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Carter was only twelve when he witnessed the disaster that killed more than a hundred people at Starland Amusement Park. Five years later, Carter’s hometown is no longer a busy Florida panhandle resort, but a slowly dying town full of empty motels and attractions rusting behind chains and padlocks.

Now something evil stirs in the ruins of the old amusement park...something
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Paperback, 370 pages
Published August 11th 2014 by CreateSpace
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J.L. Bryan It's a standalone. If there are any sequels, it will be quite a while before I write any, because I'm focused on the Ghost Trapper books right now. :)…moreIt's a standalone. If there are any sequels, it will be quite a while before I write any, because I'm focused on the Ghost Trapper books right now. :) (less)
Kathryn When my son was young I took him to "Santa's Land" in Cherokee, NC. It was very Tim Burton-esque. There was a Rudi-coaster (as in Rudolph the…moreWhen my son was young I took him to "Santa's Land" in Cherokee, NC. It was very Tim Burton-esque. There was a Rudi-coaster (as in Rudolph the reindeer) and concrete elves that looked like tacky lawn art all over the place. Between the slightly creepy atmosphere and being surrounded by Christmas in the middle of summer it definitely had an odd vibe!(less)

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Rhiannon Frater
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Review to come.
Alicia Huxtable
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I will never ride another rollercoaster without thinking of this book again. I loved this book, even the gruesome parts. I kept thinking at the start that it might be like Final Destination but it its so not like that at all. I highly recommend for any horror lover
Michelle
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few of J.L Bryan's books, and I know he doesn't go easy on the detail, whether it be sparkly wings, or scary faerie beings, or even gory details, so when I began Inferno Park I knew it was going to be creepy, and I knew it wouldn't lack for detail......and when the detail came, it was bloody, it was gruesome, it was great!!!!!

Carter and his friend Jared, live in the resort town of Conch City, with the beach over the road, and Starland Amusement Park right at their door steps. One
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Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2015
Inferno Park was an incredibly exhilarating read and one I won’t soon forget! I’ve read J.L. Bryan’s “Jenny Pox”, and enjoyed it so much that I got this book without even looking at the book summary. I had high expectations when I started Inferno Park and was not disappointed. I was taken on a wild rollercoaster ride of terror through an abandoned amusement park where some of my worst nightmares found a stage.

The only complaints I have is that Inferno Park needs another quick round of editing
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Lori
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*throws everything off desk and waits for this book*
I'm not sure how much to say about this book. Everything is wound so tightly and people are so freaking uptight about spoilers that I'm almost scared to even talk about it.

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Conch City is a sea side town with a cheaper alternative to Disney World. It's main attraction is a horror themed roller coaster called Inferno Mountain. Carter is scared of the ride, the laughing devil's head seems to be taunting him when he goes to
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Mae Clair
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love J.L. Bryan’s Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper series, so I thought I’d try another title by him. Inferno Park is a tale of horror set at an abandoned amusement park where a catastrophe happened years in the past. Carter was just a kid when he witnessed the gruesome event, now at seventeen, he becomes friends with Victoria, a new girl in his school. Victoria is an amateur photographer who enjoys taking shots of abandoned and decaying places. Unfortunately, she and Carter (along with a number of ...more
Laura Thomas
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life in Conch City was good for Carter. He lived by the beach and Starland Amusement Park was but a stone’s throw away. But, good things come to a swift and tragic end when a sinkhole opens up under Starland. So many injuries, so much death. Carter survived but he’ll never be the same.

I went into this book cold. I didn’t read the blurb or skim any reviews. I just knew from that spectacular cover that I was in for a ride. The bestest, scariest kind of ride, where you squeeze your eyes shut, hold
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Heidi
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Stars: A creeptastic book that will make you sure you never feel the same about amusement parks again.


It is a balmy summer night. Thirteen year old Carter is perusing the town, enjoying those last, long summer nights of freedom before school starts. He is hoping to catch sight of the girl he is secretly crushing on. When Carter see Trish entering the Starlight Amusement Park, he doesn't hesitate, he buys a ticket and heads in. Carter loves the old amusement park. He pauses to drink in the
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Kara Prem
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up
Promising start, a young teenage boy who lives in a Florida town that is almost entirely dependant of the tourists brought in by the local amusement park witnesses a terrible tragedy. A sinkhole opens up in the park, killing many people including the girl he had a crush on. Five years later, the town is dying, the park is boarded up and he befriends the new girl in school who is fascinated by urban decay and the park itself. Two younger boys, one is a bully, and the other is overweight sneak ...more
Davidrm4yahoo.Com
I really enjoyed this

A very cool and original idea.
Placing it in a closed and damaged amusement park just adds to the spooky effect. I live near a closed and derelict park in Ohio called Chippewa Lake and grew up near another one in Cleveland called Puritus Park. It was always really creepy to me (even as a kid) seeing those old deserted buildings and the skeletons of the rides so many had enjoyed and made Summer memories on from years past. Now another of my childhood memories named Geauga Lake
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Christine Desrochers-Broderick
Awesome book! I love old amusement parks! Add it being abandoned and haunted, and you have a great book. Someone should read this and make an amusement park exactly as described! Only not really haunted lol
lina
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Gotta say this book is worth the read. I love the anding and i usually hate happy endings. This book is not dark as edward lee or matt shaw. Light but with little darkness in the book. This is just beating the devil with a little dantes internal. 10 devils out of 10
Shawn Keller
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

I'm a sucker for creepy carnivals. I'm a sucker for abandoned things. This had both of them elements. This was a great story. It was detailed enough, but not draawwwn out. I couldn't stop reading at times. An excellent choice for horror fans !

Well done Mr. Bryan
Tracy Klaft
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun scary book about a bunch of kids fighting evil in an amusement park.
Nicola
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Having read the ellie Jordan series I assumed it was along the same lines. How stupid of me. However it was fantastic and I loved it all. Even the horror parts.
Aeicha
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
J.L. Bryan can write the hell out of a book and, with Inferno Park, he has once again created a highly entertaining, smartly crafted, utterly addicting read! My first thought when finishing this book: “That was some awesome fucked up shit!”

The Starland Amusement Park, in the panhandle of Florida, was home to a horrific catastrophe. Hundreds of people, many of them children, were tragically killed and twelve year old Carter witnessed it all. Five years later, the small seaside town has not
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Lee Dunning
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm leaning toward 3.5 stars on this one - 3.75 even.

I almost didn't finish this book, all because of the crazy first chapter. Initially, I was really enjoying the setup. Carter, a 12-year-old with a first crush, lives in a seaside town full of gaudy Americana displays - things we used to see off of exit ramps during our long car rides to our summer vacation destinations. Giant, garish octopi, mermaids, flamingos and sharks. There is also a large amusement park, getting a bit long in the tooth,
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Shirley
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 to 5
I received Inferno Park in exchange for a fair and honest review.


You know when you watch a scary movie and you yell at the stupid characters to not go in that abandoned house, not look out the window into the shadows, not to leave their safe and warm bed to see what was making that eerie noise outside? Then, when they do it anyway, you cover your eyes and hope that they aren’t going to end up dead… or worse? Yeah, I spent a lot of time mentally yelling at the characters in this book.
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Katie
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
nferno park, or really Starland Amusement Park was super successful until one grim day, when a sinkhole opened up and took down most of the park. Let me start off by saying that the events that took place up until the collapse of the park were amazing, like I could see everything coming down in slow motion ( how it happens in movies, specifically Final Destination ).

Carter was only 12. He was at the park that day with his friends when the whole park collapsed and hundreds died. It should have
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Laura Thomas
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life in Conch City was good for Carter. He lived by the beach and Starland Amusement Park was but a stone’s throw away. But, good things come to a swift and tragic end when a sinkhole opens up under Starland. So many injuries, so much death. Carter survived but he’ll never be the same.

I went into this book cold. I didn’t read the blurb or skim any reviews. I just knew from that spectacular cover that I was in for a ride. The bestest, scariest kind of ride, where you squeeze your eyes shut, hold
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Toni
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Starland Amusement Park is the major tourist attraction in Conch City, located in the panhandle of Florida. Twelve-year-old Carter and his best buddy, Jared, are happy to be hanging out there the week before school starts up. That is until a tragic event kills more than a hundred people inside the park while they watch. The park is shut down for good, and with it all the booming businesses around it. Conch City is quickly leveled to a ghost town. Five years later, Carter wants nothing more than ...more
Kristina
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

I love J.L. Bryan. It doesn’t even matter what the story is about, I will agree to read and review it! His books and writing hasn’t disappointed me yet, and I doubt it ever will! Each one of his stories is unique and so different then the last one he has written.

Inferno Park is about an amusement park in Florida where a massive sink hole opened up and swallowed up half the park, including rides and those poor people enjoying those rides.
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Kelly
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have a deep, dark appreciation for broken things. People, places, societies, hearts. You name it, I'm all "HEY! SOMETHING THAT'S TOTALLY EFFED UP AND WILL PROBABLY GET A LOT WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER! YEEEEEAAAAAAH!"

(And that's the point where I notice that all the people around me have quietly backed away and I'm giving myself victorious high fives. It's a strange, strange life I lead.)

Anyway. This book. It gave me all the broken goodness I wanted and only minor mention of creepy clowns.
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Ozsaur
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the kind of horror I prefer - creepy and atmospheric, with ideas that keep me thinking long after the story is over.

The story starts on a hot summer day with a boy named Carter. He's at Starland Park with his friend Jared, and runs into a girl he has a crush on. The descriptions here, and throughout the book, are so vivid that I could practically smell the popcorn and feel the heat of the day. I could easily visualize the rundown and still functioning Park, as well as the dank, broken
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Kelli
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was honestly expecting this book to be underwhelming. Not because of any reason related to the author or bad reviews, nothing like that. I actually decided to read it only because of the great reviews. but for me, I've greatly preferred female writers vs male writers for books of zombie terror, fantasy paranormal, angel books, etc. but then i realized the I "terror/horror" genre is not the same. And In highschool I read almost every Dean Koontz novel there was, and loved the genre. Which ...more
Beth Roberts
I really did enjoy this book. It does bring back a particular amusement park ride in my childhood, one in which all the neighborhood kids swore The Abominable Snowman lived in. Yes, the one from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". That thing terrified me, even after Herbie fixed his teeth. But anyway, the point is, this book did a great job evoking a certain nostalgic terror. It was decently written and the imagery was excellent. Also fairly well-edited for an indie book. Some minor glitches ...more
Anne
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Horror lovers
As a Florida resident for most of my life, it is not hard to picture the fictional panhandle city of Conch city, once a tourist attraction but after a tragedy at the amusement park which drew most of the tourists has become a ghost town in more ways than one. This is about young Carter whose parents owned one of the attractions in town, a go cart track. When he witnessed the huge sinkhole that devastated Starland Park at age 11, he has seen the town destroyed, his parents marriage break up and ...more
Lorre
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got Inferno Park as a freebie from Amazon a while back but it wasn't really at the top of my tbr list until Rhiannon Frater, one of my favorite authors, wrote a blog post with her 5 favorite books of 2015 and Inferno Park was one of them.
Since I already had the book I decided to give it a try and I wasn't disappointed!

Inferno Park is a brilliant horror set in an abandonned amusement park.
The author has a real nack for writing vivid descriptions of the settings and the horrors happening in it
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Gloria Johnson
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
When I read that this book was about an old theme park in Florida that had been practically destroyed by a giant sinkhole, I had to see what it was about. The main character is a teenaged boy who was at the park the day the sinkhole happened; he witnessed the horror of the event and the tremendous loss of life that occurred. Five years later he meets a girl who has just moved to his little town, and she joins him in checking out the old park. They find it to be haunted, and more horrible events ...more
Jodi
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, a real psychological thriller.

I can't begin to tell you how many crappy books I have read because they were free and had good reviews. Inferno Park is not one of those, I loved it! I don't give out plots when I review a book but I can say that this one delivers a punch that piqued all my senses. Now I will go to the author's other titles and confidently buy some good summer reads, finally!
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J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in the metro Atlanta sprawl with his wife Christina, where he spends most of his day serving the toddler and animal community inside his house. He is the author of the Paranormals series and the Songs of Magic ...more
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