Shady Palms is Allen Dusk's Debut Novel and this Horror Thriller with elements of Science Fiction will keep you guessing where the story is going to go; who will live and who will die. It may hurt your sleeping habits though. Most readers are saying they stayed up past their bedtime reading it, then they were too afraid to fall asleep.
The Book has been self-published via Amazon, B&N and others and is available on as eBook and Paperback - 324 pages - released in October 2012.
About the Book
A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls.
When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can’t get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.
Can Sanjay discover the truth behind the phenomena threatening his motel before the Feds get suspicious, or does he risk exposing his own sordid enterprises to seek help from the outside?
Why don’t you book a room for the night and find out? At these bargain rates you’ll be lucky if you only find dirty sheets and a few skeletons in the closet.
Welcome to the Shady Palms Motel. Check out is at 11, if you live that long
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- "[...] The plot is fast-moving and unrelenting; it was sufficiently action-packed that I wanted to keep going and stayed up past my bedtime on several nights finishing the book. The characters are interesting and their dialogue convincing. Sure, almost every character in the book is a deeply flawed person – some of whom have committed terrible acts – but despite all that I found myself wanting to read more about them, learn more of their secrets before they meet their grim fates. The novel’s horror elements are certainly gruesome, but creative, and leavened with plenty of dark comedy. This could have been a run-of-the-mill, forgettable story, but Dusk’s writing rises head and shoulders above his competition and makes this a horror novel that shouldn’t be missed. Shady Palms was the first Allen Dusk novel I’ve read, but I genuinely hope it won’t be my last. He’s got real talent. Highly recommended, especially for those who enjoy creature features." - Andrew Byers (Hellnotes)
- "[...] Shady Palms has its hidden cameras but it is the highly questionable clientele and their nightly activity that puts the FBI on high alert. Now, Sanjay, the office manager, must now work overtime to hide his "side project" from those snooping around his hotel. But will his naughty little web business even be a worry for the investigators when there are terrorists to find and people actually disappearing from the hotel?
Pornographic websites, employees just out of jail for crimes they did/did not commit, cleaning up dead bodies, Federal investigations of terrorist activities and creepy crawlies. Those are just a few of the thrills and chills you have waiting for you within the walls of the Shady Palms hotel. Entertaining and questionable characters you love/hate or love to hate all going about their messed up lives in a setting that would make Oscar the Grouch feel the need to bath." - HeadshotHeather (Amazon)
About the Author
|Author Allen Dusk|
His debut novel SHADY PALMS was released in October 2012. He is already busy working on his second novel OLD MILL ROAD and his Proteus Bell steampunk series. His short story "Terminal Affair" was selected for the premiere episode of The Sexy Librarian by Rose Caraway. Allen's shorter works can be found in numerous eZines, anthologies, and magazines around the globe.
Allen lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and daughter. Other than writing, his favorite pastimes include photography, lusting over old horror movies, and researching supernatural folklore.
Allen Dusk has been writing seriously since middle school, where he started racking up awards from Young Writer contests. In high school he had his first poem professionally published, and followed that with a string of short stories. Allen wrote a number of novellas and novels back then but never had the courage to do much with them.
College and seeking a stable career, and raising a family sucked up all of Allen's 20’s. In his 30’s he started writing screenplays, 5 of which have been produced. Now that Allen is "a little older and wiser," he recently published his first novel and has four more titles in various stages of development which he plans to release over the next five years.
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Link to the Paperback Shady Palms with Excerpt on Amazon
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