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Prince of Nightmares

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  56 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Welcome to the Ballador Country House Hotel. Nestled in the highlands of Scotland, it is unlike any other lodging. Guests can expect wonderful scenery, gourmet food, and horrifying nightmares—guaranteed. Daring travelers pay thousands to stay within the Ballador’s infamous rooms because of the vivid and frightening dreams the accommodations inspire.

Before Josephine Tevers
Kindle Edition, 189 pages
Published January 1st 2016 by Blood Bound Books
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Set in a remote part of Scotland, the Ballador Country House Hotel guarantees its guests nightmares. What a delicious premise!

With an elderly magnate as the protagonist, I couldn't help but wonder how the author was going to make him come alive, but come alive he did-without being at all likable. An interesting choice for protagonist, but John McNee pulls it off.

Without going further into the plot, I can say that there are some wildly creative ideas here and the author delivers on them. Descrip
Gregor Xane
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Full disclosure: I do not know the author of this book, but I do greatly admire his collection Grudge Punk, and when he approached me with a review copy of this novel, I couldn't turn it down.

First off, Grudge Punk is one of my favorite books. Did I like Prince of Nightmares as much? Frankly, no. And I'm not quite sure they are comparable entities. One's a collection of intertwining stories set in a shared hard-boiled universe populated with rough characters made of metal, flesh, and plastic bit
Ms. Nikki
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Mr. McNee welcomed me and his dis-likable characters into the Ballador House Hotel
with open doors where nightmares aren't just an option on the menu, they're a guarantee.

John's writing was on par with some of my go-to authors which shocked and delighted me. The delicious doses of gore and gruesomeness was served up just right. And although the characters didn't have me rooting for them, I was still invested in their story.

I'm intrigued by this writer and that's a good thing. Kudos for the gre
Ken McKinley
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, own-kindle
The Ballador House is set in the remote reaches of Scotland and it has some very unique characteristics. Anyone that stays there is guaranteed to have nightmares. This guarantee has transformed the Ballador House into a must-stay destination for some very unusual clientele that happen to be into that kind of thing. Not the kind of people that the elderly multi-millionaire, Victor Taversham, would be seen associating with. But that all changed after his wife, Josephine, booked a stay there right ...more
August Is Azathoth The Haunted Reading Room

I was eager to read this book after perusing a Goodreads review, and found PRINCE OF NIGHTMARES every bit as appealing as I'd hope. Mr. McNee has a vast imagination, and weaves it extensively. I predict fans of Clive Barker and Bryan D. Smith will admire this novel. Not for anyone without a cast-iron heart, stomach, and brain, but nevertheless exquisitely designed. Touching on some original theories about the nature of both reality and perception, the au
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to read John McNee's first book, GrudgePunk. It was my first Bizarro book and, I must say, that was the day (because that's how long it took me to read it) that I fell in love with him. Um... I mean... his writing (haha). It was one of my top FOUR reads in 2013 and a book I have recommended to anyone who likes things... a bit out of the ordinary.

When I received an email from him asking if I would be interested in reading this novel, even though it is
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Ballador House Hotel has built itself quite a reputation for causing its guests terrible nightmares. Its history is stained by blood, oil, meat and misery. Now seekers of the morbid have turned it into a tourist hot spot. Get a room and get ready for the stay of a lifetime. One tip…stay away from the Residents. They feed on pain and suffering and are getting stronger every day. They want out. They want to play.

Victor Treversham found out that his recently deceased wife, Josephine, made a res
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow. This is precisely why I can't just abandon horror altogether. Because every so often a book like this comes along and, despite the cheesy cover and a relatively unknown author, does in 189 pages what so many try and fail to do in twice that much...genuinely thrills, scares and disturbs. Hotels offer many amenities, gym, sauna, HBO...why not nightmares? McNee's awesome unhinged imagination dreamt up a hotel where nightmares are guaranteed and it's quite popular. When an aging tycoon check ...more
4.5 stars.

PRINCE OF NIGHTMARES is the first book I’ve read by author John McNee. In this, I’ve discovered a writer with a great deal of talent, that I will be keeping an eye out for in the future.

Very little about this novel struck me as “typical”. Our main character, Victor Teversham, is an elderly billionaire tycoon, who got to where he was by stepping on, and using everything and everyone around him. A man who thought little of anyone except himself, with very few–if any–redeeming qualities,
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
The world that we live in today is one of extreme everything. It is no longer enough to do something, there has to be a risk factor to make it worthwhile. John McNee’s Ballador Country House Hotel is the next step in extreme travel. A hotel that guarantees a ghost-filled nightmare to torment its guests. I can only imagine the guests bragging as if it were a badge of honor to survive through the night. It wouldn’t surprise me if there was already a few of these already setting up shop.

John McNee’
Frank Errington
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Prince of Nightmares begins with a Traditional German charm against nightmares...

I lay me here to sleep;
No night-mare shall plague me,
Until they swim all the waters
That flow upon the earth,
And count all the stars
That appear in the firmament.
Thus help me God Father, Son, and Holy host. Amen.

Victor Teversham is worth nearly a billion dollars. It's not enough to protect him from tragedy as his wife, Josephine, takes her life shortly after booking a stay at the Ballador House Hotel. Her s
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
What a great concept for a horror novel: A hotel that boasts terrifying nightmares for its guests.

To this day, the the most terrifying movie I have seen is Burnt Offerings. The reason for this is the recurring nightmares that Oliver Reed's character has about the hearse chauffeur. There is a paralyzing terror when you are in the grip of a nightmare, obviously because there are no bounds to the imagination and you are powerless to do anything about it. Only a wash of relief when you wake up, take
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always my fellow bookish peeps this review can also be found on my blog

I was sent a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.

On the surface Prince of Nightmares couldbe deemed to be another rather standard haunted house ghost story, at times reminding me of a couple of horror films I've previously seen, House on Haunted Hill and Thirteen Ghosts, but in-fact turns out to be far more. After the event at the start of the boo
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
Let me start by saying how much I loved the fact that the main character in this book wasn’t a young kid, young woman, newlyweds on their honeymoon, etc. Instead, you get an old (and by old I mean almost 80) white guy as the protagonist. The only place I’m used to seeing old white guys is when they’re running for some sort of office. The only running Victor does is in fear.

This book was so well-written. It really calls to mind some of my most-loved horror movies. The ones that have just that twi
Nev Murray
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
"This is definitely old skool. This is definitely scary horror. This is definitely one you should not read whilst staying in a hotel during a power cut."

See here for the full review:

Prince of Nightmares
Rob Twinem
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Having read so much mediocre horror fiction recently it has been a pleasure to read something with real originality and style and outstanding evil that resides at the Ballador House Hotel.

An eclectic mix of characters are in resident at the Ballador Hotel all hoping to encounter and meet paranormal apparitions as night approaches. One particular resident Victor Teversham is praying that the hotel will supply an answer as to why his wife Josephine booked a getaway break here before committing sui
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read by John McNee and I really enjoyed it. Before Josephine Teversham committed suicide, she makes a reservation for her husband Victor at The Ballard House. Victor decided to find out what his wife had in store for him. Victor was a billionaire and did what he had to do to make a buck. The Ballard House has a reputation for being haunted and certain rooms were guaranteed to give you horrific nightmares. Some of the nightmares are real and some of them are min ...more
David Sharp
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ballador Country House Hotel is set in the isolated highlands of Scotland. Offering far more than a continental breakfast and free wifi, Ballador guarantees its guest will suffer crippling nightmares. This highly sought after hotel costs thousands of dollars per night due to the abnormally vivid nightmares - nightmares far more terrifying and real than any horror film.

Victor Teversham, an elderly magnate, finds himself staying the night at this mysterious hotel. The reason for his presence is du
The Grim Reader (
No. This book 'Prince of Nightmares' is not a Donald Trump biography, but is in fact a disturbing tale about a haunted hotel that steers clear of becoming 'run of the mill' by the way in which McNee graphically describes certain scenes/dreams/visions inside of the book.

The story follows the journey of Victor Terversham - a self-made millionaire who, at the request of his deceased wife, stays at a haunted hotel nestled in the highlands of Scotland. The hotel is notorious for terrifying its guests
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Prince of Nightmares by John McNee goes for the slow burn at first. Multi-millionaire Victor Teversham is to spend a few days in a hotel with an unusual reputation. Those who stay overnight tend to have very vivid nightmares. The nightmares often involve similar characters who are thought of as ghosts haunting the hotel. The reason Teversham has a reservation at this most sought after "vacation" spot is because his wife booked a reservation for him just before she killed herself.

It is an intere
Rob Twinem
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gruesome horror of the finest order! Having read so much mediocre horror fiction recently it has been a pleasure to read something with real originality and style and outstanding evil that resides at the Ballador House Hotel.
An eclectic mix of characters are in resident at the Ballador Hotel all hoping to encounter and meet paranormal apparitions as night approaches. One particular resident Victor Teversham is praying that the hotel will supply an answer as to why his wife Josephine booked a ge
Vincenzo Bilof
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The use of dreams is a common literary device, and often appears as a sort of trope in horror fiction. Author John McNee rips away from the real world and throws us into a deeper pit of personal terror than anything that might have been cooked up in a Freddy Kreuger film. Whereas the Kreuger films are slasher flicks that rely heavily on a boogeyman-psychopath prototype, McNee’s novel, Prince of Nightmares, focuses on the relevance of personal horror.

Prince is set up for the reader to experience
christina cooper
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Completely entertaining and frightening!

This tale started out creepy, moved onto terrifying and then to alarming, all while staying very fast paced, and so engrossing; I hardly put it down from start to finish! It has complex and highly interesting characters with a super unique plot, which I am finding hard to explain without spoilers.
Mcnee starts out with introducing us to a weird scene, without really letting us know what’s going on until much later…then we meet Victor Teversham and his right
Tina Collins
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Prince of Darkness by John McNee revolves around a haunted hotel: Ballador Country House Hotel. It is located in one of the most remotest areas of Scotland and it has a reputation to uphold.

Victor Teversham’s wife, Josie, committed suicide and for a parting gift she booked a vacation for him in that very hotel. Charming girl. Malevolent nightmares of gruesome proportions would force sane people to run to the hills, but, amazingly, Victor chooses to stay on and face the demons head on. His wife h
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Blood Bound Books!
Prince of Darkness is a horror novel that doesn't immediately jump up at you but, once it gets started, it grabs you and doesn't let go. After his wife kills herself, billionaire Victor Teversham goes to the Ballador House to find out why the last thing she ever did was make a reservation there for him. But this Scottish building is not a normal hotel, it is said that everyone who stays there has
For the life of me I can't cite the exact source but I remember reading this about Richard Laymon, "He's like Stephen King, if King didn't have a conscience." That sentence would be perfect if it also included the description, "dirty old man" lol. So if King is the king of horror (and we all know he is) and Laymon is the teenage brother who stares at boobs and laughs at farts, John McNee is the grounded middle brother. He writes the perfect balance of grotesque horror without the cheese or camp ...more
Matt Hlinak
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
'Prince of Nightmares' is a fast-paced and cinematic horror novel. Rather than relying on shock value, McNee’s horror arises from thrusting interesting characters together in an unsettling setting. These characters face dangers beyond their control, but they are hardly blameless victims. For our nightmares are all in our heads—whom else can we blame for them but ourselves?

Read my full review at Pop Mythology.

I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher.

Matt Hlinak
Author of DoG
Kristopher Triana
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best novel debut I've read in years. McNee pulls you in from the first page and plunges you deep into a terror-abyss that leaves you feeling emotionally pulverized. His characters have many dimensions (including his less-than-hero protagonist) and each of them will surprise you during the course of the pitch-black story. McNee takes the haunted house story in new directions with Prince of Nightmares and elevates the classic theme to a level that left me stunned, reminding me of the experienc ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Before ageing billionaire Victor Teversham’s wife Josephine killed herself in a hotel bathroom, she made a reservation for him at the mysterious Ballador Country House Hotel. Hidden away in the Scottish highlands, the hotel has a reputation for guaranteeing nightmares, seemingly provided by the house’s numerous ghosts, known to regular guests as the Residents.
Victor, still reeling from his wife’s suicide, makes the trip from Australia to honour her last wishes – and in the hopes of perhaps meeti
Wayne W
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Horror at its very best

Love the concept of the hotel that causes nightmares. This book is very well written and scary. Loved the book.
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John McNee is the writer of numerous strange and disturbing horror stories, published in a variety of strange and disturbing anthologies, as well as the novel 'Prince of Nightmares'.

He is also the creator of Grudgehaven and the author of 'Grudge Punk', a collection of short stories detailing the lives and deaths of its gruesome inhabitants.

He lives on the west coast of Scotland, where he works for
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“Growing up, imagination gave way to cynicism. Ignorance was traded in for world weariness. Fears remained, but they were the dull, suburban fears of illness, destitution, and death. The visceral terror of the unknown- of unseen things lurking under the bed or creeping out of the cupboard- became a fuzzy memory.” 2 likes
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