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The Tatterdemon Omnibus

All Three Books of the Tatterdemon Trilogy in One Collection
Narrated by: Rick Gregory
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

In 1691, the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her, they shot her, they hung her--but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root,flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries.  

Three hundred years later Maddy Harker will murder her bullying husband Vic. She will bury him in the field as she buried her abusive father years before that. The very same field where the revenant spirit of Thessaly Cross lies waiting.  

In three days Vic will rise again - a thing of dirt, bone and hatred.  

Men will call him the Tatterdemon. And hell--and Thessaly--will follow!

©2014 Steve Vernon (P)2018 Steve Vernon

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 30-10-18

Fantastic Trilogy of Scarecrow Horror

Book 1:
This story starts out 300 years ago and tells about the killing of a witch. Fast forward 300 years later and the town is experiencing some strange happenings. The setting is a nice little town and it is full of interesting characters. This book in the series really just develops some of the main characters as we follow them all in a random day. Many of the characters haven’t really interacted with each yet, but it is clear that they are all going to be tied to each other because of the strange happenings.

This is definitely going to be an interesting trilogy. This story is funny, horrific, and quite bizarre. I have to say that the author’s descriptive ability is quite perfect. The descriptions or analogies speckled throughout the story really add to the humor I found in the story but also provide immense grotesque mental images.

As this is the first story in series this is really just basic plot explanation and character development. There isn’t a whole lot of story and ends quite abruptly. I wouldn’t think of this as your traditional trilogy but more of a chopped up story.

Book 2:
If you thought that the first book in this trilogy was a messed up story, just you listen to book number two. This one takes the already twisted stories of Crossfall’s residents and ramps it up the crazy like a drunk ex. Just like the first book I really enjoy the writing. The humor and horror are perfectly blended to create a unique and bizarre town that I enjoy visiting in these stories.

Since the first book really laid out the characters this one really starts to advance the plot. And it is a twisted plot indeed. Maddy still takes center stage and trades one deadbeat for another. She just can’t get a break. The story starts out with a new character and I absolutely loved her backstory and really can’t single out a character I don’t want to have a drink with. Everyone in the town has issues and their stories are really amazing. I don't know how Vernon packs so much detail and story into such a short book.

So far my favorite resident is Marvin the mailman. I feel like he uses his postal outfit as a costume to hide his dark side. I have to admit, I really thought it was funny when he was filling envelopes for Maddy to give her what he intended to earlier. Such a twisted guy who goes about feeling superior to all the other residents but is really just as depraved as they are.

Book 3:
Much like the first two stories, I really enjoyed Vernon’s writing style and love his analogies and descriptions.
The story is twisted, but when coupled with Vernon’s ability to craft a sentence that not only tells you a story, but makes you feel the story, you walk away from this feeling like you personally survived the Tatterdemon. You may need to shower to wash the blood and sweat off you.

I felt like the first two stories were a build up to the action. They told about the inhabitants of the town and laid the groundwork for the battle that is coming. While those were heavy on the character development and rising action, this one is mainly all plot driven finally arriving at the climax and resolution. The first two stories didn’t seem to really have much of a direction other than something evil was brewing. This one has a clear direction and a defined plot that I don’t know that anyone would have been able to guess how it was going to play out. This really became an all-out battle and nobody is safe.

I really think I preferred the inane tales of the inhabitants more than the Tatterdemon plot itself. I don’t mean that that part wasn’t enjoyable, I just really enjoyed hearing about how crazy all the inhabitants were. I found myself wanting to hear more about their unusual lives and the crazy antics they get into outside of their dealings with the demon. What I wouldn’t do to roll up to the bar with those guys once a week for a few hours. They all were so unique and I quickly became engrossed in who they were and why they were the way there were. Vernon really knows how to write round characters. I honestly could listen to another three books of purely character interaction, especially if Marvin is included.

These types of stories must be written with Rick Gregory’s voice in mind. He voices these stories perfectly and provides the right amount of grittiness for the characters. His voice really helps set the mood and just rips you off your seat and drags you into the story. There isn’t another narrator I think of who can voice this better.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 20-11-18

Surprisingly good!

This whole trilogy surprised me a lot with how much I enjoyed them! We start with the scenes of the witch and how she was murdered by the towns people. Flip to 300 years later and she is stirring. The towns people start acting weird. Maddy is the first, she murders her abusive husband and buries him in the field, he rises again, and that's just the beginning.

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, it was fast paced and addicting and I flew through it! Each of the books flows well into the other and it felt like one complete book instead of three. It's brutal, bloody but oh so good! The action is well paced and with each book the tension ramps up.

Rick Gregory was clear and concise. He read it with enough tones and inflections and brought the story to life. He had different tones and voices for the characters and it was easy to follow who was talking.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • bluepits73
  • 31-10-18

Bizzare but the Southern Expressions are Hilarious

The whole story is completely different than anything I've ever listened to before. It was a very bizarre and twisted and at the same time fascinating story to say the least. As a book, I don't think it was too scary, but if this was made this into a movie, it'd probably be pretty creepy if the graphics were done just right.

There are some things I didn't understand, but I think a second listen would easily clear it up. I think it was because I had a hard time keeping up with who is who. It also seemed to take a bit to get into the swing of things, kind of like "alright this is kinda weird but where is it going".

Some of the sayings/expressions/metaphors used were just down right hilarious. Don't listen if you're easily offended though!

I think the narrator nailed the performance perfectly. His voice makes it seem like the story was set somewhere in a small town in the south (I hope that was the intention). The redneck expressions and "aints", etc. lead me to believe that was the case, but the author never really says.

I received a review copy and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Deedra
  • 27-12-18

Tatterdemon Omnibus

Three book set:
Wow!300 years ago a witch puts a spell on a family.A bit gorey but good.
A woman buries her husband in her field,not knowing that it is cursed and nothing good will come of it. Other people get dragged into the magic of the Tatterdemon.A really good story all the way through.
Rick Gregory was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • TU
  • 27-11-18

chicken fried horror

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I actually quite liked this book. Very remeniscent of the old 90's horror movies in it's feel. The narration is well done and the southern fried dialog was very entertaining. It's twisted and fun. Well worth a try if you like the horror genre.

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  • Brian
  • 27-11-18

Perfect Mesh of Story and Performance

I'd read Steve Vernon's works once before and knew I liked his small town narrative style, but that work about selkies was tame compared to the rip-roaring action of this trilogy. The first short novel sets the stage with background and history but don't worry, it's provided with some of the best and most brutal imagery I've heard. The second is basically a bridge between the past and the present, but to be honest it's a collision course. An the final is the reckoning as all the depraved individuals descend into a frenetic showdown. Each section is great, but the whole story deserves to be told in one.

It also deserves to be told by a good story teller and in this case the match between narrator and story seemed to fit perfectly. The narrator gave the characters life, and as tension ratcheted up throughout I never once was taken out of the story flow by the narration.

I received this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I highly recommend this story and the author/ narrator involved in its creation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-18

Twisted fun.

The first 'book' of the trilogy is more of a short story, an introduction to some rather unique residents of the town of Crossfall. Not a place I'd want to visit, especially since old bills are coming due. Loaded with interesting characters, plenty of action, and a slightly twisted sense of humor, the Tatterdemon Omnibus is an enjoyable journey. Rick Gregory does a very good job with the narration.

I received a copy of this audio title in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Rayc
  • 18-11-18

A Fun Read

The Tatterdemon Omnibus: All Three Books of the Tatterdemon Trilogy in One Collection - A great read and entertaining from first page to last. The trilogy moves along seamlessly between books.
The characters are larger than life and the descriptive writing of Mr Vernon is superb.
Rick Gregory's narration is excellent and he adds so much to the enjoyment and black humour of this book.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • willee
  • 13-11-18

Old Time Horror

Thessaly Cross the witch in book one was tortured, burned, shot at, hung and buried alive. In book 2 there many characters to follow in the town of Crossfall goes insane and the dead rise. I enjoyed Maddy, Big Daddy (ghost) and Marvin; Maddy killed her violent husband Vic who comes back as well as other ghosts. Book 3 (I felt the best and blended with 1&2) was the longest where you have to survive the scarecrows, good old fashion horror and the characters from book 2. Recommend if you enjoy horror and folk tales with good narration. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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  • Matt
  • 06-11-18

Pretty intense

Great story, very original and pretty intense. Will try more from this author and narrator