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The Beast of Barcroft

Book 1, The Fatal Folklore Trilogy

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Fans of Stephen King and Bentley Little will devour The Beast of Barcroft, Bill Schweigart’s brilliant new vision of dark suburban horror. Ben thought he had the neighbor from hell. He didn’t know how right he was. . . .
Ben McKelvie believes he’s moving up in the world when he and his fiancée buy a house in the cushy Washington, D.C., suburb of Barcroft. Instead, he’s moving down—way down—thanks to Madeleine Roux, the crazy neighbor whose vermin-infested property is a permanent eyesore and looming hazard to public health.
First, Ben’s fiancée leaves him; then, his dog dies, apparently killed by a predator drawn into Barcroft by Madeleine’s noxious menagerie. But the worst is yet to come for Ben, for he’s not dealing with any ordinary wild animal. This killer is something much, much worse. Something that couldn’t possibly exist—in this world.
Now, as a devilish creature stalks the locals, Ben resolves to take action. With some grudging assistance from a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the crackpot theories of a self-styled cryptozoologist, he discovers the sinister truth behind the attacks, but knowing the Beast of Barcroft and stopping it are two different animals.

Praise for The Beast of Barcroft
“A vicious otherworldly creature terrorizes a neighborhood in Schweigart’s swift and breezy suburban creature feature. . . . Readers who appreciate a B-movie sensibility, affable characters, and a sense of fun along with their scares will find much to enjoy.”Publishers Weekly

The Beast of Barcroft is a page-turner, seizing the reader and demanding he keep his nose buried in the book until that last page is reached.”New York Journal of Books
The Beast of Barcroft is quite chilling at times, but oh what great entertainment it provides. . . . If you like horror novels, don’t hesitate to give [it] a try as it’s a terrifyingly good story.”Fresh Fiction
“A hybrid of The X Files, Silver Bullet and Supernatural. If you enjoy your horror with a distinctly animalistic edge then I would recommend that you give The Beast of Barcroft a go.”—The Eloquent Page
“The action is fun, the pace is quick, and the imagery is great. I’d highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good afternoon horror story.”—Scifi and Scary Book Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 28, 2015 – A vicious otherworldly creature terrorizes a neighborhood in Schweigart's swift and breezy suburban creature feature. Ben McKelvie is recovering from a failed relationship and adjusting to life alone in the house he bought for himself and his now ex-fianc e. When his dog, Bucky, is killed by a creature right out of a nightmare, he finds purpose: to figure out what killed his dog, and maybe even get his life back. He's pretty sure that it has something to do with his deceased next-door neighbor, an eccentric woman whose animal hoarding attracted rats and drove her neighbors to take action. Soon, the fanged menace is attacking people, and Lindsay Clark, a Smithsonian National Zoo curator, is brought in. Ben convinces her that there may be more to this creature than meets the eye, and she reluctantly enlists a crypto-zoologist for help. Transcending clich , Ben and Lindsay become friends, not lovers. Readers who appreciate a B-movie sensibility, affable characters, and a sense of fun along with their scares will find much to enjoy.

Customer Reviews

Terrifying, Dark Horror Story

Good, solid, creepy horror story! With great character development and a formidable, malevolent enemy, I couldn't stop reading this one. It definitely pays to check out your neighbors before moving in! Bill Schweigart has hit the mark with this book, especially because he includes rats, rats, rats! As a long-time Stephen King reader I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to any horror fan who has felt that chilling, hair-raising reaction to evil in all its incarnations. Good to discover a new author and I will be looking for more from Mr. Schweigart.

The Beast of Barcroft

What a fantastical ride! A well written adventure for the thrill seekers out there. Definitely creepy, definitely spooky and definitely fun. The characters were relatable and the story is a fast paced page turner. Once I started I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book!

Gave Me Goosebumps

What can I say about a book that gave me goosebumps and kept me from sleeping? It starts out so ordinary and slowly drags the reader into a shadow realm where an unstoppable beast reigns supreme. So much of the book is very real, including the characters and their interactions. Having lived for a time on Arlington Ridge, I was struck by my familiarity with the locations and the accuracy of the descriptions. The story is great, and ends on enough of a question mark to encourage further reading. This is a great book and a keeper.

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The Beast of Barcroft
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  • $3.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Nov 17, 2015
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 200 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Fatal Folklore Trilogy
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