Book review: The Lucky Ones Died First – Jack Bantry

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Fans of Hunter Shea’s cryptid horror books would do well to check out The Lucky Ones Died First. Bantry’s novella is an immensely fun cryptid horror story. The book is certainly one not to be taken too seriously. In fact, the tale is a tongue-in-cheek gore-fest where character development plays second fiddle to the pulling off of heads and the Deliverance style ravaging of certain characters!

A series of brutal murders at the hand of a famous cryptid (with links to Nazi Germany no less!) isn’t enough to put off the mayor of Hamilton from hosting the annual festivities (Jaws, anybody!). After all, money talks, and a few decapitated bodies is nothing to worry about, right? The Lucky Ones Died First is feel-good horror. It’s b-movie fun and a quick read. There is heaps of destruction at the hands of the Bigfoot, much of which is described in graphic, Splatterpunk detail. The book is laced with humour and there are some great one-liners. Don’t get too attached to any of the characters as most of them won’t make it to the end! As you’d expect, the pace is fast and furious. Chapters are very short and everything whizzes past in the blink of an eye.

If you’re looking for a little fun reading for your weekend, then you can do a lot worse than spending and hour or so with Mr Bantry and his overly-aroused Sasquatch!

3.5/5 bloody footprints from the Grim Reader.

Pick up a copy from here.

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