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Friday, July 10, 2015

When the Angels attack, there’s... - No Rest for the Wicked by Dane Cobain

Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.


Published: May 26th, 2015
Cover Artist: Ashley Ruggirello

When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.

Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.

The Angels are naked and androgynous. They speak in a dreadful harmony with no clear leader. These aren’t biblical cherubs tasked with the protection of the righteous – these are deadly creatures of light that have the power to completely eradicate.

When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. He speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Top Ten Horror Novels

Hi, folks! My name’s Dane Cobain, and I’m the author of a new supernatural thriller called No Rest for the Wicked, which follows the story of the elderly Father Montgomery as he struggles to protect his parishioners from mysterious, evil Angels. 

Today, I’m here to talk about my pick of the top ten horror novels. I read all of the time, and I have a book blog of my own at SocialBookshelves.com, and so books are something that I’m passionate about – I think I might struggle to narrow it down to ten, but I’ll give it a go. 

10 – Phillip Pullman: Count Karlstein 
I had to include this book, even though it’s more of a YA novel than a horror novel – it’s just a fantastic story, and even though it’s almost like a fairy tale, fairy tales do contain their fair share of horror if you look deep enough. Besides, Pullman is one of my favourite living writers. 

9 – Henry James: The Turn of the Screw 
The Turn of the Screw is a masterclass in suspense, and it’s as relevant today as it was way back in the 19th century, when it was first published. It’s reasonably short, and it’s exceptionally readable considering it’s a ‘classic’, so what’s not to love? 

8 – Susan Hill: The Woman in Black 
I heard of the film first, then the play, and then the book. I’ve seen the movie and read the book and both have their merits, but the book in particular is gripping and gritty and well worthy of a place on this list. 

7 – Mary Shelley: Frankenstein 
I personally don’t think that Frankenstein is a particularly scary novel, but then I suppose that not all horror is scary. It’s certainly horrific – Shelley’s depiction of Frankenstein’s monster has stood the test of time and entered the consciousness of popular culture. 

6 – Stephen King: Misery 
Perhaps this is made scarier by the fact that I’m a writer myself, and so I could easily have been the victim of Annie Wilkes, the film’s antagonist. Misery is another great example of a novel in which the actual horror is few and far between, but the overall vibe is of fear. 

5 – Stephen King: Duma Key 
This is the second Stephen King novel in the list, and there are actually three in a row – it wasn’t intentional, it’s just where they happen to rank in my list of overall favourites! Duma Key is particularly memorable for the unusual world of Boo Ya Moon, and it certainly left a lasting memory on me – I can even remember where I was when I finished it. 

4 – Stephen King: Doctor Sleep 
Confession time – I didn’t think much of The Shining. Fortunately, however, I really enjoyed Doctor Sleep, which is its sequel. In this novel, King follows the story of Danny, the little kid who was Jack Nicholson’s son in the movie version, and for me it’s a rare case of a sequel being better than the original. I suggest that you read both, though! 

3 – Bram Stoker: Dracula 
Dracula is my favourite ‘classic’ horror novel, and I’ve read it several times – I love the way that Stoker uses an epistolary (look it up) format to tell the story, and even though it takes a long time to get through it, I’ve re-read it several times since I first picked it up. On my first read, it gave me nightmares! 

2 – M. R. Carey: The Girl With All the Gifts 
This book is hands down my favourite zombie novel of all time, and I’m looking forward to reading more of Carey’s work. I’m not convinced that it counts as a horror novel, but it most definitely incorporates elements of horror into the storytelling and it works really well. 

1 – William Peter Blatty: The Exorcist 
“Like the brief doomed flare of a thousand exploding suns, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed.” This book left such a deep impression on me that I can still remember the opening sentence. Even if you’re not a horror fan, I think you should read The Exorcist – it’s a classic novel, as well as a classic movie, in my opinion. 

So there we have it – those are my top ten horror novels! What did you think of the list? Be sure to let me know with a comment, or to hit me up on Facebook or Twitter. You can also visit me at DaneCobain.com and check out No Rest for the Wicked on Amazon. I’ll see you soon!

About the author:

Dane Cobain is a writer and poet from a place you've probably never heard of, somewhere in England. His debut novella, a supernatural thriller called 'No Rest for the Wicked', will be released by Forsaken in the summero f 2015. When he's not writing books, he's reading and reviewing them on his book blog, SocialBookshelves.com - Charles Bukowski, Graham Greene and Phillip Pullman are favourites.


Danielle Merkle said...

Love the title of the book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jan Lee said...

I love these authors! I also love reading mysteries and thrillers. What a perfect combination for a horror book! :)

Roselle Torres said...

sounds great!!! Thanks for sharing and hosting the book tour :)

joe hawk said...

Awesome looking cover looks sweet.

Belinda M said...

thanks for the excerpt and good luck with the book

Simon said...

Looks like an interesting book ;)

morwesong said...

Thank you for hosting the giveaway! The book looks super creepy (in the best way possible!) :-)

Dane Cobain` said...

Thanks so much for your comments, everyone - it means a lot! :) Best of luck in the giveaway!

Dan said...

I like the cover and description of the book. I also enjoyed your top ten horror novels list.

Laurie Nykaza said...

Looks like a very interesting book to read thanks!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the chance

Bridgett wilbur said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds great. TY

Wendy Hutton said...

sounds like a great read thanks