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Kingdom of Shadows

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A band of desperate criminals...a seemingly deserted farmhouse guarded by the rotting remnants of scarecrows, the echoes of torture and depravity and the whispers of unholy nightmares...a dark night concealing terrible secrets, misery and long-suppressed horrors...

One faraway, nearly forgotten night, this night, stands between the forsaken and deliverance, but they are not
ebook, 102 pages
Published October 2009 by Delirium Books (first published 2009)
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Paul Nelson
Kingdom of Shadows opens with a flashback, falling closer to a waking nightmare than reality, Rooster suffers only flashes of memories, the start of his awful headaches, of the night he and his old crew pulled their last robbery and an intense difficulty assembling the sparse memories into something more lucid.

It all goes back to that dark farmhouse where they ended up, an unplanned stop to split the take, one of them shot and bloody but the prevalent memory of those horrific scarecrows, that’s
So here I am again, offering yet another positive review of a Greg F Gifune book. I know, I know, it's predictably boring. But the man writes quality. So what else is there to say?

Well, one thing I can say is this novella tells the story of Rooster, a retired thief whose last job went horrendously wrong and involved the death of one of his crew. Now he's looking for work, but has a wonderful girlfriend who is his rock, so he knows everything will be okay ... except for some strange dreams about
Maxine Marsh

Wow. Gifune knocked it out of the park with this one.
Alexa "Naps" Snow
Mar 24, 2016 Alexa "Naps" Snow rated it liked it
Mother of god! Kingdom of shadows isn't a water park with kids on summer break!

It is nice horror-evil-devil story that tries to drag you in to thinking about the eternal good/bad fight in darkest shades but then also in ethereal light.
At times I was reminded of Psalms 23. Can't say if that's good or bad.
3.5 totally.
Feb 09, 2014 Larry rated it really liked it
this was a mind bending novella that i really liked alot
M.P. Johnson
Nov 12, 2015 M.P. Johnson rated it really liked it
More Than A Scarecrow-Filled Gore Fest

I assumed this was going to be a run-of-the-mill story of scary scarecrows messing people up. I ended up with a lot more than I bargained for. In this short fast read, there are layers of paranoia, experimentation and gore that I had not expected. The switching back and forth from flashback to present lends a dreamlike quality, and when the climax hits and the truth is revealed the result is quite chilling.
Lisa Cleveland
Oct 03, 2015 Lisa Cleveland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Gifune is high on my list of what's right in this world. His storytelling is some of the best stuff ever. I go in to any book from this author knowing that in less than a chapter I'm going to be full of dread. The different aspects of these characters and what they've been and are now going through made me feel like I was there every step of the way. Loved the story from beginning to end. Yep, I'd recommend this story and author.
Steven Jorgenson
Apr 01, 2015 Steven Jorgenson rated it liked it
Kingdom of Shadows is a short,interesting book. While it's obvious the author is a good writer I found the storyline somewhat confusing or muddled at times. The ending to me seemed rather vague and abrupt.
Apr 16, 2016 Shelly rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Enjoyable read, didn't care for the ending.
George Wilhite
Not bad but not up to Gifune's usual standards--the novellas Sorcerer and Dreams the Ragman were much better
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Called "One of the best writers of his generation" by both the Roswell Literary Review and author Brian Keene, Greg F. Gifune is the author of numerous short stories, several novels and two short story collections. His work has been published in a wide range of magazines and anthologies all over the world, and has recently garnered interest from Hollywood. His novels include The Bleeding Season, D ...more
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