I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Misfits by Hunter Shea
Published by Flame Tree Press on September 8, 2020
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Also by this author: The Jersey Devil, Just Add Water, Optical Delusion, We Are Always Watching, Money Back Guarantee, Fury Of The Orcas, Jurassic, Florida, The Devil's Fingers , Antarctic Ice Beasts, Ghost Mine, Slash, Faithless
During the height of the 90s grunge era, five high school friends living on the fringe are driven to the breaking point. When one of their friends is brutally raped by a drunk townie, they decide to take matters into their own hands.
Deep in the woods of Milbury, Connecticut, there lives the legend of the Melon Heads, a race of creatures that shun human interaction and prey on those who dare to wander down Dracula Drive. Maybe this night, one band of misfits can help the other. Or maybe some legends are meant to be feared for a reason.
Here is what I thought
I have alway heard of the legend of the Melon Heads and so I was excited when my favorite horror author decided to write a horror about them! Though I will admit I am still not sure what to think about the ending for the most part I really enjoyed it.
It’s set in the 90’s and after a friend is raped a group decides to take out their own revenge on the guy by grabbing him and taking him out to the woods on Dracula Drive. Most of the friends think that the Melon Heads are just a story they talked about and spooked each other when they were kids.
Dare to walk,
Down Dracula Drive,
In the day or Night,
You won’t survive.
They wait in trees,
and hide below,
Hungry for people,
Too Blind to know.
Only two of them actually know there is something really out there though they have never really seen them up close. Mick knows a guy that lives out in the woods on Dracula Drive who knows about the Melon Heads and he gets him to talk them along with the guy to a section of the woods. It was here where things go downhill because there are rules to dealing with the Melon Heads and they break one.
Because of what they did they pretty much bring the Melon Heads down on them and others as well because normally they stay in the woods but they can come out when they want too!
Okay so this wasn’t anything to different than your basic crazy deformed cannibal eating horror book but I still liked it…lol. It kind of reminds me a bit of Wrong Turn or The Hills Have Eyes…and I wasn’t a huge fan of all of the characters but at the same time I was still rooting for them to survive in the end.
This was just a lot of fun and I almost always have a lot of fun with Hunter Shea books. I think it was the ending that kept this from being 5 stars as it was just to weird even for me…lol. If you like horror then give it a try!