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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Book Review: Hell Freezes Over (A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Novella #4) by John G. Hartness

Hell Freezes Over - A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Novella (Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter #4)
by John G. Hartness

January 2nd 2016
125 pagesby Falstaff Media
He's no stranger to blood. His uncle is Count Dracula, the most famous vampire in history, after all. But what he finds in a quiet North Carolina family home rocks even the jaded Quincy Harker. Families are being slaughtered, butchered like animals, and it seems like the loving fathers are to blame.

But a ghostly visitor shows Harker that there is more to the story than he can see, even with his mystical Sight. So he goes chasing justice, and his quest takes him deeper and darker places than even his guardian angel can follow, and pits him against foes stronger than any he has ever faced before.

Will Harker solve the mystery before more men, women and children are brutally murdered? Can he fight the powers that are moving behind the scenes to keep the truth hidden? And will he be able to stop the murderer when he finds him? Or it?

This is the darkest Harker story yet, from the author of Hell on Heels, Raising Hell, and The Black Knight Chronicles.

Quincy says it best: "Oh well, when you're the demon-hunting part-vampire magic-wielding nephew of Dracula, there aren't really that many uneventful evenings at home in front of the TV." And this time Quincy must track down something so big and bad that no one in the supernatural world will even talk about it...not even his guardian angel, but children are being slaughtered and evil needs a good ass-whupping.

Each Quincy Harker book feels like a fast pace, hard hitting supernatural TV episode, except only on cable, cause there's a lot of violence and cussing. I've said this before, this series would be awesome as a graphic novel and now I'm adding TV show too. Just saying...

We are learning more about Quincy's guardian angel, Glory. Seems Quincy needed someone a bit tougher than a run of the mill guardian angel. Will be interesting to find out who she really is. And Detective Flynn's link to Quincy is giving him "feelings" he'd rather not deal with.

Hell Freezes Over is another riotous ride for those who love horror and humor and supernatural shenanigans.

"Technically, yes. I mean, they still carry out the will of God and all that shit, but ever since the Great War, they've had free will, so when they're not doing what the big guy wants, they come up with ideas of their own. Most of those ideas are really stupid, like New Coke and Jar-Jar Binks, but every once in a while they decide to do something truly dangerous, like try surfing. That's where we get tsunamis. So I warded my place against the Host from both zip codes, north and south. If I can go through my life without speaking to another angel, I'll be thrilled."

"Perfringo!" The magic enveloped the handgun, and it blew up. That did a number of bad things to Danvar, including blowing his fingers off. one whizzed by my ear, splattering bloody mist all over the right side of my face. One blew backward and smacked Danvar in the forehead, and I think the rest were reduced to tiny pieces by the explosion.

4.5 "bled-out" Sheep


About the Author:
This is me, and this is where I write. I’m John “Falstaff” Hartness and I’ve been writing for years, for myself and for other people. Once upon a time I did a little gig for Turner Broadcasting as part of their My South ad campaign and that got me interested in writing fiction and poetry again. After writing a poker blog for several years, I’ve transitioned into writing fiction, and launched this site to be my internet home. This is where I try out new stories, new essays and poems, and post photos of some of the shows I’ve designed.

I grew up in Bullock Creek, South Carolina, the youngest of four kids. I’m a graduate of Winthrop Universty with a BA in Theatre Performance, and I live in Charlotte with my lovely wife Suzy. We’ve been active in the theatre community around Charlotte for years, and between us we’ve worked for almost every theatre group in town at some point. My work has primarily been as a lighting designer, but I've also directed quite a bit, done sound and set design, and even acted once in a while. But I’ve always wanted to write, and this site is where I do it. So welcome, thanks for stopping by.


  1. The cover looks so inviting. Ya never know what can happen in suburbia. LOL

    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. The title grabbed me at once! Really enjoyed the interview - sounds like my kind of book.

  3. The title grabbed me at once! Really enjoyed the interview - sounds like my kind of book.