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From USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author Jeremy Bates comes a bone-chilling descent into the tunnels beneath Paris where an unknown evil awaits. AHWA winner for horror. For fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
Paris, France, is known as the City of Lights, a metropolis renowned for romance and beauty. Beneath the bustling streets and cafés, however, exists The Catacombs, a labyrinth of crumbling tunnels filled with six million dead.
When a video camera containing mysterious footage is discovered deep within their depths, a group of friends venture into the tunnels to investigate. But what starts out as a lighthearted adventure takes a turn for the worse when they reach their destination—and stumble upon the evil lurking there.
Praise for Jeremy Bates:
"A master storyteller!" ★★★★★
"Best book I've read to date" ★★★★★
"Old-school horror story reminiscent of Stephen King" ★★★★★
"Perfect for Laymon fans!" ★★★★★
"Definitely recommend to all fans of modern horror" ★★★★★
"Any Stephen King or Dean Koontz fan will love it" ★★★★★
"I sort of fell into Jeremy Bates by accident, and I'm so glad I did. He's one of my new favorite writers, and I urge everyone to check him out" ★★★★★
"The most chilling book I’ve ever read!" ★★★★★
"Definitely gave me chills reading this late at night which hasn't happened since I was a 13-year-old teenager reading Stephen King's It for the first time" ★★★★★
"Absolutely loved this book" ★★★★★
"Non-stop adrenaline rush from beginning to end" ★★★★★
"I was hooked from the first page!" ★★★★★
"I had to stop reading at certain points because he was freaking me out. That only happens to me with one other writer - Stephen King" ★★★★★
"This is one of the best books I have ever read!" ★★★★★
"A very juicy, scary ride" ★★★★★
"Suicide Forest is up there with Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box" ★★★★★
"Scariest book I've ever read" ★★★★★
"Huge fan of Mr Bates! You won't be disappointed" ★★★★★
"Edge-of-my-seat experience! I felt I was indeed living the horror" ★★★★★
"Page-turner with a twist! I was hanging on to every word!" ★★★★★
"I found it rivaling some of Stephen King's and Dean Koontz's early works - high praise indeed" ★★★★★
"One of the greatest suspense-filled books I have ever read" ★★★★★
"If you enjoy Richard Laymon , you'll love reading Jeremy Bates" ★★★★★
"A true edge-of-your-seat thriller...I couldn't put it down!" ★★★★★
"Startlingly Spooky!" ★★★★★
"A non-stop page-turner!" ★★★★★
"Early Stephen King, Robert McCammon, Jeremy Bates is a must read!" ★★★★★
"As usual Jeremy Bates has done it again... Give him a try, you'll not regret it" ★★★★★
Awards for the World's Scariest Places series:
AUSTRALIAN HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION SHADOWS AWARD (WINNER, 2016)
FOREWORD INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (GOLD, 2016)
READER VIEWS LITERARY AWARD (WINNER, 2015)
GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD (FINALIST, 2015)
AUSTRALIAN HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION SHADOWS AWARD (FINALIST, 2015)
FOREWORD INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (FINALIST, 2014)
THE SKOUTZ AWARD (GERMAN, FINALIST 2017)
INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARD (FINALIST, 2016)
NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD (FINALIST, 2017)
Praise for the World's Scariest Places series:
"Will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like" - Kirkus Reviews
"With a shout-out to Stephen King, Bates's series seems to draw inspiration from other contemporary classics such as the Final Destination film series and the American Horror Story anthology...Voracious readers of horror will delightfully consume the contents of Bates's World's Scariest Places books" - BookLife Prize
"Thriller fans and readers of Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and other masters of the art will find much to love" - Midwest Book Review
"Will make your skin crawl" - Scream Magazine
"Told with an authoritative voice full of heart and insight" - Richard Thomas, Bram-Stoker Nominated Author
"Takes any preconceived notions of 'horror' and turns them on end" - Midwest Book Review
"Grabs and doesn't let go until the end" - Writer's Digest
"You won't be disappointed" - HorrorAddicts
"Bates knows how to creep into his reader's mind and toy around" - Horror Palace
"Spellbinding" - Bestsellersworld
"Readers will be on the edge of their seats until the very end" - BookLife Prize
"Something to give you chills before you go to bed" - San Francisco Book Review
"Excellent!" - Andrew Peterson, international bestselling author of First to Kill
"Will delight horror fans who want their novels steeped in psychological suspense as well as action" - Midwest Book Review
"Invites you to read it in one sitting" - Hellnotes
- Publisher : Ghillinnein Books (24 February 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 370 pages
- ISBN-10 : 099376469X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0993764691
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.82 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 525,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I thought this thriller from Jeremy Bates was okay. The structure of this novel is similar to his previous book, the Suicide Forest and offers the same huge vocabulary that helps make this story such an adult read. Jeremy manages to capture the atmosphere of the catacombs very well indeed when he writes…
I tried to imagine what it would be like to walk alone in utter blackness, with only your hand on the wall to guide you, your mouth dry from dehydration, your throat and lungs burning from the rank air and the countless hours of screaming for help, your feet weeping with blisters, your legs jellied with exhaustion, nothing around you but tunnels and more tunnels, ad infinitum.
Yes, it is clearly very scary being lost in complete darkness within 300 km of tunnels below Paris knowing that nobody can hear you scream. I felt Jeremy explained these fears very well indeed as our 4 characters tried to exit the nightmare they had become trapped within.
The plot of The Catacombs was okay and was a regular urban legend of a hidden community. The main problem I had with The Catacombs was that I read it straight after Suicide Forest. I thought that Suicide Forest was a GOOD 4 star read and in comparison The Catacombs was simply not as good. For me The Catacombs was an okay 3 stars read because it lacked the wonder threaded within the script of the Suicide Forest.
The story primarily takes place in the Paris catacombs where the characters are battling the terrain, the fear and occasionally each other. The description of the catacombs is uncomfortable and how he describes a 6'4" man trying to push himself through tiny crevices is horribly claustrophobic. Yes it takes a bit of a strange turn towards the end but, having read other books by Jeremy Bates, I think that's just his style and it definitely works.
One of the best stories I've read in a long time.
Ive read both books in the series so far and found this one a easier read and although the Japan spooky forest was a good read I preferred this one. What make these stories fascinating to me is that they based in real places! Are the newspaper exerts real?
Keep up the good work Mr Bates and look forward to reading your next book in the series...