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The Massacre at Yellow Hill

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  19 reviews
When George Miller is killed in the mines of Yellow Hill, his wife and children are left to try and piece their lives back together. Tabitha Miller, George’s widow, is thrown into deeper chaos when she discovers that George’s death had nothing to do with the cave’s collapse, but was caused by some terrible predator deep within the earth. His death covered up by the mine’s ...more
Paperback, 1.º Edition, 188 pages
Published March 22nd 2018 by Black Rose Writing
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3.5, a good shorter story that's based in Texas right after the assassination of Lincoln. Vampires are plaguing the town of Yellow hill. It follows a bunch of different characters all struggling to find out what's happening to their town, and a freed slave who's a vampire hunter.

longer review to come.


This book is set in Texas right after the civil war and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, times are tough out in the west and people are scraping by
Micah Castle
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Humble's The Massacre at Yellow is a fast-paced tale that blends horror and western well.

The characters are enjoyable and engaging, the settings are vivid and easy to imagine, and the horrors that loom over the towns of Yellow Hill and Big Spring keep you hooked to the very end.

I finished this book in one day and recommend it to anyone who's into westerns, vampires, and cosmic horror.
Phillip Smith
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars for a bloody romp through Yellow Hill. This was so pulpy my eyes almost stuck together. A fun, exciting read.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
A solid read, and an entertaining story about monsters hunters in the old west. A 3.5, at least.

The feel of the story reminds me of Stephen King's novel Salem's Lot. It has a nice western twang to it, feeling like an honest cowboy story, but haunted by terrors from beyond. The characters are well-drawn, and the towns visited feel grounded and real. The action moves quickly, and the author deftly weaves between the feeling of expansive emptiness the hardscrabble setting presents and the sensation
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: united-states

I was given a digital copy this book as an exchange for an honest review.

The Massacre at Yellow Hill is a supernatural period drama/Western by C.S. Humble, taking place after the US Civil War. It tells the story of a remote mining town in West Texas where a mysterious beast haunts the mines and kills the workers. The story begins with the death of George Miller, the first victim of the beast. It quickly follows the struggles of his widow, Tabitha Miller, and their kids, Annie and Georgie.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Massacre at Yellow Hill is a quick-paced get-to-the-point horror novel set in the old west. Horror and westerns rarely tread new ground yet C.S. Humble has brought the two of them together in an entertaining, and yes, terrifying manner. The author clearly trusts the reader to form their own opinions about the characters, as their actions define how they are perceived rather than long-winded narration. This leads to suspenseful sequences that are well-balanced by interesting characterizations ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Enjoyable and Frightening

I very much enjoyed this book. It is a well-written, fast-paced, easy read with just enough gore to get my horror fix. The characters are relatable and although the book is quite short, it is easy to feel a connection with them. You root for the good guys and hope the villains meet a ghastly end. I'm interested to read what happens next!
Clay Pradarits
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fun read

I really enjoyed this book. The author’s style is fast-paced. He doesn’t spend time trying to immerse you into his world. It’s non-stop action from start to finish. I liked the characters and the storyline and I look forward to the next book in the series.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
An enjoyable horror-western

A good debut for author C.S. Humble, this short novel moves at a brisk pace. I’d prefer a slower approach, getting to know the characters more in depth. As of now, they come off a bit cliched and flat, but I’m sure Mr. Humble’s skill will grow, and he already has some grand ideas for this Lovecraftian world and keeps the plot churning quite nicely.
I will look forward to his future books.
Joe Praska
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
*Review originally posted at The Continuing Voyage.

While a quick read, C.S. Humble’s weird western-horror tale, The Massacre at Yellow Hill, does pack quite a punch. The story opens with the inexplicable death of George Miller in the mines of Yellow Hill, Texas by a seemingly impossible – and vicious – underground predator, and the ensuing cover-up by the mine’s proprietor, Jeremiah Hart. Soon, as more bodies mount, George’s widow, Tabitha Miller finds herself not only at odds with one man’s
Thomas Joyce
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having spent ten years working every night on writing short stories, dedicated author C.S. Humble was ready to tackle something longer. With advice from friend Laird Barron and a chance encounter with Joe Lansdale, writers who need no introduction to horror readers, he settled in to get his story onto the page. The result is this, his debut novel, a weird western adventure story with engaging characters and terrifying monsters aplenty.

The storytelling tone adopted by Humble to tell this story in
Alex Khlopenko
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A somewhat half-baked attempt at westernized "Salem's Lot" with all the problems of Steven King's narratives and characters but without his compelling and engaging prose.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If half stars were an option this would be 3.5 stars, but it's not and I'm feeling generous today. The author offered this free to members of Reddit horror lit and it sounded interesting so I grabbed it. I felt a bit of trepidation while reading the first few pages, the style of the prose felt like the author was trying way too hard to set a mood but then they seemed to settle down into a nice, engaging style. It's a fun read with good characters and I would be interested in a sequel following ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
New author to me, and a delightful surprise. Won me over quickly with some creative, and gross!, gore that made me laugh. The wild west (well, Texas) is a relatively unexplored setting for horror, so that added interest, as did the inherent pathos of miners living in a company town. As if they didn't have it bad enough already, here comes an eldritch thing! It was the characters who really kept me reading, though. Good horror gives you something (someone) to get invested in, otherwise the ...more
Stacy Hutchens
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I didn't want to put it down, and when I had to stop reading it then I would look forward to picking it up where I left off. I liked the character's in this book and I enjoyed cheering on Carson and his father. I really like Mrs. Miller and her strength for her family. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the tone of this book.It is very simply written, something that I appreciate. Not everything needs to be 1500 pages with $12 words thrown around. The story is great and the characters compelling. It's a weird combination of western horror fantasy that I feel like we need more of in this world. ...more
Melissa Durham
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great beginning... what I hope will be a many book series.
It's a great start, giving you just enough depth of characters to get attached and make you want to find out what happens to them next. I don't give spoilers, but I think it's safe to say there's a bit of monster hunting, a bit of archaeological mystery, a bit of gore, bad things happening to good people; all this set against a historical western backdrop that really sucks you in and allows an escape from reality. Wish it was
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Oh DAMN. I forget where I first heard of this book -- I think Reddit, maybe? -- and while the introduction to the fairly substantial cast of characters began a little clunky, the story very quickly found its voice and revved up into something downright creepy and delightful. I'm not one for long reviews, so I'll just say that this combines several of my favorite things in ways that still easily feel refreshing and new. It's a good, quick read that left me hoping for sequels, and I would highly ...more
Matt McAbee
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yellow Hill is a small Western mining town with a dark secret. That is claiming the lives of local miners. You ride with Ptolemy and Carson as they investigate the dark secret.

The book is well written and fast paced. A very enjoyable read.
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