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69: A Short Novel of Cosmic Horror

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“Everything is sixty-nine.”

It happened suddenly. Overnight. Inside Spring Lakes Assisted Living, seven residents - sixty-nine years of age - died mysterious deaths. Only... they aren’t really dead. Their bodies remain still, their staring eyes void of life; yet their hearts continue to beat, their lungs fight for oxygen, and somewhere within their petrified bodies their
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Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Evil Epoch Press (first published July 6th 2019)
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Janie C.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unusual things are happening to the sixty-nine year olds in an assisted living home. Alive yet showing no signs of awareness or movement, the condition of these residents warrant a visit from three members of the CDC. Thus begins the search for the cause of the mysterious condition afflicting the affected guests. Scientific explanations turn into mysteries, and logical research is turned upside down when menacing visions and disappearing images take precedence. The three members of the CDC are w ...more
Sadie Hartmann
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Everything is 69"

Except this doesn't mean what you think it means. Tim Meyer, asked if I'd review his latest book and dropped the cover on me--I'll admit, my face was like, "What the __?"
But then I read the synopsis and saw this was cosmic horror...is there any sub-genre of horror Meyer can't flex in? My answer is a firm, No.
Indeed, 69 is cosmic horror and I enjoyed every, single page of this story. I especially loved the protagonist, Amanda Guerrero, who has this Dana Scully thing going on.
In
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Emily
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
"Petrified faces. Open mouths. Unheard screams. Stiff limbs."

Tim Meyer is one of my favorite horror authors, and he always had creative plots. 69 grabbed my attention at the beginning, and I was very interested in seeing where it was going to go.

I'm not the biggest fan of virus / post-apocalyptic stories. This book isn't post-apocalyptic, but it has the same vibes with the characters trying to figure it what's going on. It felt like nothing happened for extended periods of 69 while they were s
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Ian
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
‘Wood you believe it!’

Three medical researchers are called into a care home after some of the residents, all being 69 years old, have locked into seizure and effectively have become living statues. Is the cause behind this natural or supernatural, and what exactly is the significance of the number 69? One thing is for certain, this rescue team is determined to get answers.

This proved to be a good old fashioned traditional creepy horror story complete with monsters, evil vibes, mystery and intrig
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David
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I don’t know, something about dementia and a sentient field and 69 and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........
Matt (TeamRedmon)
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019, horror
I've shared on my Instagram account that for years, I've struggled with depression. Until about a year and a half ago, I had been in a reading slump, rut, dark bottomless pit that had lasted for years. I didn't get enjoyment from reading like I once did. This was frustrating because I've been a voracious reader for most of my life. I knew that I enjoyed reading, KNEW it, but I couldn't make myself love it anymore. I'd go through spurts where'd I'd try and fail to feel what I once did. Finally, a ...more
Kim Napolitano
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This ARC was a gift by the author and this review is my own.

Something is happening to the 69 year old patients at a nursing home and the CDC is called into an investigation that will turn into something they never expected! No spoilers or big review as the book hasn’t been released yet. Just know Mr. Meyer never disappoints as his return to horror creature feature is classic! You will want this on your TBR!
The Grim Reader
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got my first real six-string. Bought it at the five-and-dime. Played it 'til my fingers bled. Was the summer of '69. It was another day, another gig for the Grim Reader. And as the final A chord rang out, I looked forward to getting home and curling up in front of the air conditioning with the latest from Tim Meyer. I shouldn't need to tell you that 69 is a short novel of cosmic horror, It says so on the tin...hang on! I did just tell you! Oh, well. 69 is fun, fun, fun, with quirky characters, ...more
Tim
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
69 by Tim Meyer is a fun mashup of a thriller involving CDC agents and a full on horror story with a very scary monster. This is a short novel but the author packs a lot of action and tension in there. The main character’s back stories were very upsetting and interesting and were melded into the story quite well. The story moved along at a good pace and kept me interested throughout. I really loved the ending which possibly opens up room for a sequel though I felt this was a complete story. As i ...more
Wayne Fenlon
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

I was gripped from the start.
Brilliant writing and storytelling.
And no... It's not about what you think it is.

Five stars. No question.
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FanFiAddict
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
7.0/10

Thanks to the author for an audio copy of 69 for review consideration.

While this wasn’t my favorite of Meyer’s dealings, 69 is a solid short novel that delivers on the premise’s expectations and feels like the long lost episode of The X-Files we have all been craving. Seriously, I believe Tim could’ve taken this premise in a million different directions, and maybe one day he will revisit with a mutation that flips 69 on its backside.

Much like The Switch House, I was more interested in the
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Aiden Merchant
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goddamn! Review coming soon to Kendallreviews.com
Paul
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
So these "assisted living" folks are going stiff, barely alive and weighing ten times more than normal and losing their memory.

Hmm. Much like me, and my family after our family Christmas party.

Well that's the plot essentially. A few federal agents are sent to investigate this mystery at the nursing home, and very reminiscent of X files or Grimm, they discover weird discoverings in the local forest. Ooooo...creeeepy! (Not). Tim Meyer's writing style is pretty good, but the interest level for me,
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Jesse Bollinger
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great mix of cosmic horror and gore. I really enjoyed it. This is another book that I would love to see in movie form. I think there is some really great imagery that would transfer to the screen very well.
Kay Oliver
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rocked my socks!

I devoured this book. It was gripping, suspenseful, chilling, spooky, fresh and original. Meyer is such a talent--a wonderful storyteller and a damn good writer. Some of the descriptions in this book were really unsettling and will definitely stick with me. And the curious case of sixty-nine was so riveting, I was glued. Loved this book and definitely recommend it.
Rob Errera
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tim Meyer’s 69 is a well-paced, chillingly atmospheric horror novella set in a New Jersey assisted living facility. Amanda is sent to investigate why all of the 69-year-old residents of Sping Lakes have slipped into “living dead” comas, complete with rigor mortis. They're alive, barely, but possessed by something. The evil baddie of 69 eats memories, and uses your worst ones against you. While cosmic horror is at the root (pun intended ) of the residents’ problems, the underlying terror of 69 is ...more
Brian Steele
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
69 is a riveting and unique tale of cosmic horror, full of well-delivered dread. A fascinating premise leads us to quite a series of unsettling moments, some more mundane horrors and others that shatter comprehension. With the characters fully fleshed out and a plot this intriguing, you can burn through this entertaining short novel in a few hours. Meyer excels at making you fear for his characters, and in 69 there’s a good chance no one is getting out of this with their sanity intact.
WORDS ON PAPER
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-collection
For starters I have never consumed a book this fast in my life. I’m generally a slower reader, but Tim Meyer has a writing style that I absolutely love and can really get into.
That being said “69” was a good read.... haha get it “good read”? (Lame I know) lol

I really enjoyed the unique storyline and the cosmic horror elements that so often frequent his books. I also like the way Tim uses the characters as fuel for the story. They almost become the plot themselves if that makes sense. Lol I was
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M-Taliesin
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice take on horror. A good romp of a story, but one that never really explained the significance of 69 in a context I found satisfying. The primary characters are nicely developed as is their good and not so good points. I liked the book, and believe most readers of this genre will enjoy it too.
Anna Ray
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my second book by Meyer and I'm growing to love his writing. Strange, funny, unexpected, creepy, a little uncomfortable. Just what you would want in a horror story. Great writing style that flows and hard to put down. ...more
Cody Meissner
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good

I tell you what. This thing was one scary book. Once it hit the pedal it didn't let up. The ending kind of threw Me and was probably the main reason I didn't give it a five which I rarely give any book.
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Lindsey Hawkins Gould
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Disappointing

This book fell flat for me. I found it boring and skimmed a lot of paragraphs. There was no sense of suspense as in most horror or suspense stories. There were only 200 pages, so it was over quickly.
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Janina s. Asselin
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good read

Initially I thought that the story was a little too long, but have changed my mind. Good creepy story with a kick at the end. Recommend.
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