Book Review: The Mourning Woods by Rick Gualtieri

July 9, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews, Horror, Vampires 0

Book Review: The Mourning Woods by Rick GualtieriThe Mourning Woods by Rick Gualtieri
Series: The Tome of Bill #3
on October 11th 2012
Narrator: Christopher John Fetherolf
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Paranormal
Pages: 359
Source: Purchase
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Three words: Vampires versus Sasquatch. Bill Ryder: undead geek, dateless dweeb, and legendary vampire is back in his wildest adventure yet.

A war is brewing between ancient enemies from the dawn of time. If it can't be stopped, the veil will be lifted and all of humanity's darkest nightmares will be unleashed to wreak havoc. Bill and his friends are the only chance we have...Lord help us all!

The vampire nation dispatches Bill to a faraway land to broker peace, but it's not going to be easy. His enemies want him dead. Hell, some of his allies do too. Danger lurks at every turn and in places where he least expects it.

Now Bill must rely on his friends, master his fledgling powers, and use every four-letter word in his arsenal to stop the war, uncover the conspiracy, and solve the mystery that lies at the heart of the Mourning Woods.


The Mourning Woods (the Tome of Bill, part 3) is 90,000 words of foul-mouthed horror hilarity by Rick Gualtieri, author of Bill the Vampire and Scary Dead Things.

My Thoughts

W ill life ever settle down for Bill? Apparently not! After dealing with being married (sorta) to a 300 year old vampire that looks like she has yet to hit puberty, Bill’s basically ready for a break. Why the upper echelon of vampire hood would send Bill to go negotiate a peace treaty is beyond me (actually explained later in this book) and while he fails at completely everything the reader knows this is just not going to go well for him.

Things go from bad to worse when he shows up and the real negotiators are not there. And of course there is Sally’s mouth. Between her and Bill I just cannot get enough.

“What is it with the formality? Do vampires above a certain age become allergic to contractions?

I’d pay good money to watch two older vampires go toe to toe. Dragonball Z eat your heart out.

“Sometimes when life decides to shit all over you, it takes a mega dump.

This is the third in the series and the only downside about this one is that Bill’s antics are getting a little old. As is Sally’s lack of respect for everyone. Although Bill deserves it to a point. The guy gets himself out of some really sticky situations only to be thrust back into yet another situation, unwittingly. Most of these dealings are not even his fault! He does have a knack for making things worse and stepping into poop no matter where it is on the ground but that is also what makes him so lovable.

There is a massive twist at the end that I absolutely did not see coming. The author does a great job at letting the readers see all the clues that he has laid, quite well, but still I would have never gone there! Love it. It adds so much to the story and I am curious where in the world things are going to go and how Bill is going to keep himself out of trouble with this new hiccup. If hiccup it can be called because it is a doozy!

In short: Absolutely love this series. Recommended to everyone.

Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.8 / 5


The Author

About Rick Gualtieri

Rick Gualtieri lives alone in central New Jersey with only his wife, three kids, and countless pets to both keep him company and constantly plot against him. When he’s not busy monkey-clicking out words, he can typically be found jealously guarding his collection of vintage Transformers from all who would seek to defile them.

Defilers beware!

Rick is a horror and comedy writer. He is the author of:

Bill The Vampire
Scary Dead Things
The Mourning Woods
Holier Than Thou
Sunset Strip
Goddamned Freaky Monsters
The Tome of Bill Compendium (vol 1)
Bigfoot Hunters
The Poptart Manifesto

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