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Fear

Narrated by: J. Rodney Turner
Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror

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Summary

It was a legend in Fear County. A hideous, flesh-eating creature - part snake, part earthbound demon - that feasted on the blood of innocent children in the cold black heart of the Tennessee backwoods.

But 10-year-old Jeb Sweeny knows the horrible stories are true.

His best friend Mandy just disappeared. He also knows that no one has ever had the courage to go after the monster and put an end to its raging, bestial hunger. Until now.

But evil is well-guarded. And for young Jeb Sweeny, who is about to cross over into the forbidden land of Fear County and the lair of the unknown, passage through the gates of hell comes with a terrible price: everlasting fear.

©1994 Ronald Kelly (P)2020 David N. Wilson

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  • Tod M. Clark
  • 19-02-20

Classic Horror

FEAR by Ronald Kelly is a horror classic that was way overdue to become available in audiobook format. FEAR did not disappoint, will be one of my regular listens on my audible app for years to come. An excellent classic horror story that demands multiple listens.

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  • Old ManParker
  • 23-03-20

What is FEAR? Is it a book?

FEAR
By Ronald Kelly

Sam Sweeny glanced back at the kudzu that almost swallowed him whole. Goose bumps pricked this muscular flesh.
“I don’t like this place. I don’t like it at all.”

What is FEAR?
Is it a situation?

10 year old Jeb Sweeny struggles through America’s heart-land with a father so shell-shocked from the war he’s been reduced mentally into his little brother. Jeb’s grandmother’s the head of the family guiding them through country threats of insane-asylums, deed-hungry bankers, lazy sherifs, orphanages, and town bullies.

This great-depression drama is cranked up-ward into horror by the appearance of a MONSTER: a demonic mix of snake & hell hound. The creature's hunting grounds include local farms & places people inhabit.

What is FEAR?
Is it a place?

FEAR is a very good book that suddenly becomes a very great book.
Half way through, our young hero, and a few unlikely companions, decide to travel to the place the snake-hell-hound came from. It came from a place named FEAR County.

Like following a yellow brick road, they are off to, well... not to meet the wizard, but a to meet a WITCH. A Witch who may, or who may not, help them.

What is FEAR?
Is it a thing?

The journey to FEAR County is full of strange dangerous THINGS. It’s an epic journey into enemy territory that hasn’t been tried since Frodo and Sam hiked into Mordor.

The whole tale is told with a heavy country twang much like the wonderful tales of “John and the Silver Guitar Strings”. Actually, though I dearly love the Silver String folklore stories, I wish they had been written as expertly as this book.

This is a truly delightful literary experience that takes you on an epic adventure to another time and a different land with characters you grow to love. After reading so much 'trite bunk' passed off as horror literature, it’s a pleasant surprise to read good literature that can horrify you.

I highly recommend this book.

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  • Bill
  • 29-02-20

Ronald Kelly is a hell of a storyteller.

A solid small town creature feature from Ronald Kelly. Ron is a great writer and a hell of a storyteller. The praise doesn't get much higher then that. I rated this one 4+ Stars on GoodReads but since I listened to the audio and the narration was so damn good and added much to the overall tone of the novel, I'm giving this one the full bump up to 5 Audible Stars.

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