The Boulevard Monster is the first book I’ve read by author Jeremy Hepler. Published through Bloodshot Books, it is a strong novel told in the first person, something I’m not always too keen on. Hepler’s tale holds together well and the first person pov is something that I enjoyed in this particular story. The Boulevard Monster is a tale of greed and temptation with Seth Fowler as our narrator, an unreliable one at that. When the chance to earn some extra cash presents itself from a strange figure called Luther, Fowler finds the opportunity too hard to resist. All he needs to do is dispose of a few bodies and not ask any questions. Simple, right?
A construction foreman by day, Fowler has access to various sites where burial of the corpses will result in little fuss. However, the waters start to grow murky and quickly. Fowler builds a web of lies in which he traps all those around him he holds dear.
There is a lot to like about The Boulevard Monster. I think the pacing in this novel is excellent, there is always something happening and I didn’t feel like any of the chapters dragged or were at the expense of the plots progression. Seth Fowler is an average joe, and I kind of liked him, despite his faults. Luther is great. He has a sort of Randall Flagg atmosphere about him. What is he? Where does he disappear to? And what’s the deal with all of the birds?
This novel is a tense reading experience at times. You can clearly see that everything will eventually unravel and that Fowler’s web of lies will crumble, leaving him with blood on his hands. I enjoyed the supernatural elements of the book. It started off quickly and I thought it was going to be pretty standard psychological horror tale, but I welcomed the other-worldly presence of Luther and his winged messengers.
I believe that this is Hepler’s first novel and it is a confident one, well-written and pretty original too. The Boulevard Monster more than did enough to make me want to read more from this writer in the future.
4/5 Blue Jays from The Grim Reader.
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The Boulevard Monster
by Jeremy Hepler
Pub date: April 7, 2017
A debut novel you won’t want to miss!
The Boulevard Monster, Synopsis –
I KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT ME
You say that I am a madman. You say that I am dangerous. You say that I am the one who has been abducting women, slaughtering them, and burying their corpses all around this city for years. You are wrong, because only part of that statement is true…
I AM NOT A KILLER
I know that you probably won’t believe me. Not now. Not after all that has happened, but I need to tell my side of the story. You need to know how this all began. You need to hear about the birds, but most of all, you need to understand…
I AM NOT THE BOULEVARD MONSTER
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Jeremy Hepler, Biography –
Native to the Texas Panhandle, Jeremy Hepler now lives in a small rural community in central Texas with his wife Tricia and son Noah. Throughout his life, he has worked jobs ranging from welder’s hand to health care assistant, but writing has always been his passion.
Jeremy is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association (HWA) and is currently working on his second novel, Demigod Dreams. In the last five years, he has had twenty-four short stories published in various small and professional markets, and in 2014, he placed second in the Panhandle Professional Writers Short Story Competition. You can contact him via Facebook or Twitter (@jeremyhepler) where you will find links to his blog and Amazon author page.
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