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The Primeval

4.77  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  7 reviews
After losing his grandmother and his job on the same day, Fran Rivera reconnects with his childhood friend Jack Catcher and begins working for him at his family’s construction company. As they begin work on a housing development in the forest they grew up playing in, unusual things begin happening.

Pieces of equipment go missing, strange markings are burned into the trees,
Paperback, 187 pages
Published September 20th 2019 by JawnO Publications
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Alexia (lexmerkreads)
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so absorbed in the story, characters, and lore that I read it cover to cover in one sitting. If you’re just beginning to dabble in horror, The Primeval is a wonderful place to start. And if you’re a horror veteran, read this ASAP. The cover art is beautiful and perfectly encapsulates the essence of the novella. I’m absolutely obsessed!!!
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is so good. Forget that this is a debut author. This is high class horror. I thoroughly enjoyed this. The Premeval is scary and well written. There is just enough back story without dragging it out. We jump into the scary scenes and the author gives enough descriptions to make this scary story come to life. I cannot wait for the next installment!
Karen Blue
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this! This story has everything for a great scary story set up; believable characters, eerie setting, enough backstory to relate to character vices, relatable heroes, villains that are pure evil and descriptive scenes. There wasn’t too much build up. It gave just enough before we jumped right in and got to the good parts. The Premeval was a very well written horror. I can’t wait to for the next book!
Marc Bilodeau
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Opalenik's extensive descriptions of setting and characters inherently transport the reader from wherever they are to the forest described. This book evokes the same ancient fear that has existed since our species was able to comprehend the emotion. The evil described within is one that frightens us to our cores. It is dark. It is ancient. It is immortal. It is patient. It is hungry. An absolute must for any horror or suspense fan! ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From beginning to end, I was bewitched by this book. The story's details, characters and events were wonderfully crafted, but the mental image of the ancient evil that resides in the forest is something the author has left me thinking about long after I closed the book. ...more
Introverted Bookworm
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The owner of a little book store in Wethersfield Connecticut suggested this title to me and I'm so glad she did. This fun little novella held my interest from cover to cover.

The Primeval had very realistic characters, especially the construction worker people. My husband has worked with lots of those type of people and the author really captured their earnest gruffness.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had me hanging on every word waiting for the next thing to happen. Does not disappoint. Great horror/thriller.
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John Opalenik is a horror writer, and the author of The Primeval, the first book in The Primeval Series.

John has always been fascinated with dark and supernatural tales that always seem to be lurking around the corners of our world, and how they exist in seemingly every culture. He explores humanity’s fascination with such things through his horror novels.

When he’s not hunched over his laptop conj

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