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A God in the Shed

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,019 ratings  ·  315 reviews
-Move over True Detective. A rich, gothic story of murder and mystery, A God in The Shed is quite possibly one of the most enthralling novels I've read in the last ten years. Dubeau is a force to be reckoned with.- --Jerry Smith, Fangoria Magazine and
The village of Saint-Ferdinand has all the trappings of a quiet life: farmhouses stretching from one main str
Paperback, 375 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Inkshares
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May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dang! This was one nicely messed up little town. They've got a serial killer on the loose, who ended up being one of my favorite characters in the book. They've also got a nasty little god in a shed. Some folk think they can set it free, and have a few wishes taken care of. Don't they read books? Ha, ha. These things NEVER turn out well. I had a great time reading this book, as there were quite a few twists, and bloody, goopy gore. I love that stuff! So why the 4 stars? Well, turns out that whil ...more
Ann (Inky Labyrinth)
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: horror lovers, fans of King, Barker, Gaiman
“Saint-Ferdinand. Home of the Saint-Ferdinand Killer. A monster with a reign of terror stretching back almost two decades...Here, the boogeyman was real.”

The small Canadian town where this tale of monsters, ghosts, and magic takes place, is far from what you would call “quaint”. Despite having been plagued for years by a murderous force, the families that have lived there for generations remain, perhaps with hope that the serial killer inciting fear through citizens of all ages will soon be
Chris Berko
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this one, it was good but not great. Really cool story idea and a lot of messed up shit happens to the characters, however I felt absolutely nothing for anyone and had no emotional reactions to anything that happened. A large cast of characters without enough development to make any one stand out from the other and it was kind of a chore remembering who was who just because of their blandness. It sounds like I'm knocking this book pretty hard but it was enjoyable. A better editor would c ...more
Ellen Gail
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, edelweiss
"Do you know what's the worst thing about this creature here in Saint-Ferdinand?...It makes us into monsters, just as we make it into a god of hate and death."

Here's a list of things I knew about A God in the Shed before I started it:

*scary book
*strange bloody thorn looking things on the cover?
*Edelweiss said yes

That's it. I went into this as blind a bat, but without the bat's echolocation.

And what a pleasant surprise it was! Whatever I expected, this was not it.

Now granted, it has been over
Phillip Smith
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was covered by blurbs exclaiming it to be"masterpiece" and "move over True Detective." It was also a Barnes & Noble Best Horror Books of 2017. After I had flipped the last page, one unanswered question assailed me: WTF is everyone smoking and where can I get some?

Seriously. I don't think I have ever been as disappointed by a book as I have with "A God in the Shed." What started with an intriguing title and ominous beginning just fell apart under my increasing disbelief. I could start
The Grim Reader
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My, oh my, this is a grim tale indeed. A God in the Shed is a novel filled with small town secrets, necromancy, dismembered bodies and scenes of horror that will burrow deep inside of your mind. I saw a reviewer friend raving about this book and so I had to check it out. It starts off weird and dark, then gets darker and darker and darker, until you reach a point where you feel soiled and creeped the f##k out!

I knew this was going to be a bleak journey very early on when a child’s body is uneart
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Review: A GOD IN THE SHED by J. F. Debeau

A GOD IN THE SHED is an incredibly complex novel, literary in format, stunning in execution. Simultaneously the story of individuals and families, a torn and battered community, legacies gone grievously wrong; of murders and suffering, of deaths and grief, this is also the story of a band of young boys, tautly connected, the day they discover the impossible really exists, and the horrendous, permanent (even eternal) consequences of that day and that disco
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow. Why did it take me so long to finally sit down and write this review? I think this is a novel that I wanted to ponder for a little while. I needed to digest it a bit and figure out how to articulate my thoughts. I don't take notes while I read, so sometimes I just have to think about a book for a while before I know what I want to say.

A God in the Shed takes place in the tiny village of Saint-Ferdinand outside of Montreal. I hadn't read the blurb on this book until right before I started re
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A fan of gothic stories set in small towns with worldly terrors, I went into A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau with giddy excitement. While it started strong, ultimately it left me bored.

The prologue started with such promise. It was truly terrifying, well written, and hooked me straightaway. I wondered what would happen now with this cave dwelling god. How will this small town endure?

The answer? Pretty easily. The majority of the book consists of alternating po
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
This was such a crazy story! The village of Saint Ferdinand is a small town that has been plagued by a serial murder, but when a suspect is apprehended for the killings the issues don't stop. There is a dark force in the village of Saint Ferdinand. I was not expecting the turns that this book was going to take. My only complaint would be that the number of characters that we heard from made the story a little confusing. That being said, I loved where the story went and the mix of crime story, ho ...more
J.L. Murray
Nov 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I wanted to love this, but the sloppy writing and typos were too distracting. If it were professionally edited, it might be a good yarn. As it stands, life is too short to finish books not ready for publication.
Shane Douglas Douglas
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first was told about this book, my mental response was, "J-F who?" Now that I've read it, I'll do everything I can to let other people know who he is. It's his second novel but his first in horror and, in that respect, it's a stellar debut. If you haven't read him yet, you want to. Style-wise, Dubeau is in a realm of his own design and it's a scary place to be.

Rarely do I use the words disturbing, or unsettling when it comes to Horror. I'm jaded by years of it so not much scares me. This
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Very different, very clever, and VERY strange. The middle could be a bit less long, though.
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
So happy to be reading my first love, horror, again! And what a story to get into! Occult? Yes! Supernatural? Yes! Ancient Evil? Yessssssssss! A dark spirit introduces itself to a group of boys years ago, but it plays by its own rules and should you choose to cheat... well, nothing can save you. Don't anger this ancient god, do not break the rules and do NOT set it free once you find a way to trap it. Flash forward and we see the town of Saint-Ferdinand in which the inhabitants have been living ...more
Steve Stred
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

A stunning ride through rural Quebec!

Once I finished reading this story, I knew I had a contender for my book of the year.

A God in the Shed was outstanding and had me riveted from page one.

How did I get to that point? Unfortunately a way too roundabout route.

A God in the Shed came onto my radar last year and I snagged it on one of my large book hauls. Then it was buried in my TBR. And then buried again.

Then when 2019 was approaching I made th
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: partner-read
So I was instantly drawn to this book for two reasons - that cover and then the comparison to other great horror authors (King, Simmons, Barker, etc). There was also a mention of the occult and the sentence, "Stephen King's IT meets Jeepers Creepers." Otherwise, I went into it blindly - oh my god. If you want a great horror story, then you need to pick up A GOD IN THE SHED by J. F. Dubeau.

I just have to say, that prologue. Wow! That really sets the tone for this entire book. This is a very atmo
Dec 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
An utter disaster and one hell of a disappointment.

This book had so much promise; I was really looking forward to what Dubeau had in store for me... Unfortunately, what the author had to offer was super boring and a waste of my time.

In the 1800's, a man named Nathan Cicero and his friends discover a strange deity living in a cave in the woods in Canada. At first, the deity is childlike and the boys play with him, using certain rules (the most important of which being that the players cannot mo
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
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DNF at 35%.

I’m sorry to say that this book found it’s way into the DNF pile at 35% complete. When I spotted this book on the shelf at Barnes and Noble and popped onto Goodreads to see some of the opinions about it I got excited. It sounded right up my alley. Mysterious killer, cult like town activity, and evil secrets. For the first 50 or so pages I was completely immersed but that quickly changed. The pacing was mind numbingly slow and I couldn’t get th
Nell Beaudry
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full honesty, I received this book for free as an ARC from a friend. Unrated until the book is released.

J-F Dubeau's A God in the Shed is perfectly creepy - a taut, atmospheric horror/thriller set in small town Quebec. Starting with the very creepiest of prologues, Dubeau immediately sets the tone of this book. He promises mystery, terror, death, and gore, and he definitely delivers throughout the length of the book. The chill-factor is ratcheted up to ten with the presence of a little girl ghos
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stephen King's It meets Jeepers Creepers. Full review to come on Fantasy Faction soon. ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookriot
I won! After several years and over 100 entries, I finally won a GR giveaway! There are so many people I want to thank: my family, the Great Old Ones, whoever drew my name out of that hat at the Goodreads office.

First of all, this book, published by Inkshares, has a gorgeous design: creepy/beautiful cover art, the good, fancy paper and font, book flaps (I love flaps on a paperback, even if I'm a compulsive bookmark user.)

This horror fiction, set in the fictional hamlet of Saint-Ferdinand in sout
Tal M. Klein
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Utterly terrifying and captivating. I've heard J-F Dubeau referred to as the "next Stephen King," and found myself nodding in agreement. His storytelling is seamless and belies the complexity of his ensemble of three-dimensional (or more!) characters. This is a terrifying book that demands the reader's attention. By that I mean it's not a book one skims or does a cursory read through — something I suspect a reviewer below who only gave A God in the Shed a two-star review may be guilty of. If you ...more
Mark Smith-briggs
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
J-F Dubeau’s A God in the Shed is a novel full of interesting ideas, let down by some sloppy execution. A small-town Gothic mystery with occult trappings, it’s a solid horror story in the vein of TV’s True Detective or Twin Peaks that would have benefited from another round of edits.
Packed with a myriad of characters and a slowly deepening mystery as the layers of old secrets of the town are stripped away, it should be a riveting read. Unfortunately, passages are often overwritten and descripti
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
2017 is coming to a close and, on this early Sunday morning, I reflect on the year gone by. Lots of awful stuff happened, mostly socio-political in nature, but I won't go into it, as this is a Horror Fiction blog with a largely American readership, not a blog on my world views. You know what's up.

Just kidding, long and short is as follows: Donald Trump and his billionaire crew of demonic halfwits have profoundly affected me; I can't stop ruminating around the bastards and their cruel, oppressive
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic horror read. Great small town creep factor and well developed characters. I particularly appreciated the presentation of the ancient evil/ big bad evil God thing. There were some rather disturbing gross out scenes to be aware of if you are offended by such things. I look forward to any additional books that this author may happen to pen in the horror genre!
Horror DNA
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shane-d-keene
When we think of traditional horror, certain names come to mind as inevitably as the sun is sure to set on any given day. And while no author, especially a young one, wants to or even should be compared to those that have come before, they serve as a good compass when you’re trying to define a given work. Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and others of their ilk evoke an instant understanding of the reading experience we’re about to undertake, and—like it or not—they’re not apt to fall out of use any ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This book was just all over the place. I bought it because I liked the title, honestly, and had seen good reviews, and I think I got a notification from Amazon that it was on sale and I bought it. The beginning was pretty great, about some friends inthe late 1800s finding this weird creature in the forest and playing games with it all summer, then it flips out and attacks them. And I really liked the beginning of the modern day part, where an inspector is investigating these murders and comes ac ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5/5 stars.

By the first fifty pages, I kept getting the feeling this was the author's first book. I was close: it's his second. The writing was clunky, especially the dialogue. I also had difficulty understanding how much time had passed between scenes. Perspectives would often shift between characters within chapters that were supposed to be dedicated to one point of view. That's sloppy writing in my opinion.

However, I was never bored reading it. The story itself is intriguing (the god totall
Dorian Mills
Aug 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book had some interesting ideas, but ultimately, it came off as a first draft. The other 1-2 star reviews here are on point. After a promising start, nothing really happens until everything wraps up in around 20 pages at the end. Characters wander around with unclear motivations and it is never clear who knows what when, or what the time lines, motivations or details are for any of the many backstories. The characters are bland and uninteresting, and there is no clear protagonist, which isn ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While this book has a plot with wonderful potential; a town has captured a 'god' and the residents deal with the fallout, little is made of the potential. One of the biggest issues was the lack of any likable characters. I found them very one dimensional. One is angry. All. The. Time. They also do not think or act like actual people. For example, someone's mother is murdered, her reaction is to blush because an attractive boy is looking at her.... really? Character's family members drop like fli ...more
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