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Psycho Hose Beast From Outer Space (Gale Harbour, #1)

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Newfoundland, Canada, 1992.

Gale Harbour hasn’t seen any excitement since the military abandoned the base there thirty years ago, unless you count the Tuesday night 2-for-1 video rentals at Jerry's Video Shack. So when a dead body turns up floating in the town water supply, all evidence seems to point to a boring accident.

Niall, Pius and Harper are dealing with pre-teen aw
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Published September 28th 2020 by Stories I Found in the Closet
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Patrick LeClerc
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CD Gallant-King’s “Psycho Hose Beast From Outer Space” is a lot of fun. Not surprising as I had previously read “Hell Comes to HogtownHell Come to Hogtown” and found it to be entertaining as hell. In fact, I would put him at the top of the list of Canadian horror humor authors, as soon as I find some more so I can actually make a list.

The book is told mostly from the viewpoint of a small group of school ages friends, who are caught up in a potential apocalypse as an ancient evil from beyond the
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Valerie - Cats Luv Coffee
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Horror comedy is one of my favorite genres so any story named Psycho Hose Beast from Outer Space has to be a hidden gem, right? The name itself doesn't necessarily scream horror but more of a Up All Night B-movie fest or even a cheesy sci-fi being MST3K'd. And let's take a moment to talk about that cover, shall we? The man in the lake might be taking a late evening dunk on his way home from too many at the pub. I'm sure he's totally fine! Maybe hate-himself-tomorrow drunk but certainly not dead. ...more
J.H. Moncrieff
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stranger Things came to mind while I was reading this, and I've since seen it referred to "Stranger Things meets The Goonies," which will give potential readers a pretty fair idea of what they're in for.

A group of misfit kids are the only ones standing between a small, sleepy Canadian town and a crazed monster hellbent on destruction. Gallant-King does his best to bring the early nineties back to life, with plenty of pop culture references, especially music. (The role of Snow's "Informer" in thi
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Damien Larkin
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Psycho Hose Beast from Outer Space is a riveting, fun, and entertaining read for fans of Stranger Things, the Goonies and IT.

Set in the early 90s in Newfoundland, Canada the story follows best friends Niall and Pius and his cousin Harper in the last week of summer. While navigating the pitfalls of pre-teen life, they'd rather be playing video games, watching movies or anything that doesn't involve a lot of effort. Everything changes as their sleepy town is shattered by a string of unusual events
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Tracey Tobin
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Psycho Hose-Beast From Outer Space" is definitely worth a read, especially if you're a fan of the horror-comedy aesthetic of something like "Stranger Things". The characters are likeable and relatable, the setting realistic and familiar, and the monster the kind of weird, illogical, disgusting beast that you might find in anything from a b-rated horror movie to a modern-day sci-fi flick. This is a fun, enjoyable, easy-to-read romp, and I can't wait to find out where Gallant-King goes with the r ...more
Samuel Gately
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In case you missed the clues the title provides, this book is typical Gallant-King – gutsy, original, and savagely fun. With aggressive pacing and a stable of interesting characters, Psycho Hose Beast is a real page-turner.

The story takes place in a coastal town during the nostalgic 90’s and definitely channels some Stranger Things vibes with its youthful cast and heavy horror-mystery plot. I’m a sucker for nostalgia done well and thoroughly enjoyed the various movie, video game, and cultural b
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Laura
I received an ARC from the author, that doesn’t affect my opinion of the book, all my thoughts are my own and honest.

Gale Harbour hasn’t seen any excitement since the military abandoned the base there thirty years ago, unless you count the Tuesday night 2-for-1 video rentals at Jerry's Video Shack. So when a dead body turns up floating in the town water supply, all evidence seems to point to a boring accident.

Psycho Hose From Outer Space is the first book in the Gale Harbour series. It is set i
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Patricia Lynne
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hot damn, this was a good read. I've read work by this author before and enjoyed it, and this new book is just as fun of a read. He nailed the kids on bike trope that you see in a lot of horror. I loved all the 90s references being a 90s kid myself. I also liked how involved the adults were. The adults weren't absent and were active in the plot. I enjoyed the kids as well and could easily visualize them.

As for the horror aspect, it was subtle. There were also subtle paranormal and sci-fi element
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Rhonda Gilmour
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, humor
Stranger Things meets The Goonies, with a dollop of Stand by Me.
Set in Gale Harbor, Newfoundland in the ‘90s, this book comes replete with pop culture references from that era. The author must have an excellent memory for his tween years, because the three tween protagonists are beautifully drawn—tender, vulnerable, awkward, dorky, and in Niall’s case, lovesick.
I love the way Gallant-King’s unexpected villains avoid the bad-guy stereotypes. I won’t spoil the story by telling you who the villain
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John
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of C.D.'s work since I was introduced to his writing a handful of years ago. Psycho Hose Beast From Outer Space confirms why I'm still a fan. Set in the 90s, this book does a great job of taking a trip down Nostalgia Lane while leading the reader on a crazy adventure. C.D. nails it with the references and the added conversational terms of endearment between the characters. Words and phrases that I had long forgotten released a floodgate of memories from my younger years as I re ...more
Paul Carberry
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right from the beginning you know that something extraordinarily strange is happening in Gale Harbor. C.D. Gallant pays an exciting and thrilling homage to the 90s. The story is expertly paced and an excellently crafted sci fi. I enjoyed every moment with Pius, Niall, and Harper as they solve the mystery of the Psycho Hose Beast from Outer Space.
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I claim to write stories, but really I just find them in The Closet, dust them off, add a few commas and send them out into the world.

Proudly Canadian, born and raised in Newfoundland, fine-tuned and educated in Toronto and currently residing in Ottawa with a beautiful wife, two wonderful children and various furry four-legged companions.

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