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Judas Goat

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  68 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Who is the Judas Goat?

It had been twenty years since Lenny Cates had seen or heard from his old college flame Sheena. Theirs had been a brief and tumultuous relationship that ended badly, so when Lenny is notified that Sheena has died in a freak accident and has left her entire estate to him, he feels compelled to investigate the last days leading to her untimely death. As
ebook, 124 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by Darkside Digital (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It never ceases to amaze me how I can re-read a "favorite" book, and still find something "new" or forgotten in it from previous reads. JUDAS GOAT is nothing short of one of Greg's finest books, IMHO!

What I love about JUDAS GOAT the most is that it doesn't give up its secrets easily. This book takes a more "scenic route", if you will, building up the atmosphere to an almost unbearable tension before you begin to glimpse what Lenny is up against. The concept of the Judas Goat itself was constantl
David Brian
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first experience reading anything by Greg F. Gifune, and Judas Goat demonstrated perfectly just what a talent Mr. Gifune is. His plot structuring, pacing, and ability to crank up growing levels of unease and creeping dread, made this an almost word perfect example of intelligent horror.

Lenny Cates should be feeling on top of the world; an old girlfriend has willed him the remains of her estate. But Lenny is deeply troubled, it has been many years since he'd last seen or heard from S
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was yet another fascinating story by Mr. Gifune.

Lenny is bequeathed a house by an ex-girlfriend he hasn't seen in years. Before selling the home, he feels an obligation to at least go and look at it. The house is located in an extremely isolated area and Lenny decides to stay for a few days and check it out.

And so begins the story of Judas Goat. An explanation of the phrase Judas Goat is provided at the beginning of the novella, so while you're reading you're constantly wondering who it's g
Trev Twinem
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What is it about Greg F Gifune that makes me want to write a review, spread his fame and share his innermost thoughts and feelings with the rest of the world. First can I say if you are a lover of dark fiction and have never heard of Greg (where have you been!) then you are in for a treat, a treat that is not always an easy ride, a treat with no happy ending, and a treat that contains a collection of tormented souls who will never attain nirvana and who face each day full of regret and misunders ...more
Andrew Reeder
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I just finished poring over the limited edition, signed novel published in 2008 by Morning Star (Bloodletting Press), written by my friend Greg F. Gifune. The book itself is an exquisite tome in the colors of charred bone and blood soaked earth; with fine production values that make for a congenial, if somewhat apprehensive read. I am not in the habit of recommending a book before I have finished reading it, but the tactile pleasures of perusing this decadent volume alone begs for a screaming br
Todd Russell
A girlfriend from the past dies and wills a house to Lenny. As he explores more of the house, particularly the covered mirrors, his repressed memories return with a vengeance. Strong storytelling with some gripping scenes, three dimensional characterization, and an ending that will have your heart doing triple-time. This one raised some gooseflesh in at least one place and has a very good, unexpected ending. My favorite of the three by Gifune I've read so far. 2,052 Kindle Locations. Recommended ...more
Douglas Castagna
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had not read a book by Greg Gifune in a while, and decided to pick this one up. On the short side and I did not want anything too involved, and boy was I wrong. Judas Goat packs into it enough story elements and detail for a book three times the length. Great atmosphere and characterization in this novella, and well worth reading.
Lisa Cleveland
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Great story right up to the moment that the "big bad" was revealed. My thought was, damn, that's just ridiculous. My least favorite story from this author. I'd still recommend it. Mirror magic does nothing for me.
Probably my least favorite Gifune to date.
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paced reading hor...: Judas goat 100% spoilers 20 10 Sep 03, 2013 07:38PM  
Called "One of the best writers of his generation" by both the Roswell Literary Review and author Brian Keene, Greg F. Gifune is the author of numerous short stories, several novels and two short story collections. His work has been published in a wide range of magazines and anthologies all over the world, and has recently garnered interest from Hollywood. His novels include The Bleeding Season, D ...more
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