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They never caught it During the winter of 2017, a series of strange occurrences took place in a small town of northern Maine. A rational explanation for what happened has still not been presented. Now, for the first time, all the available written evidence is being released to the public from what is commonly know as the Freyston case.Human Flesh was originally published in Danish to greacase.Human They never caught it During the winter of 2017, a series of strange occurrences took place in a small town of northern Maine. A rational explanation for what happened has still not been presented. Now, for the first time, all the available written evidence is being released to the public from what is commonly know as the Freyston case.Human Flesh was originally published in Danish to great reviews, and is now available in English. This dark winter horror story will also satisfy crime lovers, as the plot is told through written evidence in a fictitious murder case. For fans of Hannibal Lecter and Pet Sematary. REVIEWS "great, mysterious and creepy ... I couldn't put it down" ★★★★★ Adventures of a Book Nerd"all the planning it must have taken to put the story together is impressive. And the effect is enormous. It gave me chills and I still feel it" ★★★★★ Bookish Love Affair EXCERPT “Has he had any other episodes since then?” I asked.“A bunch,” Martin said. “Most of the time he’s just gone for a couple of seconds or so. My dad has been keeping an eye on him ever since that New Year’s Eve.”“Then why do you think it’s PTSD?”“Because it always happens in the winter. I think the cold reminds him of your grandma and—” Martin broke off at this point and threw a look at me. “You know how she died, right?”I nodded.“He never told anyone around here about it,” Martin went on. “We only know the story through rumors. How did he say she died exactly?”I was kind of surprised Martin would ask me that directly. I told him she died from cold in a cabin they had come by to seek shelter.“From cold,” he repeated thoughtfully.“Yes, from cold,” I said. “What else would she have died from?”Martin bit his lip. “Maybe we shouldn’t talk anymore about it.”“It’s kind of too late now,” I said.“All right, listen. You might as well hear it from me. There are certain rumors going about. Some people think your grandpa killed your grandma.”It honestly made me laugh. “That’s ridiculous. He loved her more than anything.” When Martin didn’t reply, I crossed my arms and asked him: “Why on earth would he have killed her?”“To survive, of course. There was this whole case concerning the plane crash. Your grandpa was detained by the Canadian police for like three months before he was allowed to return home. He was the sole survivor, so no one could really confirm what he said had happened.”“Why would that need to be confirmed? He had nothing to lie about!”“The police apparently thought your grandma was murdered by someone. They never found her body, you know. I guess that’s kind of weird.”“Yeah, well, it doesn’t mean he killed her,” I told him—I probably sounded pretty angry by now, because I was.“Listen, I’m on your side,” he said. “I’m just telling you what people are saying. I’ve known your grandpa my whole life, and I don’t think for a second he could hurt anyone.


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They never caught it During the winter of 2017, a series of strange occurrences took place in a small town of northern Maine. A rational explanation for what happened has still not been presented. Now, for the first time, all the available written evidence is being released to the public from what is commonly know as the Freyston case.Human Flesh was originally published in Danish to greacase.Human They never caught it During the winter of 2017, a series of strange occurrences took place in a small town of northern Maine. A rational explanation for what happened has still not been presented. Now, for the first time, all the available written evidence is being released to the public from what is commonly know as the Freyston case.Human Flesh was originally published in Danish to great reviews, and is now available in English. This dark winter horror story will also satisfy crime lovers, as the plot is told through written evidence in a fictitious murder case. For fans of Hannibal Lecter and Pet Sematary. REVIEWS "great, mysterious and creepy ... I couldn't put it down" ★★★★★ Adventures of a Book Nerd"all the planning it must have taken to put the story together is impressive. And the effect is enormous. It gave me chills and I still feel it" ★★★★★ Bookish Love Affair EXCERPT “Has he had any other episodes since then?” I asked.“A bunch,” Martin said. “Most of the time he’s just gone for a couple of seconds or so. My dad has been keeping an eye on him ever since that New Year’s Eve.”“Then why do you think it’s PTSD?”“Because it always happens in the winter. I think the cold reminds him of your grandma and—” Martin broke off at this point and threw a look at me. “You know how she died, right?”I nodded.“He never told anyone around here about it,” Martin went on. “We only know the story through rumors. How did he say she died exactly?”I was kind of surprised Martin would ask me that directly. I told him she died from cold in a cabin they had come by to seek shelter.“From cold,” he repeated thoughtfully.“Yes, from cold,” I said. “What else would she have died from?”Martin bit his lip. “Maybe we shouldn’t talk anymore about it.”“It’s kind of too late now,” I said.“All right, listen. You might as well hear it from me. There are certain rumors going about. Some people think your grandpa killed your grandma.”It honestly made me laugh. “That’s ridiculous. He loved her more than anything.” When Martin didn’t reply, I crossed my arms and asked him: “Why on earth would he have killed her?”“To survive, of course. There was this whole case concerning the plane crash. Your grandpa was detained by the Canadian police for like three months before he was allowed to return home. He was the sole survivor, so no one could really confirm what he said had happened.”“Why would that need to be confirmed? He had nothing to lie about!”“The police apparently thought your grandma was murdered by someone. They never found her body, you know. I guess that’s kind of weird.”“Yeah, well, it doesn’t mean he killed her,” I told him—I probably sounded pretty angry by now, because I was.“Listen, I’m on your side,” he said. “I’m just telling you what people are saying. I’ve known your grandpa my whole life, and I don’t think for a second he could hurt anyone.

30 review for Human Flesh

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Windigo! Damn, but I do love just about anything with windigos. This one was fast and furious. Not scary, but still a well told tale.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Latasha

    When my friend brought this book to my attention, I was so excited to read it. There isn't many new books about Wendigos and I think they are scary AF. I liked the format used for this story. It's interesting and worked really well here. I'm glad Nick decided to include some of the folklore about these beings. I will definitely read more by this author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    And I pray the nightmares might end now that I finally admitted it to myself. The terrible truth I have never been able to face. I didn't escape the predator... I brought it home with me. I love few things more than the moment when you pick up a kindle unlimited title totally on a whim, with no major expectations to note, and end up finding yourself a brand new author to love. Human Flesh was such an incredible, creepy, dreadful little story and I couldn't get enough, but at the same time, its short le And I pray the nightmares might end now that I finally admitted it to myself. The terrible truth I have never been able to face. I didn't escape the predator... I brought it home with me. I love few things more than the moment when you pick up a kindle unlimited title totally on a whim, with no major expectations to note, and end up finding yourself a brand new author to love. Human Flesh was such an incredible, creepy, dreadful little story and I couldn't get enough, but at the same time, its short length was perfect for the feelings it conveyed. Told through voicemail message transcripts, text messages, emails, blog posts, and interrogation notes, the formatting here is so unique and really helps attach you to these characters in an instant. On top of that, there's something so easy to relate to in the fear of uncertainty when you're a kid around a family member you don't know well — you're meant to trust and care for them, but can you help it if they're just acting a little weird? Bundle all of that together with a desolate, freezing wintry Maine setting and a small-knit community where everyone seems to know something you don't, and you've got a recipe for an atmosphere that puts you on edge from the start. As short as this is, there's not much that can be said without spoiling things, but I will say that, as someone who has always been terrified of legends of the wendigo and the lore surrounding it, this is one of my favorite executions of that storyline. It's well-researched and thoughtful, and has definitely piqued my interest in more of Clausen's work. I can't recommend Human Flesh highly enough and know this is the sort of short story I'll be reaching for again in the future.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Ever since I found out about the wendigo I've been fascinated. When I came across this book in a Facebook group from the author himself looking for reviews I told him I was interested. I was not disappointed! Human Flesh is quite the book as it delivers a great blend of telling a story that seems calm and collective but then turns to disturbing and horrific. The story is told from characters blogs, text messages, phone calls, voicemails, and e-mails, which I can't say I've ever seen in a book be Ever since I found out about the wendigo I've been fascinated. When I came across this book in a Facebook group from the author himself looking for reviews I told him I was interested. I was not disappointed! Human Flesh is quite the book as it delivers a great blend of telling a story that seems calm and collective but then turns to disturbing and horrific. The story is told from characters blogs, text messages, phone calls, voicemails, and e-mails, which I can't say I've ever seen in a book before but it totally works given how we've made communication for ourselves these days. I found this aspect very well done and the characters were relatable and enjoyable. With the two main characters, Otha and her little brother Hugh visiting their grandpa the story reminded me of the movie "The Visit" especially since their grandpa was acting weird. The build-up at times did take a while to present itself but when it did I was very satisfied. Also, I was confused at some points but all were answered at the end. I also liked Otha's explanation of Wendigo's at the end which I feel was the author's way of showing off his newfound knowledge of them, which I totally would have done myself. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading other books by author Nick Clausen. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Wendigos and folklores as much as I do.

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).

    As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress... Human Flesh is set in the throes of winter. A family ski trip to Pittsfield is cancelled after Michael Cochran sprains his ankle whilst shovelling snow on the driveway of the family home. Not wanting his son and daughter, Hugh and Otha to miss out on a vacation he suggests that instead they go and visit their grandpa, Fred who lives on a farm on the outskirts of Freyston, a remote town in Maine. When t As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress... Human Flesh is set in the throes of winter. A family ski trip to Pittsfield is cancelled after Michael Cochran sprains his ankle whilst shovelling snow on the driveway of the family home. Not wanting his son and daughter, Hugh and Otha to miss out on a vacation he suggests that instead they go and visit their grandpa, Fred who lives on a farm on the outskirts of Freyston, a remote town in Maine. When they arrive in Freyston Fred isn’t waiting for them at the train station, he has forgotten to pick them up. Being only a small town with a small community where everyone knows each other a local called Martin who lives near Fred takes Hugh and Otha to the farm. When the trio arrives at the farm, it seems deserted, empty and void of life. While searching the house Otha spots Fred standing, staring out of the window in a darkened room. Something feels off to her, it doesn’t feel like her grandpa, like his comforting presence. Fred looks different, gaunt, haunted and taller with pitiless black eyes and for a moment it even looks like he has antlers. That image of Fred, of a creature superimposed over his features, is only glimpsed by Otha in passing. There one second and gone the next before it is Fred standing there, once again her grandpa. There are various rumours surrounding Fred that have circulated throughout Freyston over the years. Fred’s wife died years ago in a plane crash and Fred was the only survivor of the accident. The plane crashed miles from anywhere in the wilderness, in the freezing cold and rumours have persisted about how Fred was able to survive when all others on board, those who survived the initial crash all perished. Since the crash, Fred has had episodes of going into a trancelike state and acting strangely. Otha is concerned about her grandpa, his acting weirdly, his episodes of vacant staring and she thinks that he might be showing the early stages of dementia. She wants to uncover the truth as Fred’s erratic behaviour isn’t normal, it is disturbing and there is something wrong with her beloved grandpa. There are other occurrences that add to the disquiet that both Otha and Hugh feel in the isolated house, a creature/person briefly spotted on the roof, rancid smells akin to spoilt meat and the wind whispering, repeating the same word over and over again ‘Wendigo‘. The story in Human Flesh is told through the written evidence that was collected in relation to the Freyston case. Comprising of text message conversations, transcripts of voice mail messages, transcripts of phone conversations, emails and blog posts written by Otha. There is also an excerpt from a website article about Swift Runner, an Indian from over a century ago who killed his entire family after hearing the wind whispering ‘Wendigo‘ at him. A diary entry from Fred detailing the plane crash, the aftermath and his survival also adds to the story too. Each piece of evidence offers a snapshot, a snippet of what is going on and helps to make the whole picture become clearer. Clausen packs a lot into the short page-count of Human Flesh. I really liked the use of the folklore and myth of the Wendigo and how it is incorporated into the story. The pacing is decent, you get a feel for the characters (as much as you can in a novella) and their personalities, the cold winter setting comes to life, the writing flows well and I loved the format in which the story is told. The use of the blog posts, emails and various transcripts work really well to keep you intrigued in the mystery that is unfolding through them. There’s no outright gore throughout Human Flesh but there are a creeping unease and a sense of solicitude for what will come to pass. I found it to be easy to read, at times chilling, always page-turning and overall, a highly enjoyable horror novella. It took me about an hour to read Human Flesh and it was a delightfully dark hour well spent.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    Having read many of Nick Clausen's books, I opened this book with much gusto. The entire story of a murder was told in transcript style with evidence given my each person involved in the story. Otho and Hugh visited their grandfather Fred in the coldest winter of 1917, when a series of events occurred which culminated in death. I enjoyed how the author brought the urban legend of windego come alive in this story connecting the past to present, legend to reality. The transcript style m Having read many of Nick Clausen's books, I opened this book with much gusto. The entire story of a murder was told in transcript style with evidence given my each person involved in the story. Otho and Hugh visited their grandfather Fred in the coldest winter of 1917, when a series of events occurred which culminated in death. I enjoyed how the author brought the urban legend of windego come alive in this story connecting the past to present, legend to reality. The transcript style made this a quick read, half an hour at the maximum. It was barely 100 pages. I liked how the author tried to bring out the fear and macabre in the statements and blog posts and various calls and emails between the various characters. I felt the book tried too hard to be scary, I wasn't scared at all. A different style of writing along with bringing the myth to the forefront may make this an entertaining read for people who love horror. There was cannibalism in the story which might put off many. Be forewarned.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Olga Miret

    A scary novella that asks us some uncomfortable questions I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team, and I freely chose to review an ARC copy of this novel. I am a fan of horror, had read great reviews of one of Clausen’s collections of short stories, and I liked the sound of this one (and the cover is pretty impressive as well). This is a short horror novella that works at many levels. Its topic is fairly well known (especially to lovers of the genre, and as a psychi A scary novella that asks us some uncomfortable questions I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team, and I freely chose to review an ARC copy of this novel. I am a fan of horror, had read great reviews of one of Clausen’s collections of short stories, and I liked the sound of this one (and the cover is pretty impressive as well). This is a short horror novella that works at many levels. Its topic is fairly well known (especially to lovers of the genre, and as a psychiatrist I’m also aware of its diagnostic implications, although I won’t elaborate on that), but despite its short length, the author manages to capture the atmosphere of the story, the cold, the darkness, the weirdness and the horror (more psychological than graphic, although it has its moments) in the few pages available, using also a pretty interesting way of telling the story. As mentioned in the description, rather than a standard narration, we have what appears to be a compilation of documents pertaining to a mysterious case, and this will appeal as well to lovers of crime stories and police procedural novels (although if they are sticklers for details, they might be bothered by the supernatural aspects and by some bits and pieces of information that don’t seem to quite fit in, but…). This peculiar way of narrating the story forces readers to do some of the work and fill in the blanks, and that is always a good strategy when it comes to horror (our imagination can come up with pretty scary things, as we all know). It also gives readers a variety of perspectives and some background that would have been trickier to include in a story of this length otherwise. Does it make it more difficult to identify with any of the characters? I didn’t find that to be the case. The story (or the evidence) starts mildly enough. An accident means that a family cannot go skiing as usual for their winter holidays, and the father decides to send his two children (and older girl, Otha, and a younger boy, Hugh) to stay with their grandfather, Fred, in Maine.  Things start getting weird from the beginning, and Otha (who has a successful blog, and whose entries create the backbone of the story, making her the main narrator and the most sympathetic and easier to identify with for readers) is not the only one who worries about her grandfather, as some of the neighbours have also been wondering about the old man’s behaviour. The secret behind their grandmother’s death becomes an important part of the story and there are eerie moments aplenty to come. The novella manages to combine well not only some legends and traditional Native-American stories with more modern concepts like PTSD, survivor’s guilt, but also the underlying current of grief that has come to dominate the life of the children’s grandfather. It also emphasises how much we have come to rely on technology and creature comforts that give us a false sense of security and cannot protect us again extreme natural conditions and disasters. Because of the age of the main protagonist, there is also a YA feel to the story with elements of the coming-of-age genre —even a possible love interest— and I’ve seen it listed under such category, but those aspects don’t overwhelm the rest of the story, and I don’t think they would reduce the enjoyment of readers who usually avoid that genre. Is it scary? Well, that is always a personal call. As I said, there are some chilling scenes, but the novella is not too graphic (it relies heavily on what the characters might or might not have seen or heard, and also on our own capacity for autosuggestion and suspension of disbelief). There is something about the topic, which combines a strong moral taboo with plenty of true stories going back hundreds of years, which makes it a very likely scenario and something anybody reading it cannot help what reflect upon. We might all reassure ourselves that we wouldn’t do something like that, no matter how dire the conditions, but how confident are we? For me, that is the scariest part of the story. In sum, this is a well-written and fairly scary story, with the emphasis on atmosphere and psychological horror rather than on blood and gore (but there is some, I’m warning you), successfully combined with an interesting way of narrating a familiar story. As a straight mystery not all details tie in perfectly, but it’s a good introduction to a new voice (in English) in the horror genre. I’m sure it won’t be the last of Clausen’s stories I’ll read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Blanchard

    A good question is how to tell a horror story. The modern rage seems to make it 1st person so whatever happens to the narrator is all you see. The form works though it is limiting. 2nd person is more like a Sherlock Holmes story. 3rd person is the narrative overseeing and picking certain points in the plot keeping it moving forward. Then - there is the form chosen by Nick Clausen social media which is endemic to this generation. Combine that with the Wendigo, isolate the action in one region, th A good question is how to tell a horror story. The modern rage seems to make it 1st person so whatever happens to the narrator is all you see. The form works though it is limiting. 2nd person is more like a Sherlock Holmes story. 3rd person is the narrative overseeing and picking certain points in the plot keeping it moving forward. Then - there is the form chosen by Nick Clausen social media which is endemic to this generation. Combine that with the Wendigo, isolate the action in one region, throw in the innocents and heroes and you have the book Human Flesh. And it works. You have less of the cat jumping out of the closet scares and more hints of things to come spaced into the story. Some may argue you never get to know the characters in depth; it doesn't matter. The story moving forward with the characters blended in the form of social media is a way that absolutely works, provided you are not stuck into older methods. The use of the Wendigo is a frightening concept with the isolation, the cold, and old folklore. It's a welcome thing to see it done. To see it done with social media is a step to the future and maybe begin to understand how a modern generation thinks. Some may not like approach; I do. Experiment for gods' sake and the horror coming.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Furniss

    The cover really attracted me to the book plus not knowing anything about the myth of the man eating creature/spirit of a Wendigo. The story was built well and told through a series of emails, texts, blog entries and diary entries. It was a chilling and creepy tale with a well thought out story line that pulls you in and keeps you hooked.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Ramirez

    Wow! This story actually gave me nightmares and had me thanking my lucky stars I live in Texas. The format of the novel was innovating. I loved the file vibe. This is totally a Spooktober read! This eerie tale will have you intrigued from start to finish!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    Human Flesh us the third book by Nick Clausen I’ve reviewed this year – clearly, I enjoy his work. As I’ve been reading more of Nick Clausen’s books, I’ve found I really enjoy the many ideas he has for horror stories. Human Flesh is no exception. The story is inspired by legends of the Wendigo, a cannibalistic creature or spirit which lurks in Northern America. I really enjoyed following this mysterious murder case, and I was drawn to keep reading. It’s definitely a creepy little stor Human Flesh us the third book by Nick Clausen I’ve reviewed this year – clearly, I enjoy his work. As I’ve been reading more of Nick Clausen’s books, I’ve found I really enjoy the many ideas he has for horror stories. Human Flesh is no exception. The story is inspired by legends of the Wendigo, a cannibalistic creature or spirit which lurks in Northern America. I really enjoyed following this mysterious murder case, and I was drawn to keep reading. It’s definitely a creepy little story. However, when I say little, I do mean little. Human Flesh is very short. On the one hand, this could tie nicely to the fact the book is meant to be a collection of police evidence and, consequently, a small amount of evidence could reflect the mystery behind the story and how much is still unknown. On the other hand, practically speaking, when I read it, I was disappointed the story ended so soon. I did like Clausen’s choice to present the narrative as a collection of evidence from the past though, adding some realism because it treats the Wendigo and the mysterious deaths as real crimes. Furthermore, it leaves the reader in the dark, as we have no idea who has survived the ordeal and who has not until the end of the book. However, I do have some constructive feedback about this choice of narrative style too. Firstly, as Human Flesh largely consists of informal evidence such as blog posts and text messages, the story was also informal. As a result, I thought that in places, the story lacked detailed or literary narration and description. I partly understand this, as the bulk of the narrative is from a teenager’s perspective, which is bound to be more informal. Yet, it also felt a shame that some opportunities for fantastically scary or Gothic language and descriptions were missed. Secondly, I’m not convinced an e-book was the best format for Human Flesh; at present, it is only available to buy as an e-book. I appreciate it can be harder to publish physical copies of a book but, in this instance, I think a physical book would have lent itself to the format. For example, the pages could have been designed and printed to look like an email browser, a police report, or a text message exchange. It would have looked like a more convincing scrapbook or folder of collected written evidence. In an e-book, however, it is very obvious that you’re not actually reading a text message, for example. I know this is a nit-picky comment to make, and I know the story itself is fictitious – but when the narrative partly relies on convincing you, the reader, of the realism of the situation, I found that this format pulled me out of the story a little. These comments may sound a little critical, but I only mean them in a constructive way. I still genuinely enjoyed Human Flesh and, in general, I particularly like Clausen’s creative and interesting horror story ideas, even if I do wish these stories were longer! For anyone looking for a small and succinct yet chilling read, I would recommend Human Flesh.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Davis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This story was a dark and, quite literally, a "chilling" read! First of all, I loved the format the story was wrote it, which was a mixture of blog entries, texts, voicemails, etcetera. The different point of views and realistic language for each format type helped me stay inside the story. Also, this is my first reading experience with a wendigo and I have to say that it's such an interesting, disturbing creature. The idea that someone can appear as a totally normal person for months or even ye This story was a dark and, quite literally, a "chilling" read! First of all, I loved the format the story was wrote it, which was a mixture of blog entries, texts, voicemails, etcetera. The different point of views and realistic language for each format type helped me stay inside the story. Also, this is my first reading experience with a wendigo and I have to say that it's such an interesting, disturbing creature. The idea that someone can appear as a totally normal person for months or even years while it lies dormant, but then suddenly become it when the temperature drops enough is frightening! I loved this read. It managed to evoke feelings of horror in a quick read without unnecessary fluff!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Energy

    Two siblings are headed to Maine to spend their winter vacation with their grandfather. But he doesn't show up at the train station. Catching a ride to his house, things start to get weird when they arrive. The house is freezing and grandpa isn't dressed, lost in thought gazing out the window. Told through police evidence and blog stories, we get a look at the winter break for Otha and Hugh, as they watch their grandfather's behavior get more and more bizarre. They've heard rumors of their grand Two siblings are headed to Maine to spend their winter vacation with their grandfather. But he doesn't show up at the train station. Catching a ride to his house, things start to get weird when they arrive. The house is freezing and grandpa isn't dressed, lost in thought gazing out the window. Told through police evidence and blog stories, we get a look at the winter break for Otha and Hugh, as they watch their grandfather's behavior get more and more bizarre. They've heard rumors of their grandfather's odd behavior, but this is more, so much so. Something is out there, and if the kids don't find help, they could be next. So the thing I've come to love about Clausen is that he gives you a great, creepy, horror story in a little package, and he delivers a 5-star read in Human Flesh. It's dark and mysterious, it's creepy, and it's a perfectly packaged wild ride of horror. Very well done.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lixa Santiago

    I just meet this young author today, he had posted a picture of this book on a Facebook group and it immediately called my attention. So I began to read it and let me tell you I couldn't put it down. It had me hooked from the first page until the last one. My heart was doing summersaults the whole entire time. I loved the thrill. It was disturbing and supper scary just the way I like my horror stories. This is my first book by this author and I can tell you it wont be my last. I truly enjoyed it I just meet this young author today, he had posted a picture of this book on a Facebook group and it immediately called my attention. So I began to read it and let me tell you I couldn't put it down. It had me hooked from the first page until the last one. My heart was doing summersaults the whole entire time. I loved the thrill. It was disturbing and supper scary just the way I like my horror stories. This is my first book by this author and I can tell you it wont be my last. I truly enjoyed it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mkittysamom

    Interesting take on cannibalism! I enjoyed the story but it didn’t terrify me or disgust me.. I don’t know if that’s what I was looking for lol! I love the horror genre because of all the different kinds of stories and mostly they relate to being human. When we suffer can it manifest itself physically? Supernaturally? Trauma after all If felt in the body as well as the mind, and PTSD makes sense. I just feel like something was missing, that oomph to make me say I loved it rather than liked it. That’ Interesting take on cannibalism! I enjoyed the story but it didn’t terrify me or disgust me.. I don’t know if that’s what I was looking for lol! I love the horror genre because of all the different kinds of stories and mostly they relate to being human. When we suffer can it manifest itself physically? Supernaturally? Trauma after all If felt in the body as well as the mind, and PTSD makes sense. I just feel like something was missing, that oomph to make me say I loved it rather than liked it. That’s why I gave it 4 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emilie Hrabak

    *I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.* Nick Clausen had me at windego. There is so much good packed into such a few amount of pages, and I loved every second of it. The story style was fresh and unique in the sense that everything was told through evidence in an open crime case in the form of emails, voicemails, blogs, notes, etc. I can’t wait to read more of his work!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Regitze

    It is amazing how much can be achieved in terms of storytelling with not really much writing. This book consists of text messages, blog posts, diary entries, transcripts of voicemails, copies of e-mails and interviews. The work behind the story, all the planning it must have taken to put the story together is impressive. And the effect is enormous. It gave me chills and I still feel it. Perfect Halloween book. Will write a full review soon.

  18. 4 out of 5

    samba

    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a fast read, even for a short story. The writing is smooth and the plot keeps you interested throughout the whole book. The story is told entirely through blog posts, e-mails, texts and transcriptions. I had never read anything of this kind and it really surprised me how much I enjoyed it. I'm definitely picking up another one of his books this Halloween.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sea Caummisar

    This was the first book I have ever read that is written soley through texts, blogs, emails, phone records, etc.. It's very creative, and the story is good. Parts of it chilling (pun intended). If I knew at first this was written different than any book I had ever read, I probably would've passed on it. But I'm glad that I didn't. I don't wanna give away any spoilers, but this isn't the book to read if you want a happy ending

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Russell

    Five stars for this horror – mystery novel. This isn’t what I’d usually read, but this story was captivating and gripping. Otha and her brother Huge visit their grandpa, and immediately Otha notices strange things about her gramps’ behaviour. She worries he might be getting dementia. Meanwhile, a woman, Esme, disappears. Otha tries to uncover the secrets behind her gramps’ attitude. The story is told through blog entries, texts, and transcripts of police reports. It’s a bit like the movie C Five stars for this horror – mystery novel. This isn’t what I’d usually read, but this story was captivating and gripping. Otha and her brother Huge visit their grandpa, and immediately Otha notices strange things about her gramps’ behaviour. She worries he might be getting dementia. Meanwhile, a woman, Esme, disappears. Otha tries to uncover the secrets behind her gramps’ attitude. The story is told through blog entries, texts, and transcripts of police reports. It’s a bit like the movie Clovenfield… with a shocking final twist.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan Angela Wallace

    Human Flesh by Nick Clausen. A fantastic read. I loved it. Although it didn't have chapters I still was hooked from the first page. I loved Otha Martin and Hugh. Fred was scary. I loved the cover too. Highly recommended. 5*.

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Watson

    A truly chilling tale I came after his book via a recommendation on a Facebook page devoted to horror books, and am I ever glad I found it. Equal parts original and creepy, Human Flesh is a must read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    This was the first time I've read Buck's work and I was impressed. Its a good read with lots of creepiness that keeps you on your toes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Livori

    I couldn't put it down, the story was very well written. Enjoyed every second of it

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steph_d

    Free E copy for an honest review. The format of this book is so interesting to read as it's in the form of emails, letter, phone records, texts and journal entries etc. This sort of format made it really easy to read and fun which is the main thing when reading. It was definitely be a good reading style for those in a reading slump or if your just bored of loads of writing. The story itself however I felt I wanted more in some areas but personally I think it's just because it was shor Free E copy for an honest review. The format of this book is so interesting to read as it's in the form of emails, letter, phone records, texts and journal entries etc. This sort of format made it really easy to read and fun which is the main thing when reading. It was definitely be a good reading style for those in a reading slump or if your just bored of loads of writing. The story itself however I felt I wanted more in some areas but personally I think it's just because it was short. I love how the writing and format style made it feel very personal, you really get to connect with the characters and I genuinely was rather terrified for them at some points of the ending. I would recommend this authors way of writing it's super fluid and is easy to read and he keeps the story moving even though clues are given to the ending throughout the book itself

  26. 5 out of 5

    Syeda Sumayya Tariq

    First things first, I loved the cover, it's so promising, that was what got me attaracted to it in the first place. Kudos to whoever designed it. Loved how the story gradually build up and the way it was told was thoroughly enjoyable. All the characters were believable and I felt for all of them. The ending was kinda sad and gut wrenching but it was perfect and I couldn't imagine a better ending to the story. Thanks to the author for providing me with an ecopy of this book in exchange First things first, I loved the cover, it's so promising, that was what got me attaracted to it in the first place. Kudos to whoever designed it. Loved how the story gradually build up and the way it was told was thoroughly enjoyable. All the characters were believable and I felt for all of them. The ending was kinda sad and gut wrenching but it was perfect and I couldn't imagine a better ending to the story. Thanks to the author for providing me with an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erica Metcalf

    Human Flesh by Nick Clausen was a creepy and very unsettling tale of love, the cold, and horror! Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Organized as various pieces of evidence, we see text conversations, blog entries, voicemail transcriptions, emails, and newspaper articles, all of which get darker and darker as the story progresses. First of all… GOSH THAT COVER! SO creepy and so perfectly designed! The red really pops, and that creature and tag line…! Human Flesh by Nick Clausen was a creepy and very unsettling tale of love, the cold, and horror! Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Organized as various pieces of evidence, we see text conversations, blog entries, voicemail transcriptions, emails, and newspaper articles, all of which get darker and darker as the story progresses. First of all… GOSH THAT COVER! SO creepy and so perfectly designed! The red really pops, and that creature and tag line…! I had posted my review for another of Nick’s books, They Come At Night, and Nick spotted it and reached out to me directly to send a copy of Human Flesh over. I absolutely LOVE when authors get in touch when I rave about their books! It’s always such a great feeling! Of course, as I had loved the other book, I couldn’t wait to dive into this one! Like I said above, I picked it up one evening and didn’t put it down until I had finished it. I read it once nighttime had fallen in our new house… We’re still getting used to all the noises of the house settling, the refrigerator clicking on and off, acorns falling from the tree and hitting the roof, and other such things. So of course, I was jumpy to begin with, but this book really had me on edge! I loved that this tale began light and easy, but then got darker and darker as it progressed. The organization of the tale as pieces of evidence was so interesting! Right from the start, seeing “EVIDENCE NO. O1,” you of course understood that something bad happened, but getting there was quite the trip! This was so well written. The author absolutely nailed the teenager blogger persona. Reading these entries reminded me of the LiveJournal I used to keep back in grade-school, but of course, mine was much less interesting! The spooky factory of this tale was wonderful. It gave me the chills! There was one scene where a girl is looking through her grandfathers bedroom to the window over the roof that was so terrifying, I couldn’t bring myself to look at any windows for the rest of the night! I also loved that this tale was set in my home state of Maine! It was too funny reading the girl’s blog entries about one of the characters and his accent. And this passage had me laughing right out loud: I also want to thank the reader who brought to my attention what Martin found so funny about what he said when he saw us, the thing about us being maniacs. Evidently, he didn’t said “maniacs” as in “crazy people,” but “Maineiacs,” a term used to describe the people up here.” Let’s just say that I am very happy that I read this on a warm late-summer evening rather than a brutally cold winter evening. It was that spooky! 😀 I highly recommend this one to readers looking for quick but creepy YA Horror tales to get totally immersed in!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Swords & Spectres

    Human Flesh is a great little punchy horror story that is quick, fun and easy to take in. At only 116 pages, it makes a nice change of pace from the bible-length epics told by Stephen King or some of the thick tomes of fantasy I have been reading. Sometimes you just need something short and fun, and ‘Human Flesh’ is certainly both. Human Flesh is told exclusively through ‘found evidence’ such as phone trasncripts, letters, text messages and, the largest chunks of all, blog posts. It’s Human Flesh is a great little punchy horror story that is quick, fun and easy to take in. At only 116 pages, it makes a nice change of pace from the bible-length epics told by Stephen King or some of the thick tomes of fantasy I have been reading. Sometimes you just need something short and fun, and ‘Human Flesh’ is certainly both. Human Flesh is told exclusively through ‘found evidence’ such as phone trasncripts, letters, text messages and, the largest chunks of all, blog posts. It’s a medium of storytelling that is getting more and more common (I have read a couple short stories told in the form of newspaper articles or letters and have recently listened to a podcast told in the form of found evidence). It’s an interesting and enjoyable way of reading a story (nothing ever feels like its too long-winded, that’s for sure) but it isn’t a method that will go down well with everyone. It certainly feels very specialist as far as reading tastes go. The story features a brother and sister who have gone to stay with their grandfather on his farm due to their skiing holiday getting cancelled. As soon as they arrive they pick up on the strange way their grandfather is acting and, along with a local named Martin, are concerned for the old man’s wellbeing. Things get stranger and stranger as the book goes on and leads into a very ‘thank God this isn’t happening to me scenario’. The story being told is an enjoyable one and, due to the quick nature of the writing, it keeps you turning the pages. My only negative is that, due to the medium the story is being told in, I just don’t think there was ever any potential to be truly scared/unnerved by the story. That is, however, the only negative I have to say about it. It’s still a very enjoyable, fast-paced read and I’m glad I picked it up. I’m not sure how long it will be free on the kindle store, so its well worth checking out.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chasity

    There were so many wonderful things about this book that I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to get to in this review, but I’m going to try. This isn’t the first book of his I have read so I was thoroughly looking forward to seeing what this one was about. Firstly; the way the story is told to the reader is so creative. It really enhances the intensity of what is going on with these characters and it gives us interesting insights into what is happening and why through various perspecti There were so many wonderful things about this book that I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to get to in this review, but I’m going to try. This isn’t the first book of his I have read so I was thoroughly looking forward to seeing what this one was about. Firstly; the way the story is told to the reader is so creative. It really enhances the intensity of what is going on with these characters and it gives us interesting insights into what is happening and why through various perspectives. The story focuses on two young kids who are sent to their grandfather’s house during winter break. It’s all told through texts, phone call transcripts, blog posts and just unique ways. It gives wonderful detail without it being too much. It’s not a long book so it doesn’t wait before it ramps up the creepiness. Given the size of the book the pacing was really well done but also the way the information was given to us wasn’t always linear so it skipped around a little. You get to learn about so many different things that made what you read in a previous chapter all the more interesting. I will say that there wasn’t much of a twist. It was pretty obvious what was going on throughout the book, it just revealed things in such a way that you weren’t totally sure you were right about what you originally thought. Not every book needs a big twist so I didn’t feel like this was lacking for not having one. The ending was satisfying and it was final which I think was very important in a story like this. I needed to know it was over, and I’m glad that I wasn’t left with any kind of uncertainty about that. A wonderful read, I would highly recommend! This man knows how to write horror and I can’t wait to read what he’s done next! *I received this book in exchange for an honest review*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hannah May Book Reviews

    Synopsis: It as an extremely cold winter in Maine and strange occurrences are beginning to take place. There is no rational explanation to these events but as you are given evidence to read through from those involved, you soon find yourself drawn in to the chilling Freyston case. Review: This book grabbed be in on the get go, the intriguing cover, the good reviews and the gripping synopsis instantly made me want to get stuck in and I can definitely say I was not left disappointe Synopsis: It as an extremely cold winter in Maine and strange occurrences are beginning to take place. There is no rational explanation to these events but as you are given evidence to read through from those involved, you soon find yourself drawn in to the chilling Freyston case. Review: This book grabbed be in on the get go, the intriguing cover, the good reviews and the gripping synopsis instantly made me want to get stuck in and I can definitely say I was not left disappointed. Right from the start Human Flesh had be hooked and I was on egg shells throughout, it’s clear this book wouldn’t let go right until the end. This book really keeps you on your toes with it’s mysterious and rather creepy storyline. I felt chilled in places, shocked at times and there was no way I was putting this book back down. The author did a fantastic job at telling a story though different forms of evidence such as voicemails, text messages and blogs, this was unlike any story I had read before making Human Flesh a very unique little read. The book itself is very short but fast paced, it was cleverly written and it is very evident that the author is a very talented and imaginative writer who has a fantastic way of gripping his reader’s attention. The only downside I have about this book is that I didn’t read in winter!

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