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The Shelter - James Everington

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Offline James Everington
13 Nov 2011, 08:04 PM | Post: #1

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The Shelter - James Everington

My horror novella The Shelter is available now. From the first reviews:

"Everington is excellent at evoking a mounting sense of unease, turning to dread, that close, oppressive feeling when everything is still and ordinary, but the whole world is filled with the sense that something huge and terrible is just about to happen... The tension builds and builds, and then terror ensues, and that's the second success of this impressive novella."

"It kept me hooked all the way through and deals with the subject of how guilt can change the course of a person's life. An interesting and thought provoking read."

"This could be a tale of madness or redemption. Either way, you won't want to put it down."

The blurb:

It's a long, drowsy summer at the end of the 1980s, and Alan Dean and three of his friends cross the fields behind their village to look for a rumoured WW2 air raid shelter. Only half believing that it even exists beyond schoolboy gossip, the four boys nevertheless feel an odd tension and unease. And when they do find the shelter, and go down inside it, the strange and horrifying events that follow will test their adolescent friendships to breaking point, and affect the rest of their lives... A horror novella of 15.5k words, plus an author's afterword.

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James
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Offline James Everington
18 Dec 2012, 09:54 PM | Post: #2

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RE: The Shelter - James Everington

"ames Everington is one of my favourite discoveries amongst the current crop of indie authors and The Shelter has raised my admiration for this writer even more. In this novella, a simple narrative is used as the framework for evoking the atmosphere of the slow, boring British summers lived through by anyone outside the cities as a teenager. I recognised in each character here people that I once knew and the protagonist, Alan, serves as a perfect filter for the reader as he describes all of the awkward and unsure feelings that come with adolescence and its hormones. The countryside setting is scarily accurate right down to the dares the boys undertake and their casual callousness. When the tone shifts as they arrive at the shelter of the title and events take a disturbing turn, the writer once again succeeds in tapping into a very British sense of horror - evoking Robert Aickman and M.R. James but not imitating them. This is a writer who very much has his own unique voice. I look forward to more from James Everington and I hope you decide to give this excellent novella a go. Thoroughly recommended."

Review of The Shelter by author GR Yeates.
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