THE NORTH WOODS
Over three million acres of dense woodlands make up the North Maine Woods. There are no major towns. No public roads. Nothing but forest for as far as the eye can see.
When two Marines and their Corpsman reunite after a decade apart, they find themselves caught up in the mystery of their former squad leader’s disappearance. With little more to go on than a handful of disturbing charcoal sketches and the whispers of a local legend, they plunge into the depths of one of America’s last truly wild places.
But the trees themselves begin to whisper dark secrets. Secrets of trafficking and violence. Of rotten science and blood. Of something else that lurks in the shadows of the pines — something ancient, savage, and hungry.
Praise for The North Woods
“The North Woods is both a terrifying horror novel and a sincere and heartfelt story about coming home from war... Hoover throws his hat in the ring with that other Maine horror author, and not only holds his own, but brings something entirely new to the genre. This story made me feel like I would gladly face eldritch horrors in the Maine woods if it meant I could go on one more patrol with the boys.”
–Kacy Tellessen, Eugene Sledge Award winning author of Freaks of a Feather: A Marine Grunt’s Memoir
“The North Woods reads like a Stephen King novel that went to war. Hoover writes with the infantryman’s sardonic wit — a mixture of wisdom and dark humor only found in fighting holes and smoke pits.”
–Mac Caltrider, journalist for Coffee or Die Magazine and founder of Pipes & Pages
“It’s a book that has made me feel fear unlike anything I’ve read since I read Cujo at 8 years old. It captures every aspect of classic horror that we all fell in love with while still bringing the sweet breath of fresh air that is originality. The beginning half will leave you guessing if it’s reality or supernatural ’til it is just bluntly shoved down your throat in a terrifying heap. This is by design; there are no accidents… I have no doubt in my mind that this novel will one day be considered a classic and talked about in niche circles about the author’s early days and his style. Don’t miss the train. Go walk into The North Woods.”
–William Bolyard, author of Sober Man’s Thoughts
“Who are we when stripped of the armor of our self belief? What happens when a man must look into his own eyes and confront the stark truths within? Heroes are born of confronting the reality of their human frailty; of walking into night dark caves to be measured against the monsters within. In entering Douglass Hoover’s The North Woods three flawed warriors, men far beyond their prime, are forced to face that reality. It’s a horror story far more familiar than many of us wish to acknowledge, and one with which we must all reckon.”
–Russell Worth Parker, LtCol, USMC (Ret)
“[Hoover] yet again flawlessly weaves a dark and thrilling character-driven adventure with suspenseful and mythic elements woven throughout… I love this book, it is at once an exciting character-driven horror novel and a deep conversation about life, evil, and redemption. And perhaps more importantly than anything, it’s a window into the very real struggles of combat veterans even after they come home.”
–Christopher Packard, author of Mythical Creatures of Maine
“It kept me up all night and haunted my dreams for many after. This isn’t your typical horror story of incompetent characters that leaves you shouting at the page. It’s the story of apex predators backed into a dark corner and forced to fight their way out. Be careful diving into these pages, especially if you frequent the woods.”
An ancient wooden barrier buried deep in the granite cliffs of Nova Scotia’s rural coastline.
A long abandoned Victorian mansion sighing in the salty ocean breeze.
A patchwork team of nobodies ready to breathe new life into humanity’s most ancient mystery.
Haunted by the hunting accident that took both his leg and the life of his best friend, wilderness guide Jack Steward exists on the wooded fringes of society. When an infamously foolhardy millionaire offers Jack the means to reconcile his past wrongs in exchange for participating in a remote archaeological dig along the coast of Nova Scotia, Jack straps on his worn prosthetic and ventures forth into a world of mystery, deceit, and horror. Little does Jack know that the mismatched gang of killers, junkies, has-beens, and frauds he is about to join will uncover an artifact that will shake the very foundation of history, and maybe even grant him the ability to defeat the demons of his past. However, the expedition also unearths a horrific truth – the artifact wasn’t the only thing hiding deep under the Nova Scotian cliffs...
Praise for The Accursed Huntsman
"You can feel the skies darkening as you read, swelling with moisture and violence, ready to unleash on those foolish enough to be caught in the open. I rate this book a sturdy four spades and I highly recommend that you pick this up and let it consume you this fall."
- Caleb Taylor, OAF Nation
“Reminiscent of campfire stories, urban myths, and a Stephen King horror story, this chilling tale is the stuff from which nightmares stem. The dynamic plot and spine-chilling storyline kept me on the edge of my seat until the story reached its harrowing conclusion.”
– Readers’ Favorite
“A rip-roaring adventure through the bloodstained underbrush of the human psyche. I simply couldn’t put it down.”
– Joseph Donnelly
Praise for The Homestead
Centered deep in the Alaskan bush, the Homestead offers a primal refuge for young men and women disenchanted by the modern era. Only accessible via helicopter or a series of rugged, treacherous trails, this Thoreauvian utopia stands as a testament to humanity’s ability to thrive in its natural state.
But when a bear attack kicks off an increasingly violent chain of events, the secrets of the Homestead’s founder, Augustin Stark, risk being brought into the light. As he grapples to keep the family he’s created together, a malevolent outside force joins the fray. One that threatens to destroy not only the community, but the people themselves.
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"[I]t’s one that refuses to be disregarded or easily forgotten, particularly given its jaw-dropping ending. A passionate, sometimes-brutal tale of violence begetting violence."
"This is a thriller with a capital T. Intrigue, action, adventure and mystery all combine to make this an unforgettable novel in every respect. Superbly written with a breath-taking pace, the story sprints into action from the very beginning. The characters are well crafted and diverse, and the hints of Stark's hidden past and the intertwined lives of the rest of the group combine to provide not just an exciting read but a visual experience, so good is the writing... This is an author to watch."
-Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
“The story itself comes right off the headlines of current events news and recent past events. Hoover pulls no punches—there is blood, language, and violence comparable to reality, and that is a big part of what makes this book so damned good… If you appreciate verisimilitude in what you read or watch on film… this is a book for you. I loved it.”
-Lex Allen, Author
“A harrowing tale of tribal loyalty and corporate greed that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat until the end… An absolute must read for Veterans.”
-Joe Donnelly, USMC