The town of Silver Ridge, West Virginia, has disappeared from the face of the earth. To the outside world, a chasm of impenetrable mist is all that remains of the town. But inside Silver Ridge, the nightmare is just beginning. Confined by this unimaginable barrier, the townspeople find themselves confronted by the denizens of a distant dimension: horrifying creatures that intend to transform the valley town into their own outpost. To these extra-dimensional travelers, human beings are nothing more than pests to be exterminated. Russell Copeland and Debra Harrington are determined to resist the invaders… but as they face death to restore Silver Ridge to its rightful place on Earth, they find that their true enemy may not be the incomprehensible invaders, but an insidious evil whose origin is closer to home than they can imagine.
©2010 Stephen Mary Rainey (P)2010 CrossRoad Press
"Tis is the Good, Real Stuff. From its powerful opening to its nerve-wracking finale, this novel never releases its grip on the reader's nerves, brains, and heart." (ary Braunbeck)
"The Nightmare Frontier is a slick, fast-paced monster mash that will surely have horror fans flipping the pages with a wicked grin on their faces. Add a HUGE plus here for one of the more horrifying endings I've read in quite some time." (The Horror Fiction Review)
i don't know why this isn't being marketed as a Cthulhu Mythos story; but it is. it is pretty well written, keeps your attention HOWEVER, the narration is HORRIBLE. first off the guy does several different voices...for the same character...and he also thinks WV is somewhere south of Georgia...i lived in WV for years, and i never, never heard the accents this guy is peddling. if you like newer Cthulhu Mythos stories, you will dig this, but you will have to just deal with the narrator.
Scary to listen to at night before you go to bed. Worth the money. Area for improvement could have been the female character's voices being done by actual females. Otherwise, good stuff.
This is a wonderfully creepy Lovecraftian tale, set somewhere in the deep south. I don't know the accents of the area, but I'm frankly surprised by the reactions of a couple of other reviewers to the narrator. I thought the narration was steady, and engaging, and I also don't see how any narrator could be expected to be know the accents of each and every area of the country a book might be set in.
I thought the protagonist was well drawn, and that the troublemaking backwoods family was properly creepy. The female voices weren't perfect, but they also didn't detract from the listening experience. Overall a most enjoyable horror novel.
I bought this book despite the poor reviews because I am a fan of Lovecraft inspired fiction and enjoy reading stories of the Elder Gods. Unfortunately, the bad reviews are right. Even for a fan of the Lovecraft fictional universe, this is a pedestrian effort with little to recommend it. Stereotypical characters are a feature of this genre but the thrills & chills are supposed to make up for it. In this case, they don't.
The narrator makes a mediocre story worse. Although he sounds professional when simply narrating the story, his efforts at a West Virginian accent are so bad that they suggest self-parody (perhaps this is his way of suggesting his opinion of the novel). As other reviewers have pointed out, his 'woman's voice' is not very successful either but might not have been quite so annoying if he hadn't attempted the accent on top of it.
I finished this one even though I did think it was a bit unintentionally funny is places. I liked the overall concept, but the narrator had all the bad guys sounding so much like Slingblade that I kept laughing in the wrong spots.
Overall entertaining albeit I'd probably characterize this more as "science fiction". If you like suspense, mystery and drama then this book does a reasonably good job. Think Jaws, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob. Not as good as any of those stories, but same general concept.
Whom evers job it is to hire narrators for books needs to listen to the person first. Then see if they have even the most remote idea about the region the book they're narrating takes place in. Basil Sands is absolutely horrible. His female voices are just tragic and blank. And why does everyone in this story have a slaughtered southern accent? If it was just a southern accent, I could deal with it. I didn't even know it was possible to make a southern accent sound as annoying as a New Jersey accent, but Mr, Sands pulls off that magic trick. Think of an entire book read by Adam Sandler playing Forest Gump. It's That annoying. I can't even finish this story. Which is a shame because it sounded interesting.
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