New Story – Confessional

It’s been a couple of years since I explored the wonder and mysteries of Catholicism in my book, Evil Eternal, albeit it in a very overly dramatic fashion. I decided to dip my toe back in the holy water with a new short story, Confessional, available exclusively at Pen of the Damned.

Growing up an altar boy and singer in the church choir, the one aspect of my faith as a good Irish Catholic that frightened me was the act of confession. I was always worried that the priest would see  me in a different, negative light once he knew I lied to a teacher and took the Lord’s name in vain (thanks to my grandfather for that one – he used ‘goddammit’ with positive flair). The act of confession doesn’t get easier as you get older.

Priests are, after all, only human. Could you look the other way if someone you were close to confessed to abusing a child, or cheating on their spouse with numerous partners, or robbing a liquor store, or even worse, murder? We ask for forgiveness, release our burden, perform our acts of contrition. But just as energy can never be destroyed, perhaps so the weight of sin. Confession is an act of transference, so though you may leave the church with a lighter heart, what happens to the priest?


These are the things nagging at my brain as I wrote Confessional. If you’re curious as to what goes on within its confines, I suggest you bow your head and step inside….

Once you’ve cleansed your sins, post a comment here on or on Twitter using #HunterConfesses and you’re eligible to win a signed copy of Evil Eternal. I’ll announce winners next week.

Most of all, what do you think of confession? What are your experiences?

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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.

8 responses to “New Story – Confessional”

  1. jackiekingon says :

    Loved the story and I posted a tweet on twitter. Thought the story would end like Dorian Gray-a priest hears confessions and little by little because he absorbs everyone sin’s he becomes a monster- -and you are so good at monsters. Use the idea if you like in another one of your stories etc. I am trying to finish my second book and am struggling over a wedding at a space station hotel. Never did any weddings-real or unreal so I’m doing some research or is it delay tactics…from writing? My background is Jewish but I consider myself non-denominational. I waited in the back of OLPH church as my Catholic girlfriend went to confession. When the priests saw me they yelled at me for not going to confession even though I told them that I was Jewish. Yom Kipper is a day when all our sins go away-so you have to wait for it once a year. No personal confessions. We were told only the very good die on or near that day. An if you did you were a tsadic—yidish word for a saint. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Hope you wife is holding her own. All Best, JK

  2. hookofabook says :

    I commented on Pen of the Damned site, but will here too for additional support. Anything you write is really well-done in the area of emotional turmoil, questions, and this one, it power-punched me. I wasn’t expecting it, and I had to re-read the second half again. I am not Catholic, but I like reading your priest stories and would be a fan of more priest demon hunters or stories like this one that delve into the heart of priests being human.

    • Hunter Shea says :

      Thank you so much! I was in church seated by the confessionals the day I wrote this. I’ve been a a theological journey for decades. Amazing how I’ve ended up exactly where I started.

  3. Joseph Pinto says :

    Great story, Hunter! (sorry, due to my back I am behind in my reading & comments). Well, I refused to go to confessional myself, mainly because I’ll completely f*** myself (then again, the BIg Guy knows all, so I’m cooked either way) lol
    I never knew you used to be an altar boy…so that explains your turn to the dark side 😉

    • Hunter Shea says :

      Hey Joe, I hope your back is feeling better. You won the signed copy of Evil Eternal, so at least there’s something positive coming your way (or negative, depending on how you look at it.) LOL Send me your address over email so I can mail it out to you.

      • Joseph Pinto says :

        Awesome!! Thanks, Hunter! 🙂

        Yeah, my back is a fickle thing. I work out like an athlete, yet I strained it from blowing my nose too hard – then I suffered spasms for a week. Go figure lol

      • Hunter Shea says :

        I once dislocated my shoulder sneezing. Had to go to the hospital to have it put back in. We are our own worst enemies.

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