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When the police of Hobbs County Missouri find a mutilated man's body on the side of the road they figure a bear attacked him except that bears aren't indigenous to their area The local Indian tribe offers another explanation Crota a great beast of legend has reawakened As the body count increases a hand picked group of hunters stalk the mythical creature through an underground labyrinth where they will discover a horror beyond all imaginingbut all too real


10 thoughts on “Crota A Novel

  1. says:

    What a fantastic story I can certainly see why it won the Stoker CROTA is the kind of book that inspired me to write horror Great characters great monster excellent storytellingIf you've never read this one check it outHighly recommended


  2. says:

    I got this novel off the list of Bram Stoker Award winners It won in the category for best first novelIt starts off with a murder or two three four They’re gruesome too and the general consensus is that it’s either the work of a very deranged individual or a bear to be fair most of the action does take place in the wilds Surprise surprise then that it’s neitherOK So there are some well worn horror conventions on display here but Crota does at least smack of authenticity If the back page is to be believed the author is of Choctaw Cherokee descent and the Native American lore and history he incorporates into the story makes for fascinating reading Since this is a first novel it is not as polished as could be but it’s certainly relentless It also reads pretty uickly which makes it a nice bridge between meatier novels when you’re on a horror devouring spreeAs you may have supposed it does deal with themes from Native American mythology I’m not sure whether the Crota legend is an actual legend or something the author made up but it’s pretty cool all the same I did find the descriptions of the beast itself a bit vague at times so I was never uite sure how to envision it The novel is rather gory at times and the character development is basically non existent but considering that this whole story takes place in the space of a few days where the protagonists attempt to hunt and kill the bear that is not a bear only to be owned again and again I suppose all is forgiven This is not the best creature feature I have ever read nor is it the best horror novel I have ever read but it is pretty entertaining and you could certainly do worse 35 Stars Recommended for those who like their critters big and mean One thing is for sure I won’t be walking alone in the woods at night anytime soon


  3. says:

    45 starsAnother good creature feature this one is based on Native American folklore which was interesting The hunt for the Crota also leads through subterranean caverns which I think always makes for a nice atmospheric background


  4. says:

    An exciting horror novel Although published in 1998 it took me back to some of that awesome 80s horror that I so much enjoyed The Crota is a monster from the dim and distant past An earthuake frees it from the deep world where it was imprisoned once before by an alliance of shamans But now there are few who follow the old ways and have any knowledge of how to stop this creature who can't be killed by bullets Well written and full of interesting lore Highly recommended


  5. says:

    I had a lot of fun with this one Solid writing an original monster and convincing lore A great read if you're in the mood for some violent pulpy creature action


  6. says:

    Originally posted on the book blog Creature From the Book LagoonWhen the police of Hobbs County Missouri find a mutilated man’s body on the side of the road they figure a bear attacked him except that bears aren’t indigenous to their area The local Indian tribe offers another explanation Crota a great beast of legend has reawakened As the body count increases a hand picked group of hunters stalk the mythical creature through an underground labyrinth where they will discover a horror beyond all imaginingbut all too real With in the very first chapter you know exactly what this book has in store for you Giant stalking creature and blood Crota had plenty of gory yet somehow Owl managed to not be too terribly graphic in his deceptions of the carnage The novel had a very nice pacing to the plot We had a lot of activity from the creature It wasn’t just 247 action but the down times in between monster attacks never felt too slow It was just the right amount It never felt like the story was draggingI’m DYING to tell about the monster but I don’t want to blurt out any spoilers The author leaves it a little vague for a while and you can’t really tell where he is going with it Is it an evil Native American spirit? Is it a lost prehistoric creature? Is it just a mutant bear? I was uite pleased when it was revealed where the creature came from It was a category of creature horror that I am very fond of ❤It was really cool getting to see a lot of Native American culture and mysticism in Crota You can tell the author is very proud of his heritage from the way he writes about it He also very subtly brought up problems his people face on a daily basis Mentions of drinking gambling no land and being marginalized and looked down upon by white people Owl points these things out in order to bring our awareness to them but he never let’s it take over the book The book is filled with hope and a very positive outlook White man listens to the wisdom of the Native Americans and both joining forces to take on their problems as brothers not enemiesI do want to note that this book had a fair amount of animal death Several cows and a bull get mutilated and a dog was skinned alive All of the animal deaths went on for a few pages that I just had to skip over I did not like having that much detail about the animals getting hurt especially the pet doggo 😦The majority of the book I found very entertaining and a joy to read The last chapter however was annoying AF It felt so sugary sweet happy ending that it kinda made me want to gag We already had a happy ending and this chapter just felt like over kill I don’t know Maybe I’m too cynical or something but this just felt like too much The last chapter didn’t ruin the whole book or anything but the book would have been better without it


  7. says:

    Terrific book Started off as a pretty standard horror thriller but when John Little Hawk showed up it got really interesting adding an interesting twist to the well standard horror thriller Some really great characterization and cinematic moments Definitely recommend


  8. says:

    A tremendous creature story infused with Native folklore and beliefs Such a fantastic read I loved every second of it


  9. says:

    My first novel by Owl Goingback I found it hard to get lost in it but here lately I can't tell if that's me personally or because of the book itself All I know is Goingback's work has been highly recommended and there were elements of Crota that I liked uite well Unfortunately it doesn't feel like its aged wellOverall though an okay read and I'll read from him in the future


  10. says:

    325 Stars Audible A fun fast paced monster book