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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  526 ratings  ·  86 reviews
WARNING: THIS IS AN EXTREME HORROR NOVEL. There is gore. There is bad language. There are scenes of a sexual nature. There are scenes of domestic abuse. But hidden underneath it all is also a chilling story. Please do not purchase this book if you are easily shocked, disgusted or offended. This book is not for you.

Teaming up together for the first time since 'ART', Micha
Kindle Edition, 172 pages
Published March 8th 2015 by Amazon Media
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Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of Shaw but I haven't read anything by Bray before.

The book starts with a warning, by both authors, about how bad things are going to get. Knowing Matt Shaw's work, it had me intrigued.

Shortly into the story, I was getting this TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE vibe, but at 100 pages I thought to myself that it was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

And then came the second part of the book. Within 20 pages, I felt like I had been sucker-punched repeat
Andrew Lennon
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best stories I've read in a while. You need to check it out now!
I've read things from Shaw previously so I already knew I liked his writing style.
This is my first read of Bray. I'm not sure who wrote what bits, but I think I can guess. There are some slight differences in style.
However, both authors write in such a way that it's just easy to read. Everything flows nicely. There is no work involved, it's just fun.
The story itself was deep! Gruesome at times, but d
Valerie Sparkle
Wow! Just wow! I'm not sure where to begin. This was definitely disturbing and very intense. It was also painful and heartbreaking. It makes you really think about what a monster truly is. It sounds strange to say that such a dark and twisted story was amazing but it was. If you like extreme horror, this is a must read.
Reeda Booke
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: serial-killer, horror
All I am going to say about this novel is that it is one of the most depressing, bleakest and saddest stories I have ever read with a most truly disgusting individual in the way he abuses his family. It wasn't a true story, but knowing it does happen makes it a tough one to read, but it was well written.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok WOW! I had to think it over awhile before attempting to write this review. I love horror, always have but I noticed quite frequently that either I was losing my imagination or the stories were starting to get bland. Then I downloaded "Monster"..... It's a combined piece of work between Matt Shaw and Michael Bray. This story catches your attention quickly. There was one point in the story where I was thinking "ok.... This is obviously going in this direction...." And quickly found out that not ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: extreme-horror
The authors of MONSTER preface the book with a warning to the readers, cautioning them about the contents of the book. They really play it up: debating whether or not the story was too dark or too extreme and needed to be censored. It's ridiculous. If you've seen the first five minutes of the remake of The Hills Have Eyes 2, you've read this book. Matt Shaw really phones it in. He seems to be doing pretty well, popping out a book every month or so, and probably making a decent bit of cash too. S ...more
Kari Dennis
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Creepy and sad

This book is definitely hardcore horror. At the same time, it's still quite good. This isn't supernatural horror, the characters and situations are actually possible. Most of the book is outrageous and unlikely. However, the background story is the kind actually seen on the news about abused children falling through the cracks. And that just makes the book that much creepier.

It also makes you angry when you see the treatment of Andrew, both as an adult and as a child. The fa
Shirley Williamson
So as expected, this book pushes the limits. It is not for the weak at heart. It is actually brutally sad and disturbing all at the same time.
Imagination a lifetime of torture by a man you are for some reason so inexplicably tied to, seemingly because you have a child together, that oh yea had a massive deformity and brain damage, because said man tried to make you miscarry / beat you to death. What is a good scared sh**less wife to do? Endure.
What Shaw and Bray have put together her
Frankie Yates
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"My bubuh."

This book is nothing like I have ever read before. At times I was close to tears and other times I was close to throwing up. The ending tore my heart out. I just don't even know how to put into words how this made me feel. By far one of Matt's greatest, and Michael Bray's parts were incredible. For the first time ever I actually had to stop reading, compose myself and remind myself that it wasn't real. It was horrible and brilliant at the same time. If you like extreme hor
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An emotional spiral

Wow I loved this read it in a day and a half! A complete emotional rollercoaster brilliantly thought up, it makes you angry, sad and you even feel a little empathy for a couple of the bad guys (BUT you DONT want to, you can't help it!!!) It defiantly without a doubt going to stick with me. For a long time.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

With the warning on the book I was expecting some kind of gory slasher book with more gore than story to it. It had good story, you really felt for certain characters. I loved that they explained what made the monster become that way. Yes, it is a very disturbing story but told well and the disturbing parts weren't really very descriptive. It was definitely a great read,a book I couldn't put it down.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard reviewing a book like this without giving anything too integral to the plot away. So I won't.
Yet another awesome collaboration between Bray and Shaw which makes you ooo,aaaahhh and eeeeeeewwww in all the right places, and occasionally a couple of the wrong ones.
Like the epic monster story Frankenstein, this story explores what makes a monster and who indeed is the worst monster.
Debbi Lathrop
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It could happen

I almost feel ashamed to say I 'enjoyed' this book. It is raw, gut wrenching, horror that could happen! It makes you feel bad for the bad guys yet still want them dead! I like Matt Shaw because his writing is so strong in details you can see every bit of the story. I think he is in writing what Rob Zombie is to movies. FREAKING AWESOME
William R. Wilhelm
Good book especially for TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE fans

If ya like the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE films than you will LOVE this book. The only thing is it's borrows much of the story from those filns.
Sarah Palmer
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Matt shaw and Micheal bray have written a beautiful piece of horror in monster. You can really feel the difference in both guys writing. And this is a good thing because they compliment so well
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
What a terrifying tale from the sick and twisted scribblings of Shaw and Bray. I actually felt some sympathy for Andrew as he never had a chance with the sick parents he had. This is definitely not for the faint of heart or people with weak stomachs but if you love extreme horror, this is a must read. It has also been made into a movie
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you've not read anything by Matt Shaw be warned, it is graphic and gory.
****Warning there are spoilers below******

Richard, the father, is a wife beating bully who turns into an alcoholic wife beating bully and then he starts beating Andrew. My heart went out to Andrew and his mother. I wish she would have gotten the guts up to leave Richard. After he forced her to drink draino while carrying Andrew she should have went to a real doctor, not one of Richard's buddies, and then abor
The Grim Reader
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Monster mash

Matt Shaw and Michael Bray again join forces to create a twisted tale of extreme horror. This book takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and left me feeling drained at it's conclusion. The character of Richard is loathsome and my hate for him grew throughout the book. By the end of the book you will ask yourself who the real monster was? The descriptions of violence are graphic but necessary for the story. This is extreme fiction, dark fiction. It may not be for everyone, but
Karen Bullock
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Truly a masterpiece of horror fiction. This story has it all, brilliantly written.
The dual author's warnings @ the beginning are obviously in place for the people who are easily triggered by the grotesque & taboo subjects but if you've ever read H.P. Lovecraft novel then this story should be a piece of cake.
While I won't use the term, "enjoyable" to describe this story--it was definitely a thought provoking & emotional journey.
Definitely for fans of truly descr
Jan 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
No point in reading

I love Matt Shaws book but unfortunately this book was terrible. I felt the book was rushed and they didn't give the ending much thought. Also it isn't as gory and in detail as both authors explain in the beginning, the 8th and eat for example were a lot more disturbing. Very disappointed.
Stacy wilson
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such a brilliant book, I became extremely anti-social and didn't want to talk to anyone till i had finished it. It was so intelligently written. I think that at some point someone was a "monster" to someone else. Loved it.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of triggers. Very disturbing.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
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May 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ok, you got me, I fell for it. I looked at the warning on the cover, I read the "apologies" by the two authors telling me beforehand that they were sorry for how graphic and disturbing the book was. After all of that I was intrigued and really looking forward to reading it.

I got tricked. It all ended up being a load of bunk. The book is dark, and there are some sad moments but this is NOT "extreme horror." Not even close. The subject matter is incredibly derivative and predictable. Imagine some
Joe Stamber
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
This sounded promising and after the authors bigged themselves up in the unnecessary introduction, I was expecting something special. It had potential, but never reached it. One problem is that I have read Jack Ketchum and he does brutal but is simply a better writer than Matt Shaw. The back story about the couple who raise the "monster" didn't work for me, partly because the story was interrupted for it all to be rolled out at once. Another issue was that the narrative jumped from first to thir ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is billed as an extreme horror novel. And while parts of it were graphic, it wasn't really scary. It was sad. Maybe I'm too jaded in today's world, but this wasn't horror. A woman named Christina is abducted by a man and woman. She is told she is the guest of honor for their son at his birthday party. She is held and tortured. And it is sad the abuse she is given to endure. She eventually escaped. And that is how the story ends. No real closure or tying up of lose ends. Overall just an okay ...more
Bryan Moyer
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sick and twisted exploration into the depravity of people. An abusive pure psychopath, an abused sick mother, and an abused deformed son form a sick family that would fit with the worst of them. It's hard to decide who the true monster really is as the events unfold at a breakneck pace. I found myself alternating between sympathy and disgust for mother and son as they both suffered and caused suffering. It's a birthday party from hell leading to an even darker and more evil endgame. Another fa ...more
Jason M
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Highly disturbing...

At least we were warned before reading Monster.
This book is truly disturbing, to the point where you need to put the book down, take a deep breath, and just remind yourself that it’s Fiction. I couldn’t help but to think of something like this happening to my Wife or Daughter, and how horrifying that would be. Shaw and Bray usually write some F****d up stuff but this was gut-wrenching. Thankfully I enjoy this genre, and for anyone else who loves Graphic Horror, Read Monster
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Horrifying..and heartbreak

I wasnt quite certain what to expect but having been on a Laymon pick recently I decided to try out some other extreme horror. What s heartbreaking story!! I cant help feeling so much empathy for the monster, whose own parents were the real monsters. Mother included for choosing to stay. Not for anyone with a weak stomach lol but overall an engrossing read.
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MATT SHAW was born, quite by accident (his mother tripped, he shot out) September 30th 1980 in Winchester hospital where he was immediately placed on the baby ward and EBay. Some twelve years later (wandering the corridors of the hospital and playing with road kill when he was on day release), the listing closed and he remained unsold, he was booted out of the hospital to star

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