Antitheus

Antitheus


Fiction - Horror
198 Pages
Reviewed on 05/22/2017
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Author Biography

G.A. Minton has always been a diehard fan of science fiction and horror. Strangely enough, it was only after G.A. was rear-ended by a drunk driver and suffered a closed-head injury that he developed a newfound passion for writing. After numerous visits to a neurologist and months of taking medication used by patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, his injured brain slowly began to mend itself. When the damage to his brain finally healed, G.A. noticed something very different in his thought patterns. Now, there was an overwhelming urge, a compulsive drive to put on paper fascinating stories that had formed de novo in his mind. That’s how Trisomy XXI, his first novel and recipient of multiple awards, was born. One could surmise that the damaged neurons in G.A.’s frontal cortex had rearranged themselves into a different pattern, thereby enhancing the creative elements in his brain (a rare medical condition called “acquired savant syndrome”). G.A. is now referred to as “the savant horror writer” by his friends. Currently, his brain is busy at work, meticulously processing the text for another story of the macabre that will both entertain and horrify its reader. One of G.A.’s trademarks is that his stories contain an O. Henry or Rod Serling surprise ending that would baffle even the likes of the great Sherlock Holmes! G.A. lives in Texas with his wife, a son and daughter, and two Bengal cats named Phinneas and Shamus.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Antitheus by G.A. Minton is a blend of horror and fantasy, a story that brilliantly handles the all-time conflict between good and evil. The very title of the book suggests a subject that is “against God,” and yes, readers are drawn into a world where evil incarnate meets mortality. While on a religious conference in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a group of religious men is embroiled in the worst battle ever. The snowstorm could be enough to make the men feel distraught and desperate to get away, but then something evil is killing their members, one by one, and if they can’t work together to beat it, the entire team will be vanquished. Can they outwit an evil so powerful and relentless? As every moment passes, they become weaker and fewer. What conquers at the end? Is the fate of humanity being re-designed?

G.A. Minton knows perfectly well how to give his readers the creeps and goosebumps. The story starts with a dramatic incident, the discovery by the hotel keeper, Zeke Reinhart, that something horrible has happened to one of his guests, an ordained preacher by the name of Stan Loomis, but it is just the beginning. From this moment on, the reader moves from one horrific scene to another. The writing is exceptionally good, highly descriptive, and it captures the pulse of the characters, the wonderful setting that seems to blend beautifully with the theme and the compelling characters. The plot moves like a race and there is no stop or rest for the reader. Antitheus is a masterfully executed story that will entertain fans of horror and stay with them for a long time. Couldn’t put down!

Romuald Dzemo

It all starts in room 22 of The Goldmine Lodge when the graying innkeeper, Zeke Reinhart, knocks at the door to inform its occupant that it is time for breakfast and that all the other guests are already at table, waiting for him. When he pushes the door open after several attempts to get an answer from Mr. Stan Loomis, he is greeted with “the unmistakable stench of rotting flesh” and the ghastly image of the man he’s come to invite for breakfast.

Zeke calls Sheriff Scott Parker to report a murder, but it looks like something beyond murder. The group of clergymen - who have gathered for a religious conference and who are now trapped by a snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains - are pulled into a battle that is far deadlier than anything they could imagine. And their adversary is a vicious and ruthless entity. Read on to find out what the survivors must do to stay a step ahead of the evil haunting them. Antitheus by G.A. Minton is part horror, part supernatural thriller, a gripping story that will leave the reader with shivers.

I finished this book before realizing I’d even started reading, absorbed in the intense action and the well-crafted, dramatic scenes that touched all sorts of emotions in me. G.A. Minton has a unique signature for descriptive prose and his writing conjures images, scents, and emotions that literally flood the reader’s senses. I also enjoyed how he awakens the sense of fear and urgency in his characters, steeping them in very tight situations. The plot is riveting, imagined with unexpected detours. The drama is intense, the characters believable and rock-solid, and the entire piece is mind-blowing. Antitheus is written to read like an irresistible spell for fans of thrillers and realistic tales of horror.

Benjamin Ookami

A big fan of horror stories featuring demonic entities, I had to read Antitheus by G.A. Minton. In 1921, a discovery of gold was made. In 1968, Zeke and his wife bought the property and went on to become the owners of The Goldmine Lodge. The Shepherds of God, a group of seven holy men, are guests. Scott Parker, the Sierra County Sheriff, is called by Zeke. One of the holy men has been killed. His body has been left without a heart and the killer has left a message written in the victim's blood. On his way there, Sheriff Parker briefly encounters a creature with red eyes. Gus, the lodge's tour guide, takes the guests into the mine, a feature of the lodge. They return with one less holy man.

G.A. Minton doesn't just put his characters in those places that one can only describe as spine-chilling, but adds a freezing blizzard and random earthquakes to present them with even more obstacles. At first, it looks like whoever or whatever is killing those poor members of The Shepherds of God and leaving messages in their own blood is a red-eyed demon or an animal, but it is eventually revealed that there is more to it than that. The author gives readers enough information about each character to connect with them. One of the innkeeper's guests is researching something which offers a Eureka moment, but Minton is a crafty author. A persistent killer demon and a batch of victims with a small chance of escaping make this a worthwhile horror novel.