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4.45  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Prey: A young, homeless man arrested for a gruesome crime; a respected politician bound for higher office; detective Shane Calvin finds himself caught in the middle as two seemingly disparate lives collide, the weight of their secrets threatening to destroy them all.

Anathema: Chemist Jerrod Dawkins has lost everything: his job, his reputation, and his family. After a faile
ebook, 156 pages
Published May 19th 2014 (first published September 1st 2012)
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Frank Errington
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
In the past year or so, I've grown to me a fan of Tim Marquitz. One of the first stories I ever reviewed was Skulls from Damnation Books. More recently Tim was editor on the amazing Fading Lights: An Anthology of the Monstrous.

This time around it's his own stories Prey and Anathema. Be sure to take a close look at the wonderful cover from M. Wayne Miller for just a small taste of what to expect from the cover story. The artist says, "The hardest part of doing that cover was to do something that
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Wow, a real page turner. This collection contains the novel length, "Prey," and a bonus short story/novella, "Anathema." Prey involves a police investigation into a brutal string of ritual murders. Anathema is about a guy seeking revenge on the man who stole his wife and family from him. Both tales hook you immediately and move very quickly to their conclusions. I would classify both stories as horror, and there is some really graphic material in them, particularly in "Prey," which had some sect ...more
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it

Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: Tim Marquitz has been a Jack-of-all-trades in regards to his writing; previously he made his debut in urban fantasy then quietly slipped in a couple post-apocalyptic horror novellas and also dabbled with a dark YA book. After that he lent his devious mind to epic fantasy and finally even donned the editorial hat to give us a fantastic anthology about the rise of monsters and the decline of humanity from the Earth’s totem pole. This is anot
Esther Somorai
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from the author through Goodreads, first-reads. Thank you.

The first chapter really put me off this book, it was so gross and sick. But since I won the book I will forge ahead to the end. It seems that there is no end to the horrific things one person can do to another, as we know it happens in real life, not just in books. After getting into the story, it got very interesting and I wanted to see what the outcome would be. Well written with a nice flow to his writing.


Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Prey is an experience, and Marquitz was a brave man for writing this book. He does a wonderful job at exploring the darkness of humanity, and deeper themes like revenge. His characters might seem a bit two-dimensional at times, but the plot and scenes will carry readers through the two-dimensional bits. When it’s said and done, Marquitz is a very unique author, with a fantastic talent for writing which he’s chosen to use in this absolutely haunting book. If you are looking for something a bit da ...more
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You can read the full review over at The Founding Fields:

Shadowhawk reviews the latest adult murder mystery novella from noted author and editor Tim Marquitz.

“Quite graphic and shocking, Prey is also one of my best reads of 2012 because of an intensely paced story and some great characterisation.” ~Shadowhawk

I’ve been interacting with Tim for quite a while now, and have even invited him to my blog for a guest post. Up until Prey, I hadn’t a chance to read
Lindsey Goddard
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have to give this book five stars simply because it's no easy task to disturb me, and both of the stories in Prey did the job. Regarding gore and perversion in prose, I believe there is a fine line between capturing enough of the ugly details to instill a proper sense of disgust in the reader and pouring it on too thickly. It's a matter of personal taste, but I think many people feel the same, and this book was just right for me. Marquitz had me cringing with disgust... but only enough to earn ...more
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, scifi-fantasy
My review here.
Shawn Remfrey
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun! Incredible opening scene. Fabulous storytelling. Rounded characters. Everything you need to keep you riveted.

Why hasn't this been made into a movie yet??
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Two for the price of one... how can you not be tempted?
You have to love the cover artwork too, that is so special, so creepy but makes you look a little harder.

Prey: Detective Shane Calvin is having a really rough day, he gulps one bourbon after the other trying to drown out the News, a colleague sits down to the shoot the breeze and it all pours out in little flashbacks; a great way to tell the story!
Having come to this novel via the Demon Squad series I had high expectations, I was not let dow
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Tim Marquitz is the author of the Demon Squad series, The Enemy of My Enemy series (Kurtherian Gambit) along with Michael Anderle, the Blood War Trilogy, co-author of the Dead West series, as well as several standalone books, and numerous anthology appearances alongside the biggest names in fantasy and horror. Tim also collaborated on Memoirs of a MACHINE, the story of MMA pioneer John Machine Lob ...more
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