Rarely can one find an author that can switch from one genre to another with such success. Eric Shelman had done it with ease in Shifting Fears. The concept of an evil car is not new but the concept here is not the evil in the car for it is merely a vessel used inadvertently by a young man fascinated by classic cars. The evil is in a man that resides in both past and present. Wade Martin is a serial killer that has perfected his craft on unsuspecting people using the very car that in the future a young Luke McCabe will restore using all original parts. The horror begins when Luke drives the car to an area he as driven many times before but never in this newly restored beauty. Finding himself back in time occupying the body of Wade Martin Luke is unable to control what the killer has in store for his victims. Once back in his own time and body, Luke, with the help of his girlfriend Terri attempt to stop the killing spree that has occurred more than fifty years ago never once realizing that a door swings both ways for the very thing that has happened to Luke can be reversed and Wade Martin decides he will change the rules of the game. And since Wade Martin still exists in this reality, he is now twice as strong and there is nothing Luke can do to stop the killer that has taken over his body with the intention of continuing his killing spree. To stop him Terri must travel to the past to confront one who knows the killer. But will Terri be able to apply reason to a story too fantastic to believe before Luke completely disappears inside Wade Martin and can the past ever truly be changed or will it always find a way to reassert itself? Only time will tell... and lets hope there is a follow up on this story for it is far too good to stop now.
As always Eric A. Shelman has brought to life a unique and engaging story. This story about a vintage Cadillac that transports its driver back in time and merges his consciousness with that of a serial killer keeps the pages turning. The flow of the story never bogs down and the characters are interesting and unique. I highly recommend this book.
I have been reading zombie genre fiction almost exclusively for the last year or so and recently discovered Eric A Shelman's Dead Hunger series which I have been thoroughly enjoying. That led me to look into what other books he might have written and Shifting Fears caught my interest. I'm so glad that it did. I spent the entire day reading and couldn't put it down. It was just like the old days when I'd pick up one of the early Stephen King books and spend a day by myself unable to stop reading until I reached the end. Everything outside my Shifting Fears world disappeared. This book was that good. The sense of foreboding was constant and I was afraid to leave before I found out what happened to the characters that I found I liked very much, especially as one of them is a strong woman. I also appreciated that there was a touch of Eric's humor included with a brief nod to Dead Hunger, it cracked me up and was a little respite before we plunged back into the dark meat of the story. I shouldn't have been surprised already knowing that Eric is a good author, but he's proven he is more than just good.
To be brutally honest, I liked this book a lot. I did not LOVE it. I enjoyed reading this and seeing it through to the end. The premise was good but hard to follow more towards the beginning, and started to really make sense in the middle. It is curiously unique in its portrayal, however I just found it hard to get into the characters as much as Mr. Shelman's others work. The story is very complex in the time travel dept. The "Cowboy" is a truly sick and deranged individual. Loved the "change" factor...The end had me smiling though and that is why I wish I could give it a 4.5. Love this author's work and hoping he continues on writing great stories!
Eric this book was the best. Loved the action and mind set. What a great read . I kept humming the song which made it creepy. And as I told you was my pappaw's favorite song. Loved how they went back in time to try to change it. I don't want to input any spoilers. So I gave this book five stars. If it had ten stars it would have been that. The book went with me every where even to a football game. It keeps your attention and when I wasn't reading I was thinking about what was going to happen next. Love it eric, you have a great talent not only as a writer but as a singer too. Can't wait to see iff there will be a second story to this. I will be first to get a copy of it.
Holy crap! I could not put this book down! Time travel books are one of my favorite genres, next to the zompoc genre of course. Shelman did not disappoint in this suspenseful novel. Reminiscent of Stephen King's "Christine", our main character acquires a classic vehicle. In this case it's a classic Cadillac, and it has a very dark past. Unfortunately, Luke gets to live that past, as does his girlfriend, and eventually his mother. Very suspenseful, full of surprises, and very likable characters, I highly recommend this book! Thank you, Eric, for another stupendous read!
After reading Eric Shelman's Dead Hunger Series I decided to give his new book Shifting Fears a try and I am sooo glad I did! Shifting Fears eerily reminds me of something Stephen King would write (kind of like The Dark Half meets Christine) but with a happier ending. Eric Shelman has definately proven he can write more than just 'a good zombie' book with this one and may very well be the new up and coming name in horror! I look forward to seeing what kind of ride his next book takes me on!