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A small town with dark secrets. A house hidden in the woods that holds horrors unimaginable. Four friends on summer break fighting off a group of bullies dead set on ruining their summer of fun. The little town of Winnsboro has buried its secrets beneath years of history and faded memories. But, it’s about to be unearthed releasing ancient creatures as a budding psychopath ...more
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Published July 6th 2019 by Black Bed Sheet Books
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Michael Hicks
Prior to starting in on The Damned Place, I had read an interview in which author Chris Miller discussed his inspiration for this novel being equal parts Stranger Things and Stephen King’s IT. Frankly, it shows, particularly during the first twenty-five percent or so as Miller sets up his story. It takes him a while to escape from the shadows of those inspirations, but once he does, The Damned Place is a pretty effective bit of 90s-set coming-of-age horror.

In the woods of suburban Texas lies an
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Becky Narron
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is absolutely amazing. From start to finish I couldn’t put it down. Chris Miller can write! Everything I have read by him has been jaw dropping. From the funny horror in Flushed to the extreme horror of Prime Cuts nothing has disappointed. This book is about a coming of age story, with lifelong friends having what they thought would be fun durning the summer. They meet a new girl and soon she has become another friend. Problems arise with the town bullies. They are set out to ruin the frien ...more
Corrina Morse
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ive thoroughly enjoyed spending the last few days in THE DAMNED PLACE! At 563 pages long, its a bit of a beast, but it didnt feel 563 pages long, in a good way! I found it eerie, creepy and disturbing. I loved the supernatural elements, and it was also a heart warming tale of friendship. I have already ordered the next book THE DAMNED ONES, and I cannot wait to get started. Awesome 🖤
Jennie Rosenblum
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying I am not afraid of spiders and have little concern over snakes, but after reading this I will never look at a spider or snake or even a slug! in the same way.

The terror experienced by the characters (some barely into their teens) was so intense that I could feel it through the pages. Bullying, awful parenting skills, haunted house, brutality, monsters it’s all there. Everything came pouring out the pages at a fierce, vivid pace. I had to keep reading because it was too muc
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Marina Schnierer
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok so not being a huge fan of audio books in general due to not being able to concentrate on narrator's voices, I usually struggle unless I have a physical copy. Saying that, I decided to give Chris Miller's book The Damned Place a go on Audible and surprisingly I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I utilised my usually boring treks to and from work and time in between work commitments to listen to this and although it took me a while to get through, I am so glad I invested the time. This book w ...more
Steve Stred
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

Chris Miller’s ‘The Damned Place‘ starts off with an absolute bang and introduces us to the mysterious house in the woods almost immediately.

I love when books fly out of the gate and decide to hold nothing back and throughout this book, Miller continued to push the envelope with horrific descriptions and awful characters.

What I liked: I’m a sucker for coming-of-age stuff set in the woods and this ticked off all of those boxes. We get a group
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Angela
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
4 Stars! “The Damned Place” is my first Chris Miller book and let’s just say that it covers all the bases for a coming of age horror story that lands in the “extreme” horror subgenre.

“The Damned Place” is broken down into eight parts which helped with the flow and pace of the story by using third person perspectives to transition chapters. Chris’ writing is direct and grabbed my attention from the beginning with the imagery, character development and bold transitions through the characters. Each
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Richelle SheReadsHorror
☠️ Book Review ☠️ “The damned place by Chris Miller” .
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A group of kids come together for some summer fun. They make a fort in the woods and call it their “club house”. The kids are enjoying their summer until they run into a bully and his evil pack of goons. (This all sounds like the set up for an 80s coming of age horror movie or show but it’s much darker.) The kids run from the bullies into an abandoned creepy house in the woods. As they try to escape, some are transported to another world th
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Isaac Thorne
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
This has been on my to-read list for some time now, and I regret only just now getting around to it. For Stephen King readers, The Damned Place will feel very familiar. It seems heavily inspired by It, but also draws from other King works (the dialogue of the lobstrosities in The Drawing of the Three, for example). Although I don't really mind obvious King Easter eggs or references in other authors' works, they remain a bit of a turn-off for me (as I've previously stated in a couple of reviews o ...more
G&Liz Anderson
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could not put it down! I love how you get to know each character, & then you get the back story on the house too. It's amazingly written like a story within a story! From start to finish I was completely hooked, I could not wait to get to the next page! I cannot wait to start The Damned Ones! ...more
Carlynne Toomey
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read a few of Chris Miller's books before and they never fail to engage and scare me! His writing style pulls you in and wraps you up in the horror of the moment - you feel like you are there! The characters, as always, are well developed and engaging. If you like horror, you'll love this and probably anything else written by Mr. Miller. Go out and get your copy today, I can't recommend it enough!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Brandon
Did not finish. Wasn't terrible, just a bit too plodding and "Stephen King-y" for my taste...I listened to 5 hours of the audiobook and the story was just starting to get established. Not my preference for storytelling, but I can't see why someone else with a bit more patience wouldn't enjoy this. ...more
James Watts
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the second of Miller's books that I have read, the first being A Murder of Saints. I can definitely see the growth of the author between the two novels. Saints was a great read, not downplaying it one bit. The Damned Place, however, is on an entirely new level. Miller's ability for imagery and characterization shine even brighter in this coming of age tale that would sit nicely with novels like It and Dreamcatcher, and lays out the spectrum of his storytelling capabilities.
At the same t
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Chuck Knight
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this on Audible. In a brilliant homage (but by no means a pastiche) to (in my opinion) the epitome of coming of age horror: IT by Stephen King, Chris Miller has written a fabulous piece of horror about kids losing, winning, fighting and ultimately saving the world.
Set mostly in July of 1990, the year I graduated and my brother was the same age as the children in this story, it tells the tale of a decrepit old house in the woods outside a small East Texas town and what lives inside
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Demi
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holy Macaroni, what a trip! This gave me Stranger Things vibes only rated MATURE. This book was messed up and I loved every minute of it. Applause to Chris Miller for being able to make me grimace in disgust, and horror. I caught myself making faces multiple times and as someone who adores F*CKED up books, that's hard to do. The creatures were grotesque and scary but the underlying message was that sometimes the monsters are here in our world. Right among us. The human race is a vehicle for evil ...more
Billie
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A small town with dark secrets. A house hidden in the woods that holds horrors unimaginable. Four friends on summer break fighting off a group of bullies dead set on ruining their summer of fun. The little town of Winnsboro has buried its secrets beneath years of history and faded memories. But, it’s about to be unearthed releasing ancient creatures as a budding psychopath blooms Will they survive what comes for them and possibly the world or will The Damned Place end it all?

This is a brilliant
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Samantha
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook and it was amazing! The story is very captivating, bloody, gory, and all around a good time. The friendships are believable, the bad guys are very much bad guys and the damned place is very deserving of it's name. I loved every minute of the book. The narrator Daniel Caravetta was fantastic. 10/10
I cannot wait for book 2!
P.s That epilogue is something else!!!!
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Sharon
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful horror story that is a brilliant way to introduce me to this author. I found this to be a page-turner and each page was a joy to read! There is nothing to not like about this book if this is your go to genre.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Linda
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
The beginning of the story peaked my interest. It started out with a scary feel, but then the part in the middle, I think was too long. While a backstory is good, it should be more succinct and get the point across faster. Other than that one thing I think the book is very interesting. I received this book for free and I am voluntarily leaving my review.
Heather Bane
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. This is the first book I’ve read by Chris Miller and I was not disappointed with The Damned Place. The story is well written and creepy. My interest was grabbed from the very start and I could not put down. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author and would recommend reading.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Dallas Kitchens
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If your looking for a very fast read, look no further. It's a fantastic coming of age story. We should all have friends like these kids, people willing to lay it on the line for friends and family. I eagerly await part 2. Chris is a story teller of the first order. Do yourself a favor, read it, you will, I repeat, you will be glad you did. 7.5 Stars out of 5.. Your gonna need a bigger boat. ...more
Beaulah McLean
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and would like to review it. This is a very twisted and horrifying book, it is quite a page turner.
timj26
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of Chris Miller this is definitely his best work
With fantastic characters,creative creatures and alternate worlds this kept me listening late into the night
Well narrated and highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review
I Christopher
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Looking for a cool, gory, coming of age through hell story?
Here it is, I won’t give anything away, I will just highly recommend this horror story.
Will Blosser
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chris Miller’s epic coming-of-age horror novel The Damned Place centers on a group of young kids in small town Texas. Just trying to enjoy their summer vacation, the kids are pursued by a gang of psychopathic older kids out for blood. While fleeing the bullies, the young kids stumble upon an ancient, world-destroying evil in a strange, abandoned house in the woods. As the kids learn more about the evil place and the darkness that occurred there, they realize that they may be all that stands betw ...more
Melissa Potter
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where to start? The Damned Place is a coming of age story, but much creepier than most others I've read in the past. Besides the storyline of the kids, the bullies and the problems they're all living through (which is quite scary on its own), this story adds some serious monsters, parallel dimensions and plenty of gore and violence. All the makings of a great book! Your heart will cry for the main characters, you'll feel a pull of sadness for some of the bullies and wish a couple dead as well. A ...more
Lisa Lee
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Damned Place by Chris Miller is a story within a story, a daring multi-subgenre horror novel, a twisted Masterpiece. And Chris Miller is a brilliant storyteller.

Chris Miller takes the coming-of-age horror story premise to a new level of sophistication and terror in his novel, The Damned Place. To be clear, the subject matter and content place this story firmly under the heading of Extreme Horror despite the coming-of-age part of the storyline. This novel is for serious adult horrorphiles.

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Jennifer Mills
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE PLACE TO BE FOR FANS OF DARK FICTION

This is my first reading of anything that Chris Miller has written and I must say that I am very impressed. I read a review that stated Chris Miller's inspiration for this novel was equal parts of Stranger Things and Stephen King’s IT.
While that aspect is certainly there, my impression was that he was merely tipping his hat to King and the Netflix show. He pays homage to them without having to make second rate copies of their plots.
The Damned Place stand
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Christina Eleanor
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel surprised me. It is extremely well written. It is long, but the book needs to be in order to give the full background and history of the main setting of the book. The story is about a group of kids that become best friends who encounter a strange house in the middle of the woods they play in. Some unexplained events happen at the house and the kids do their own research into the property and its past. They learn of an unspeakable evil that manipulates weak individuals to help it come ...more
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Chris Miller is a native Texan who has been writing from an early age. He began publishing in 2017 with his first novel, A Murder of Saints, and since then he has published several novels—including the Amazon bestselling Splatter Western, Dust—and has also been inducted into many anthologies. When not writing, Chris enjoys playing guitar, watching movies, and reading. He is first and foremost a fa ...more

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