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Dudleytown (Cornwall Novellas #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  446 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
College sophomore Alexander Strauss has one rule: no messing around with straight guys. Especially not his mouthwatering roommate, Shannon. When their ride share drives off the side of a mountain, the two young men find themselves deep in an uninhabited forest searching for their missing friend. Wandering the famously cursed grounds of Dudleytown, Alex figures something ...more
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Published October 29th 2010 by Aspen Mountain Press
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Nov 15, 2014 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Surprisingly fun short story.
Nov 26, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, gay, done, 2010, arc, ebook
Very good Halloween-themed m/m romance about some college students taking a "shortcut" on their drive home for the weekend. Things go a bit more spectacularly awry than is usual for such shortcuts... Plenty of trademark L.B. humor and insight make for an entertainingly suspenseful read. 4.5 stars.
Oct 30, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
Just in time for Halloween, LB Gregg has written Dudleytown, a short M/M tale that has a great combination of spookiness and comedy. At around 76 pages, Dudleytown is a fast read that takes a few horror movie clichés and spins them quite well. In the middle of nowhere three college aged friends speed down a dark, deserted road where there will be some mind-numbing terror in store for them.
A very unhappy nineteen-year-old college sophomore Alex is sitting in the backseat. The driver Ricky has dec
Oct 30, 2010 Jenre rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
Alex is on his way home from college for the weekend and sharing a ride with his friend Ricky and roommate Shannon. Taking a short cut turns out to be not the best idea when the jeep careens off the road, leaving only Ricky injured. Before they can find help, Ricky disappears and Shannon and Alex are left combing the forest in the dark for him, unaware that danger is lurking round the corner.

I’m a big fan of L.B. Gregg’s writing, especially the witty dialogue and the breakneck pacing of her book
Mar 14, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mm
I honestly bought this because it was L.B. Gregg and I really like her books. Fortunately for me Dudleytown was not an exception to the rule. It was a bit of a spooky/thriller type read with a blossoming romance thrown in.

My only real complaint was that I would have liked it if it was a bit longer and we got to see more of the romance between Alexander and Shannon. However, we were left with the promise of a happy ending for this two young men and who knows maybe the future will bring us another
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This was a quick read. Very funny and a bit scary. It had me on the edge of my seat. The MC, Alex, is snarky and has a dark sense of humor. He had me chuckling constantly especially with how HORNY he was!

It was definitely a great read. I wouldn't mind reading more about Alex and Shannan. The two together are very cute and funny. Recommended.
4.5 stars.

I can keep this short: Dudleytown is a joy to read. There’s not much I didn’t enjoy about this sexy, suspenseful Halloween story. I just loved it!

Okay, I’ll tell you a little bit more, but not too much because you definitely have to read it yourself to learn more about it.
The plot is cleverly simple but strong. Three friends are on their way home when they get in an accident in the middle of a dark forest, tumbling down the mountain. One of them has a head injury and gets lost. The ot
Oct 17, 2013 KC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Pure awesomeness this one was! :-) I love LB's writing and sense of humor. I was having second thoughts about this one because it is a Halloween story and i spook easily, but it was actually quite perfect. The main character who tells the story is likable, funny, sarcastic at times, cute, and brave. I like that not everything is spelled out, yet by the end of the story i felt like i knew this guy. It starts right away with some action, and then more action (of different kinds) happens in the ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Sep 24, 2015 Katrina Passick Lumsden rated it really liked it
So wow, this one was a surprise. Funny, sweet, and creepy as all hell. I wish I'd known it was gonna be so spooky, I'd have saved it for Halloween.

Fuck it, I'll probably read it again next month, anyway.

Definitely Kept on Kindle.
Tami (synchro from BL)
Jun 14, 2013 Tami (synchro from BL) rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars.

I very much liked this short novella. It had suspense, romance, hotness and a sarcastic 1st person narrator.
Smokinhotbooks K.C.
Oct 28, 2010 Smokinhotbooks K.C. rated it really liked it
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Everyone knows that Smokinhotbooks thinks Halloween is spooktacular and that we go a little overboard with the holiday. So when we heard that one of our fav authors, LB Gregg, was releasing a story just in time for Halloween, well this as nice of a treat as Tim Curry singing that he’s just a “sweet transvestite, from Transsexual Transylvania” inch four in heels, diva make-up and a pleather bustier.

Dudelytown tells the tale of three college buddies who set off on a road trip
May 31, 2011 Shell rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

This book wasn't what I was expecting from the blurb. I read it last night, thinking it would be a good scary, Halloweenish read. *looks outside* Ah, May is as good of time as any. It wasn't, there were no ghosts and goblins, no mummies or things that go bump in the night. There were, however, a few escaped criminals, a couple of college boys and some really disgusting visuals on what may happen when you're half dead under a car and left to wild animals. I know, gross!! For the first ha
Tiya Rosa
Aug 14, 2012 Tiya Rosa rated it it was amazing
Alex is hot for his straight roommate Shannon, but he has a rule of not messing with straight guys since they have a tendency to beat the shit out of you or ignore you completely after you get them off. On their way to their respective homes over a holiday weekend, their designated driver, Ricky, decides to take a short cut and they end up in a ditch in the middle of nowhere with Ricky missing and a homicidal convict bent on getting away without leaving witnesses. Now Alex not only needs to find ...more
Diane Adams
Oct 01, 2011 Diane Adams rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read short stories as over all I usually find them unsatisfying. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a great quick read. The pacing is perfect, it delivers the promised suspense, and the relationship aspect of the book is hot and believable.

The setting is tense, dark, just this side of scary. The author's familiarity with the area shines in the descriptions and mood building. You feel you are right there with the characters as events unfold.

The tongue-in-cheek inclusio
Heather C
Oooh, I really really liked this story. I love scary stories and this one is really spooky. Its about 3 young college guys lost at night near a ghost town after trying to take a "shortcut". I can't say more without spoiling it, but it also has a little romance. Its really short and will take only about 2 hours to read. Oh, and suggest that sure you read it in the dark!
Aug 12, 2013 Karl rated it it was amazing
This book came up on my feed today and I'm so glad it did! It introduced me to a new author for me- LB Gregg. It didn't seem as short as the 75 pages it was supposed to be- the main characters Alex and Shannon were well developed, the action fast-paced and the dialogue (both inner and spoken) was fun and heartfelt. I loved it and plan on getting my hands on more from LB Gregg.
Feb 02, 2013 Katharina rated it really liked it
Quick, fun, halloween-style read about three college kids taking a shortcut through dark woods that doesn't turn out as planned. Insert accident, blood, a friend MIA, bad men, and a crush from one roommate to another and you have all the ingredients needed for a suspense short story full of humour and boy/boy-attraction. Recommended!
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Spooky scary and a bit bloody!
Three college boys take a shortcut through the woods have a car accident and well it goes downhill from there!
I loved Alex's constant porn and horror movie comparisons and Shannon was a sweetie!
Dec 19, 2013 SA rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Excessively convoluted plot for a short story.
Aug 13, 2012 Ruby rated it really liked it
Rating: B+

This review originally appeared at Brief Encounters Reviews

First an explanatory note: Dudleytown is the first of LB Gregg's Cornwall novellas, but it's a series in the loosest sense of the word as there seems to be no connection between stories other than the location. I recently reviewed the second Cornwall novella, Simple Gifts, here - yes, I'm tackling the series out of order - please don't disown me, Cole! I also should mention that this is a rerelease of a story originally publish
Sep 25, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halloween-fun

”Nothing good ever happens to the one moron with the flashlight who gets separated from his friends and wanders lost in the woods. That’s like scary movie one-oh-one.”

So what do you do when a tooth-pick chomping copper tells you to “keep to the main roads”? haha….Take the first spooky, dark short cut you see of course!

LB Gregg’s Dudleytown made my horror-juiced heart and soul extremely happy! A tale that had it all—ghost towns, curses, humor, beloved horror movie references, crackling sexual te
Mandi Schreiner
Oct 28, 2010 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Loved. Review to come...Favorite Quote: He was dressed and I was naked. That’s pretty much the plotline for half the movies I watch.

Almost twenty year old Alex Strauss is on his way home during college break with his roommate Shannon and their mutual friend Ricky. Alex caught Shannon and a female companion getting down and dirty on his dorm bed earlier in the day. Having been attracted to the upper classman Shannon since he first started rooming with him two months ago, Alex is still steaming at
Jan 02, 2011 Kassa rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up.

Dudleytown is a perfect Halloween treat. This novella has just the right amount of ingredients to produce a humorous, fun, and entertaining story. It definitely has the feel of a creepy Halloween cautionary tale and the main characters awareness of both this and pop culture help to make the story thoroughly enjoyable.

The story begins with three friends trying to take a “shortcut” through a deserted town and on an ill-maintained road. An accident sends the car skidding over
ARe Cafe
Apr 17, 2013 ARe Cafe rated it really liked it
Shelves: vals-picks
Dudleytown by LB Gregg is a very entertaining novella at 20,000 words from Aspen Mountain Press. It features a first-person viewpoint (Alex), and a couple of medium-to-hot sex scenes. The story has an unusual undercurrent of ironic, self-referential humor to the overall plot, which comprises suspense and action-adventure scenes. This is made possible by the pitch-perfect voice of the endearing narrator Alex, a college sophomore who is a total horror-movie nerd.

With every step Alex and his compan
Sep 26, 2014 Susana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Dudleytown tells us about the adventure shared by three college students trying to reach their home for a long weekend. When Ricky suggests taking a shortcut home across the wild mountains of Connecticut, which will take them through the dammed ghost town of Dudleytown, first year student Alexander Strauss freaks out. He’s been terrified of the place all his life. But to keep face in front of his sophomore roommate, and secret crush, Shannon, he shuts up and hopes for the best. All his
Nov 06, 2010 Jaele rated it it was amazing
Nothing like what I expected from the blurb, but everything I expected from LB Gregg. This is a fantastic short story. Only part of the tension was sexual. The majority was honest to god WTF?

The beginning starts off with the driver knowing a “short cut.” Of course, those never work out. Lost in the middle of a ghost town, the trio find themselves in trouble fitting of a horror movie. Alex, the POV we have throughout the story makes mention of the similarities on a regular basis.

Dealing with the
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
When three college friends take a short cut through an abandoned ghost town they get more than they expected than simple "things that go bump in the night".

Alex Strauss is suffering a terrible day and its only getting worse. Alex is a very likable character; he’s funny and keeps a cool head in stressful situation, the kind of person you want around when bad things happen. He’s dealing with a lot, but the one thing that is trying his self control the most is his sexy roommate, Shannon. Both thes
Feb 19, 2013 Plainbrownwrapper rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
This is a nice little "scary night in the woods" story. It is completely and totally and 100% different from the second "Cornwall Novella", Simple Gifts, which surprised me, but that's okay. The only thing both books share (apart from mm romance) is Gregg's intelligent writing -- and that's very much in evidence in both stories.

This novella has everything you need for a scary fireside story. It's got dark woods (and getting lost in them), a prison transport crash, a ghost town, hungry coyotes, b
Nerine Petros
Dec 13, 2010 Nerine Petros rated it really liked it
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Indra Vaughn
Dec 23, 2013 Indra Vaughn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so, I started reading this pretty late last night and in the middle of this book I had to let the dog out. He's a giant wuss (pot, meet kettle), which means I have to go outside with him. Do you know what happened? While I had a head full of spooky ghost towns, murderers, and scary dark woods, my husband locked me out because he thought I was in bed. Everyone had turned off their Christmas lights, it was snowing, I was freezing my ass of, do I have to go on? There is a reason I don't watch ...more
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LB Gregg (Lisabea) writes fun, fast-paced contemporary male/male romances for a variety of publishers including Riptide, Samhain, and Carina Press. Her wildly successful Men of Smithfield books feature hot, hunky men looking for love in small town New England. Find more information about LB, The Men of Smithfield, and her fun series Romano and Albright at

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