Dinosaur Summer

As of the writing of this blog, Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom has worldwide box office receipts of over 1 billion dollars! That’s a dino-sized chunk of change. I like to think that my book, Jurassic Florida paved the way for the film in our summer of dinosaurs. I also like to think that Salma Hayek has a secret crush on me, but let’s stay on topic, shall we?


When I was a kid, I went through the obligatory dinosaur phase. I had books and plastic figures (my favorites being the glow in the dark pack), bedsheets and shirts.Land of the Lost was a Saturday staple in my house. Me Chaka! Who didn’t want to run from Grumpy at least once? And then there was the cartoon The Herculoids. Trippy show, but I loved dinosaurs in any shape or form.

Oddly enough, the T-rex wasn’t my favorite. I preferred the lumbering Stegosaurus and Triceratops. They looked, to me, like armored tanks. In my little mind, they could plow through a pack of T-rexes and come out the other side without a scratch. Plus, I always loved underdogs.

So, what was your favorite dinosaur and why? I’m going to give away 2 ebooks of Jurassic Florida to randomly drawn responses to the old blog. Have fun channeling your inner child (or current dino-lovin’ adult) and let the world know what team you’re on! 



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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.

16 responses to “Dinosaur Summer”

  1. feeroberts64 says :

    I love all dinosaurs. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but I’ll try. I love the Ankylosaurus. He had such a cute face, I’m thinking, lol. And the
    Archaeopteryx is pretty cool. I bet he had beautiful colored feathers.
    And last but not least, the Deinonychus. I like him because he’s just a
    strange and curious creature.

  2. Tim Meyer says :

    Currently writing my own Dino novel and it’s been a ton of fun. Favorite dinosaur? I have to pick just one? I’ll cheat and give two – Deinonychus, because they inspired the raptors in Jurassic Park. Also, Parasaurolophus because I always thought they were cool looking.

  3. Natalie Cleary says :

    I love dino books, I pretty much love any creature feature books!! My favourite one is the triceratops because they are strong and awesome looking 🙂

  4. Debra Smith says :

    I live in Florida so I am on Team Old Fart. I like raptors.

  5. Dominic Paulo says :

    My favorite is actually a living dinosaur-the Coelacanth!!-when I was a wee lad I read the book called “Fish caught in time” about the discovery of the Coelacanth in 1938 even though they had been thought extinct for millions of years. I wanted to live the life of discovering living dinosaurs all over the world after that!! I only got as far as my back yard on my expeditions but that is another story!! I actually have a bumper sticker from the Crypto Museum up in Portland Maine with the Coelacanth featured on it on my car right now as we speak!!

    • Hunter Shea says :

      And it inspired The Creature from the Black Lagoon. I love the Intl Cryptid Museum. I’ve had a couple of book signing there and some of my books were part of the displays. Loren Coleman is an awesome dude. Email me at huntershea1@gmail.com for my book.

    • feeroberts64 says :

      Dominic, I had never heard of the Coelacanth, so I looked it up. It is a very interesting fish. Thanks for introducing me to a new, yet old, dinosaur 🙂

      • Dominic Paulo says :

        The Coelacanth story is quite a story-Also interesting is Mokele Mbembe which is a strong candidate for a dinosaur like creature to still be living. The Mokele Mbembe is said to resemble a Sauropod, and lives in the Congo Basin area. The part that really interests me, is that the Mokele Mbembe creatures are supposed to regularly battle Hippopotamus for territory. Who can beat the image of a modern Hippo fighting a living dinosaur!! That would be so cool to see!!!

      • Hunter Shea says :

        That would be amazing. We need to start a cryptid round table. 🙂

  6. elizabeth says :

    I read and review Jurassic Florida and loved it was up all night reading it because it reminds me of the old black and right monster movies from the 50s and 60s, in fact I could see this as a movie from that time or even from this time if they could and would do it right.

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