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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  50 reviews
A fresh new take on the haunted house genre.
"Gruesome, gripping, and terrifyingly real."

Joe's teenage daughter is suddenly experiencing terrifying hallucinations. She sees a woman in a hospital gown in her bedroom, screaming and clawing the skin from her own face.

Either Joe’s daughter is having a mental breakdown… or her mind has been intercepted by the patients at the secret facili
Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Tunnel Falls (first published April 2019)
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Ben Bookworm
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of Josh Malaman and generally like your horror in the look over your shoulder style, you will like this.
There is also the blood and guts chucked in, but this phycological horror follows the manager of a sinister government human experiment facility and his daughter as one of the human test subjects begins to fight back.
Creepy and thought provoking.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great read

This story was terrifying. A little gory but I couldn't stop reading it. The ending didn't disappoint. Highly recommend to anyone who likes fast paced, gritty horror.
Angela L.
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved this book! Starts with a bang and continues through to the end. Unique story line, fast paced, great writing. Even better than My Father's Basement
Jason M
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best mistake I’ve made!

2 days ago I finished reading Catacombs by Jeremy Bates. After I finished I downloaded the next book in the series Helltown. Two chapters in I was hooked, but confused because the plot didn’t add up to the brief synopsis I read prior to starting. That’s when I realized I accidentally chose another book in my Library, Intercepts by T.J Payne. Let me just say, Thank God!!
This book is Awesome!!! Simply put, Scary, Creepy and so smart. My only disappointment is that
Ilham Alam
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While it takes sometime to get started and to realize what is actually happening at the mysterious Facility run by the Company, once we see the scene of a tuning session— oh boy, shit hits the fan really hard and fast and it’s a white knuckle-ride to the finish line. The ending, while not surprising (hint: there aren’t going to be any happy endings with sunshine here), fit the storyline I think and I was satisfied with it.

And Joe Gerhard is a hero that you root for; he isn’t exactly heroic as y
Vicky Peplow
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me gripped from beginning to end and would highly recommend to anyone that is looking for a suspenseful, horror book to read. The storyline and characters you could easily follow without and problems. May actually read again in the near future
Josh Smith
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised by this book. Came in expecting a decent horror read with a moderately predictable plot; left with one of the best horror books I've ever read. It was as if Minority Report had been created in the pits of hell.
Sherrah Pickett
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy Effing Cow

Wow all I can say is wow. No book has ever made goosebumps run down my spine this much and I read Stephen King, Blake Crouch, Matt Shaw and countless others. The gruesome stuff never bothered me but this book the hallucinations gave me the willies bad. Yet and still I could not put it down. I loved In My Fathers Basement, but he went far beyond on this one. What a brilliant mind I guess its a he or she, whichever this author is awesome! This should get a movie deal very uniq
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it

Started out kinda slow for me but I stuck with it, so glad I did!! I don't read much horror, but I finished this in a 24 hrs period! The story is so original and freaky I couldn't wait to see what would happen next! I did skim through some paragraphs finding some of it a bit wordy, but the story was complex with so many twists and turns....the end shocked me! Yes I'll be checking out what else this author wrote!
Barbara Williams

Intercepts was a truly frightening story. Frightening to think there really could be a secret world such as this in a real life scenario. Frightening to think a rational (?) thinking entity could possibly create such atrocities. Then again fiction breeds reality. A great horror story that will keep you interested from start to finish.
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really hard to rate this book. It was extremely disturbing. The main thing that bothered me were the obvious things not addressed. Why did the father never hear from the police? No concern about the dog. Etc. I probably would not read another book by this author.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant mix of supernatural and extreme horor
Some things that made me love this
original plot
disturbing Experiments
creepy visions
lots of blood and guts
Excellent narration
Great ending
A well deserved five stars highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review
Craig Schatzman
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This book would make a great movie. I felt connected to the main characters and found myself concerned for their well being.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I read a lot of horror novels. I want to say this one was different and unique, something fresh. Buuuut it sort of was and it sort of wasn't. There are some interesting ideas in the story, but the bulk of it was not a new concept and the idea of the tortured government captive becoming more powerful and seeking revenge for their suffering is certainly nothing groundbreaking.

The story moved a bit slowly for my taste, but it wasn't bad. The writing was clean and moved fairly quickly. Definitely a
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
In INTERCEPTS, TJ Payne manages to appeal to fans of psychological horror and more grisly scares. The setting is a remote facility where humans are used as tuning forks to spy on government targets. Joe, our protagonist, is the head supervisor of the facility. His family gets involved when his ex-wife kills herself under mysterious circumstances, leaving their teenage daughter, Riley, in Joe’s care.

The first 150-some pages of INTERCEPTS don’t contain much in the way of scares, but Pa
pamela o'herlihy
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a really strong read. I have to say it's not my usual genre, but read the blurb and gave it a go. I liked that the author himself said that it could be cruel in places and so in some way asks the reader to understand and accept that honesty. He's right. It has ugly moments for sure but they are on cue for where they should be highly unpleasant. He explores the relationship between father and daughter and makes them very real. It could be imagination, it could be reality, but t ...more
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I don't know what it is about gory horror that I just love so much! It's like a guilty pleasure! Now Intercepts is my kind of horror! There was gore, ohhhh was there gore! There was this delicious, menacing taunting that kept me wondering and on my toes! I found myself liking most of the characters, even though they weren't all particularly bad, they weren't good either. Anyway this was a great book to put to horror. The author really created some cr
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun book with an original story. For some reason while I was reading this book (with the whole sensory deprivation thing), I was remembering the psychedelic and weird movie "Altered States" with William Hurt. Yes, the stories were completely different, but I like the concept of what humans could accomplish/unlock using sensory deprivation. Also, I remembered "The Door to December" by Dean Koontz which was pretty cool, too.

Joe being the protagonist as well as the antagonist related well to this
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced, shockingly gruesome horror novel. Trigger warnings below. Highly recommend Audiobook version.

I enjoyed this psychological horror novel, because there are elements from supernatural thrillers and science fiction. The premise is quite unique (with a few exceptions), and happily, this book is a rousing-good read. The main storyline is straightforward: doctors and scientists—who “unknowingly” work for an evil government entity—are using human subjects who are mentally, emotio
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The plot of this book reminded me of a Stephen King story "Everything's Eventual" also parts of his tower series with the breakers. In this story the government (or some secret branch of it) uses people with telepathic powers to spy on their targets (similar to Dinky Earnshaw in the SK story). The main character of the book manages the facility where the "antennae's" are held. Eventually one of the antennae becomes powerful enough to enter into his mind and the minds of his family and cause them ...more
N.V. Cefalo
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*This book was given to me by the author at my request, and I provided this voluntary, unbiased review.*


WHAT A RIDE! I loved this story. It was short, sweet (in a twisted way), and filled with gore. I liked the concept of the antennas, but felt that it mirrored an idea that has already been done before (see remote viewing, government involved, etc). This story was a cut from those ideas, but fresh in its own way! I got into the characters and felt for them, though af
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finally the good guys win! That is the thought that kept going through my head as the book wrapped up. This was a book that blurred the lines between antagonist and protagonist. Most of the characters were awful people even if they didn't intend to be. I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. It isn't a mystery, but i certainly don't want to give anything away because the unfolding of the depth of the institution was the fun part for me. There is gore, there is horror, but it also contained a ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! One of the most satisfying reads I've had this summer. A relatively short novel that gripped me from the get go and did not let up until it sped to the finish. Some gruesome and gory scenes (but it is now into the Halloween season, so it seemed so normal) that made me physically cringe and may turn off some. The premise is believable (and that's a scary part, too). Key characters are likable and in spite of their faults show a deep sense of love and family. Rang all my bells; not quite a re ...more
Lynn Keith
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seriously sick and Wonderfully twisted!

This horror story was truly viscous! When I finally realized what the Company people were doing to make their "antennas," I was pretty disgusted. When I realized that that the protagonists in the story didn't care and would use the same torture for themselves I was even more upset. And when I got to the end of the book and found out how this was part of an even bigger scheme of abuse and misuse all around that nobody cares about I realized I have been in t
Kristen L. Brooking
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book catches you from the beginning and keeps you captivated until the end! Joe works in a facility that does human experimentation and his life is completely flipped upside down. The author keeps you wondering what is real and what isn't. To the last page you are kept wondering! Many people say the ending is confusing, but I completely disagree!!! The ending blows your mind!!! My words upon reading the last paragraph were literally "oh crap"!!
Dorie Thompson
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrifying! Raw, Real, maddening

After reading this novel you ask yourself.... this can't be real.... Right? Then your educated mind reminds you of MK Ultra. You think to yourself dang this world is cruel. The characters are very relatable, you feel grief with them. The plot lays a picture in your mind that may not leave you for a long time. Not for the faint of heart, but im not faint of heart... So i really enjoyed this allot, even though its absolutely terrifying.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here’s what the book had:
-A story that kept you hooked the entire time
-Not to unrealistic logic
-Actually scary
-A perfect ending
Didn’t have:
-Some unanswered questions, but what doesn’t?

YEA. THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME. I HIGHLY recommend it to horror fans. It was a little gory, but that’s not bad. I LOVED this!!!!
Lynnae Inama
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fresh story

This is a fresh story that I felt was very creative. I also enjoyed the authors writing style. It was listed as a horror story. It scare me but it kept me very interested.
Tracy Halls
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it

Really enjoyed this nice to read something different, I’m sure I remember reading about a very similar real life experiment preformed in the 60’s/70’S (minus the tracking criminals)
Well written,descriptive and a ending I wasn’t expecting
Brian Enoch
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great story!

I usually don't like these types of plots but this book was unreal! The first few pages alone had me exhausted. Incredible idea, well written, emotional beyond words, had me completely enthralled the whole way, fantastic read!
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T.J. Payne is the author of:

IN MY FATHER'S BASEMENT: A serial killer novel
INTERCEPTS: A horror novel

He writes primarily in the horror and thriller genres, but often explores one singular topic that has long fascinated him—human cruelty. Humans are the only species on Earth with the capability to create both great beauty and unspeakable acts of cruelty toward each othe
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