Prince of Nightmares

Prince of Nightmares

John McNee / Sep 19, 2020
Prince of Nightmares Welcome to the Ballador Country House Hotel Nestled in the highlands of Scotland it is unlike any other lodging Guests can expect wonderful scenery gourmet food and horrifying nightmares guaranteed
  • Title: Prince of Nightmares
  • Author: John McNee
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  • Page: 209
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  • Welcome to the Ballador Country House Hotel Nestled in the highlands of Scotland, it is unlike any other lodging Guests can expect wonderful scenery, gourmet food, and horrifying nightmares guaranteed Daring travelers pay thousands to stay within the Ballador s infamous rooms because of the vivid and frightening dreams the accommodations inspire Before Josephine TeversWelcome to the Ballador Country House Hotel Nestled in the highlands of Scotland, it is unlike any other lodging Guests can expect wonderful scenery, gourmet food, and horrifying nightmares guaranteed Daring travelers pay thousands to stay within the Ballador s infamous rooms because of the vivid and frightening dreams the accommodations inspire Before Josephine Teversham committed suicide, she made a reservation at the hotel for her husband, Australian magnate Victor Teversham Once he arrives at the hotel, Victor finds himself the target of terrifying forces, revealing the nightmares and their purpose to be strange, personal, and deadly than anyone could have guessed.
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      • John McNee

        John McNee is the writer of numerous strange and disturbing horror stories, published in a variety of strange and disturbing anthologies, as well as the novel Prince of Nightmares.He is also the creator of Grudgehaven and the author of Grudge Punk , a collection of short stories detailing the lives and deaths of its gruesome inhabitants.He lives on the west coast of Scotland, where he works for a trade magazine.

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    1. Full disclosure I do not know the author of this book, but I do greatly admire his collection Grudge Punk, and when he approached me with a review copy of this novel, I couldn t turn it down.First off, Grudge Punk is one of my favorite books Did I like Prince of Nightmares as much Frankly, no And I m not quite sure they are comparable entities One s a collection of intertwining stories set in a shared hard boiled universe populated with rough characters made of metal, flesh, and plastic bits The [...]


    2. Set in a remote part of Scotland, the Ballador Country House Hotel guarantees its guests nightmares What a delicious premise With an elderly magnate as the protagonist, I couldn t help but wonder how the author was going to make him come alive, but come alive he did without being at all likable An interesting choice for protagonist, but John McNee pulls it off Without going further into the plot, I can say that there are some wildly creative ideas here and the author delivers on them Description [...]


    3. Mr McNee welcomed me and his dis likable characters into the Ballador House Hotel with open doors where nightmares aren t just an option on the menu, they re a guarantee John s writing was on par with some of my go to authors which shocked and delighted me The delicious doses of gore and gruesomeness was served up just right And although the characters didn t have me rooting for them, I was still invested in their story I m intrigued by this writer and that s a good thing Kudos for the great ima [...]


    4. The Ballador House is set in the remote reaches of Scotland and it has some very unique characteristics Anyone that stays there is guaranteed to have nightmares This guarantee has transformed the Ballador House into a must stay destination for some very unusual clientele that happen to be into that kind of thing Not the kind of people that the elderly multi millionaire, Victor Taversham, would be seen associating with But that all changed after his wife, Josephine, booked a stay there right befo [...]


    5. Review PRINCE OF NIGHTMARES by John McNeeI was eager to read this book after perusing a review, and found PRINCE OF NIGHTMARES every bit as appealing as I d hope Mr McNee has a vast imagination, and weaves it extensively I predict fans of Clive Barker and Bryan D Smith will admire this novel Not for anyone without a cast iron heart, stomach, and brain, but nevertheless exquisitely designed Touching on some original theories about the nature of both reality and perception, the author draws the ve [...]


    6. The Ballador House Hotel has built itself quite a reputation for causing its guests terrible nightmares Its history is stained by blood, oil, meat and misery Now seekers of the morbid have turned it into a tourist hot spot Get a room and get ready for the stay of a lifetime One tip stay away from the Residents They feed on pain and suffering and are getting stronger every day They want out They want to play.Victor Treversham found out that his recently deceased wife, Josephine, made a reservatio [...]


    7. Oh wow This is precisely why I can t just abandon horror altogether Because every so often a book like this comes along and, despite the cheesy cover and a relatively unknown author, does in 189 pages what so many try and fail to do in twice that much.inely thrills, scares and disturbs Hotels offer many amenities, gym, sauna, HBOwhy not nightmares McNee s awesome unhinged imagination dreamt up a hotel where nightmares are guaranteed and it s quite popular When an aging tycoon checks in, he unwit [...]


    8. 4.5 starsINCE OF NIGHTMARES is the first book I ve read by author John McNee In this, I ve discovered a writer with a great deal of talent, that I will be keeping an eye out for in the future.Very little about this novel struck me as typical Our main character, Victor Teversham, is an elderly billionaire tycoon, who got to where he was by stepping on, and using everything and everyone around him A man who thought little of anyone except himself, with very few if any redeeming qualities, and yet [...]


    9. The world that we live in today is one of extreme everything It is no longer enough to do something, there has to be a risk factor to make it worthwhile John McNee s Ballador Country House Hotel is the next step in extreme travel A hotel that guarantees a ghost filled nightmare to torment its guests I can only imagine the guests bragging as if it were a badge of honor to survive through the night It wouldn t surprise me if there was already a few of these already setting up shop.John McNee s con [...]


    10. A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to read John McNee s first book, GrudgePunk It was my first Bizarro book and, I must say, that was the day because that s how long it took me to read it that I fell in love with him Um I mean his writing haha It was one of my top FOUR reads in 2013 and a book I have recommended to anyone who likes things a bit out of the ordinary.When I received an email from him asking if I would be interested in reading this novel, even though it is a different genr [...]


    11. Review copyPrince of Nightmares begins with a Traditional German charm against nightmaresI lay me here to sleep No night mare shall plague me,Until they swim all the watersThat flow upon the earth,And count all the starsThat appear in the firmament.Thus help me God Father, Son, and Holy host Amen.Victor Teversham is worth nearly a billion dollars It s not enough to protect him from tragedy as his wife, Josephine, takes her life shortly after booking a stay at the Ballador House Hotel Her suicide [...]


    12. What a great concept for a horror novel A hotel that boasts terrifying nightmares for its guests.To this day, the the most terrifying movie I have seen is Burnt Offerings The reason for this is the recurring nightmares that Oliver Reed s character has about the hearse chauffeur There is a paralyzing terror when you are in the grip of a nightmare, obviously because there are no bounds to the imagination and you are powerless to do anything about it Only a wash of relief when you wake up, take sto [...]


    13. As always my fellow bookish peeps this review can also be found on my blog TheTattooedBookGeek.wordpressI was sent a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.On the surface Prince of Nightmares couldbe deemed to be another rather standard haunted house ghost story, at times reminding me of a couple of horror films I ve previously seen, House on Haunted Hill and Thirteen Ghosts, but in fact turns out to be far After the event at the start of the book, the st [...]


    14. Let me start by saying how much I loved the fact that the main character in this book wasn t a young kid, young woman, newlyweds on their honeymoon, etc Instead, you get an old and by old I mean almost 80 white guy as the protagonist The only place I m used to seeing old white guys is when they re running for some sort of office The only running Victor does is in fear.This book was so well written It really calls to mind some of my most loved horror movies The ones that have just that twist of s [...]


    15. This is definitely old skool This is definitely scary horror This is definitely one you should not read whilst staying in a hotel during a power cut See here for the full review Prince of Nightmares


    16. Having read so much mediocre horror fiction recently it has been a pleasure to read something with real originality and style and outstanding evil that resides at the Ballador House Hotel.An eclectic mix of characters are in resident at the Ballador Hotel all hoping to encounter and meet paranormal apparitions as night approaches One particular resident Victor Teversham is praying that the hotel will supply an answer as to why his wife Josephine booked a getaway break here before committing suic [...]


    17. This is the first book that I have read by John McNee and I really enjoyed it Before Josephine Teversham committed suicide, she makes a reservation for her husband Victor at The Ballard House Victor decided to find out what his wife had in store for him Victor was a billionaire and did what he had to do to make a buck The Ballard House has a reputation for being haunted and certain rooms were guaranteed to give you horrific nightmares Some of the nightmares are real and some of them are mind ben [...]


    18. Ballador Country House Hotel is set in the isolated highlands of Scotland Offering far than a continental breakfast and free wifi, Ballador guarantees its guest will suffer crippling nightmares This highly sought after hotel costs thousands of dollars per night due to the abnormally vivid nightmares nightmares far terrifying and real than any horror film.Victor Teversham, an elderly magnate, finds himself staying the night at this mysterious hotel The reason for his presence is due to his wife [...]


    19. No This book Prince of Nightmares is not a Donald Trump biography, but is in fact a disturbing tale about a haunted hotel that steers clear of becoming run of the mill by the way in which McNee graphically describes certain scenes dreams visions inside of the book.The story follows the journey of Victor Terversham a self made millionaire who, at the request of his deceased wife, stays at a haunted hotel nestled in the highlands of Scotland The hotel is notorious for terrifying its guests with ho [...]


    20. Prince of Nightmares by John McNee goes for the slow burn at first Multi millionaire Victor Teversham is to spend a few days in a hotel with an unusual reputation Those who stay overnight tend to have very vivid nightmares The nightmares often involve similar characters who are thought of as ghosts haunting the hotel The reason Teversham has a reservation at this most sought after vacation spot is because his wife booked a reservation for him just before she killed herself It is an interesting p [...]


    21. Gruesome horror of the finest order Having read so much mediocre horror fiction recently it has been a pleasure to read something with real originality and style and outstanding evil that resides at the Ballador House Hotel An eclectic mix of characters are in resident at the Ballador Hotel all hoping to encounter and meet paranormal apparitions as night approaches One particular resident Victor Teversham is praying that the hotel will supply an answer as to why his wife Josephine booked a getaw [...]


    22. The use of dreams is a common literary device, and often appears as a sort of trope in horror fiction Author John McNee rips away from the real world and throws us into a deeper pit of personal terror than anything that might have been cooked up in a Freddy Kreuger film Whereas the Kreuger films are slasher flicks that rely heavily on a boogeyman psychopath prototype, McNee s novel, Prince of Nightmares, focuses on the relevance of personal horror Prince is set up for the reader to experience a [...]


    23. Completely entertaining and frightening This tale started out creepy, moved onto terrifying and then to alarming, all while staying very fast paced, and so engrossing I hardly put it down from start to finish It has complex and highly interesting characters with a super unique plot, which I am finding hard to explain without spoilers.Mcnee starts out with introducing us to a weird scene, without really letting us know what s going on until much later then we meet Victor Teversham and his right h [...]


    24. Prince of Darkness by John McNee revolves around a haunted hotel Ballador Country House Hotel It is located in one of the most remotest areas of Scotland and it has a reputation to uphold.Victor Teversham s wife, Josie, committed suicide and for a parting gift she booked a vacation for him in that very hotel Charming girl Malevolent nightmares of gruesome proportions would force sane people to run to the hills, but, amazingly, Victor chooses to stay on and face the demons head on His wife had se [...]


    25. I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you, Blood Bound Books Prince of Darkness is a horror novel that doesn t immediately jump up at you but, once it gets started, it grabs you and doesn t let go After his wife kills herself, billionaire Victor Teversham goes to the Ballador House to find out why the last thing she ever did was make a reservation there for him But this Scottish building is not a normal hotel, it is said that everyone who stays there has ho [...]


    26. For the life of me I can t cite the exact source but I remember reading this about Richard Laymon, He s like Stephen King, if King didn t have a conscience That sentence would be perfect if it also included the description, dirty old man lol So if King is the king of horror and we all know he is and Laymon is the teenage brother who stares at boobs and laughs at farts, John McNee is the grounded middle brother He writes the perfect balance of grotesque horror without the cheese or campiness And [...]


    27. Prince of Nightmares is a fast paced and cinematic horror novel Rather than relying on shock value, McNee s horror arises from thrusting interesting characters together in an unsettling setting These characters face dangers beyond their control, but they are hardly blameless victims For our nightmares are all in our heads whom else can we blame for them but ourselves Read my full review at Pop Mythology.I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher.Matt HlinakAuthor of DoG


    28. The best novel debut I ve read in years McNee pulls you in from the first page and plunges you deep into a terror abyss that leaves you feeling emotionally pulverized His characters have many dimensions including his less than hero protagonist and each of them will surprise you during the course of the pitch black story McNee takes the haunted house story in new directions with Prince of Nightmares and elevates the classic theme to a level that left me stunned, reminding me of the experience of [...]


    29. Before ageing billionaire Victor Teversham s wife Josephine killed herself in a hotel bathroom, she made a reservation for him at the mysterious Ballador Country House Hotel Hidden away in the Scottish highlands, the hotel has a reputation for guaranteeing nightmares, seemingly provided by the house s numerous ghosts, known to regular guests as the Residents.Victor, still reeling from his wife s suicide, makes the trip from Australia to honour her last wishes and in the hopes of perhaps meeting [...]


    30. Horror at its very best Love the concept of the hotel that causes nightmares This book is very well written and scary Loved the book.


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