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Greeting and welcome. Before you dig into the many articles and reviews offered here, allow me to tell you a little bit about the guy writing the books and the blog. I’m not a native Texan, but I like to call Houston home. I served in the U.S. Army. Due to my occupation, I have traveled somewhat broadly, to Chicksands, England, Busan, and Seoul, South Korea, Roanoke, Virginia, Ft. Hood, Tikrit and Baghdad, Iraq, all over Texas, and now residing in Houston. I’m also no stranger to the Appalachian Mountains nor the white sand beaches of Florida. I am happily married to a very loving, patient, and beautiful woman, she is my personal adviser in many things and she is my most vocal cheerleader. We have a daughter who amazes me every day with her intelligence and her love for nerdy things, including TMNT and “scary story’s!”
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“The delicate narrative is beautifully enhanced by Flowers’ writing style. The perfect metaphors are used at the perfect moments, not only to invoke terror, but to also allow the reader to live and breathe Flowers’ prose. One can only describe this anthology as ‘fine literature.’ Yes, some of the stories fall into the Splatterpunk genre, while others tend to evoke emotion on a much more psychological level – think Stephen King meets Brian Keene” -Horror Novel Reviews.
“Mr. Flowers has a deep appreciation of both history, and of the human condition, along its rather vast continuum. His horror I categorize as ‘literate horror,’ as it rises above simple splatter for splatter’ s sake. Each story subtly burrows into the reader’s mind and roots there, refusing to be dislodged. I find myself trying to find comparisons, unsuccessfully, because Thomas S. Flowers maintains a class all his own” -The Haunted Reading Room.
“The Hobbsburg Horror delivers an array of stories that show a darkly paranormal side to society. It hints at things beyond the limits of what we are aware of around us. I hear whispers in the dark as I read these stories which only serves to propel me farther into the book. Of everything he has published to date, this is probably my favorite offering from Thomas S. Flowers” -Confessions of a Reviewer.
The Hobbsburg Horror
Why are you afraid? They’re just stories…right?
From the author of THE SUBDUE SERIES and REINHEIT comes a new collection of dark fiction.
THE HOBBSBURG HORROR
“They Came to Gordium,” an elderly man is haunted by the crimes of his past. “Immolate,” a widower detective struggles to solve the connection between a series of eerily similar suicides. “Sunnydale Wolves,” a romantic stop at a popular overlook turns deadly. “The Hobbsburg Horror” is a Lovecraftian tale of a weary reporter pulled into an otherworldly story of murder and a lodge with reports of strange colors at night. “Hobo,” a well-to-do housewife’s picture-perfect life is shattered by a home invasion. “Are you hungry, dear?” down on his luck divorcee Jacob Miller, after consuming a free pizza is possessed by an internal parasite. “From the Sea,” is a tale of an amateur sailor and his wife who are besieged by creatures that come from the sea during a storm. “Neon Fortune Teller”…Madam Drabardi reads the future of paranoid businessman Ronald Murray who believes his wife is cheating on him, but infidelity is not all Drabardi sees. “Nostos,” Katherine Adonis journeyed light years to escape the nightmares of her past, but some ghosts can never be escaped.
PRAY THEY AREN’T REAL.
“In this extreme horror story, inspired by Shakespeare’s tragic play, “Titus Andronicus,” Flowers gives us a slightly absurdist take of the classic tale of two devastated families hell-bent on revenge. This retelling requires some suspension of disbelief on the part of the reader, as the author weaves core elements of the classic play into a modern setting (instead of an empire, there is a BBQ joint at stake here). There are a few LGBTQ characters in the work, with Lavinia being the most dimensional and fully fleshed-out among them. I wish there had been a deeper exploration into the personal feelings and motivations of Tamora, as it was difficult for me to believe she felt any real grief over the tragic events (but maybe she didn’t). Those familiar with Shakespeare’s ‘Titus’ will already know that this is going to be an extremely gory and gruesome work. For those not familiar, be forewarned- “Feast” is not only fantastically, horrifically violent, but also graphically sexual. I think Shakespeare would’ve enjoyed it” –Lydian Faust.
“I have long since stated that novellas are the superior story-telling format for the horror genre and this book is further proof of this point. The pace is quick and brutal. At times, you want to turn and look away but you just can’t. And when you reach the end and you realize what is about to happen, despite the horror and revulsion, you have no other choice but to carry on and see it out to the end. Take this book on if you are ready for, and willing to take on a challenging story. It will push you to the brink of what you find acceptable and might even go a few steps farther. Despite it all, however, I found it worth the ride. And speaking as someone who doesn’t normally seek out this genre, I would still give this my seal of approval. Outstanding work from Mr. Flowers” –Confessions of a Reviewer.
“Whenever I open a story by Thomas S. Flowers, I don’t know what theme, character, or plot to expect (the man’s imagination is wide-ranging), but I do expect that the story, whatever it is, will be deep—and wide; rather like a river than a tiny crick. I also know that, like a river, deep within will be soil and grit and mud; personal and family secrets; and horrors unexpected. So too is FEAST, Mr. Flowers’ latest, which commences with a bang (quite literally), unexpected and unplanned violence, and then delves really deep into the river of human unconsciousness. These individuals and families might be from a tiny patch in rural Texas, but their currents run very, very deep. FEAST is subtitled ‘an extreme horror story,’ which is factual; but I don’t think it goes far enough. FEAST is dark, dark, dark. Just when you think, “can this situation turn any worse? Can these folks do anything more evil than what has already been accomplished?”, you learn that yes, it can be worse, and yes, it can be more evil. Oh, my; what folks won’t do in the service of greed, not just for money, not just for flesh, but for fear of the unknown and fear of the “different,” out of misguided empathy, shame, guilt, and vengeance. There is much reflection here of classical Greek drama. Those Greek playwrights really understood how to reveal twisted human psyches. So does Thomas S. Flowers. I expect I will have nightmares for quite some time. What a story!” –The Haunted Reading Room.
What would you do for family?
Between the rural Texas towns of Bass and Sat is one of the most popular barbecue restaurants in America. Big Butts Bar-B-Que has been the seat of power for the Fleming family since the Great Depression, but when tragedy and scandal beset Titus and his surviving transgender son Lavinia, deals are made to keep control of the restaurant. An arrangement that will put a father at odds with his legacy. As the table is set, is it just the keys to the barbecue kingdom some are after, or something else entirely?
An extreme horror story inspired by Shakespeare’s play Titus Andronicus.