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Desper Hollow

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  18 reviews
It begins when mountain matriarch Granny Mustard decides she wants to live forever, but then is killed. Her slow-witted but equally hardheaded granddaughter Jenkie decides to pick up the ball and run with it, taking Granny's unperfected immortality moonshine recipe, a socially-inept friend named Bink, and dreams of fame and fortune to an abandoned trailer up in Desper Holl ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published June 3rd 2013 by Apex Publications (first published May 31st 2013)
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Bob Milne
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: zombies
Zombies, moonshine, reality television, mountain-bred clans, black magic, and small town preachers. If there were ever a more volatile literary recipe, one with equal potential for going down smooth or exploding in your face, Desper Hollow is it.

By the time the story opens, Granny Mustard's moonshine has already prompted a zombie infestation, and the entire town of Beaver Dam is already a smoking ruin. Things falter a bit from there, as Elizabeth Massie establishes the fullness of her setting, a
Frank Errington
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Moonshine, a big black book from the old country with spells and incantations in a forgotten language, and a desire for immortality. No way that is going to end well.

Desper Hollow is home to Granny Mustard, "the best moonshiner in the area spanning the town of Beaver Dam up to Black Rock Ridge and clear over to Desper Hollow..."

Elizabeth Massie's new book starts with a bang as Suze Mustard, grand-daughter to the Mustard matriarch, all but burns to the ground the town of Beaver Dam . K
Solid, breezy zombie story with a nice Southern Gothic tinge to it. Good characters that toe the line between interesting-but-flawed and why-hasn't-the-boogen-eaten-these-jerks-already. Zombies are a mash-up of classic voodoo and Romero-style. The ending was not one I had read before, so that was nice. (Not so with the predictable stinger.) It was also nice that the (apparently requisite) stupid actions the characters took flowed nicely from their developed actual stupidity.

I mean, that sounds f
Gavin Gates
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There seems to be a nice little niche forming in zombie stories in which writers are beginning to ignore the bog standard set up and just completely throw the rule book out of the window of a shack out in the Appalachian trails. Massie does this better than any I have had the pleasure of reading so far.
In Desper hollow she has painted a very effective backdrop in the hick town setting and the diversity of characters are equally as fun as terrifying, her use of prose would not be out of place in
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pretty decent plot ... kind of hokey ... and I think the author should have said something more about Bink... but I liked it....
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Massie delivers another down-home horror tale. This time with zombies and moonshine and reality show.
Andria Potter
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the Walking Dead
Desper Hollow is a brilliant piece of zombie fiction loaded with multiple characters all who I liked. Our main character, Granny Mustard, is a vicious cruel person who created moonshine that turns people into zombies-or at least, it really helps them along into becomming a zombie.

The book is like a wierd mix of that tv show "Outsiders" and "The Walking Dead" fans will certainly love it. It's gruesome, it's full of blood, guts, and gore, and the writing is pretty steller too.

Desper Hollow is my
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
In a word: Deliverance with zombies! Good bloody fun combined with comedic timing, an authentic southern back-woods voice, and an unexpected hint of heart.

Ain’t nothing else to do in Desper Hollow. Ain’t nothing else to do with my life but play with the lives of other things. – Jenkie Mustard

I started reading Desper Hollow right before I left for Comic Con, and since it’s a fairly short book, I figured I'd finish it before I left, no problem. Then I got caught up with packing and preparing for t
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Despr Hollow
By Elizabeth Massie
Publisher: Apex Publications
Published In: Lexington, KY, USA
Date: 2013
Pgs: 226

Granny Mustard is the patriarch of her mountain family. She’s made a decision about the future. She wants to live forever. Her plan is cut short but not before she has shared her plan with the family. Her granddaughter plans to make Granny’s dream a reality. The living dead walk in Despr Hollow. Are they becoming immortal? Are they dead? What have those damned hillbillies released
Matthew Baker
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I sometimes catch hell for being a Southerner, whether it be for my accent or my farmer’s tan or whatever. I don’t usually mind, however sometimes it gets annoying; for example, while attending Tulane University in New Orleans back in the fall of 1992, I can’t tell you how many times people looked at my feet to see if I was wearing shoes. Ha ha, right? Not so much. I have to wonder if author Elizabeth Massie ever encountered such jibes because she hails from Virginia. If so, I’ll bet she used it ...more
Angie Lisle
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a hard book for me to review - I decided on four stars because the five-star beginning peters out to a three-star ending. I went with the average.

I love books that run like films in my head and this is one of those stories. Once the narrative starts rolling, Massie doesn't interrupt me with confused imagery or jumbled conversations or breaks in the prose pattern she's established. She also uses purple prose humorously. Massie is now responsible for one of my new favorite similes: "...h
Debbie Heaton
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
In Massie’s horror novel, mountain matriarch Granny Mustard decides she wants to live forever, but then is killed. Her hardheaded granddaughter Jenkie decides to pick up where Granny left off and try her hand at perfecting an immortality moonshine recipe and move up from her current status in life.

What they didn’t know was that Granny had unleashed a terrible power and the more the moonshine recipe is manipulated, the more tragedy befalls the area. Enter local resident Kathy Shaw and Hollywood p
Rick Powell
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Massie has done it again. Personally, I think the zombie genre was going the way of the Dodo bird. I am glad I have found a novel that breathes new "life" into it. Miss Massie's style and gift of dialogue has given the genre a great story to be read again and again. Fast paced and witty, you will get caught up in this from page one. Her characters jump off the page and the twists in the story is something to be admired. Offtimes dark, sometimes witty and all together terrifying. This i ...more
Brett Tucker
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
If based on the story alone, I would give this a 5 star rating. However, there are numerous editing errors that distracted from the flow of the story. With that said, Elizabeth Massie proves herself again as a top notch author. She is definitely in my top 10. If you are a fan of zombie stories, or in this case "hollow" stories, then this is a must read.
David Marshall
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
This could have been outstanding but ended up barely OK. It's a tragedy authors allows themselves to be diverted from legitimate genre expectations into major supernatural irrelevancies.
Linda Addison
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Massie's books never disappoints. I loved the fast action in this book, it's full of tension and crazy intriguing characters. I read it in one sitting on a 2 hour bus ride.
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book With different out looks
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Elizabeth (Beth) Massie is a 2-time Bram Stoker Award and Scribe Award-winning author of horror/suspense, historical fiction, media tie-ins, nonfiction, and short fiction for adults. She also writes novels for teens and middle grade readers. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, illustrator Cortney Skinner.
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