Narrator: Ryan Drean
Published by Self Published / Indie on 31 July 2018
Length: 5 hours 3 minutes
Genres: Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal, Suspense
Source: Author, Submitted
It was just a camping trip.
Down by the old Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge, four high school friends only wanted to kick back, smoke some weed, and forget about their problems for a day or two. Sure, there were stories that the area was haunted, but there was no way they were true.
It was just a local legend.
Decades earlier, an old goat farmer had been murdered by the Klan, hung from a tree near the bridge solely because of the color of his skin. His body was never found. Since then, numerous sightings of a strange creature - half-man and half-goat - had been reported in the surrounding woods. He was called the Goatman.
It was just the worst night of their lives.
From the moment they arrived, strange noises echoed around them.... A sense they were being watched pervaded the campsite...and that was just the beginning. When one of them vanishes and a horned monstrosity pursues the others, it becomes clear that the legends are real...and the truth is so much more horrific than they could ever have imagined.
©2018 Bloodshot Books (P)2018 Justin M. Woodward
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An adventure is to be had near the old Coheelee Creek covered bridge but only for those who are strong at heart and fearless. Seeking to escape their parents for a weekend, explore the urban myth and be teenage boys, Patrick, John, Tim, and Dean set out for the haunted bridge. Unbeknownst to them, Patrick’s young brother, Sam, is a stowaway.
A masterful storyteller, Justin Woodward sets out to grab the reader’s heartstrings and their own experiences to bind them to the characters in the story. Taking the boys home lives, their personalities and exposing them for all to see, the listener cannot help but connect to the boys.
Woodward paralyzes his readers with the gore, the ensuing and horrendous terror as well as the feeling of losing someone close. Long after the last breath is spoken, the listener will be haunted by the story for days afterward.
Fast moving and gory, Woodward spins his tale. He is very adept at keeping the listener off-keel as he throws in several twists. This is a horrifying story (cannot be said enough!). The number of different nightmares that are far reaching is amazing! Parents wondering if their kid is going to sneak off somewhere dangerous, their car is smashed, someone dies, someone goes missing, lies are told, trust is broken and if that’s not enough … guilt. Most of the instances in Woodward’s book is based on realistic situations which result in a horrifying conclusion and could saddle any parent with tons of guilt.
It should be noted that the book itself is short; 5 hours 3 minutes long. However, the amount of horror captured in this coming of age story is amazing!
The narrator, Ryan Drean, was very good. He injected levels of emotion that moved the book and listeners to the right place. He brought the characters to life through his talented voices. Very well done!
There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook. However, there were some issues with my sleep patterns after hearing this book!