Let me start off with the negative and get that out of the way; formatting. It leaves something to be desired.
Aside from that this was a very good litLet me start off with the negative and get that out of the way; formatting. It leaves something to be desired.
Aside from that this was a very good little collection of stories and the formatting didn't really hinder the enjoyment I got. All four are very gratuitous on the gore and that's something that I enjoy. Also, they're all told with a hint of humor that just makes them fun as hell to read. The author isn't trying to make any grand statements here, and he's not trying to scare so much as entertain, he just lays out these oddball horror situations that all have a twist ending that makes you chuckle in their originality.
The best part; 99 cents for four great tales, and that's a great bargain to me. ...more
I have read all three of Mr. Schneider's books and this one just further cements his place as one of my favorite authors. I've never been into ghost sI have read all three of Mr. Schneider's books and this one just further cements his place as one of my favorite authors. I've never been into ghost stories too much, but taking into consideration the other two books from this author (Avenging Autumn and The Wintermen should be in any vampire fans collection) I took a chance.
The story as noted by the description you see on the back of the book as well as the profile here on goodreads, states that the book is about a father that takes nine ghosts children into his body (more specifically his psyche) in order to save his four year old son from suffering this fate. The ghosts need a host to fight the lord of evil spirits, Samen. Each of the nine ghosts possess a unique ability that they pass through the main character (Who's name is Adrian by the way) but have to train him on how to use the powers so he doesn't harm himself or others.
As with the other two books from this author, the "you know what" really started to hit the fan in the first couple of chapters and with each book I had the same thought. If all this is revealed now, where is the story going to go later. But, as with those other books, The 9 Ghosts of Samen's Bane continually surprised and shocked me and even managed to give me the willies on a couple of occasions.
I also found this book to be much deeper than the cover description leads you to believe. When we join Adrian, he has already experienced a traumatic event that resulted in many deaths and this continues with the ghosts, leaving him questioning his faith. Through all of the strange events and characters, Derek A. Schneider offers up fascinating ideas on the afterlife, death, and even space and time.
Lastly, I noticed how Derek's style and ability to tell a great story seems to be evolving with each book that comes out. The fact that I like this book even with out the blood and gore that I prefer (which is plentiful in the aforementioned vampire series) should count for something as well. ...more
HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, it's taking me a while to come down after this book. I didn't think it was possible, but Derek A. Schneider has out done hHOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, it's taking me a while to come down after this book. I didn't think it was possible, but Derek A. Schneider has out done himself on this one. Where Avenging Autumn had a tender love story at it's base, The Wintermen is a father trying hard to uncover the whereabouts of his son in a city that is crawling with rouge vampires and werewolves.
Dr. Harold Robinson's story is told from a first person point of view through a confession note and works to keep the action going in the first part of the book and when Frank finally meets up with Harold, the ensuing scene is one of the most violent and disturbing things I've ever read and I loved every minute.
All of this led up to the final four chapters which were non stop action and had me enthralled the entire time. I really could not put the book down. I don't know how to fill my time until the third book comes out, all other vampire related books seem inferior. ...more
I didn't know about this book going in, but it's probably the best vampire book I've ever read and i love vampire books. Benny's brother Jack is hilarI didn't know about this book going in, but it's probably the best vampire book I've ever read and i love vampire books. Benny's brother Jack is hilarious and a lot of the dialog made me crack up. I liked how this wasn't just another vampire book. There was also a great love story beneath it and I can admit that my eyes were watering a little at the end. That's when you know you have a good book in my opinion. Add to this all of the action ("the graveyard and the cornfield" chapter alone was worth the price of admission) and the scares and this book becomes that rare gem that few people know about. I know the second part is coming out, I can't wait to see what happens next. ...more