Horror Fiction Reviews


ENDURANCE – A Novel of Terror
(The Konrath / Kilborn Collective)
By J A Konrath


Terror Filled and Terrifying

Synopsis Blurb

The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location. Especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor.

When the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn’t alone. First her suitcase wasn’t where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed. Confusion quickly turned to fear, and fear to hysteria when she discovered the front door was barred and the windows were bricked over. There was no way out.


One year later, four new female athletes have become guests of the Inn. Will they escape the horrors within its walls? Or will they join the many others who have died there, in ways too terrible to imagine?

Are you brave enough to finish?

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: A Word of Warning:
Originally scheduled to be released in paperback in 2010, the publisher read the final version of the manuscript and refused to release it.

This is a disturbing, terrifying book. You may think you’re brave enough to handle it. But you’re probably not…

Content Review

Okay, in all honesty, after the creepy prologue, by the second chapter I just didn’t want to continue.  Why?  Because the creep factor and the tension was already a 9 on the uh-uh scale.  I knew this one was going to be intense and at that moment I was not sure I was up to it.  I put it aside for a few days while I built up my intestinal fortitude to continue.

And I was correct.  Endurance is intense.

As advertised, Endurance is a true Novel of Terror.  It is about enduring terror, the characters and the reader.  This story unfolds layer by creepy layer, always adding to the characterization, the plot, the terror. The content, while reaching impressive levels of the horrific, is not written in the graphic style of extreme horror or splatterpunk.  Nevertheless, the imagery is such that the book reads like a movie playing behind my eyes.  A horror movie.  A terror filled horror movie with horrific things.  The kind where you want to shout at the characters because there is just enough foreshadowing that you know something really bad is about to happen, like when horror movie scary point music suddenly begins to play!

But, I digress.

The plot twists in Endurance are brutal.  The characters are entirely too real, some too likeable for Konrath to do them this way, but he does!  Then, if you survive the tension and terror, you get to the unexpected ending.  The ending makes you want to hate the author a little.  And it makes you want to get clean.  And find mind bleach.

Not for the squeamish.  But, if you aren’t squeamish…

Get it on Amazon now!
US Link: Endurance: A Novel of Terror
UK Link: Endurance – A Novel of Terror


About the Author: J A Konrath

JA Konrath is the author of eleven novels in the Jack Daniels thriller series. They do not have to be read in chronologically to be enjoyed, but the order is: Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, Stirred, Rum Runner, Last Call, and White Russian. More coming soon.

Jack Daniels also appears in the novels Dead On My Feet, Dying Breath, Everybody Dies, Shot of Tequila, Flee, Spree, Three, Timecaster Supersymmetry, Banana Hammock, Lady 52, and Serial Killers Uncut. She’s also in the novellas Floaters, Burners, Planter’s Punch, Babe On Board, Racked, Straight Up, October Dark, Jacked Up!, Beat Down, Cheese Wrestling, Abductions, Watched Too Long, and Babysitting Money, and the collection Jack Daniels Stories.

Wow, that’s a lot of Jack.

Other novels include the thrillers Origin, The List, Disturb, Timecaster, Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, Haunted House, Webcam, Grandma?, Holes In The Ground, and Draculas. Other novellas include Fix, Hit, Naughty, Exposed, Rescue, and Wild Night is Calling.

He also writes the Stop A Murder mystery puzzle series, where you become the sleuth and solve brain teasers to try and catch a killer.

And, finally, he writes erotica under the pen name Melinda DuChamp.

Joe writes a lot. You should probably read everything.

You can visit Joe and sign up for his newlsetter at http://jakonrath.com/



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