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Five years after Ashley King survived the infamous Resort Massacre, she’s found hanging in her basement by her fiancé, Todd Matthews. She left behind clues as to what really happened that night, clues that may reveal the identity of the killer the press has called The Wraith.

With the help of his friends, Todd goes back to the crumbling Hayden Resort, a death-tinged ruin i
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Published October 24th 2019 by Flame Tree Press (first published October 2019)
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Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
** Thank you to Netgalley, Flame Tree Press and Hunter Shea for this digital ARC in return for an unbiased, honest review. **

Patience will be rewarded with this one. However, it was not what I expected, which left me with some mixed feelings about the story.

SLASH takes place in the abandoned, crumbling Hayden Resort. When ‘Final Girl’ Ashley King commits suicide, her fiancé Todd Matthews goes back to find clues as to what happened five years ago during the Resort Massacre.
But the killer, known a
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly Scary And Emotional Horror Story!

Ashley King and her four friends considered themselves urban explorers and loved to investigate old and abandoned buildings known for having troubled and tragic pasts. The Hayden Resort in the Catskill Mountains has a reputation for many unsolved violent deaths. Ashley will become the only survivor of this night of exploration and the details were so horrific that she cannot remember any of the events of that night, yet five years later she still suff
4.5 stars!

SLASH, by Hunter Shea, is a novel that crosses into many sub-genres of horror. We have the "final girl" troupe, psychological and physical horror, thriller, paranormal, and most prominently, the "slasher" type of horror made popular in '80's movies.

Ashley King was the only one to escape the Wraith during the Hayden Resort Massacre five years ago. Yet she never completely survived, as part of her mind had chosen to break down in the aftermath.

". . . she would never, ever again be fi
4.5/5 stars!

SLASH is the literary equivalent of a B-movie, and I thought it was a blast!

5 years after being the sole survivor in a real life urban-exploration trip gone wrong, Ashley is still trying to get over the murders of her friends and her survivor's guilt. The murderer, tagged "The Wraith" by the press, was never caught. Being celebrated as a "final girl" by groups of twisted followers doesn't help her to forget about it. Hearing the news that the site of the murders, the abandoned Hayden
Sadie Hartmann
2.5 stars
I hosted a Night Worms Book Party (our very first one!) with this book, SLASH by Hunter Shea. As it turned out, myself and several other horror-loving friends were all getting ARCS from Flame Tree Press so we decided it would be awesome to pool our efforts and do a massive social media tour of this book.
You can view the final result, here:
This is not your typical "final girl"/80's Slasher story. You learn this straight away by reading the back co
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book with the Night Worms blog review group as a part of a Night Worms Book Party. Flame Tree Press was kind enough to send all of the reviewers a copy of the book, and then we all read it and posted a one sentence review on the Night Worms blog. (Well, everyone else did. I'm sort of new to the group, and even though I participated in the party, I missed out on submitting my one word review. So now I will write a proper review, since Shea's book deserves a full review from all of us. ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Five years ago Ashley King was the Final Girl. The one who survived. She went urban exploring at an abandoned resort with a group of fellow enthusiasts. Ashley was the only one who left alive. A killer, nicknamed The Wraith, killed them all in gruesome ways and was never caught. And five years later, Ashley hangs herself in the basement of the home she shares with her fiance, Todd Matthews. Todd wants to know why......and he wants to catch The Wraith. What is the truth about what happened that n ...more
Michael Hicks
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, netgalley
My review of SLASH can be found at High Fever Books.

Last year, Hunter Shea wowed me with the emotionally engaging Creature. Earlier this year, his novel Ghost Mine (formerly Hell Hole) was reissued, a fun Wild West-era romp chock full of action. And now, landing just in time for some Halloween reading this fall, he’s taken the two best aspects of his Flame Tree Press titles and married them in his slasher horror flick set to print, Slash.

At the end of every slasher flick is the lone woman surviv
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It could have been so nice. I've loved almost every story this author has ever published (and which I've read, I'm still catching up). He's really good and monster b-movie-ish action in print form. Which is why I really don't know what the hell happened here.

Five years before this book starts, Ashley and her friends went exploring an abandoned resort in the Catskills mountains. What was meant as some slightly illegal fun turned into a massacre.
Now, Ash, the sole survivor of that night, has kille
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Slash is a book that immediately called to me. As a lover of all things slasher-y it was evident this book was written for me! I fell in love with Shea's writing in Creature and he has risen an author who is high on my list of faves. With all of that said, I knew I was in for a treat with Slash.

We get death and mystery right from the start. An unusual twist of events for a surviving final girl leads us down a bloodsoaked path. Fans of gore will revel in Slash! We get it all with this one... and
Andrew Fowlow
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Hunter Shea’s story is a gruesome poetry that pays homage to all the great slasher horror films that came before it.

This book was a super fun read for me. I was instantly transported to my parent's basements where my friends and I stayed up until all hours of the night watching R-rated slasher films and stuffing our faces with overly buttered popcorn. THOSE WERE THE DAYS! As I read through the book I was consistently hit with feelings of nostalgia and I enjoyed every minute of it. I don’t know a
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Where are my slasher fans at? I've been a fan of slasher films and horror books since I was a child. As part of the Night Worms review team, we had a #nightwormsbookparty and all read advanced copies of this beauty and what fun! It's so interesting to have discussions on a book and see the many different views on a book as they're being read.

What I loved about this book: The homage to the final girl trope, the classic feels of your typical slasher movie (because why change something that works,
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-shelf, horror
I'm of two minds on this one. I love horror in general but there are a few kinds of plot devices that don't work too well for me. Of course, there are some major exceptions to the rule, but I'm gonna cite one movie franchise that never kept my interest no matter how many times I sat through them: Friday the 13th. Jason. Meh. He made me lose my love for hockey and all straight-up slasher types.

But what about Scream, you ask? Well, we all know that was a PARODY and a great SEND UP, far outclassing
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Better than it had any right to be, and that's because of the writing and the characters Hunter created here. A slasher at heart (stupid decisions are made, ridiculous dialogue at inappropriate times), but this is smarter than just a bloody romp through the woods, and the killer is something to behold. Definitely recommended. ...more
Alex Gray (gray__pages)
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks so much to Flametree Press for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. It’s official. I’m a fan. I need to read all of Hunter Shea’s books. The man writes characters and suspense build up so. frickin. well! I recently read another book of his called Creature, and I could not stop gushing to everyone I knew about it. This book is no different. The wide range of emotions experienced while reading his stories is of several reasons that I find him to be a true ...more
Schizanthus Nerd
This was bloody fun! So much blood! So much fun! Well, it was fun for me as a reader. I don’t think any of the characters were enjoying themselves as I cheered on from the sidelines during their bone crunching demise.

Ashley is a final girl, the lone survivor of the Hayden Resort massacre five years ago. Since that night she has lived with debilitating PTSD and the nightmare continues for her, inescapable whether she’s awake or sleeping.
Ashley preferred the silence, for within the soundless voi
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I finished reading this a couple of days ago and I’m still out of breath.

As the title alone will tell you, this is slasher fiction. Or slash and slice and dice and chop and oh my god why are there heads everywhere fiction! The body count is…immense.

It did take me a bit to like our characters. I found I liked our Final Girl most and wanted to have more of her in the story (the author does make that happen, but I wanted more, more, more).

However, once I got to know our characters, I was all in. I
Sherry Fundin
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
5 went in….1 came out.

Ashley King is afraid of the dark and from her past experiences, she has every reason to be. I feel so bad for her. Her fear of the dark and her only escape was pills to sleep and forget…for a while.

Todd gave her his parience and support, but he would not force her to do anything she didn’t want to do. He could only hope it would be enough.

Hunter Shea did not take her to a place I thought he would, and I love that he can throw me for a loop right out of the gate. When she h
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019, horror
I loved this book and the monster Hunter Shea created was unlike any I've seen him create before. This has all the feeling of a great 80's horror movie. Honestly, I can never get enough of Hunter's work in front of me. I really dug the mythology behind the creature, and the book ends in a fantastic way. ...more
Kym Jones
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is absolutely a one of a kind book that will keep you on the edge of your seat! You think you know just how this story ends then Hunter Shea throws a curve ball, and what you think you know is suddenly a thing of the past. I usually don't care for mysteries or horror stories but Mr. Shea does a beautiful job with Slash, a book Stephen King himself would be proud of! I can't begin to say what a wonderful job was done on this book. All I know is, by the end, I was ready to cry for the Hero an ...more
Keith Chawgo
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hunter Shea’s new novel Slay works on very many levels and it is a rewarding experience in mystery, thriller and horror that does not give easy answers to the situation at hand. Through the power of his characterisations, motivations and extraordinary plot, this gives the reader a thrilling ride.

Starting with Ashley, we learn that she is a final girl due to a murderous rampage in a depilated run down summer resort that has been closed 30 years prior. All her friends have been murdered in grotesq
Adrian Dooley
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second novel by Hunter Shea and again it didnt disappoint.

Ashley king is the final girl in this novel. The sole survivor of a massacre that takes place five years previously in the abandoned Hayden Resort, where she and her friends were exploring the ruins, she hasnt talked about it since that day despite her infamy. She has blocked out the horror of that night.
Despite this she lives her life in fear. A near prisoner in her own home. Even with her boyfriends best efforts she cant shake off th
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
This may be my top favorite book by Hunter Shea! It was very engrossing! I would love to do some urban exploration so I'm all about reading about it. I was totally hooked from page one. The old resort setting made the perfect atmosphere for the killing grounds. If you like a good slasher story, you won't want to miss this one.

*I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Michael  Cunningham
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, Slash was my first Hunter Shea book. I’ve heard so many great things about his other works, especially Creature, and saw this on NetGalley and immediately knew I had to read it. I absolutely loved it!
Slash reads like a love letter to the slasher genre.
Hunter Shea takes the familiar tropes of the genre along with the threadbare slasher story and makes something wholly new and fresh. This novel was taut with suspense, never letting up. It was well-paced, and the atmosphere was on-point, lett
Title: Slash

Genre: horror

October 10,2019


Five years after Ashley King survived the infamous Resort Massacre, she’s found hanging in her basement by her fiancé, Todd Matthews. She left behind clues as to what really happened that night, clues that may reveal the identity of the killer the press has called The Wraith.

With the help of his friends, Todd goes back to the crumbling Hayden Resort, a death-tinged ruin in the Catskills Mountains. What they find is a haunted history that’s been l
Tracy Robinson
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
So far, Hunter Shea has broken my heart, grossed me out, and entertained me with his versatile tales. From books that are “horror with heart” to more gory “chomp and stomps”, he is a must-read author for me.

SLASH is what readers might expect: a slasher tale. Complete with a run-down location, some expendable characters, and an end that is breathtakingly paced, horror fans are sure to dig this one.

I loved most of this book, watching Todd navigate his fiancés death (not a spoiler - it’s on the b
 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
SLASH hearkens back, almost longingly, to the slasher B-movie horror films of the 1980's, with its "crazed maniac massacre" settings and especially its "Final Girl" emphasis. So be prepared to expect a plethora of gore, splatter, and violence--because that's what crazed maniacs do, right? However, that's not all. There's a lot of delving into psychology: survivor guilt; post-traumatic stress syndrome; fear, rational or irrational, that "it's not over"; the psychology of the loved ones--family an ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable, especially if you dig slasher movies. Hunter Shea surely does, for he has written a compelling, gory tale with interesting characters and narrative. It's not only slash and dice. The author makes his mission to make you care about his fictitious people and, once again, it shows in SLASH. What happens to them, after the first few dark pages, which I will refrain from exposing so you can enjoy the novel from cover to cover, will make you turn the pages very quickly. At least it did ...more
Laura Thomas
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I’ve read most of Hunter Shea’s books and the tile for his new book was a warning for me. Dark things were ahead. And boy, were they. Once I got past meeting the characters and learning why they had to visit the crumbling old resort, the running and screaming began.

Hunter is known to me for killing off his characters. Usually in horrific fashion. This happened again in Slash. But it felt different. Yes, he killed some off. And yes, they died horrifically. But there was a whole lot in between dea
Steve Stred
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

Big thanks to Netgalley, Flametree Press and Hunter for letting me check this one out. Big apologies to those three – as I mixed up a bunch of my release dates!

I’ve become a big fan of Shea’s writing over the last few years. Most people talk about how phenomenal ‘Creature’ was, and while I’m firmly in that camp as well, I’ve also loved his creature-feature releases. I recently read a stunning paranormal story by him in the anthology ‘Midnight
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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

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