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Horror writer Thom Hearn runs a fiction factory that pumps out bestsellers like Jimmy Dean does sausages. He’s got fame and fortune, but where’s the respect? He’s a sensitive guy and it hurts nobody admits they read the books or see the movies except dumb teenagers. Then he gets an ego-boosting invitation to travel with high-powered hedge fund boss Carrie Alexander to a co Horror writer Thom Hearn runs a fiction factory that pumps out bestsellers like Jimmy Dean does sausages. He’s got fame and fortune, but where’s the respect? He’s a sensitive guy and it hurts nobody admits they read the books or see the movies except dumb teenagers. Then he gets an ego-boosting invitation to travel with high-powered hedge fund boss Carrie Alexander to a conference for some of the world's greatest thinkers, movers and shakers. Flying over the Amazon rainforest, the pilot of their small plane dies at the wheel and they barely survive a crash landing. Clawing their way through jungle hell for days, they finally reach the ultra-luxury resort where the conference is held. There, Hearn is told so sorry, big mistake; the invitation was meant for a distinguished brain scientist with almost the same name. For Carrie there is something magical about this place: she never felt better and even looks years younger. The other attendees stretch her mind with their brilliance, but then they begin to disappear with no record they were ever there. Having vowed the mother of all lawsuits, Hearn demands the next flight out but is told a coup has grounded all planes. And then characters from Hearn's fiction begin turning up, including Harry Hare from the Pretty Woods series for first readers. The homicidal maniac Gareee, also now a lucrative Hollywood franchise, wants to kill Hearn... as slowly as possible. It's up to another of Hearn’s creations, All-American boy Ned Bundy, to figure out what it is that has gone terribly wrong and why it is the least of what’s to come.


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Horror writer Thom Hearn runs a fiction factory that pumps out bestsellers like Jimmy Dean does sausages. He’s got fame and fortune, but where’s the respect? He’s a sensitive guy and it hurts nobody admits they read the books or see the movies except dumb teenagers. Then he gets an ego-boosting invitation to travel with high-powered hedge fund boss Carrie Alexander to a co Horror writer Thom Hearn runs a fiction factory that pumps out bestsellers like Jimmy Dean does sausages. He’s got fame and fortune, but where’s the respect? He’s a sensitive guy and it hurts nobody admits they read the books or see the movies except dumb teenagers. Then he gets an ego-boosting invitation to travel with high-powered hedge fund boss Carrie Alexander to a conference for some of the world's greatest thinkers, movers and shakers. Flying over the Amazon rainforest, the pilot of their small plane dies at the wheel and they barely survive a crash landing. Clawing their way through jungle hell for days, they finally reach the ultra-luxury resort where the conference is held. There, Hearn is told so sorry, big mistake; the invitation was meant for a distinguished brain scientist with almost the same name. For Carrie there is something magical about this place: she never felt better and even looks years younger. The other attendees stretch her mind with their brilliance, but then they begin to disappear with no record they were ever there. Having vowed the mother of all lawsuits, Hearn demands the next flight out but is told a coup has grounded all planes. And then characters from Hearn's fiction begin turning up, including Harry Hare from the Pretty Woods series for first readers. The homicidal maniac Gareee, also now a lucrative Hollywood franchise, wants to kill Hearn... as slowly as possible. It's up to another of Hearn’s creations, All-American boy Ned Bundy, to figure out what it is that has gone terribly wrong and why it is the least of what’s to come.

37 review for The Horror Writer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you think this is a standard horror story after reading the title, you're wrong! It's more a fiction book with some exciting parts in it! I remember the book slowly unfolding. The vibe overall was kinda creepy, but it's perfectly readable for people who don't usually read horror. A longer review can be found at BiteIntoBooks An unique book with an awesome main character. I think this book is readable Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you think this is a standard horror story after reading the title, you're wrong! It's more a fiction book with some exciting parts in it! I remember the book slowly unfolding. The vibe overall was kinda creepy, but it's perfectly readable for people who don't usually read horror. A longer review can be found at BiteIntoBooks An unique book with an awesome main character. I think this book is readable for a wide audience since it has a mix of all kinds of genres and characters. The writing style in combination with this story made it an unique read for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    The Horror Writer: Jerry Jay Carroll Sometimes you can be in the wrong place at the right time. But, not in this case where Thom Hearn author of horror novels meets hedge fund manager, Carrie Alexander on a flight that takes them deep inside a jungle, hoping not to crash, a pilot whose overweight and dies and a landing that no one will ever forget. Almost killed on this plane, thinking he was invited to a conference for big names in banking, science and business, little does Hearn know that it w The Horror Writer: Jerry Jay Carroll Sometimes you can be in the wrong place at the right time. But, not in this case where Thom Hearn author of horror novels meets hedge fund manager, Carrie Alexander on a flight that takes them deep inside a jungle, hoping not to crash, a pilot whose overweight and dies and a landing that no one will ever forget. Almost killed on this plane, thinking he was invited to a conference for big names in banking, science and business, little does Hearn know that it was all one big mistake? That is the invitation and that’s just the beginning of some bizarre and odd events that will scare the daylights out of readers. Making to the conference after hoping to find someway to get there and landing on a tropical paradise that seems too good to be true, Thom and Carrie feel at first that they are in paradise. Little do they know that strange things would happen and that they would be questioning their own sanities, what they think they see and events that seem real but are they? As we enter the panel rooms and meet those running the panels you begin to see some odd occurrences as violence, murder and death come to light as one facilitator decides to eliminate those that are not worthy of being in the same room or air space as him. Hermod is dangerous and running whatever happens on this strange island. As we get to know Thom even more he allows readers to know he thinks his mind is being read or controlled, he sees characters in his books and someone appears and states that his work is trash and it’s being rewritten for distribution. But, the murder happens in public yet memories are scarce and no one knows about it or even admits it happened. Fearful at times and wanting off the island he’s told that at this time it’s in a no fly zone, water and other amenities seem to disappear and then reappear as Carrie finds herself in her own fantasy world too. It’s almost as if each character is writing his/her own chapters or scenes and the outcome horrifying surreal. Thom is likeable yet you wonder if some of the things he sees is just his imagination running wild or if they really happened. Here as a mistake or was it? The people at the conference wanting the brain surgeon whose name is almost like his. But, what’s really scary is that you begin to realize that these people are not real almost like droids of some kind creating a perfect world that is too perfect. Within this remote island, which seems fabricated to for the rich and influential people at this conference it’s almost like someone create a world that they would fit into and yet some don’t. While his work is being rewritten and violence is there, accused of murder or maybe not as Carrie Alexander wants to leave the island but finds herself held captive by a young teen who reveals it all to her but is it true about what he tells her about this island, the weather and more? Hearn begins to relive his worst fears, sees monsters that he remembers growing up as he is haunted by the very characters in his books. Are people really dying? Why is the cuisine so good yet people get sick? Who is the homicidal maniac named Gar-eee who kills his victims and wants to rid the world of Thom? Who is real? Who are the aliens? Who are the ones controlling the people that are now on this island? The staff or members of the foundation apologize for any inconveniences and yet everyone wants to leave? The scenes get graphic and the jungle often comes to life as each character begins to visualize and experience different events but did they really happen? When Carrie meets Natalie and goes to her cabana why is she told she was never there? What happens when a professor collaborates with Thom on these ideas and speculates about the island and wants to leave will they devise a plan? Can someone create a world of people they feel are perfect, control their every being and thought? What happens when most of the people stranded on this island are sent back and their memories erased so they would not remember or recall their experiences on this island? Murders, disappearances, Hermod who created this world and wanted life to be flashbacked to the Mesozoic Era before people and when dinosaurs reigned but who would he do this and for what purpose? Each chapter was like a scene from a play some with the characters from Hearn’s books and others from the imaginary worlds created for the reader and others in the books by Hermod and even Ned. How will these strange murders, events and other oddities be explained? How will Ned find a way to stop Hermod? But, when he and Carrie meet up and she explains how Ned saved her life from drowning, Hearn knows exactly who Ned is and the fact that he made him up for a series focused on the teenage market. Reliving the crash, the plane and the entire event from the beginning would that explain what was real or imaginary and who was real or made up? Carrie reflects on the breakup of the EU and the return of the Cold War, the Muslim madness, climate change, the job-killing robots, the superbugs, the steady vulgarization of the culture, and the other tings an informed person had to worry about. But, in spite of that life was logical and structured in its own way. What about the unexpected and unplanned? Living on this island there was a woman who was there one day and gone the next. Another woman swept away with rapture by a film, a cinema masterpiece no one ever saw before then sees the same movie later in the evening, on with an unbelievable amazing score written and created by the director himself when he was not painting the great artworks on his home walls. Thom thought this place was perfect, flawless but the environment dark and eerie. Carrie questions whether they really have an accident. Did Ned hack into their systems planting viruses right and left and is that what is affecting Hermod? Who was killing all of the people on the island? Would Thom and Carrie be safe where they were hiding? Would they ever get home again? All evidence they want to disappear and how did their clothes fall apart? What is the power of the scarf that Thom found? What had Ned created and who could kill it as Thom redirects his mind to create another book! The topic you won’t believe and the ending leaves us wondering what is next for Thom Hearn. What is reality, what is fantasy and what is the imagination of our outstanding author Jerry Jay Carroll who created a novel that leaves us wondering where Thom and Carrie might wind up next taking readers along with the characters on a journey that you might think you experienced or maybe not! Real or imagined? That is the genius of the HORROR WRITER? Would you have liked to join them on this journey? Islands so perfect yet can you the reader see the imperfections of something that appears to be what it’s not! Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine

  3. 5 out of 5

    L. S.

    Full of nothing but satire and accurate demonstrations of what I believe goes through every horror writer’s head, The Horror Writer is equal parts hilarious and creepy. After crash landing in the jungle, author Thom Hearn and his companion, Carrie Alexander, finally made it to their paradise retreat. Only, they came to find out that Thom wasn’t supposed to be there. It was a mistake. Except, those at Echchols don’t make mistakes. Ever. What was really going on was far more sinister and surprisin Full of nothing but satire and accurate demonstrations of what I believe goes through every horror writer’s head, The Horror Writer is equal parts hilarious and creepy. After crash landing in the jungle, author Thom Hearn and his companion, Carrie Alexander, finally made it to their paradise retreat. Only, they came to find out that Thom wasn’t supposed to be there. It was a mistake. Except, those at Echchols don’t make mistakes. Ever. What was really going on was far more sinister and surprising. The life of an author isn’t always glamorous. I think oftentimes it ends up romanticized into something it’s not. I really liked the way the author conveyed the darker, less attractive side of the writing world. At the same time, it also showed that inspiration could happen anywhere, at any time, for any reason. There were definitely some bright notes for aspiring, and current, authors. Points of the plot were confusing at times. Thom tended to have some long-winded monologues—which, usually was okay because it worked with his personality—but occasionally it sidetracked me as a reader. I lost track of what was happening more than once. There were time jumps in funny places. Perspective switches weren’t always the smoothest. The writing style was great for the narrative. There were weird allusions and metaphors. Odd, satirical descriptions. To be honest, the tone felt as though the author had personal dealings with some of the themes, and was looking for a good, comedic outlet. The characters really helped that along. They were snarky, sarcastic, and up to the challenge of the circumstances. However, it doesn’t feel like an overused character stereotype. Nor is it annoying. I have to say I didn’t feel like there were many commonly used tropes. It was very different—and sometimes bizarre—but in all the right ways. Creativity really shows in the way the novel was constructed. As for the plot, it was done well. Keeping with the rest of the novel, the plot twist was fairly out there. It made sense, though, and it didn’t take it to an unbelievable extreme. I love when novels aren’t afraid to go the extra mile to be weird. I think it makes them fun and entertaining, as well as differentiating them from everything else. The Horror Writer managed to do just that. I would recommend it for authors that need a good laugh at their own industry. A good read for anyone, however.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    A horror writer gets mistakenly invited to a top-level conference in a jungle country but even the flight in is suspect. The resort destination's beauty is only skin-deep...and things really get interesting when this horror writer's characters start coming to life. Good thing he also wrote a teen series with a teen hero. Definitely recommend. This is one of those books you don't want to end because it is so good. I'm glad I won this book signed by the author. A horror writer gets mistakenly invited to a top-level conference in a jungle country but even the flight in is suspect. The resort destination's beauty is only skin-deep...and things really get interesting when this horror writer's characters start coming to life. Good thing he also wrote a teen series with a teen hero. Definitely recommend. This is one of those books you don't want to end because it is so good. I'm glad I won this book signed by the author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    James Nordman

    Excellent character development, well thought out. The reader is involved from the first page. I felt that I was there, in the mix, out of breath with the excitement of the chase. Just when you think that you've got it figured out, you're catapulted into another fast paced adventure. The tribute to the slash-and-gore genre is there in the lurid cover of "The Horror Writer" and the plot unfolds not unexpectedly on a remote tropical island. But the narrative is Mr. Carroll at his most intriguing. Excellent character development, well thought out. The reader is involved from the first page. I felt that I was there, in the mix, out of breath with the excitement of the chase. Just when you think that you've got it figured out, you're catapulted into another fast paced adventure. The tribute to the slash-and-gore genre is there in the lurid cover of "The Horror Writer" and the plot unfolds not unexpectedly on a remote tropical island. But the narrative is Mr. Carroll at his most intriguing.

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