Welcome to Hell Hole : New Cover Reveal and a Tease

I’ve taken horror to the old west with my next full length novel for Samhain, HELL HOLE. I’ve been sitting on the cover for a while now, waiting for the right time to show it to you.


Set in the turn of the 20th century in real life mining ghost town, Hecla, Wyoming, Hell Hole has a posse full of terror. What can you expect to find? How about this :

Nat Blackburn, an aging cowboy, former Rough Rider and current New York City cop on a mission for his war pal, President Teddy Roosevelt. There are rumors of riches in the abandoned mines, but everyone who has gone to look for it has disappeared, including the entire town.

Teta Delacruz, Dominican gun-for-hire and Nat’s right hand man. He’ll happily fight to the death for the man who saved his life on the battlefield.

When they arrive in the dusty remains of Hecla, all hell breaks loose. From savage wild men to eerie black eyed children, vengeful Djinn and tortured souls chained to the land, there’s more to the mines of Hecla than flecks of gold.

It’s a gunman’s last chance for glory, and maybe, the end of the world.

Hell Hole will be out in ebook and trade paperback summer, 2014. Stick close to this blog and chain for more details as we get closer!

I hope you’re excited as I am. What do you think of the cover?

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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. His novels, Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal , Swamp Monster Massacre , Sinister Entity, Hell Hole, The Waiting and Island of the Forbidden are published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. Hell Hole was named Horror Novel Reviews #1 horror novel of 2014. His first thriller novel, The Montauk Monster, was released June, 2014 as a Pinnacle paperback, and was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best reads of the summer. His follow up Pinnacle novel, Tortures of the Damned, a post apocalyptic thriller, will be out July, 2015. That will be followed up by his latest cryptid tale, The Dover Demon, in the fall through Samhain. His horror short story collection, Asylum Scrawls, is available as an e-book, straightjacket not included. Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. A copy of his book, The Montauk Monster, is currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME. He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years. Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

18 responses to “Welcome to Hell Hole : New Cover Reveal and a Tease”

  1. Nina D'Arcangela says :

    You are a non-stop horror machine!! Congrats on another upcoming release!

  2. frazerlee says :

    Great cover and concept. As Spinal Tap once sang “you know where you are in a hell hole!” 🙂 – Monster congrats dude!

  3. hookofabook says :

    I LOVE IT!! And it looks great with the story, and I LOVE this book (thanks so much for trusting me to read its preliminary stages) and I can’t WAIT for it to come out, everyone is going to love it. It really would be a great film!

  4. louckslindsey says :

    Woo-hoo! I’m adding this to my TBR list right away!

  5. Joseph Pinto says :

    Congrats, Hunter. And sweet cover!!!

  6. sjbelz76 says :

    Nice! I’ve noticed a couple of authors putting out Horror/Western books lately. This definitely has me intrigued. Also seems to have a dash of ‘Ghost Mine’ in it. Congrats and can’t wait for the release!

    • Hunter Shea says :

      It’s a very strange synchronicity. I was talking to 2 other authors back in the winter and we were all working on horror westerns, even though we hadnt’ discusses it previously. Luckily, all of our concepts were different. I was midway through Hell Hole when Ghost Mine came on, which was the second odd coincidence. The collective unconscious at work!

  7. Russell R. James says :

    Nice cover! #1 on the beach read list this summer.

  8. Jack Campisi (@backinjack) says :

    VERY cool cover. (And Hell Hole is one of my favorite Spinal Tap songs.)

  9. Hunter Shea says :

    Reblogged this on Monster Men and commented:

    From the blog and chain of Hunter, the latest and greatest news…

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