Fiction - Horror
325 Pages
Reviewed on 08/07/2013
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Author Biography

Born in Bath, England in 1974, a self-professed "funny onion", equal parts sport loving jock and comic book geek. I am a lover of horror and character driven stories.

I have a career high position of 5th on Amazon's Horror Author Rank of which I am immensely proud. I was also accepted as a full member of the Horror Writers Association.

"GATED" is the 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner. It is also a UK & US Horror Chart Top Ten Best Seller & winner of the Full Moon Awards 2014 Horror Book of the Year.

"ASYLUM - 13 TALES OF TERROR" was a US Horror Chart #5. It was also voted #5 on The Horror Novel Review's Top 10 Books of 2013 & was the Readers Favorite 2014 Gold Medal Winner for Anthology Fiction.

"ASYLUM II" was also a UK & US Horror/Anthology #1 and is the 2016 Readers Favorite Silver Medal winner for Anthology Fiction.

"THE TRAVELLING MAN" won an Indie Book of the Day award.

"ABRA-CADAVER" is the 2017 Readers Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Horror Fiction. It is also a 2015 Kindle Book Review Finalist, an Indie Book of the Day winner and the 2016 Book Excellence Award Winner for Horror Fiction.

Visit me at www.mattdrabble.com to download free short stories and the full length multi award winning novels "Abra-Cadaver" and "Double Visions" for free.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Abra-Cadaver by Matt Drabble is about Tommy Ross who has a penchant for adventure and magic. Something goes wrong with one of the tricks on The Captivating Cosmo X which his parents had hired for his 12th birthday. What follows is a series of scary adventures, thrills, murders, etc. which sets the tone for the onset of something eerie.

Writing too much about the book would be giving away the plot and losing the suspense. The story is dark with many twists and turns which keep you glued to the mystery. The author has managed to create an enigmatic ambiance which runs silently throughout. The language used and the murders that happen reiterate the gory feeling.

It's not always easy to write horror books without the cliches creeping in. And most of the time in a horror story, the ending and the happenings are always predictable after a couple of chapters. But here the author manages to keep the suspense until the very end. The character of the local magician Albert Trotter is another eerie one which adds to the suspense and changes the tone of the story.

Abra-Cadaver throws a new light on magicians. It is frightening to think that magicians can actually misuse their magical skills and terrify people. You start looking at them with a different eye, doubting their magical powers.