Publication date: Sep 2020
“I don’t know how Hunter Shea keeps churning out terrifying stories that feel
original, but I want more.”– Cedar Hollow Reviews
During the height of the 90s grunge era, five high school friends living on
the fringe are driven to the breaking point. When one of their friends is
brutally raped by a drunk townie, they decide to take matters into their own
hands. Deep in the woods of Milbury, Connecticut, there lives the legend of
the Melon Heads ,a race of creatures that shun human interaction and prey
on those who dare to wander down Dracula Drive. Maybe this night, one
band of misfits can help the other. Or maybe some legends are meant to be
feared for a reason.
This is my first book by Hunter Shea I have read. I like horror tales set in small towns in America. Derry, Maine springs to mind.
This book is set in the Grunge era. of the 90’s and concerns a group of teenagers, who are known to the general population as ” stoners” They seem to be drifting along aimlessly until their lives are shattered by an event which changes their lives for the worse.
One of their numbers is raped and they decide to take the perpetrator to an area known as Dracula Drive, the home of mythical creatures known as Melon Heads. If this is just to scare him or something more sinister is unknow as events are taken out of their hands and things go pear shaped and downhill fast.
One of the things I did like was although the Melon Heads are described the description is vague and you are left with the feeling the bogeyman is hiding just over your shoulder.
Misfits is a whole lot of fun. However, there’s a ton of heartbreak mixed in with the fun. Much of what happens is spurred on by an act of brutality and the author doesn’t shy away from the horror of that moment.
If you like horror and like it gory I’m sure you will like this book.
Thanks Hunter for the tale.
Flame Tree Press for the ARC. and Anne Cater for the tour invite.
Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood
watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and
wishing Bigfoot was real. He’s the author of over17
books, including ‘The Jersey Devil’ and ‘We Are Always
Watching’. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display
at the International Cryptozoology Museum.