Bird of Prey: A Horror Novella

Rated 3.69/5 based on 18 reviews
Buck Sanders and Tommy Hodgkins must stop an ancient creature before it wipes their tiny Alaskan town off the map for good. More

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Words: 21,700
Language: English
ISBN: 9780987806819
About Griffin Hayes

I'm a horror and YA paranormal thriller writer. In September, I published my first novel, MALICE. Two of my short stories, THE GRIP and THE SECOND COMING, as well as my novella, BIRD OF PREY, are now also online. And don't worry, I've got plenty more in the pipeline, including a zombie novella that's currently in the works. If you felt like saying hello or you just wanted to engage in some good old fashioned internet stalking, you can find me at my blog: http://griffin-hayes.blogspot.com/

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Review by: Nicole Earls on Feb. 15, 2012 : (no rating)
Birds of Prey is an easy to read novella about some strange bird like creatures that are breeding and beginning to take over a town, by killing the citizens. These creatures are being hunted by a small hillbilly-ish group of men.
This was a good quick read. The story was very fast paced and kept everything moving smoothly. By the time I reached the end I half way wished there was more to it. There wasn’t very much in the way of back story on the creatures (that’s usually my favorite part of any horror story). All in all, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nicole Earls on Feb. 15, 2012 : (no rating)
Birds of Prey is an easy to read novella about some strange bird like creatures that are breeding and beginning to take over a town, by killing the citizens. These creatures are being hunted by a small hillbilly-ish group of men.
This was a good quick read. The story was very fast paced and kept everything moving smoothly. By the time I reached the end I half way wished there was more to it. There wasn’t very much in the way of back story on the creatures (that’s usually my favorite part of any horror story). All in all, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: trish earl on Jan. 19, 2012 :
I loved this book. It is creepy and amusing and I loved reading it. Definite recommend.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: trish earl on Jan. 19, 2012 :
I loved this book. It is creepy and amusing and I loved reading it. Definite recommend.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nancy Eriksen on Jan. 14, 2012 :
When Buck Sanders tells his best friend something has to be killed he isn’t kidding! Taking all of his friends along, armed and potentially one hell of a car wreck waiting to happen; they mount up and go after the biggest bird Buck has ever seen. The boys have absolutely no idea of what’s waiting for them but they’re about to find out.

Tommy has always taken Buck at his word. Alaska is a state that creates good friends – folks you can rely on – and Tommy has always believed what he’s told by his favorite bar owner. Buck saw the creature while looking for metal to fix his roof.

When they get to the abandoned building, the boys are
amazed at all the rooms, corridors and messes they see and the scratching noises they hear – everywhere. What finds them is the cause of the terror.

I may have just read Sci-Fi Channels newest movie! What a lot of terror in a short story. If you like chills, thrills, blood and guts this is your new book! Won’t take you long to read but the images will hang around for awhile!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shane Demone on Jan. 13, 2012 :
Bird of Prey
by Griffin Hayes


"Find what's making that noise, and you will find what needs to be killed." Buck Sanders isn't kidding when he utters those words to his good buddies in Griffin Hayes' novella entitled, Bird of Prey. A tight, fast-moving story, Bird of Prey is a story of ancient evil awakening in a small Alaskan town and a small squad of good ole boys doing their best to protect their homes and families. Mr. Hayes describes the setting and his characters well and the fast pace makes this story a real page turner! There is action, suspense and a nice dash of horror to complete the recipoe for Bird of Prey. Mr. Hayes can spin a good tale and I look forward to watching his career grow. In the mean time, will Buck and Tommy be able to save their town? Can they save themselves? You will have to snag your own copy of Bird of Prey to find out!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lesli Kerfien on Jan. 07, 2012 :
Very good short story. Author packed a lot of description and action into this. I like how somethings weren't specifically named but hinted at. Would not mind reading more by Griffin Hayes. My eBook copy came with the begining of Malice, another one of his books/stories. The first chapters were great and I am going to have to get the book and finish reading it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lay Boal on Dec. 31, 2011 :
I won this ebook from Library Thing and I must say that I enjoyed reading it. Great story and writing. I felt the suspense as I turn the pages and I kept wondering what is going to happen next. I found the characters comical at certain parts. Overall I really liked it and I look forward to reading more of Mr. Hayes' work. I would recommend this to reader who enjoys horror, suspense, and blood. Great novella!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kathleen Kelley on Dec. 29, 2011 :
I enjoyed this novella, Bird of Prey by Griffin Hayes. It was creepy, suspenseful, and a little bit gory (but not too much - for me, at least). He has you on the edge of your seat through at least half the story. The action only stops temporarily so that the characters can regroup, and we can hear some background. My only complaint is that I wished it was a little longer, or at least that it explained a little bit more about the creatures. I would have liked to hear more of the history of the town and the strange happenings there. Other than that, it was a good story and kept me entertained.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Andrea on Dec. 27, 2011 :
I finished this novella in just a couple hours. I don't usually read horror novels so this was new for me. I thought it was a good story with characters that were believable. It was basically about these creatures that live in an abandoned steel factory and this group of men go hunt them. Action started from the very beginning and flowed quite smoothly. There were a couple typos but they didn't bother me at all. I felt like the premise could have been developed a little better but this was overall a good read. I received this through member giveaways in exchange for a review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Scooby2 on Dec. 26, 2011 :
I won this from Library Thing. This story will not disappoint if you're looking for a quick horror story about a group of men finding a "bird man" like creature in a small town in Alaska. I thought this story was well written and flowed nicely. I would definitely recommend to others who like horror and the unknown. I am looking to read other stories by Griffin Hayes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Robin Bishop on Dec. 26, 2011 :
I don't normally read horror books, but this one I decided to take a chance and read it, it was okay kind of slow but I made it through it, I feel like the other persons review where I think it would make a good movie.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Grant McHerron on Dec. 25, 2011 :
Not a bad read and it wasn't a slog to get through it, although I didn't find myself hanging on every page. The story flowed & for a "bizarre creature" horror story, it was entirely believable. The writing style was easy to follow although I did find myself thinking the story itself was a little simplistic. There were a number of typos in the eBook version that did detract from the reading. Not so many that I got annoyed but definitely sufficient to be noticed & distracting.

All up it was an interesting story that wasn't bad to read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carol Hampton on Dec. 24, 2011 :
Bird of Prey: A Horror Novella, is a fairly fast moving story with a few twists and turns. Not overly exciting though. I found myself wishing it to be over with. I think this would make a good horror movie. A movie would give a better picture of the surroundings. I think it had too much for too few pages. It is a good time killer for a couple of hours it you don't have something better to read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marcus Hammond on Dec. 23, 2011 :
In Alaska there's a small town were everyone gets along as best they can. Buck, the owner of a run down bar, goes to the town's abandoned steel mill to scavenge some tin to patch up the roof. While removing some tin siding from a shed, Buck cuts his hand open, and all chaos breaks loose. As the blood flows from his hand, a large animal attacks Buck and leaves him run back to the bar for reinforcements.
As Buck and his friend Tommy try one more time to procure some tin, they find the sun blocked out by a giant creature with talons like a bird and a body like a moth. Drawn to the wound on Buck's hand the beast chases the men, once again back to the bar to reassess their plan. As the men realize that their town faces grave danger, the men switch from a scavenger plan to a search and destroy mission. What follows is an action packed and gory battle between man and monster.
The overall concept of the book is interesting and has the right combination of dialogue, and gruesome action to keep the reader going through to the end of the short 50 page novella. At times, the description of bird/moth creatures could be better. At points it's a bird-man and at other it's a moth with larvae hatchlings with razor sharp teeth. Also the climax of the tale may require a little too much suspension of disbelief when it comes to "barely getting out alive." That, however, doesn't make the book any less fun.

This book was provided in return for a review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: summerhawk on Dec. 10, 2011 :
I was given access to this e-novella by the author via LibraryThing.com.

For the first half of the novella, I found myself distracted by errors in grammar and punctuation, a few cliches (such as tripping at the worst possible moment) and some discrepancies or things that didn't seem clear to me (example - POSSIBLE SPOILER: a creature with a 30' wingspan and eyes the size of footballs that can leave silver dollar-sized puncture wounds in a human can have one of it's talons broken off by same human? I found that hard to believe). The first half of the novella didn't grip me at all, although of course I was interested in seeing where it went.

The second half of the novella is where the real action starts, of course. I was a bit more interested here despite the cliches of (POSSIBLE SPOILER) ladder rungs breaking, a shooting to avoid being taken alive and a resulting argument over whether said victim is alive or dead. However ... (EXPLICIT SPOILER!!) ... we know this story. It was written and directed in 1986 by a certain J-- C--, starring a certain 6' tall female protagonist called R--. We have a group of people who intentionally enter a space that's dripping goo and where bodies lying about. Yes, you know exactly what follows: the monster in question is a female with tons of babies just ready to hatch and latch onto the individuals in the group, there is a certain elevator scene, there is a certain detonation countdown, there is a member of the group rescued with T -6min. left, there is a "supernova" and a pissed-off monster-mother. All that's missing is that classic, well-known, much-beloved line: "Get away from her, you b----." That surprised me - I would have bet money it would be here in some form.

What stands out for me with this novella is, obviously, the similarity to another story. Perhaps that's also half the fun ... I found myself cheering and laughing when I correctly guessed what would happen next. There are, certainly, those standard characters, qualities, and events that must appear in this kind of story, whether it's in writing or on film. There's a vague outline or formula to follow which is, I suppose, based on what we've come to expect whether we are consciously aware of it or not.

I give it 3 stars for "Liked it."
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Gavin Lipscombe on Dec. 09, 2011 :
A reasonable tale competently written. It just lacked a little something to give it some fizz.

A few sparkles, that made me chuckle, in there like:
"moving with the grace of a man with a rock in his shoe"

The characters didn't quite come to life for me.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tracy James Jones on Dec. 05, 2011 :
A Five-Star Heart-Pounding Chiller!
“Bird of Prey” is one of those horror stories that slips under your skin from the very first page. Right off you know that something is very, very wrong and every moment thereafter feels like a realistic journey into the scariest movie nightmare anyone would ever dare to dream. With plenty of terrifying, heart-pounding elements of “life or death” situations, I was on the edge of nervous anticipation, but dare not pull away in fear of not knowing how it would end. Griffin Hayes is a winner with his ability to send chills up your spine in the ways of some of the greats and I wholeheartedly recommend his book as one of the best (and scariest) I have had the pleasure to read. It’s a definite must-read for every horror fan and a sure bet to thrill you as much as it did me.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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