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The Dover Demon

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  36 reviews

The Dover Demon is real…and it has returned.

In 1977, Sam Brogna and his friends came upon a terrifying, alien creature on a deserted country road. What they witnessed was so bizarre, so chilling, they swore their silence. But their lives were changed forever.

Decades later, the town of Dover has been hit by a massive blizzard. Sam’s son, Nicky, is drawn to search for the

Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Dan Schwent
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, 2016-books
Thirty years ago, four teenagers saw a creature the newspapers named The Dover Demon. Now, people are seeing the creature again and the four people's lives are going to converge. Will any of them survive?

I think Hunter Shea and I would have a lot to talk about. There was a five year period where I was into UFOs and an even longer time when I was fascinated by cryptids. How could I not give this a shot?

The Dover Demon uses the Dover Demon sighting in 1977 as a jumping on point and runs with it. T
THE DOVER DEMON, by Hunter Shea, is one of his fast-action cryptic--or "creature-feature" novels. What sets this one apart from some others, in my humble opinion, is that it incorporates many unexplained sightings and conjecture from all over the world, merging it flawlessly into its own fictional universe. This gives the story a sense of reality, in that many of the topics are actually in debate in our world now. The Dover Demon is an alien, of a sort--only with Shea's imagination it becomes so ...more
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
The Dover Demon is a fantastic monster story. The citizens of the sleepy town of Dover, Massachusetts have had these monsters living right under their noses for years. These monsters were first spotted in 1977, and now they’re back for what they have claimed as their own.

I love what Hunter Shea has done with this story. What does a horror author do when he or she wants a monster? They can create a completely new monster and try to scare their readers with that. While this can work, the monster l
Michael Hicks
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Over the handful of titles I’ve read from Hunter Shea, the man has proved to be an adept storyteller and is capable putting some clever twists in his ideas. He crafts fun little page turners, and over the last year several more of his titles have wound up on my electronic TBR list, with The Montauk Monster and his Jessica Backman books waiting on my Kindle.

When I saw The Dover Demon pop up on NetGalley, it shot up to the top of my reading queue. I knew nothing of the mythology surrounding the Do
Glenn Rolfe
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hunter Shea takes on the Dover Demon. This crytid was seen in Massachusetts and hasn’t been documented as much as some of the others in its cryptozoology family like the Jersey Devil or the Mothman. This opens up the doors for Shea to create his own story of who or what the Dover Demon is.

Four friends (Sam, Chris, Kelly, and Stephanie) driving home from a movie in 1977 come upon a creature in the road. What they witness alters their paths forever. Fast forward to present day. We find one friend,
Ms. Nikki
In 1977, a group of friends come face-to-face with the unbelievable.

Determined to put the past behind them, the four friends go on with life as if their encounter was nothing more than a hallucination.

But for the beings they came across, that night was just the beginning. A connection was made, a bond that time could not break. And as the years pass, one friend of the past comes across clues that reveal much more that happened on that night. A night that may once again draw them all back togethe
Reeda Booke
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another fun read about another cryptid monster, the Dover Demon. It starts off with an actual documented event that happened in 1977 to some teenagers and makes a story out of it. Forty years later, these 4 teenagers have tried to move on from their experience, but are about to find out that they have not been forgotten.

A wicked, horrifying read into an extraterrestrial encounter.

Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hunter Shea's "The Dover Demon" is a great read! Shea does a great job starting with an actual extraterrestrial event (a documented sighting of a strange alien-looking being by a group of teenagers outside of Dover, MA, in 1977) and making a story out of it.

These teenagers, now in their 40's, continue to be vexed by what they saw years ago (think Stephen King's "It") and struggle to keep the event from affecting their lives. One member of the group, Kelly, continues to have experiences with the
Matthew Franks
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Horror and Science Fiction
The Dover Demon, the latest by Hunter Shea, follows the story of Sam Brogna and his son Nicky. It begins by exploring the characters' interactions and interest in an elusive cryptid then quickly evolves into an exciting and much broader horror reading experience.

Like many other Shea fans, I particularly enjoyed his easy going writing style and sense of humor, an element not always present or well executed in a story of this type. As the story progressed, I became more and more impressed with the
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great reading. Hunter Shea has done it again. Love this author. on my keeper shelf. Keep them coming
Zakk Madness
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Leading up to the release of The Dover Demon I was pretty hyped, borderline over excited for it. With the name Hunter Shea stamped on the cover, a name that lends a particular credence, couple that with a tale steeped in history and fantastic cover art, how could one not be? I was psyched to the point of being concerned about putting it on a pedestal. Once something is on a pedestal there usually can be only two outcomes: being graced by the pristine glow of greatness or crumble under the pressu ...more
David Sharp
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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In 1977, the town of Dover was hit with an incident of horror and speculation. Sam and several of hhis friends came across a creature that brought in cryptozoologists and ufologists to study and investigate the incident. Fast forward several decades and the quiet town of Dover is about to experience something much worse than the incident of their past.

The character development of the “Dover 4” hits all of the right beats in order to make one compelling narrative.
The Grim Reader
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's very easy to get caught up in books by Hunter Shea. This is a bit of a slow burner but is all the better for it. Instead of going full throttle, Hunter lets his stories breathe and this helps create a creepy atmosphere. Hunter's strengths are his monsters and his characters. Anybody whom has read any of his previous works will not be disappointed with his latest effort from Samhain Horror. Another strong book and perfect for this time of year. 4 stars from this reader.
Ekel Adolf
A fascinating read. This book is full of crazy and weird ideas, but extremely well written.
Laura Thomas
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hunter Shea writes stories I can sink my teeth into. What’s more fun than getting scared, jumping at little noises, and after finishing one of his books, sleeping with the light on.

The author takes an urban legend and brings it to life. The Dover Demon is a big attraction in Dover, much to the annoyance to some and the delight to others. There’s money to be made from tourists flocking in to try to catch a glimpse of the elusive creature.

Back in 1977, an encounter with a strange creature changes
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-owned-total
What a fun book!! It's told in the current day as well as flashbacks to the late 70's.
And it really is a blend of everything that was cool about the 70's. You can tell Hunter Shea knows his stuff when he sets up various scenes that take place in 1977.
The story itself is something out of In Search of...or the more modern, Destination Truth.
I love cryptozoology and I find it fascinating that people see things like the Dover Demon or Mothman, but nothing ever really comes of it. This could expla
Tim Potter
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, horror
Hunter Shea is one of the most consistent and versatile writers of horror fiction working today. His latest release from Samhain Horror, The Dover Demon, does nothing but prove how good he can be. It is horror from cover to cover with themes of paranoia, conspiracy, creatures, science fiction and mythology that spans from ancient archaeological sites to the vastness of space. With great characters and a great take on UFOlogy and cryptids, this novel is sure to please.

The characters in The Dover
Shane Keene
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a huge fan of monsters since before I can remember. Over the course of my life I've read literally hundreds of fiction and nonfiction novels and stories about various types of monsters and probably devoured every single issue of FAMOUS MONSTERS magazine ever produced. Another person who loves monsters is Hunter Shea. Since I discovered Hunter, not so very long ago, I try to consume every monster novel he writes. The first one I read was the tremendous work, THE MONTAUK MONSTER. Upon re ...more
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book will scare the pants off you as well as entertain you! I have watched shows about the Dover Demon, what it is and the fact that no one really knows where they came from or what they are here for. Several people have actually encountered this bizarre being. Seriously. This book however is a work of fiction, but knowing the background source, made this read even better!!

In 1977, Sam Brogna and a few of this friends stumbled upon on one of these creatures on a desolate road one night. The
Angela Crawford
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review from Erin Al-Mehairi at Oh, for the Hook of a Book as part of The Dover Demon blog tour. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

This novel takes on the myth of The Dover Demon and makes it terrifying! The story is fast paced and full of tension. All of the characters are believable but Sam, Tank and Nicky are my favorites. Sam's reaction when he finds out that his son, Nicky is missing was so visceral and heart wren
Russell James
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hunter Shea, the master of all things monster, delivers another terrifying thrill ride with The Dover Demon. In 1977, five friends encounter a strange creature on some Massachusetts back roads. The incident affects all of them, some far worse than others.
Years later, the demon is back and it has a horrific plan for each of them, and the next generations of Dover victims.
This is no slasher flick, filled with cardboard characters. The two main characters affected by their demonic encounter are ex
Josef Hernandez
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Rich D.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review

Over a two night period in 1977, eyewitnesses in the rural town of Dover, Massachusetts reported seeing a mysterious and terrifying creature that defied any earthly explanation. The stories of a mysterious creature referred to as the Dover Demon filled cryptid hunters and tourists with wonder and they arrived in the town of Dover in droves, seeking to catch a glimpse of the legendary creature with their own eyes. But for Sam, his best friend T
David W. Fabian Jr.

Not the kind of book i like but it is well written and an interesting premise. A good read if you like the subject.
Brad T.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I thought it was ok. seemed longer than it needed to be. I don't think the underground runs needed to happen over and over and over again.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Hunter Shea dives into the modern urban myths and creates his own story around another famous cryptid story. This time it revolves around the Massachusetts town of Dover. The sighting of a strange creature what has all the appearances of the typical description of an extraterrestrial alien.
Sam Brogna runs a small comic shop in town. His son Nicky helps out. He has stocked his shop with copies of a book called the Dover Demon written by one of the only people wiling to put their memori
K. B. Frazier
The story follows a couple of families from the nineteen seventies into the present: back when Sam and Kelly and Tank and Stephanie were teenagers and they saw the creature for the first time on a drive to their favourite make out spot, or home from the movies, or wherever they were going — doesn’t matter. It was night time and they were in a car.

It shrieked a bit, dropped a few stinky eggs into the road, and they ran off as a host of masked men carried off the cargo while this thing watched the
Matthew Baker
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I guess you can tell that I’m a pretty big fan of author Hunter Shea’s work, seeing as how I’ve reviewed several of his books over the past few months. What can I say? The guy can certainly entertain! Samhain Publishing recognizes my fandom as well, for they put a quote from one of my reviews on the cover of Shea’s recent offering, THE DOVER DEMON (you can’t see it in the picture above, but it’s there). In the quote, I said, “Shea’s work is smart and inventive, in both scope and merit. His theme ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it
A fun cryptid themed horror novel.

Back in the 1970's there was a flap of sighting of an unusual creature in the small town of Dover, Massachusetts. It was named The Dover Demon. The thing disappeared after a few weeks, and was never seen again.

Hunter Shea takes this factoid, and creates a story around it.

It seems four high school friends saw the demon back in the day. They've tried, and some have succeeded, in forgetting the incident, but the demon hasn't forgotten them...

Pretty decent, with so
Jeff French
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: creatures
3.5 stars.
With the Dover Demon, Hunter Shea has written a book that takes a common premise and mixes in some original ideas which results in some fun reading. It has a very 'X Files' feel and I expected to see Mulder and Scully enter at any time to investigate the mystery. Shea's prose is clean and he doesn't waste words which keeps the story moving along nicely. My biggest complaint is that towards the end the novel gets repetitive. Characters are lost in an underground facility which is like a
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Hunter Shea is the author of over 25 books, with a specialization in cryptozoological horror that includes The Jersey Devil, The Dover Demon, Loch Ness Revenge and many others. As part of the new horror line at Flame Tree Press, his novel Creature has gained critical acclaim. His novel, The Montauk Monster, was named one of the best reads of the summer by Publishers Weekly. A trip to the Internati ...more