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Dark Rite by [Wood, David, Baxter, Alan]
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A small mountain town hides a dark secret…

When his father’s death brings Grant Shipman to the Appalachian town of Wallen’s Gap, he believes his biggest problem will be dealing with the slow pace and odd townsfolk. But something sinister is at work. A dark power rises, an echo of the town’s bloody past. A book of blood magic offers an unspeakable horror a gateway into the world of the living, and only Grant stands in the way of their Dark Rite.

Praise for Dark Rite by David Wood and Alan Baxter
“Wood and Baxter have delivered a stunning tale that reminds of an early Stephen King’s talent for the macabre with a pinch of Graham Masterton’s flair for witchcraft and terror. A sinister tale of black magic and horror – not for the faint hearted.”
Greig Beck, bestselling author of Beneath the Dark Ice and Black Mountain

“When Grant Shipman returns to Wallens' Gap for his father's funeral, he discovers a curious book and a supernatural relic hidden from the malevolent townsfolk, who shelter generations of malignant secrets. After his friend Cassie is kidnapped and his own life increasingly threatened, Grant must confront the powers of darkness, a demon summoned for the ultimate sacrifice.
With mysterious rituals, macabre rites and superb supernatural action scenes, Wood and Baxter deliver a fast-paced horror thriller.”
J.F.Penn, author of the bestselling ARKANE thriller series

"Wood and Baxter have taken on the classic black magic/cult conspiracy subgenre, chucked in a toxic mix of weirdness, creepshow chills and action, and created a tale that reads like a
latter-day Hammer Horror thriller. Nice, dark fun."
Robert Hood, author of Immaterial and Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press (15 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Tale Filled With Horror and Black Magic 9 May 2016
By Matthew Summers - Published on
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I've been on a bit of a horror kick lately. Splatterpunk, cosmic horror, military horror, dark fantasy and creature horror... you name it, I've probably delved into it. So when Dark Rite popped up as a recommended purchase two things immediately sprang to mind. Firstly, how did I miss this? Baxter and Wood are among my favourite authors in the game right now... I should be all over their work! And secondly, a couple of bucks for an impressive sounding horror novella? Bargain!

So after purchasing Dark Rite I decided to drop into it for a couple of chapters (just to get a feel for it). Three hours later and I was still hooked.

Dark Rite tells the story of a town with a dark and mysterious past. When the protagonist comes to town to sort out the affairs of his recently deceased father he stumbles across more than he bargained for. The town harbours a terrifying secret, and within that secret a dark power is rising.

Sound familiar? It should. It has has been done plenty of times before. But where Dark Rite succeeds, whilst others fail, is in the way it is told.

This novella has so many great things going for it. The prose is tight and free flowing, and every character fleshed out and interesting. I adored the mood of the story, and the creepy undertones that Wood and Baxter explore throughout the novella left me with chills at the best of times. The fight scenes were all realistic and accurate, and the 'hammer horror' tropes included a perfect combination of fun, weird, and the mundane. The story chugs along at a rapid pace, and builds wonderfully to a climax that genuinely had me gripped by what was unfolding before my eyes. And holy hell... there was a moment at the end where I roared with laughter and grinned like an evil Cheshire cat... trust me you know what I'm talking about when you read the book.

However, what impressed me the most with Dark Rite was its seamless nature. Collaborations, by their very nature, are usually hard to get right. Each author has their own particular style and voice which can make collaborative works jarring and hard to read at times. Not so with Dark Rite. I genuinely struggled to work out who was writing at times. It was the smoothest collaboration I've ever read, and I can understand why both authors have now written another novel together.

Was Dark Rite perfect? No. There were a couple of typos and inconsistencies that could have been addressed before it was published, and I would have loved to have seen a much deeper exploration of the history of the town and its magical and supernatural heritage. All in all though Dark Rite is a wonderful little package that left me considerably chilled and richly entertained.

Small town horror and black magic told in a seamless and terrifying way, Dark Rite is a tale that will leave you both shaken and delighted.

4 out of 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Rite Stuff...? 14 May 2013
By Mr. Phiilip W. Berrie - Published on
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Caveat: I am a fan of the Thrillercast podcast and I am also an Australian writer colleague of Alan Baxter (we are both associated with the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild).

That aside, I found this short novel to be an interesting read for two reasons. The first being the setting and characterisation, which were suitably creepy and conspiratorial for the story. The second reason was to see how the collaboration worked based on the reports of its creation that we got on the podcast. The collaboration was pretty seamless. You could see the different author influences in the writing—I have read stories from both the authors—but there were no distinct sections that could be contributed to either.

My only problem with this novel was the motivation of the antagonists. There just didn't seem to be enough reward for the effort they put into their plot over such a long time period. Hard to say much more about this without spoilers, but I'm afraid I just couldn't buy into it and that detracted from the story for me. Your mileage may differ.

Anyway, thanks for the read guys. More power to you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tale of horror and heroes 9 March 2015
By Miss Lyn - Published on
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Grant goes to settle his father's affairs in the town of Wallen's Gap. All is not as it seems in this town in the mountains.Grant's of uneasiness grows as he finds what supernatural things are coming and what horror is about to unleashed. This is a great read and a wonderful scary book
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 26 May 2013
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I have been a huge fan of the David Wood Dane Maddock's series, so I was excited to try this new book. I quickly became enthralled with the story. It had just right amount of mystery and supernatural intrigue. The story revolves around Grant Shipman, who returns home to settle his estranged fathers affairs. Within days of his arrival Grant realizes that the town of Walden Gap is not what it appears. A dark evil lives in this town and Grant soon finds himself right in the middle of it. I loved this book. While I am very familiar with David Wood I have not read any of Alan Baxter. I will definately rectify that. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a dark supernatural story involving cults.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its just what you would expect 3 June 2013
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A guy goes to a small town to settle the affairs of his estranged father who has recently passed away. Part of those affairs include an old house, satanic diaries and human appendages. Although most of the town seems to dislike him, he meets one nice girl and his interest in her seems to really infuriate the town. Evil forces are at work so will our hero be able to figure out the evil plans, defeat the evil and get the girl? Well, this story really plays out pretty much how you would think but it was entertaining and not boring, so three stars.