Dante's Town of Terror

Fiction - Horror
412 Pages
Reviewed on 05/01/2018
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Author Biography

Award-winning author Patrick Delaney grew up in varying cities in the greater Los Angeles County, where he attended Canyon High School. Throughout his childhood he pursued various forms of art, from writing short stories to drawing and modeling. Raised by a talented father with a natural ability for sculpting and a mother who loved all the wonderful colors that came with painting he slowly developed his creative side, encouraged to always express his creativity. He also has a sister and two brothers who reside in Southern California.

After leaving the city of Santa Clarita, he relocated in Redding, a small city in Northern California. It was here Patrick began his literary career, slowly writing his first novel. After receiving an Associate of Science degree in Social Sciences at Shasta College he continued his higher education at Simpson University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Throughout his undergraduate career he gradually polished his debut novel "Dante's Town of Terror", which would go on to win the gold medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards(IPPY) in the horror category for 2018.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite

Dante's Town of Terror by Patrick R. Delaney is a horrifying tale of a camping trip from hell. Brian took his friend, Bill, and daughter, Cathy, on a camping trip. However, somewhere along the road, they took a wrong turn and got lost in a deep, dark forest. This forest was not just filled with vicious animals, but monsters that were flesh and blood hungry. By a stroke of luck, they managed to get out of this forest and into a town. Nevertheless, as soon as they gave a sigh of relief for being out of that godforsaken place, they realized the town was a hell on earth. The whole town showed no signs of humans. It seemed as if every living being, with the exception of the demonic creatures that lurked in the town day and night, had abandoned the place. From the moment they entered the town, it did not stop raining; they were cold and tired, but the terrible sights in front of them kept them moving. With Bill's cop instincts guiding Brian and Cathy, they kept going forward, despite having all kinds of terrifying thoughts. As more and more sightings of blood and dead bodies appeared in their path, the camping trip that was supposed to be a relaxing getaway quickly turned into a struggle for survival.

I am extremely impressed by the gripping tale that the author has created. I had goosebumps throughout the read. The author's talent is apparent on every page. I was on the edge of my seat until the last page. As a reader, I connected with the characters so easily that I actually prayed for their survival. Any fatal attack on their lives gave me the chills. I could not bear the thought of reading further without the presence of any one of them. The author has so many tricks up his sleeves that there is never a dull moment. This is no ordinary fiction story. Every little detail, including but not limited to scenes, buildings, characters, and monsters is described so meticulously that I was drawn into Dante's Town of Terror and could not get out of it, even after finishing the last chapter. I know with certainty that this book will remain with me for a long time to come. It will become a benchmark whereby I'll measure every other book of similar genres.