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The Jersey Devil

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  419 ratings  ·  115 reviews
“Old school horror.” —Jonathan Maberry

Everyone knows the legend of the Jersey Devil. Some believe it is an abomination of nature, a hybrid winged beast from hell that stalks the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey searching for prey. Others believe it is a hoax, a campfire story designed to scare children. But one man knows the truth...

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Pinnacle
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Dan Schwent
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books, 2017
When Jersey Devil sightings spike, Sam Willet and his family head to the New Jersey Pine Barrens for a reckoning sixty years in the making. With a cryptozoologist and a van full of firepower, will they be able to bring down the devil and live to tell the tale?

My young eyes first encountered the legend of the Jersey Devil in Monsters You Never Heard of sometime before the age of ten. I thought it was kind of lame and forgot about it until it was featured in an early X-Files episode. Anyway, since
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Holy Shit, Batman, this is one hell of a gore feast! Which is of course, what I was after when I started to read the latest Hunter Shea book. But, even I think Shea overachieved himself this time. This book has some really pretty disturbing parts, from brutal death scenes to women almost being raped. I can face quite a lot, but even I found some parts hard to read. Shea doesn't shy away from brutal scenes that's for sure.

However, besides that, the book also has an interesting story. The heart o
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen @ my blog Bark's Book Nonsense . Stop by and say hey.

As the title suggests, this book is all about The Jersey Devil. He with the scary goat/horse faced visage and foul breath, who haunts hapless humans out there in the Jersey Pines. After reading this story, I do believe his name suits him just fine. He is a horrible beast and the things he does made me shudder in revulsion. It takes a lot to do that to me but this book delivered in that
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-shelf, horror

I mean, I was expecting a cryptozoologist's nightmare with a focus on building sympathetic characters even in New Jersey, and all of this is right on target, but I didn't expect to love the whole damn redneck family or their never-ending bullets and their heavy-set will-to-revenge.

I had a great time reading this. This is horror done right. The build-up wasn't too long, the reveals were properly horrific, and the end was extremely satisfying. And bloody. Oh goodness, do any of you like
3.5/5 stars!

The Jersey Devil, as you may have guessed, is a creature feature. It was fun and bloody, which are the top things I'm looking for in a book of this nature.

I thought it was a little too long, and a little far fetched, (but then again, most creature features are over the top.)

It was an entertaining and light read which was perfect for my mood.

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4.5 stars!

THE JERSEY DEVIL, by Hunter Shea, is a fast paced rampage of the type of "old-school" horror I've always loved. The best thing, for myself, in reading a new book based upon an existing legend, is what the author brings into it to make the story uniquely his/her own. Hunter Shea is an author that has yet to fail me in that regard.

THE JERSEY DEVIL, a legendary folklore of a winged beast, originates in the Pine Barrows of Southern New Jersey--a vast, wooded region easy to lose oneself in.
My first Hunter Shea and what a ride..!!

Is this literary horror? - No
Is it high art? - No
Is this a blood-soaked action-packed thrill ride that will make you duck for cover every time a sparrow's shadow crosses over your head while you're weeding the tomato patch? - OH YEAH.

And there is a wee Trigger Warning - there are a number of references to rape and attempted rape...however, as someone for whom this is a huge TW, and avoids anything with rape scenes, don't avoid this book for that reason. T
Andi Rawson
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read by Hunter Shea, who is quickly becoming my go-to author when I want a fairly mindless but absolutely satisfying horror read. When I say mindless, I don't mean it in a derogatory sense at all. I just mean that I'm not quite up for a literary horror read or having to think too terribly hard about the book I'm holding, which is my usual preference. Shea's writing is excellent and he's what I like to come home to when I've had a rough day and all I want is a cold be ...more
Frank Errington
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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A romp through the Pine Barrens of New Jersey with multiple twists, layers, and additions to the mythos of The Jersey Devil.

I've lived in Southeastern Pennsylvania most of my life. It's close enough to South Jersey that I've grown up fascinated by the tall tales of The Jersey Devil. As a result I come to Hunter Shea's new book with a firm grasp on all of the hearsay from over the years While Hunter keeps the history of the legend in tact, he really just uses those stories as a startin
Michael Hicks
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, netgalley
I’ve switched over to reading e-books almost exclusively, but back when I was making obsessively compulsive trips to our local Big Chain bookstores I would see paperbacks the publisher had labeled as a Guaranteed Good Read. I don’t know if this marketing practice is still in use, but I think it’s a label that should be slapped onto the covers of Hunter Shea’s books. I’ve read half a dozen Shea books so far, and not a single one has been a disappointment. If anything, the dude just keeps getting ...more
Jon Recluse
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This creature feature novel should come with an extra large bucket of popcorn....recalling the Saturday afternoon monster movies of my youth, with a healthy dash of "Die Hard" style mayhem thrown in. Pure, escapist fun.

When the legendary Jersey Devil returns to it's old stomping grounds, the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, all Hell breaks loose, as the once elusive creature is now hunting....and it may not be alone.

Only the Willet clan, all four generations of them, dare to challenge the Devil's rei
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, knl
As a kid, I was fascinated with cryptozoology. Limited to books in the times before the internet, I'd page through, reading and studying the illustrations and now, so many years later, I can perfectly visualize the Jersey Devil again thanks to Mr. Shea. If you've never heard of it before, you're in for a treat as Mr. Shea brings it to life!
Because of my childhood fascination, I was pretty stoked to read Mr. Shea's book and it was a blast! The story has a large cast of characters, some that app
Thomas Strömquist
Sep 21, 2017 marked it as dnf
You know what - this started out good, but I'm throwing in the towel at about 70 % (or chapter 32, if someone's keeping count).

The writing is good (even if I felt like quality declining with the pagecount increasing. But that may be my boredom more than actual fact). Some things I've gotten hung up on - mainly the fact that a lot of dialog is built up with very proper use of the English language with quite eloquent sentences and actually quite cumbersome expressions, even during the most extrem
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
I’ll be honest, I don’t like New Jersey. Granted, my experience with New Jersey has been limited exclusively to the Interstates as I have been passing through. I’m sure that there are some very lovely parts of the Garden State, I’ve just never seen any of them as I sat at a standstill for hours on the Interstate. Hunter Shea has given me more reasons to be leery about New Jersey with its “brown recluse and black widow spiders…there are rattlesnakes out here and bobcats too.” Then of course, ther ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
The Pine Barrens -3.5 stars...

I love horror stories based on old legends so I was excited about reading this book. The legend goes that the Jersey Devil haunts the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey and he's always looking for prey...
Shea then takes that legend to another level. I enjoyed the whole creature feature aspect and I thought the main characters, Norm the famous cryptozoologist and the Willet family who's been haunted by the Jersey Devil for years, were pretty cool. 
What I didn't p
Glenn Rolfe
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hunter She’s writing is like great comfort food. I mean, he’s like a wonderful plate of mashed sweet potatoes with a perfectly buttered ear of corn, and a breast of juicy barbecued chicken. Keeping with his previous books like The Montauk Monster, Sinister Entity, Island of the Forbidden, and They Rise, his latest, The Jersey Devil, delivered all the delicious flavors I have come to expect in a Shea novel.

The Jersey Devil is the epitome of paperback horror. The kind of story you expected every m
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, netgalley
The Jersey Devil is the latest release from Hunter Shea and it's effectively what you have come to expect from this prolific horror author. A group of characters come together to survive against some kind of monster - in this case, the titular mythical figure - before carnage and chaos ensue.

The Jersey Devil is a B-move come to life. It demands to be read on a Friday night with a six pack of beers, in place of the old creature features they used to run on late night TV in my part of the world.
The Shayne-Train
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was really good. Like, really for reals really good.

This is a monster story done right. Characters you care about, written well and with depth. A monster that is horrifyingly horrible and horrid. (view spoiler) Tons of gore that never seems to be there as a crutch for lack of talent and/or ideas.

The body count in this one is unbelievable, but yet at the same time kinda...believable. Yeah, I don't know if I understand what I said there ei
A pretty good and quick monster romp with a high body count and some pretty cool creepy crawlies. Fast and entertaining.

Geriatric morning wood, grimey Pineys, a feral lactating lass , half a camper, a deer stampede, birthmark hooves and “the family that hunts together…”
Ms. Nikki
Gah! Why?
Okay, so I don't think I should have read this book. It was not for me. I love B-movies (low budget), but B-Books (Low effort or skill) seem to be a mashed-up mess. Unbelievably cheesy story based on a somewhat decent backstory with animated, but cardboard under-cooked characters with awesome ideas that fizzle out along the way. Yes, this book had some interesting things going on, but we also heard and saw The Jersey Devil way too much to make him an effective foe. His little spawnings
Jen (Book Den)
Aug 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
I will cut right to the chase. Around 90% in, the following description for the jersey devil was used:

"Dammit!" he cursed, aiming for the other, the one that looked like a cross between a child with Down syndrome and a goat.

Hopefully the offensiveness of that description is self-explanatory.

I tried to keep reading. I made it to 94% but I don't remember a single word past "goat".

You do what you want. The book had merits before the error of judgment, but I won't go into them here. This is the firs
Terri Wino
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2016
2.5 stars
I had high expectations for this book after absolutely loving the fast-paced splatterfest The Montauk Monster.

Unfortunately, for me, this book wasn't even close. Yes, it had the blood and gore that's a throwback to good old horror "B" movies, but this book just plodded on and on and on. Seriously, it felt like it would never end. Once again, if someone would have just edited this book by at least 100 pages, this would have been such a great book.

Sadly, this was a disappointing one for m
Olivia "Don't Blame Me I Voted for Hillary"
Good scary novel set in New Jersey's Pine Barrens.
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
All the time I was reading "The Jersey Devil" I couldn't help but feel I was caught up in the middle of a B-horror film (only better) and it was a fun feeling. "The Jersey Devil" tells the story of the Willet family, who has been obsessed with the Devil for years and for good reason. The grandfather, Sam, also known as Boompa (awesome grandpa-nickname by the way) and his family run a rural farm. When individuals start reporting sightings of perhaps the Devil himself in and around the Pine Barren ...more
Fungi From Yuggoth
Review of THE JERSEY DEVIL by Hunter Shea

The common thread in Hunter Shea's stories is that a reader learns to expect the unexpected. [Just read I KILL IN PEACE.] Every cryptid he writes of is never the cryptid we have learned to expect, but something different, stranger, "meta." Here the common, ordinary legend of "The Jersey Devil" transforms into something far more terrifying (as if the original Jersey Devil and its purported origin wasn't frightening enough).

Another factor in Hunter Shea's b
Shane Keene
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Hunter Shea is an author who’s been around the block a few times. With more than twelve novels and novellas to his name, he’s as productive as the most prolific writers in genre fiction and it can be said with confidence that his books could all come with a Guaranteed Great Read seal on their covers. That’s a statement especially true of his monster stories. Hunter is the undisputed king of cryptids and his reign is lik
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an old-fashioned creature-feature book; it reminded me a lot of the great old Gargoyles movie. It follows the efforts of the Willet family in their efforts to hunt down and halt the ravages of the titular Jersey Devil, which has been enhanced by some carelessly discarded toxic waste. There is, of course, lots of carnage along the way... There should have been a character named Brodeur somewhere in a 378 page book with this title, but other than that I got just what I was expecting.... wi ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This starts as it means to go on! Action, blood, gore and violence! Along with a kick ass family who will stop at nothing to see the Jersey Devil gone forever.

The first couple of chapters take place 5 years before the rest of the story begins, we meet Jane who is disposing of her violent husband Henrys body and then Michael and John who are in the midst of delivering/dumping stuff in the woods. Can you guess what happens?

Moving on to present day we meet Sam 'Boompa' Willet and his family, son Bi
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a highly entertaining B-style monster story, and being my first book featuring the legendary Jersey Devil, it also provided an interesting kind of history lesson for me.

The first half was mainly a series of blood-filled encounters with the beasts. Several characters where thoroughly introduced only to be ripped apart by the devils shortly after. Honestly, I could have done with several less. Interwoven with these little episodes was the introduction of the main characters, their relatio
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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
“one that looked like a cross between a child with Down syndrome and a goat.” 0 likes
“The Devil’s coarse, mangled penis rose from between Heather’s legs. She was lifted inches off the ground by its turbid protrusion. Boring its vile gaze into April, it said in a voice as deep as a canyon and old as time itself, “For you.” 0 likes
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