The Wicked

James Newman Mark Allan Gunnells

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The Wicked AN ANCIENT EVIL RISESBURNSKILLSAfter a fire consumes the Heller Home for Children the residents of Morganville North Carolina thought they knew evilThey were wrong Unaware of the turmoil in their ne

  • Title: The Wicked
  • Author: James Newman Mark Allan Gunnells
  • ISBN: 9780615419008
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • AN ANCIENT EVIL RISESBURNSKILLSAfter a fire consumes the Heller Home for Children, the residents of Morganville, North Carolina thought they knew evilThey were wrong.Unaware of the turmoil in their new hometown, the Littles David, Kate, and seven year old Becca are moving from New York City to Morganville in hopes of repairing their own lives, which were receAN ANCIENT EVIL RISESBURNSKILLSAfter a fire consumes the Heller Home for Children, the residents of Morganville, North Carolina thought they knew evilThey were wrong.Unaware of the turmoil in their new hometown, the Littles David, Kate, and seven year old Becca are moving from New York City to Morganville in hopes of repairing their own lives, which were recently shattered by an act of sexual violence.Before long, David realizes that his family s troubles are worse than he could ever have imagined.An ancient demon lurks beneath the town of Morganville, an unholy creature conjured into existence by the Heller Home tragedy.Its name is Moloch.It is hungry for the souls of the townspeople.But most of all, Moloch wants the children It will not rest until it has them.All of them.Revised and ExpandedOriginally published in 2007 in limited edition hardcover, The Wicked has been revised by the author, expanded with a new foreword by Mark Allan Gunnells, a new afterword by the author, and brilliant new artwork and illustrations by Jesse David Young with additional cover layout by Yannick Bouchard Also included is a brand new, exclusive tie in short story written specifically for this release.

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    1. Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin on said:

      Kate, David and their daughter Becca move from the big city to Morganville, NC. Kate's brother lives there and Kate has a baby on the way. They needed to get out of the city after something horrific happened to Kate. Yet, this little peaceful town isn't so peaceful and a nasty force is killing people and kids left and right! Hold on to your seats peeps. You don't want Molock to get you! Mel ❤️

    2. RedemptionDenied on said:

      The Little family: David, Kate and their daughter Becca, head off to start a new life in Morganville, after Kate was sexually assaulted back in New York. Unbeknownst to them, the town has a dark history: the Heller Home for children burned to the ground on August 12th 2002 with a high casualty rate. And lurking beneath the town is a demon, Moloch, who is hungry for the souls of the townsfolk; especially those of the children. Moloch' is one of those twisted demons that has a sick sense of humour [...]

    3. Jack Tripper on said:

      The Wicked is a pitch-perfect homage to 80s horror. Not so much the bestsellers of King and Koontz and Straub, but moreso the midlisters that filled the grocery store spinner racks with their gloriously garish covers. But don't go in thinking this is some sort of parody. Newman plays the whole "supernatural evil invades small town" trope straight here, and pulls it off much more successfully than most of those 80s authors.The Littles have just moved to the town of Morganville, North Carolina, wh [...]

    4. Ashley Daviau on said:

      There's not one single thing about this book that I didn't love! From front to back cover and everything contained in between, it was all bloody fabulous! It is the perfect homage to 80s horror and had me sucked in from the moment I laid my eyes on the cover. My favourite part of this book was the characters. There was something about each of them that made me fall in love with them. They were all so well fleshed out and developed, you can't help but become attached to them. My favourite though [...]

    5. Char on said:

      4.5 stars!(Note: I originally read this a few weeks back and had written a short review. Since then I have been thinking a bit about this book and I decided that it deserved more than that.)This story is an homage to the great horror boom of the 80's-including the deliberately aged looking cover. I still have paperbacks from that time period on my shelves and they look exactly like this one. Now let's face it, some of the 80's horror was flat out terrible. At the same time one could also say tha [...]

    6. Adam Light on said:

      A delicious 80's-style horror romp that goes over the top and beyond, and makes for a hell of a fun read in the process.This is the 4th book I've read from the talented James Newman, and I am still in awe of his exceptional ability to effortlessly pull me into the world's he creates.This book reads like a love letter to the excessive horror novels of my teenage years. A roller-coaster thrill ride that relentlessly churns away to an explosive battle of good vs. evil finale.Excellent read.

    7. Evans Light on said:

      3.5 rounded up to 4 - and justifiably so, because the bonus story "The Boaracle" was the perfect way to end it. The ads in the back were a nice touch as well. I enjoyed this well-told tale quite a bit, and did my best to read it in the spirit intended: as a cheesy 80's horror paperback, my favorite kind. As such, it delivered the goods.Recommended for those looking for a fun, flowing, old-school horror read.

    8. Jon Recluse on said:

      Far beyond a retro retread, this novel is a respectful homage to '80s horror, while transcending that decade's cliches with a fresh eye and distinctive voice. Recommended for fans of horror's heyday and new fans alike.

    9. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      I loved The Wicked, and any horror fan who recalls things such as George Carpenter's Village of the Damned film and Stephen King's Children of the Corn will absolutely love it, too. Its take on the "strange children" trope is very gripping and intense.

    10. Paul Nelson on said:

      The Wicked is a top notch, born in the 80’s type horror story, eerie, gory, sexually inappropriate at times and a barrel load of fun.David, Kate and their daughter Becca leave New York and move to Morganville a small town in North Carolina. There’s a lot of tension in the family, David never wanted to leave but did so for his wife, who’d been raped walking home from a date that he missed and now Kate is pregnant with a big question over who could be the Father of the baby. They soon have o [...]

    11. Kate on said:

      4.5*WHAT IT'S ABOUTThe Littles move to Morganville to start a new life after a violent incident in New York. However, Morganville is not the sleep little town they imagined. WHAT I LOVED-It was a whole lot of fun to read and reminded me of why I love horror.-The central characters were fleshed out nicely and I enjoyed the relationship between David and George.-The fantastic 'aged' front cover, a wonderful throwback to 80's horror novels.-Excellent pacing that made this a fast and engaging read.W [...]

    12. Lena on said:

      "People in this town aren't themselves anymore. I mean, they look the same. But they're different. Something's inside them Something from hell."A well done love letter to 80s horror. The Littles leave the violence of New York City to live their suburban dream in North Carolina. What could possibly (moloch) go (Moloch) wrong (MOLOCH)?!?!? Sit back, put on your 3D glasses, and enjoy the blossoming of-over-top evil in a small town. And can we take a minute to give the book itself a shout out: the o [...]

    13. Melissa on said:

      Yep, doing it up 80's style. I can see my teenage self reading this on my dad's recliner while shoveling Kraft macaroni & cheese into my face on a rainy day. There were a few times that my adult self laughed out loud. (In particular, there was a scene reminiscent of Bad Santa that had me going.) I wasn't too terribly sad when characters I liked died. I was delighted when ones that irritated me kicked the bucket. Overall, a fun and quite creepy read.

    14. Mindi on said:

      I received this book in the Nocturnal Readers Box, and like a friend of mine said, I'm so glad I did because I probably would not have discovered it on my own. At least not this year. The Wicked is an homage to all the crazy, over-the-top horror novels of the 1980's, but it's so much better than most of those paperbacks that were churned out to satisfy the masses. The Wicked is a smart and very well written tribute to 80's horror.An ancient evil awakens in the small town of Morganville, NC, and [...]

    15. Montzalee Wittmann on said:

      The Wicked by James Newman is a book I won on LibraryThing and it is pretty exciting. Lots of twists, turns, murder, supernatural elements, and an ending I did not see coming. A good thriller/horror to please those that love this kind of book. Not too much gore, suspense mostly. A little wordy at times but I enjoyed it.

    16. 11811 (Eleven) on said:

      A successful emulation of cheesy 80's horror. I had fun reading this one.

    17. Sadie | sadie_reads_them_all on said:

      No Spoiler/ No plot reviewThe Wicked by James Newman came in one of our Nocturnal Readers Boxes. I'm *so* glad it did! I'm not sure I would have found this one on my own, maybeybeat cover can't really be missed! So without going into the plot too much, I will say that Newman took a classic horror trope, "Dreamy, beautiful, small town on the surface--new family moves in--all demonic hell breaks loose" and he wrote a damn good book.The characters were fully fleshed out, nobody was introduced that [...]

    18. Jamie on said:

      Kudos to James Newman, as this book thoroughly creeped me out! I actually felt frightened a couple of times, and there were parts that made my skin crawl due to the gore and gross-out factor. It was definitely a nod to '80s horror, but not cheesy like so many of the mass-market paperbacks that were churned out during that decade. I felt like I was watching a great horror film in my mind as I read, and I had a difficult time putting this book down once I started!

    19. Kaisersoze on said:

      Remember when you couldn't walk into a second-hand bookshop without tripping over a pile of dodgy-looking horror novels? Usually yellow of page, cracked of spine and garish of cover? James Newman certainly does, and with The Wicked he returns the reader to that pre-internet time of pulpy reads that stained fingers with their cheap ink, even as they managed to cause unintentional laughs about as often as they elicited true shivers of terror. Thankfully, however, Newman understands what makes thos [...]

    20. Chris on said:

      As stated in the Afterward, The Wicked reads like many of those classic horror novels of the '80s that so many of us cut our teeth ond the paperback edition from Shock Totem, with the demonic old man and faux-worn paperback look makes it worth the price alone. This was my first James Newman novel, and certainly not my last. David Little and his family move from NYC to Morganville, North Carolina, after a horrific incident. They think the idyllic small town will be a welcome change of locale, not [...]

    21. Bandit on said:

      Yet to read something less than good by James Newman, but this raises the bar. Considered an 80s pastiche, but outside of the artwork this actually takes place in 2000s and the plot of evil brewing in a small town is entirely too ubiquitous to be decade specific. And so it isn't original per se on purpose, but it's just so much fun. Despite not particularly likable family of characters (save for the kid, of course) and a trite premise (moving from NYC to a small town for peace and quiet, ha), th [...]

    22. Amanda on said:

      James Newman grew up in he 80s like I did, and from this book I can tell that he loved the decade. It is obvious that he loved the same authors as I did growing up, and the book is full of their influences. He has learnt from the best as to how an 80s inspired horror novel about a small town being taken over by over by evil should read!This book is cracking, a thoroughly enjoyable read, and I shall certainly be picking up more from this author.

    23. Bill on said:

      This one has it all from severed members to a bad Santa to an ancient evil from the Land of Tears with a wicked nasty beard. I dug everything about this one from James Newman. A classic homage to 80’s horror down to the total kick-ass retro cover on the paperback edition! Highly Recommended!

    24. Nick Cato on said:

      The Little family--in an effort to rebuild their lives after a sexual assault--move from New York City to the small town of Morganville, North Carolina. David's a popular book-cover artist, his wife Kate both pregnant and taking care of their 7-year old daughter Becca. Kate's nrother Joel had moved there a few years earlier and is now the town's coroner.Almost as soon as they move in, bodies begin to pile up, some victims of strange insect stings, others in brutal car crashes. And when a departm [...]

    25. Emily on said:

      WOW. I'm going to call The Wicked a scarier & more fucked up season 2 of True Blood (I love season 2, and you're wrong if you don't 😂). This book was creepy, addictive, and possibly a mistake to read at night. I got freaked out by The Wicked a few times, and that's always fun. I enjoyed the characters of the townspeople, and seeing who went bad, and who stayed good. I despise Kate - it has nothing to do with the book, but it's more of a personal issue haha. Anyway, this book is gory and s [...]

    26. David Haynes on said:

      What's not to enjoy? A classic 80's storyline - small town, evil presence, the fight between God and evil with some great characters. The author makes no excuses for taking us down this well worn road. And why should he because The Wicked was well written, very easy to read with a great flowing pace. Great entertainment and very enjoyable.

    27. Nat on said:

      First of all, this is one of my top 5 reads for this year. Second O M G this was soo good! It takes you around the lives of people that you can easily say they are your neighbors, but then things start going down the hill pretty fast. Do yourself a favor, and pick this one up.

    28. Jaime Medina on said:

      Such a great read! right from the start just non-stop action! I would love to see a movie adaptation of this wonderful novel! I'm definitely looking forward to more reads from James Newman, next on my list will be Ugly As Sin.

    29. Kirstie on said:

      Wow! After having a few letdowns in the horror genre recently, this was such a nice change! Overall, I feel that this book got straight to the point and didn't have me wondering when the hell it was going to get to the good scary parts already. When I pick up a horror book, I want the introduction to grab my interest and then the rest to frighten me, confuse me, and be overall disturbing. I definitely got this from The Wicked. Unaware of the past horrors as well as the horrors yet to come, the L [...]

    30. Nev Murray on said:

      Right, here we go then. I make no apologies for previously stating that I love James Newmans writing. I was really looking forward to reading The Wicked as earlier reviews I had read cited the similarities to the horror books of the '80's that I grew up with and loved so much. Let me tell you I was not disappointed in the slightest. This book is a masterpiece. It's one that anyone who loves horror should have.Set in Morganville, North Carolina, the town is just getting over a disaster of unimagi [...]

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