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Malignant Summer

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It’s 1998 in Hooperstown, New Jersey and people are getting sick. Some citizens blame the local chemical plant. A select few believe something far more terrifying is responsible, a dreadful force that causes nightmarish visions and aberrant illnesses. Bad things are blooming in Hooperstown, and the stench of death is growing stronger...

Standing on the edge of summer break
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Kindle Edition, 625 pages
Published June 1st 2021 by Silver Shamrock
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Sadie Hartmann
I was honored that Tim sent me an early copy of MALIGNANT SUMMER and I have so many thoughts to share, but I’ll save them for a Cemetery Dance review. Just know that this story is the full expression of Meyer’s wheelhouse-authenticity. An epic coming-of-age tale. More soon!
FanFiAddict
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
9.0/10

Meyer’s ‘Malignant Summer’ is the new generation’s ‘IT’. A tour de force coming-of-age tale that is as much The Loser’s Club as it is Stranger Things. This is a prime example of why horror is making a resurgence and I’m here for every single minute of it.
Joshua Marsella
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An absolute masterpiece! A coming-of-age horror epic that will leave you cathartic, terrified, and nostalgic for adolescence. Meyer’s magnum opus!
M
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gods-and-deities
This was a fun summer horror read. The writing style really made it feel like a coming of age story told from the viewpoint of the young people experiencing it. It’s set in a small (ish?) town in the late 90’s and as we all know nothing ever good happens when a story is set in a small town. Man’s greed awakens a malevolent forest spirit that feeds on the dreams of the town’s people especially the children and it’s up to them to stop her. I really enjoyed the storyline and the flipping viewpoints ...more
Tracy Robinson
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Blazed through this one. Starred review to come on Sci Fi and scary
Irene
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
It's all fun and games until the mother of dead dreams wants to play.
What begins as a scavenger hunt ends in a fight for their souls.
There is a lot going on in this larger than life coming of age tale. Hazardous waste dumping, a town built on abduction and assault, a supernatural entity. Now one after another the children are being diagnosed with cancer.
The author weaves this all together in a spellbinding story of epic proportions.

"From Almost every street corner, you could smell something rot
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Brennan LaFaro
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
For the last two years, Silver Shamrock has graced us with a big, blockbuster summer release. Thick tomes to take the place of five or six novellas that everyone will be talking about. 2020 was Devil’s Creek by Todd Keisling, a book years in the making that caught everyone’s attention, eventually becoming a finalist for the Stoker novel of the year. Something-wrong-in-a-small-town horror translates well to big books, but arguably, coming-of-age translates even better. Enter Tim Meyer’s Malignant ...more
Janine Pipe
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is Amazing, I absolutely loved it. Full review to come but will likely be subbed to Scream Magazine.
If you like coming of age, if you like the 90s, if you like Tim, you’ll love this.
Blake Blanco
Rating/review to come...but, wow!
Todd
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
MALIGNANT SUMMER is a classic coming-of-age horror tale reminiscent of McCammon and Simmons, viewed through the lens of the 1990s, with the kind of horror that could only come from Tim Meyer’s twisted imagination. Brutal, nostalgic, and full of heart, I couldn’t put it down.
Tim
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
In my opinion Coming of age horror stories have become the next overused trope replacing Zombie novels. It seems every horror author has written at least one and while there are many great ones, the volume of them has me pretty much burnt out on them. Thankfully Malignant Summer is a novel that is one of the best coming of age stories. The author has done a great job of telling a complete story that made me forget that it is almost 600 pages long. The characters have been created very well and t ...more
Patrick R. McDonough
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The perfect story to read this summer! Coming-of-age stories feel like a great time to read during that season. Why is that? A lot of the time it has to do with good times that happened when we were growing up. The time away from school, the time we could run free without our parents rules. And if you're like me, a kid that grew up during the 90s, you'll surely be able to relate to the younger kids - their love for N64 games, running around with their friends, and talking more video games. That ...more
Sarah
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a paperback ARC of Malignant Summer, authored by Tim Meyer, from Silver Shamrock Publishing, for review consideration. Cover art by Kealan Patrick Burke, interior art by Bob Veon, format and edits by Kenneth W. Cain. What follows below is my honest review, given freely.

I rated this novel 5 stars. My first Meyer read, this was no toe dipping. Went for full saturation of this author’s writing style, his voice. This tome clocks in just over five hundred and fifty pages; no filler pages
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John Lynch
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Tim Meyer and Silver Shamrock are back at it again, this time to bring you a sprawling epic. This books is gargantuan, by far the longest book I’ve read this year.

Malignant summer is a damn good read. There’s a large cast of characters in this coming of age title, and all of the main players are fleshed out nicely. As always with a Tim Meyer story, there is more than meets the eye to the tale, and Tim takes the span of the book to unearth all of the towns secrets. There is a lot of death and dec
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WendyB
Apr 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Good at first but the story dragged on too long for me with too many details and I lost interest.
Also tries too hard at times to remind the readers that it's the 90s with music, movie and tv references.
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Cathy Gudger
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Creepy but a very good horror story!
Lucas Mangum
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sprawling and immersive, Malignant Summer is like McCammon's Boy's Life or Simmons' Summer of Night but for the alt-metal and grunge generation. A spooky, coming-of-age tale with tremendous heart. ...more
Aiden Merchant
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Overview: Kids are getting sick in Hooperstown, New Jersey. People are blaming the chemical plant, which has been secretly dumping in the woods by the river for years. But there’s something even more menacing at play - an ancient being called the Mother, hellbent on escaping the dream-world and reclaiming the earth. As the body count rises, a group of teenage friends band together to seek out the evil force and put a stop to it before the town of Hooperstown is completely devoured by nightmarish ...more
Horror DNA
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sean-m-sanford
Tim Meyer does well to show us: Childhood is a trip. A shimmy short of the grasp of all fathomable, as the greys of reality take a long time to gain purchase, and an even longer time to seem sensible. High school? Pshaw. Nothing but some droll powder room for an alleged real-life when you have no idea the nature of your performance, nor even where to stand on the stage. And you missed the opening act, as the dancers and confetti made you blind to every single thing that is happening right now. B ...more
Sean M Sanford
Jun 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Tim Meyer does well to show us: Childhood is a trip. A shimmy short of the grasp of all fathomable, as the greys of reality take a long time to gain purchase, and an even longer time to seem sensible. High school? Pshaw. Nothing but some droll powder room for an alleged real-life when you have no idea the nature of your performance, nor even where to stand on the stage. And you missed the opening act, as the dancers and confetti made you blind to every single thing that is happening right now. B ...more
Stephanie
Jun 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a massive book but a real piece of escapism. A coming-of-age tale with teens battling evil forces long buried in the earth but now reappearing to destroy the town's inhabitants, it's a brilliant page-turner. Sometimes you need to bury yourself in a book and escape reality for as long as possible and this really serves the purpose. ...more
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