Ho-ho-ho and all that claptrap. I haven’t been posting much this month because I’ve been doing rounds of edits on my latest book for Samhain and working on a brand new novella. Because of this, I’m seriously behind with Christmas shopping, but I still have a week. Looks like I’ll be hanging out at the gift card rack at Walgreens.

I went out to dinner last night with my editor at Kensington, Gary Goldstein. Time spent with Gary is time spent well. The first thing he presented me with was the cover of my next thriller, TORTURES OF THE DAMNED. It comes out July 28, 2015. I know that seems like a long way off, but it’ll be here before you know it. This one is a unique look on a post-apocalyptic world. No zombies in this one. Nope. I opted for something much, much more terrifying. Gary and I channeled our inner Roger Corman for this one. What do you think of the cover? Subtle, right? 🙂

tortures of the damned


Here’s the back cover copy in case you can’t read it on the pic I took of it :

Shock. . .

First, the electricity goes–plunging the east coast in darkness after a devastating nuclear attack. Millions panic. Millions die. They are the lucky ones.

After Shock. . .

Next, the chemical weapons take effect–killing or contaminating everything alive. Except a handful of survivors in a bomb shelter. They are the damned.

Hell Is For Humans

Then, the real nightmare begins. Hordes of rats force two terrified families out of their shelter–and into the savage streets of an apocalytic wasteland. They are not alone. Vicious, chemical-crazed animals hunt in packs. Dogs tear flesh, cats draw blood, horses crush bone. Roaming gangs of the sick and dying are barely recognizable as human. These are the times that try men’s souls. These are the tortures that tear families apart. This is hell on earth. The rules are simple: Kill or die.

The novels of Hunter Shea are:

“A lot of splattery fun.”–Publishers Weekly

“Harrowing, bloodsoaked.” –Jonathan Janz

“Frightening, gripping.”–Night Owl Reviews



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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. 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’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. You’ll also find him every week on the Final Guys podcast, available everywhere. He’s a bestselling author of over 30 books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

13 responses to “New Cover Reveal – TORTURES OF THE DAMNED”

  1. pamelamorrisbooks says :

    Cover looks great, Hunter! Quick question. I heard it said many times in many differet places that the author has very little say in their cover art, but being a reader of blogs by authors, I am also seeing that that isn’t always true. My personal experiences with cover art has always been very good and I’m fortunate that my erotica publisher and I seem to be on the same wavelength 95% of the time. What’s your experience? Do you have any input in what the final product turns out to be? – Looking forward to recieving, reading & reviewing “Island of the Forbidden” for you soon!

    • Hunter Shea says :

      It depends on the publisher. At Samhain, they have us fill out an art request form where we have input into how the cover will turn out. At Kensington, their art department works with my editor, so the cover has always been a pleasant surprise to me. Hope you like Island!

  2. Joseph Pinto says :

    Congrats, Hunter!! I can’t wait to read this!!

  3. flamingmorningstar says :

    Hunter glad to hear from you, this sounds like a amazing book, does this have anything to do with that cryptid book was supposed to be this year, Sounds like your busier than a bee, Well see you later my friend!

    • Hunter Shea says :

      I’m still doing edits on the cryptid book. Tortures is a totally different story. Good news is, I am working on yet another cryptid book for Pinnacle that should be out in 2016. If I can get a cryptid book out each year, I’ll be happy.

  4. hookofabook says :

    Whoo!! Nice, so happy for you!

  5. the happy writer says :

    Congratulations, Hunter! This has been an amazing, productive year for you, with a book announcement pretty close to every other month. Do you have a writing productivity secret?

    I’m looking forward to Tortures of the Damned!

    As ever,


    • Hunter Shea says :

      Thank you so much, Aniko. There are no secrets. I just enjoy it so much, it’s hard NOT to write. Though I am taking today and tomorrow off. 🙂

      • the happy writer says :

        It seems that the secret to vast productivity is having fun, and – I’m extrapolating here based on the books of yours that I’ve read – a love of storytelling. I hope you enjoyed your days off, and are also enjoying being back at your writing desk.

        Happy New Year!


  6. flamingmorningstar says :

    Is this a newer book, I can’t wait to tear into that one! Thanks for everything Hunter! Peace!

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