Item description for Evilution by Shaun Jeffrey...
Shrouded by fog for nearly two years, the picturesque village of Paradise harbours more than its share of secrets. Having won a cottage in a competition she can't remember entering, Chase Black moves to Paradise, only to discover that its beauty is skin deep -- murder and madness fester in its shadows. When her travelling companion, Jane mysteriously disappears, she starts asking questions. Why are the villagers behaving so oddly? Who are the strange figures she sees lurking in the fog? As Chase becomes afraid that something terrible has happened, events escalate dangerously out of control. A virtual prisoner; too late she discovers the real reason she's there ...
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2003
Publisher Invisible College Press, LLC
ISBN 1931468133 ISBN13 9781931468138
Reviews - What do customers think about Evilution?
An Excellent First Novel Sep 11, 2007
From the very first chapter, this book draws you in with its dark, gothic atmosphere and the foreshadowing of terrible things to come. Shaun's writing captures the you right away, and places you in the front seat of a roller coaster ride. Only this ride takes place in the dark.
Quite creepy from time to time Jan 24, 2006
Chase Black's life sucks. Her boyfriend has been missing for four months, she's unemployed, the pile of bills grow larger and larger, and she lives in a dangerous part of town. Nothing seems to go her way. The only good thing in her life is her lesbian friend Jane, with whom Black has a tendency to drink more than wine than she perhaps should.
But then one day something strange happens. A letter arrives, telling her that she's won her own house in a cosy little village in the countryside. Great news! However, the crux of the matter is that she cannot remember entering any contest in the first place. Then one early morning - when Chase and Jane have both set a new personal best in being hungover - a chauffeur arrives with a limousine to take them to Paradise, the name of the village. Chase agrees to come along, but only on the condition that Jane can come, too.
Upon arriving things appear nice and dandy, except for a bizarre fog that surrounds the entire village. But Evilution is a horror story, and thus both Chase and Jane soon realize that things are not the way they ought to be. Chase, however, tries to keep her spirit high since she has no intentions of going back to her old life, but the strangeness factor keeps getting higher, and when Jane suddenly disappears without a trace things start to really fall apart. People begin to die all around her, and Chase starts having serious doubts about her own sanity. What has happened to Jane? Why isn't she allowed to leave the village? What's the story about the weird fog that never goes away? And why are the inhabitants acting so irrationally?
Evilution is Shaun Jeffrey's first novel (even if he's had some shorter stories published before), and this is definitely not a bad debut. Jeffrey has learned the art of creating a creepy feeling without using unnecessary long paragraphs or stereotyped tools of horror writing. Chase's attempts to understand what's happening to her make a great read, and the other main character - a teenager called Ratty who becomes lost in the fog and end up facing a seemingly invincible foe - is also interesting and adds additional flavor to the story.
No, it's not the best work of horror I've ever read, but I still found myself appreciating it in many different ways, and especially Jeffrey's ability to let the reader know that something's about to happen, but what? And when?
And oh, I must also add that Evilution has one of the best endings I've ever seen in a novel.
the Eagles� Hotel California inside John Carpenter�s Fog Mar 24, 2004
Out of work with no prospects and a lack of cash to tide her over, twenty-five years old Chase Block feels already depressed when her boyfriend Mat vanishes from her life. Despondent, she receives a letter from Storm Enterprises signed by a Nigel Moon informing her that she has won High Top Cottage in Paradise, Staffordshire. As she informs her friend gay this site Jane, a disbelieving Chase does not remember entering in any contest nor can she find any information on the town.
Still when Storm Enterprises' Drake arrives to "collect" Chase, she and Jane go to the village to see her new home. However, seeing is a bit difficult as a thick fog engulfs the town as it has for a couple of years. As Chase finds a book warning of killings, Jane vanishes. Now Chase wonders if she should flee that is if she can escape the fog, but also worries about her friend and two teens who have wandered inside the hazy belt.
EVILUTION is classic horror that will frighten readers from the moment the two Londoners arrive at Paradise. The terse story line never eases up as the tension mounts and the audience wonders whether the heroine will survive especially since she obviously was selected and may not be able to leave (the Eagles' Hotel California inside John Carpenter's Fog). This is a terrific tale that genre fans will want to read.
Commendable first novel Mar 11, 2004
This is a commendable first novel. If you want to try a new author who can only get better, then I urge you to read this book. I imagine when he wrote this, he was having fun. There are several horror cliches, but I don't think they are meant to be taken seriously. The style of writing is crisp and fast, and the story keeps you guessing. I look forward to seeing more by Shaun Jeffrey.
Take cover...It's raining cliches... Mar 1, 2004
In the first 50 pages of this "horror" book the following words are mentioned: bats, graveyard, fog, eerie, scary, creaking, shadows, dark, weird, strange, dead, dissapeared, unknown... Ant that's just a small part of the cliches that will bombard you.
But it's a horror novel you say and such words are inevitably unavoidable? Well that should be the case to a degree, to a control degree to be precise. But an author who takes a "best of" from all the horror novels he's ever read and throws it together in a massively uninspired assembly isn't going to be rising in the ranks of his contemporaries too soon.
This novel is utterly unscary and spectacularly predictable. There's no twists you cant predict, hell, most of the lines coming out of the mouths of the thin characters are so predictable you feel like you've (sadly) read this before.
On a more positive note, if you're a beginner with horror novels this might do for you. If however you've endulged in depth in the genre simply forget it. Look elsewhere for your horror fun because this will bore you to a still.