Book Review: The Montauk Monster by Shea Hunter

July 14, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews, Horrific Monday 2

Horrifying MondaysHorrifying Mondays is all about what scares us. The horror behind the curtains that we refuse to open, the creatures in the dark, and sometimes those creatures that are in the open!

Each Monday will bring a different horror… to help you cope with the horror that is Monday with the horrors that are in the fantasy world.




Horror for Today: WTF?!

Yes… I’m filing this one under WHAT THE ?? After you read my review, you’ll understand why. Or you won’t and you’ll have to read the book to understand!

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by Hunter Shea
Published by Pinnacle on June 3rd 2014
Genres: Horror
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Author

Publisher’s Weekly named the upcoming thriller, THE MONTAUK MONSTER, one of the best summer books of 2014! Not only that, they gave it an awesome review. Here’s a snippet:
The urban mythologies of the Montauk Monster and the government labs on Plum Island unite to cause staggering levels of mayhem when mutant animals with toxic blood descend on a Long Island town. This wholly enthralling hulk of a summer beach read is redolent of sunscreen and nostalgia, recalling mass market horror tales of yore by John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Peter Benchley. — PW
The Montauk Monster, Synopsis and Advanced Praise:
“Shea combines ancient evil, old school horror, and modern style.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author
It Kills. . .
On a hot summer night in Montauk, the bodies of two local bar patrons are discovered in the dunes, torn to shreds, their identities unrecognizable. . .
It Breeds. . .
In another part of town, a woman’s backyard is invaded by four terrifying creatures that defy any kind of description. What’s clear is that they’re hostile–and they’re ravenous. . .
It Spreads. . .
With every sunset the terror rises again, infecting residents with a virus no one can cure. The CDC can’t help them;FEMA can’t save them. But each savage attack brings Suffolk County Police Officer Gray Dalton one step closer to the shocking source of these unholy creations. Hidden on nearby Plum Island, a U.S. research facility has been running top-secret experiments. What they created was never meant to see the light of day. Now, a vacation paradise is going straight to hell.
“Hunter Shea is the real deal.. . .intense.” –Gord Rollo, author of Valley of the Scarecrow and Crimson
“Shea delves deep into the unknown. A thrill-ride of a read!” –Alexandra Holzer, author of Growing Up Haunted
Called “Most Anticipated Summer Read of 2014” by The Horror Bookshelf along with Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes and Brian Moreland’s The Vagrants.

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Raves for Hunter Shea:00000000000
Forest of Shadows
“A frightening, gripping story that left me too frightened to sleep with the lights off. This novel scared the hell out of me and it is definitely a creepy ghost story I won’t soon forget.” –Night Owl Reviews
Sinister Entity
“This is the real deal. The fear is palpable. Horror novels don’t get much better than this.” –Literal Remains
“. . .Culminates in a climactic showdown between human and spirit that keeps you glued to the pages!” –Horror Novel Reviews
Evil Eternal
“Hunter Shea has crafted another knockout. At turns epic and intimate, both savage and elegant. . .a harrowing, blood-soaked nightmare.” –Jonathan Janz, author of The Sorrows
Swamp Monster Massacre
“If you’re craving an old-school creature-feature that has excessive gore. . .B-horror movie fans rejoice, Hunter Shea is here to bring you the ultimate tale of terror!” –Horror Novel Reviews

My Thoughts

This is going to be interesting for me to review. I love horror, absolutely love it and I thought this was a really solid, insanely gory read! Right up my alley!

The awesome part is that this was done really well. I loved the horror aspect and really enjoyed the idea of the monster and how it came about. The characters matched the plot and were really interesting and even drove the story and the madness that ensues!

I really liked Winn and Dalton. So much so that I kept getting those two confused although they are different people. Both cops and sort of similar but yeah… every time I was reading a passage of one and then the chapter would change to the other I had to take a mental break and remember that this was the other of the two. Only slowed down the story a bit and it wasn’t Hunter Shea’s writing. Honestly I think it was a me thing. And the fact that I was reading so quickly!

The plot really moves. It starts straight away with people dying. Blood and gore everywhere! And I really do mean everywhere. The really cool thing was that the townspeople didn’t know what to be afraid of or even IF they should be afraid. Being in on what is going on I felt like I was watching a movie where I scream at the screen and tell the people what to do and they do the opposite anyway…

And speaking of doing the opposite. There was this one moment when they are sitting there looking at the monster and talking. TALKING! I mean… what are you thinking? YOU SEE the monster that means it can see you. Run, move, hide… do something but talk. Seriously.

The downside to all the blood and gore was that by the end of the book it wasn’t a very big deal if someone got their faces torn down to the bone, people’s spines are sticking out of their backs. The best scene was close to the beginning after a girl gets sick. Amazing! After that it was so prevalent on every page that it almost lost its appeal. Almost…

In short! Fantastic horror. Great ending. Totally left it open for more bloodshed which is every horror lover’s dream.

Do not love gore? This may make you cringe a bit.


Montauk Monster Truth or Fiction:

Is the Montauk Monster made up for the book or an urban myth? Is there some truth that propels the story? You can find out more about the real Montauk Monster story here:


The Author

montauk monster headshotHunter Shea is the author of paranormal and horror novels Forest of Shadows, Swamp Monster Massacre, Evil Eternal, Sinister Entity, which are all published by Samhain Horror. The June 3, 2014 release of his horrifying thriller Montauk Monster is published by Kensington/Pinnacle.
He has also written a short story to be read prior to Sinister Entity, called The Graveyard Speaks (it’s free, go download!), and a book of stories called Asylum Scrawls. His next book from Samhain Horror, titled HellHole, came out July 1, 2014, and is his first western horror. As you read this, he has a few more books in the works from both Kensington and Samhain and release dates should be announced soon.
His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, and the upcoming anthology, Shocklines : Fresh Voices in Terror. His obsession with all things horrific has led him to real life exploration of the paranormal, interviews with exorcists, and other things that would keep most people awake with the lights on.
He is also half of the two men show, Monster Men, which is a video podcast that takes a fun look at the world of horror. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at, on Twitter @HunterShea1, Facebook fan page at Hunter Shea or the Monster Men 13 channel on YouTube.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: The Montauk Monster by Shea Hunter”

  1. Erin Al-Mehairi

    Thanks for posting Christine!! I don’t normally like blood and gore, but I loved the book so much and the action I really didn’t even think about the gore. Isn’t that weird? My fave character was the Can Man.

    • Christina

      He WAS cool! He kept getting so close to trouble! Talk about having the pulse of the town!