The monsters live inside of Kate Woodson. Chronic pain and a host of autoimmune diseases have robbed her of a normal, happy life. Her husband Andrew’s surprise of their dream Maine lake cottage for the summer is the gift of a lifetime. It’s beautiful, remote, idyllic, a place to heal.
But they are not alone. Something is in the woods, screeching in the darkness, banging on...more
Kate and Andrew have certainly been tested. Her health, (a horrible litany of problems due to auto-immune diseases and problems arising from the treatment of them), and his care of her, has tested the strength of their marriage at every turn. Now with Kate trying an experimental treatment, they are in for their biggest test ever. In an attempt to alleviate the tension and bring some relaxation to their lives, Andrew rents an isolated cabin in Maine for the ...more
Following the ‘Afterword’ there is a question and answer ‘interview’ with the author where he is asked “What is thi ...more
CREATURE is not your typical horror story, but an emotional mix of a real life affliction of chronic pain and misery....AND a threatening monster that comes to call.
A good portion of the novel is a deeply emotional ride depicting the struggles of a devoted man who is determined to give his ailing wife her dream vacation at a beautiful lake in Maine....but all does not go as planned.
"The meds made her imagine things that would send Stephen King running for his blankie and his momma's breas...more
This is my first Hunter Shea book and probably the best introduction to a writer's body of work that I could ever ask for. I'm a very emotional reader-probably to a fault, quite honestly. I get extremely invested in well written characters, almost as if they're real people. Of course that kind of emotional relationship depends ...more
Kate Woodson lives day in and day out with massive chronic pain and autoimmune diseases. She doesn't have a normal life like most people as she has to stay in the house and sometimes is bed ridden. Her husband, Andrew, is a devoted husband who ...more
Body horror, metaphor coming alive, and it's a deliciously painful romp.
AND it hits uncomfortably close to home for not just the author, whose wife is going through a long-term illness in too many similar ways, but for almost all of us. At least, I assume so. Enough of us either know or have been through family members sliding down that horrible slope to make this part of the novel truly harrowing all by itself.
But here's the best part: there's a lot of l ...more
We follow Kate, a woman with an auto-immune disease as well as various other afflictions, and her husband Andrew. They decide they need to get out of New Jersey for a bit after all the illness-related horrors they’ve managed to get through together so Andrew takes a ...more
The star of the book is for me, is not any human, it's Buttons or But-But that he's so lovey called b ...more
(WARNING: This review c ...more
This is my second book by Shea, and from what I can gather, both of the books I've read are a bit of a departure from his usual writing. I know he is well known for his creature feature novels, but this one and the other book I read are not heavy on the creature aspects, even though this one is literally called Creature.
Kate Woodson has a number of autoimmune diseases that keep her from even getting out of bed most days. K ...more
With Creature, though, Shea gives people a startlingly raw look into the life of a Spoonie. People with chronic illnesses, especially those that ...more
Creature, while still fun, proves that Hunter Shea has some serious horror writing chops!
This is a scary and heartbreaking story that kept me on edge all the way through. I loved our couple so much – their relationship was what every relationship should be! And, oh, I so worried for both of them.
As I worried over their marriage and Kate’s health, Shea brings on some extremely scary situations – the kind ...more
Listen to my interview with the author here: https://www.unnervingmagazine.com/sin...
Hunter Shea does seem to enjoy penning thrill rides based in the creature feature sub-genre. Oddly enough, despite my assumptions going in, Creature doesn’t really fit in with the other books I’ve read by him where something big and mythical is the subject.
Creature is wholly different.
Firstly, it’s not an adventure horror. Those are fun reads, but can be pretty formulaic (not complaining ...more
I do want to say that I appreciate what the other was trying to do, and I think this book will work well for a lot of people. This was a hard and personal book to write, and I appreciate the boldness in being able to share this story.
Creature is a very slow burn, but it does culminate into action at the end. I thin ...more
Things I Loved:
Within the first few pages, I was a part of the characters' lives. To read a horror novel that spends so much time on character development (without it feeling like character development) is refreshing and I soaked it in.
The intensity builds as the book progresses; it never left me with that "come on, already" feeling - the pacing and the action is well timed. And when it's ready, it explodes.
The lang ...more
Yes, I consider myself a Hellion. That's how Hunter Shea refers to his most ardent followers. I can't say I've read every one of his books (he's remarkably prolific), but I've yet to read one I didn't care for.
Creature is the second book I've read from new publisher Flame Tree Press, who looks to publish both established authors and new voices in horror and the supernatural, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as science fiction and fantasy. It's also a bit of a diversion for Hunter ...more
A horror tale where the real horror is a disease that is slowly killing you and preventing you from being the person you want to be. This is made all the more personal to the author after you read the Q&A at the end of the book as his wife is currently living with this disease.
I’d seen Hunter Shea’s name pop up a fair few times on Goodreads and had wanted to give him a try and see what he’s about. I think he’s primarily known for his B-movie monster style novellas but this was slightly diff ...more
I give CREATURE 3.5 monstrous stars.
*Recommended for patient horror readers. Takes a while to really deliver, but when it does, watch out!