Friday, January 26, 2018

Review: Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella - by Michael Patrick Hicks

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

"Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep below his dealership."

Antoine DeWitt is having a bad day, and it's about to get much worse.  Good jobs are hard to come by, particularly when you've only been out of prison for a couple of years.  But when your redneck boss is singing the praises of President Trump and denigrating the prior President with racial slurs, well there's only so much a man can take.

Newly unemployed, with a wife and infant child, Antoine is pressured into responding to a "Money Carlo" mailer from a car dealership which seems to indicate he's a $5,000 cash prize winner.  I'm sure you've seen the likes of these contests, where it looks like you've won a significant prize.  A big screen TV maybe or even a cash award.  There have been times when my wife and I read all the fine print and were convinced we were big winners, but even then we stayed away because it's like they say, "If it's too good to be true..."  After reading Broken Shells, I'm pretty sure Antoine wishes he would have stayed away, too.

"The pain was immediate as his ear was ripped away from his skull, blood sheeting down his neck and leaking into the gap between his body and the shell that held him in place."

Bugs are creepy, but giant bugs...

I don't think I've given too much away, after all, the title reveals quite a bit Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella.

Michael Patrick Hicks has combined a common sales technique with a number of Native American legends and given it all a dark and nasty twist in a novella I won't soon forget, mostly thanks to the nightmares I've already had.


Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella is now available for pre-order from High Fever Books.

From the author's bio - Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of a number of speculative fiction titles. His debut novel, Convergence, was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist. Prior to Broken Shells, his most recent work was the horror novel, Mass Hysteria.

He has written for the Audiobook Reviewer and Graphic Novel Reporter websites, in addition to working as a freelance journalist and news photographer.

In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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