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Fitz is a broke night manager for a grubby comic book store. His only friend Dee is a drugged-out, womanizing pro-wrestler. Together they’re the most pathetic losers on the face of the planet. Their lives cannot possibly get any worse.

And then they’re implicated in the kidnapping of the prime minister’s wife.

On the run from the cops, Fitz and Dee discover there is somethin
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Published June 28th 2016 by C.D. Gallant-King (first published June 25th 2016)
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kartik narayanan
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hell Comes to Hogtown is a decent book with some sparks of brilliance in between.

Welp, I read this book since it came up in the SPFBO. I heard it was horror mixed with dark comedy and not really fantasy but that it still deserved to be in the running. Now, having it read, my thoughts are that it is not really horror. It definitely did not spook me out - rather it was more like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with a pair of mildly bumbling idiots except that it dealt with the supernatural. So, no horror, pos
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Lukasz
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a fantasy guy at heart. Sure, I go on adventures and try new things but there's nothing like a good old-fashioned epic story. Horror is a genre of its own that can intersect with fantasy but is definitely not contained fully within it. I have a feeling that horror tends to create two very distinct camps– those who love it and those who would never dream of reading (or watching) anything in the genre. I'm in the middle. I'm willing to read horror novels, but I rarely enjoy them.

Hell Comes to
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Mark
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spfbo2018, fantasy
This is a terrific book. A fast paced wonderfully enjoyable storyline, the pace of the action and storyline is at top speed, it literally drags you through from the start to the finish.

Hoping it gets to the end of SPFBO2018.


This one of those book, were you get so immersed in the book, you forget where you are and you use sense of time.
Michelle
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gallant-King has a way of drawing you into the life of a character then flipping everything upside on a rollercoaster of a ride. Hell Comes to Hogtown is a fun, twisted murder mystery mixed with the supernatural. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and suggest you check it out! I also highly recommend Gallant-King's Ten Thousand Days (one of my favs). ...more
Patricia Lynne
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While I can't watch horror movies, I do enjoy a good horror book. Especially when there is something supernatural going on. I liked how what the supernatural thing wasn't obvious. The characters thought maybe vampires, but you don't see fangs or stuff like that so you're left uncertain. I won't say what the supernatural thing ended up being, but it was something new and fresh for me.

I also did not expect the people who died to die. One in particular really shocked me.

As for the characters, I lik
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Rhonda Gilmour
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Once a great horror fan, it's been a while since I've read anything in this genre. What a hoot! Gallant-King deftly combines horror and comedy in this hilarious, creepy romp through the underbelly of Toronto. I particularly enjoyed his cast of lovable losers, a kinky femme fatale, tough gay cops, and a supernatural bad guy that defies the usual stereotypes. There's plenty of gore and suspense, but none of that ick factor and plodding pace found in some longer horror tomes. Hell Comes to Hogtown ...more
Ivana
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hell comes to Hogtown was an amusing, fast paced dark comedy that made me laugh out loud at least once per page. The humour was unapologetically brutal and I loved it for it
It was well edited- haven't noticed any typos or weird sounding sentences.
I haven't read any book similar to it, but I could recommend it to comic book, anime and tabletop fans who like to poke fun at their hobbies and stereotypes.
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Stephanie Faris
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hell Comes to Hogtown by C.D. Gallant-King focuses on the death of the prime minister's wife and two guys who are pulled into the drama by accident. C.D. has a humorous, immensely likable writing voice that makes ever scene more interesting. When you add in the action and drama of a comic book shop employee on the run with his wrestler friend (yes, you read that correctly!), you have a book that you won't be able to put down. ...more
Galleywampus -
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
My feelings about this one are complicated.

I discovered Hell Comes to Hogtown during an SPFO blog-off sale early in the 2018 competition. I bought two-dozen books on sale. I started here based on the cover, premise, and title.

Gallant-King pulled off a lot of great characterization with most of the characters as well as some zany, dark, unexpected events that ultimately push this book above water. It is dark and funny. The representation of non-straight-white characters is better than most, tho
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Markus Matheny
Fun, urban fantasy that'll keep you turning pages. Its not fantastic literature, but it's entertaining and you won't be disappointed with it. ...more
Andrew
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
When a stoner working night shift at a rundown comic store chases away a creepy looking hobo with a baseball bat sized dildo, you're definitely reading something special... ...more
Jessica Alter
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A whirlwind tour of Toronto, Ontario, combined with a paranormal epic adventure of mythological proportions, this fantastic and perverse tale has that same bite to it as a Christopher Moore novel with a kiss of Ernest Cline's retro pop-culture worship. Gross and grisly, rude yet respectful, this smart novel is filled first page to last with humorously bleak fun. Also, I consider Hell Comes to Hogtown by C.D. Gallant-King as wholly rereadable and a savvy addition to one's personal library.

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MBybee
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story, engaging plot, entertaining. I highly recommend you pick this one up. It's everything I want from a fun horror read. ...more
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Writer, tabletop gamer, pro-wrestling aficionado. Dad.

I claim to write stories, but really I just find them in The Closet, dust them off, add a few commas and send them out into the world.

Proudly Canadian, born and raised in Newfoundland, fine-tuned and educated in Toronto and currently residing in Ottawa with a beautiful wife, two wonderful children and various furry four-legged companions.

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