Parish Damned

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The sickness was only the beginning of the misery for the residents of Coral Point. Every four years, the disease arrived to claim its victims. Those infected invariably withered, suffered, and, according to local legend, took to the sea in a final attempt at peace. But things have changed. Something has arrived in the wake of the sickness - brutal predators that will not be confined to the waves.

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Words: 21,160
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452467856
About Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas is the Lambda Literary Award and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of more than 20 books, including:

Butcher’s Road
The German
The Dust of Wonderland
Like Light for Flies
In the Closet, Under the Bed
Ash Street

Writing as Thomas Pendleton and Dallas Reed, he is the author of the novels, Mason, Shimmer, and The Calling, from HarperTeen. He is also the co-author (with Stefan Petrucha) of the Wicked Dead series of books for young adults.

Lee currently lives in Austin, TX.

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Review by: J G on Dec. 04, 2012 :
After reading "Parish Damned", all I can say is "Lee Thomas, where have you been all my life?"

Simply put, this is the BEST novella I've ever read.

Although this is an early work, it is reminiscent of a more seasoned, highly imaginative author like Ray Garton at his best. The plot and setting are original, the pacing is excellent, there is building tension in every chapter, the horror level is perfect, and there are layers to this story that are strategically revealed. This would be an excellent, original movie. No wimpy, romantic vampires here, these bloodsuckers are hungry and they're not vegetarians.

It's easy to understand why the Horror Writer's Association awarded him a Bram Stoker award for his first novel "Stained" and nominated him several other times recently. The guy knows how to write! To illustrate that point, this book manages to tell a well-crafted vampire story without even using the word "vampire" anywhere in the text (I Kindle-searched the whole document)!

I stumbled onto this author because I was reviewing recent Bram Stoker award winners and finalists. I can't wait to finish "The German", 20% done and it's FANTASTIC so far!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Jimmy on May 25, 2011 :
This is a fantastic vampire novella! Lee Thomas delivers such a monster that will have you staying out of the water for at least a week, (maybe not literally but you will think twice about it.) For me, the book has the feel of an early Stephen King novel, and equals in horror. For a town who succumbs to the crud every four to five years that’s gradually eating away at Coral Point’s population, both the boat skipper/captain, (the narrator of the story), and the author explore the believed to be old saying that if you travel far enough in any direction, you’ll end up right back where you started. It’s a good beginning and end for this fun to read vampire horror novel.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)

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