Sudden Death Overtime By Steve Vernon
Steve Vernon is one of those authors, that brings a big smile to my face every time I hear he has a new book out. He is also one of those authors that fully understands that the heart of a good book is a good story. He is a master of story teller, filling his story with brilliant characters and equally brilliant, and realistic dialogue.
You know you are in for a thrilling read when the central premise of the story is a bunch of old guys going up against a bus load of vampires with a dash of ice hockey thrown in. This is not so much Buffy The Vampire Slayer, more like Auld Duffers The Vampire Slayers. In fact there are some similarities, both have cracking dialogue, and both have a nice sly line in humour.
Vernon builds the tension right up to a wonderful final battle, where Vernon playfully mixes up some of the traditions of the classic vampire mythology. I have ever come across. By the time he throws in a shock ending, you will have just read, one hell of a novelette. Sudden Death Overtime is perfect example of a good time, fun filled pulp novelette that will have you hollering for the good guys and booing at the bad guys.
What happens when an over-the-hill never-say-quit bush league hockey team from Northern Labrador go toe-to-tooth with a tour bus full of vampires in an immortal-stakes showdown of street hockey?
For the answer – throw Paul Newman’s Slapshot into a blender with Steven Niles’s 30 Days of Night and hit frappe!
Steve Vernon is the author of a dozen e-books of outrageously mind-blowing horror and dark fantasy including his horror/historical full length novel DEVIL TREE, the take-no-prisoners testosterone-fest superhero extravaganza NOTHING TO LOSE and the cult hit novella LONG HORN, BIG SHAGGY – A TALE OF WILD WEST TERROR AND REANIMATED BUFFALO.
Steve is a born storyteller who hits notes that hurt the ears of other notes.
Also including the bonus time travelling hockey tale, “Time Out”.
“With SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME, Vernon perfectly captures the dark heart of a Canadian Winter and the lifetime passion surrounding the game of hockey. He takes a group of old friends who never backed down from a fight on the ice when they were younger and still refuse to do so even when they’re old enough to know better. Toss on the rink some memorable characters, truly great dialogue, a bus load of nasty vampires, and a shocking surprise ending that you won’t see coming and you’ve got yourself a story that’s sure to be a winner.” – Gord Rollo – author of VALLEY OF THE SCARECROW
“If Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch had a three-way sex romp in a hot tub, and then a team of scientists came in and filtered out the water and mixed the leftover DNA into a test tube, the resulting genetic experiment would most likely grow up into Steve Vernon.” – Bookgasm
“Steve Vernon is something of an anomaly in the world of horror literature. He’s one of the freshest new voices in the genre although his career has spanned twenty years. Writing with a rare swagger and confidence, Steve Vernon can lead his readers through an entire gamut of emotions from outright fear and repulsion to pity and laughter.” – Cemetery Dance
“Armed with a bizarre sense of humor, a huge amount of originality, a flair for taking risks and a strong grasp of characterization – Steve’s got the chops for sure.” – Dark Discoveries
“Steve Vernon was born to write. He’s the real deal and we’re lucky to have him.” – Richard Chizmar
“What the fu…?” – Don Cherry