Title: Down from Beast Mountain | Author: Gerry Griffiths | Publisher: Severed Press | Pub. Date: 2017-12-10 | Pages: 158 | Genre: Monster Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited
Down from Beast Mountain
A beast with a grudge has come down from the mountain to terrorize the townsfolk of Porterville.
The once sleepy town is suddenly wide awake. Sheriff Abel McGuire and game warden Grant Tanner frantically investigate one brutal slaying after another as they follow the blood trail they hope will eventually lead to the monstrous killer.
But they better hurry and stop the carnage before the census taker has to come out and change the population sign on the edge of town to ZERO.
Down from Beast Mountain Review
Though it is not without its problems, Down from Beast Mountain was a quick, amusing read. I was able to get into the story almost immediately and quickly settled down to enjoy some people-squishing of the goriest order. Though Down from Beast Mountain doesn’t quite measure up to the awesome people pounding in Stone Cold Bastards, it still contained enough unrepentant violence to give me a serious amount of happy.
And, even though there’s a crap ton of violence, it’s a book that’s rather light on the cursing and other adult situations, which was kind of a relief. I don’t mind encountering the stuff in what I read, but sometimes it gets a little old. It’s always nice to read a story where the author has realized that he doesn’t need foul language and the act of human reproduction to sell his book. Instead, it’s just nonstop action with a little side of minor human dramas to keep things grounded.
I also liked the fact that Gerry Griffiths actually managed to pull a small one over on me. I had thought the monster was hell-bent on revenge alone, but it turned out that it wasn’t all that was going on. There was an added element that didn’t get revealed until the end.
Now, there is doggy death in Down from Beast Mountain. Normally I would grouch about that, but it didn’t really bother me this time. Simply because right before the dog bites it, a human dies a ‘splodey head death. Kind of hard to say the dog death is in there for shock factor after that one.
As previously stated, there were problems, although they were relatively minor. Probably the most jarring one for me was the fact that the epilogue just didn’t feel right. It felt like it was tacked on when the author realized he wanted to write another book like this. It would have been a lot less awkward to just leave it off and re-introduce that character with a few lines of back story in the next book.
Overall, Down from Beast Mountain was a quite enjoyable read. I look forward to seeing what else Gerry Griffiths comes out with. If they’re in a similar vein to this, I’ll be quite happy! Highly recommend it for people who just like to see horrible, bloody deaths at the hands of a cryptid.
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