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Saturday, October 26, 2013

THE CLEARING ~ Classic Werewolf Horror #Paranormal #Baddassary #Oct #ASMSG

Tired of the same old werewolf-shifter slut-screws-the-wolf-pack cliche? 

How about a refreshingly horrific take on the werewolf genre: 

THE CLEARING

by THOMAS RYDDER


Genre: PARANORMAL THRILLER/URBAN FANTASY


DESCRIPTION

After twenty years in the Marine Corps, Major Frank Cutlip comes home to the quiet hills of his beloved Pennsylvania to take up a new life as the sheriff of Allegheny County.

Professor Beth Lowe took up a post at Paxton University because she became enamored with western Pennsylvania’s charms, a more enduring love than she thought she would ever feel for a man.


When Beth’s dog is savaged by wolves, their peaceful lives are shattered, and their fates entwined. On the brink of death, the dog not only survives but grows larger… and more vicious. A thousand-year cycle of carnage is reaching its climax once more, and the peaceful wooded hills will soon be smeared with blood.


Sheriff Cutlip leads his community in a hunt for the hidden terror, but then his own brother is bitten, his blood corrupted by the ancient evil. The sheriff must confront terrible choices, and he can’t do so alone.


‘The Clearing’ — a novel of ordinary people thrown together in extraordinary circumstances.


REVIEW  ★★★★★ 

Escaping his own personal tragedy of a divorce, Sheriff Cutlip has built an easy life in a sleepy Pennsylvania mountain county.  He likes it that way, simple, uncomplicated, which is why he took the job.

All that changes in the span of a few weeks.

Beth Lowe lives out at the edge of the forest covered mountains,  raising her niece as a daughter after the death of Beth's sister and husband.  Beth's quiet existence is shattered by the presence of an ancient, monstrous evil.

Her dog has been attacked, and within hours, days, it begins to change into something large and vicious.

In the hunt for these elusive beasts in the forest, Sheriff Cutlip's brother is attacked, bitten severely.

What began as a simple threat to livestock, becomes an intensely personal battle for survival of their community.

THE CLEARING harkens back to the good ole days of classic horror, where werewolves slaughter men who stand in their way.  Something reminiscent of The Howling or American Werewolf in London.

You won't find any muscle-bound shifters dragging women off to the wolf pack gang-bang, but you will find a well written thriller with true-to-life characters facing horrific circumstances.


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Thomas Rydder Bio
 
I was born in 1957 in a small town in Western Pennsylvania that had - and still has - one traffic light. There wasn't a whole lot to do there, and we had few neighbors, so I learned to play quite a bit of make-believe - soldiers, cowboys and Indians, that kind of thing. At the same time, I loved to read and watch old movies. On Saturdays, my dad played in a country western band, and I stayed up to wait for him. It was during that stretch that I discovered the horror movie. You know the ones I mean. Karloff, Chaney, Lee. The masters, right?

Fast forward 40 years. I'm now the project manager for a small civil engineering firm in picturesque Charleston, South Carolina with my lovely wife and four rescue pets, two dogs, two cats. Oh - and eight feral cats outside that put up with us because we give them two squares a day.

Anyway, since childhood, I've loved to create. I played trumpet, sang, even dabbled in genealogy. Nothing quite did it for me. Over the years, I'd composed quite a few term papers and theses (there are a few ex-teenagers in this world who owe their English grades to yours truly), and unfailingly earned an "A". My wife knew this, and one day just suggested that I try writing.

What the hey, I thought. So I sat down and found a writing site called Hubpages. Nice little site, and I started getting the basics of writing a little from some of the inhabitants. I wrote a short story, and everyone liked it. So, I wrote another one. Except it kept growing, and I kept getting more ideas, and it lengthened to 20 thousand words, then 30, then 40. By the time I sat back, I had the rough draft of my first novel, except back then it was called "Werewolves and Flapjacks". Somewhere along the way I decided to submit my work (now called "The Clearing) to three publishers. I was turned down twice, and miraculously was accepted by the gentleman who gently rules this site, Mr. Tim Taylor. And the rest, as they say, is history. By the way, you need to like Tim...he's a great guy, and I owe him much, which can never be repaid.


I now have a second book availabe - “Restless Souls: 3 dark fables” - an anthology (novella and two short stories) of ghost stories, and life is grand.

Even though I make wise cracks about all of it, this is all like living a dream - and I don't plan on waking up for a very long time.
Thomas Rydder - writer


2 comments:

  1. Great review of a great book!

    Thanks, Travis

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