that can be boring. But, as in the Pines (this is a sequel BTW), once the pace picks up, the book is quite enjoyable.
Dwayne Baird
Excellent. Scary exciting, with a few nice twists! A very good read from the author of The Pines.
Gary Taylor
A dark,brooding and ominous horror/mystery novel that is a literate masterpiece.
great book!
This is the sequel to Robert Dunbar The Pines. As a winter storm prepares to rock the small coastal town of Edgeharbor, NJ. violent things are happening. Mangled bodies are found with strange looking claw marks on them. Strange looking footprint are found on the snow covered beach in Edgehabor. There is only one man who can help save this town from this monster. His name is Barry Hobbes. He knows what kind of monster that is committing these gruesome murders. He has help from a local policewoman ...more
El Galan
Nov 14, 2008 El Galan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The Sequel to the Pines I can not wait to read it!!!
craig taylor

This is the worst book I have ever read and I have read a lot of books over the years. I slogged through it but it was very painful. I would make prisoners read this until they gave a confession shouldn't take more twenty pages before they spilled their guts
Rachel Nowakowski
Not really my cup of tea anymore. I read it and it was OK. But it reminds me of the kind of trashy horror that I snaffled from my cousins bedrooms and read when I was a young teenager.
Cindy Goalder
Bizzardly Strange Read

Starting the read wasn't sure what to expect. A little swamp creature, family drama, mystery. still shaking my head at story
Randolph Carter
Nov 18, 2013 Randolph Carter marked it as to-read
Just what you haven't waited for, the sequel to The Pines. Is the Jersey Shore any more fun than the Pine Barrens? I doubt it. Most people go to the beach for a tan but here you're going for some much needed rest because asleep is what you'll be every time you pick up The Shore. Formerly brought to you by Satan's pocket publisher Leisure Books but now served to you by everyone's favorite censor grAmazon Publishing.
Maybe I expected too much coming off The Pines, but I didn't like this one nearly as much. I didn't like the characters, which is rather curious in light of something you find out halfway through the book. The atmosphere was all right for a horror book - a coastal town rapidly going downhill in an economic depression - but the characters were forgettable, and I honestly barely remember anything about the plot.
I enjoyed the book but I enjoyed The Pines more. I think the storytelling threw me off a bit, I don't know. I like the author's vivid descriptions and the creepy tone throughout the book.
The sequel to The Pines didn't grab me by the neck like the first one did.
Not feeling it like with The Pines.
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Robert Dunbar is the author of the supernatural thrillers THE PINES and THE SHORE, both of which garnered extremely postive reviews. He is also the author of MARTYRS & MONSTERS, a collection of his short fiction, the dark literary novel WILLY, and the nonfiction book VORTEX. He has been called "the catalyst for the new literary movement in horror" and "one of the saviors of contemporary dark f ...more
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