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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The Shadow Vista subdivision ran out of money over a year ago. Now surrounded by rusting fence and patrolled by guards from Tin Star Security Service, the under-construction homes do little more than gather dust and spiderwebs.

But they are not alone. A killer in gray coveralls and a red ski mask has made it their own private cemetery, turning backyard benches into tombs an
Paperback, 99 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Night Worms
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Erica Robyn Metcalf
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella, horror
Shadow Vista by Mark Steensland & Charles Colyott is wicked suspenseful slasher that will have you on the edge of your seat!

I couldn’t wait to read this when I heard that it was going to be a Night Worms exclusive. I mean, a tale about a subdivision that has completely halted construction when it runs out of money that a serial killer uses as their own personal burial ground for their victims? Sign me up!

Right from the start of this one, I was totally captivated and couldn’t wait to see what was
Webberly Rattenkraft
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, horror
What SHADOW VISTA lacks in length, it makes up for with intense old-school slasher action, maybe _giallo_, even, but without the fashion and scooters. LMCTW, there's the masked killer who is seen but unseen by witnesses, said witnesses getting murderously stalked, some pretty solid homicide set-pieces, the hapless wrong-place-wrong-time victim/complication, a pervy red herring, brutality, horniness, lotsa blood, and of course the traditional OMG IT WAS YOU? reveal. Highly Ratty-Recommended! ...more
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Every trope about women in horror fiction is here without any hint of irony. More teen tv episode than cinematic horror.
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novella is pretty good. Zachary is a genuinely nice guy, though quite young/immature. I did enjoy the character of Sam, as she was kind-hearted, even as she thought of herself as a hardened cynic.
I did have a bit of an issue with the killer, as I felt that the killer was written in a certain way that wasn't really fleshed out. Of course, maybe that was intentional, as the reader should infer through their thoughts and actions what was going on with the killer. I did have my suspicions as t
Sandy Lewis
Sep 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Sophomoric writing, tired plot line, and more cliches than should be allowed in ninety nine pages make this novella one giant yawn of a read.
Aiden Merchant
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Prior to receiving Shadow Vista for review, I had just read another one of his recent collaborations, Coffin Shadows. Before that, it was In the Scrape (one of my favorite stories of 2019). I also have Jimmy the Freak (also written alongside Colyott), but have not gotten around to it just yet. The point is, I have read Steensland a couple other times and have always enjoyed his work. In fact, upon reading Coffin Shadows, I mentioned to Steensland I wanted to get my hands on Shadow Vista next som ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shadow Vista is a short book (100 pages) but incredibly creepy and intense! There’s a ton of tropes/cliches in here but I still enjoyed the story and especially the terrifying concept of using an empty housing development as the killer’s burial ground. I think this was a fun addition to the “Fall for Murder” Night Worms package to prepare everyone for spooky season. Shadow Vista is an old-school slasher novella that provides a quick horror fix to readers!
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: night-worms
This book was a blast! It might not be the most original story, but it was still a lot of fun for a quick read. Loved the relationship between the two main characters, Zachary and Sam, and the banter between the two of them was priceless. Worth it for the "vajankle" phrase alone. ...more
Lars (theatretenor) Skaar
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a fun novella. Nothing groundbreaking by any means but I enjoyed the characters and the setting. Zachary and Sam were cute. The mystery of who the killer was turned out to be fun. I was expecting a *bit* more fighting with the killer based on the synopsis on the back of the book! Thought it’d be a bit more slasher style at the end but it was still good!
I have enjoyed everything of Steensland I have read so far! My favorite still being the masterpiece, In the Scrape, he created with James
Livvy Hayes
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read, but boy was it good! I received this in my night worms box, which is always the highlight of my month! The book takes something we all see on a daily basis, subdivisions and turns it into a scary, creepy, look beyond the shadows place that I don't want to visit. The ending was a great twist that I did not guess. It was a perfect middle of the night I can't sleep and now I won't ever get to sleep read. I look forward to reading more from these two and of course my next scar ...more
Edward Stafford
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you love 80s slasher flicks and need a quick horror fix, look no further than tight and tidy homage to the form. Sometimes, you just want a zippy, snappy read where you can root for the good guys, boo the baddies and be entertained. This novella fits that bill and, for me personally, served as a perfect palate cleanser between a few heavier novels.

Zachary and Sam work as security guards at a housing development that went bust. Their job is mostly boring, chasing away would-be vandals and vagr
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in my September "Fall for Murder" Night Worms package.

I sat down and read this book in two hours. I loved the characters and the humanity of them. I am basically the living version of Sam and we also happen to share the same name! The variety of the characters and how they work together at the same job was quite relatable too. We've all had the crazy mish-mash of coworkers who don't really go together, would never hang out beyond the job, yet are united by the single connect
Rich Rosell
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this book in my September "Fall for Murder" package from Night Worms.

This quick read - clocking in just under 100 pages - plays out like a 1980s masked slasher film (and I mean that with the absolute highest of praise). There's trouble in an abandoned, unfinished subdivision - primarily in the form a brutal ski-masked killer.

The dialogue is really funny, and flows with a wonderfully natural cadence. The violence is certainly not muted, and at times is particularly rough.

A fun read tha
Matthew Boyette
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
There’s something about a murder mystery that just pulls me in. Shadow Vista creates a great dynamic in which you think you know who the killer is until you actually find out who it is. Great read and I enjoyed every page.
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, horror
This was a fun and suspenseful novella. I enjoyed the characters, along with the mystery.
Dawn Ellis Shea
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the mystery and never would have guessed the killer. It was pretty good. I would recommend it.
Quentin Montemayor
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quick novella. Pretty predictable. Don’t read too much into it. Just a fun, silly, slasher-romp.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book! Spooky, graphic and surprising. The end was predictable but happy.
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
A good lil quick read.
I really wish there was more of a detailed back story of the villain. But with what was given, I assumed certain things and drew my own conclusions.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun, fast paced slasher novella.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simple good scary book. A subdivision that stopped construction and now is site of murder ! This is my cup of tea. It’s a short book but you are drawn into the story right away.
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 round up! Fun little ride!
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
So, despite being less than 100 pages, it took me nearly a month to finish 'Shadow Vista'. Why? Who knows. Probably because buddy reads and themed readalongs dominated my reading schedule this last month and punted individual titles further down my list. However, it could also be because this story was just ...meh.

'Shadow Vista' is a fun, end-of-summer slasher that takes place in the titular unfinished suburban neighborhood. The story is told primarily from the perspective of Zachary Frenkel who
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book in my September "Fall for Murder" package from Night Worms.

This is a Night Worms exclusive novella. This could have used a bit more editing and was filled with your typical horror tropes, but it still ended up being fun. The setting was creepy and the overall story was fine.

Sam was the best character in this, followed by Joe. I liked how some of the most unlikely candidates ended up as the final players. I figured out the killer’s identity the chapter before it was revealed
Christina B.
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 (3.5 rounded up)

A fun little novella with a cool plot and twist. Nothing groundbreaking, but good writing and a story that wrapped up neatly. Sam was a likable character, but I wish Zach was a bit more developed. I don’t want to say much more because it’s a short read and I don’t want to give anything away, but it was a good story and I’d read more by the authors.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm not convinced that anyone read this novella before it was published because it could have benefited from editing. The story still may not have been great, but it would have been more enjoyable to read. The most interesting part of the book was the brief, vague description of the killer's past that led up to this story, so it's disappointing that wasn't given more pages. ...more
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Mark Steensland self-published his first book while in fourth grade, and has been telling stories ever since--some of them true. He became a professional journalist at the age of 18, writing about movies for such magazines as Prevue and American Cinematographer. His award-winning films have played in festivals around the world. His novel for young readers, Behind the Bookcase, was published in 201 ...more

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