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NO ONE LEAVES ALIVESince the 1980s there have been numerous reports of occult activity and other possibly supernatural phenomenon within certain villages and townships of Summit County, Ohio - an area collectively known as Helltown.When a group of out-out-town friends investigating the legends are driven off the road by a mysterious hearse, their night of cheap thrills turNO ONE LEAVES ALIVESince the 1980s there have been numerous reports of occult activity and other possibly supernatural phenomenon within certain villages and townships of Summit County, Ohio - an area collectively known as Helltown.When a group of out-out-town friends investigating the legends are driven off the road by a mysterious hearse, their night of cheap thrills turns to chills as they begin to die one by one....

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Helltown Reviews

  • Jennifer Lynn Harrison
    2018-11-25 11:36

    Dang....This book *WAS* a 4 star rating for me, until the last 10% of the book missed the mark, leading to the 3 stars...well, OK= 3.5 stars. ;0) Bates' novel, based on a REAL town in Ohio, was a solid, scary, suspenseful read that I was really enjoying; but then the final section left too many open ended, unsolved questions and loose ends. Even more disappointing, the story-line for one of the main characters 'wrapped up' well, 'OFFSCREEN', if you will- she just appears at the end, with her section of story NOT being SHOWN/TOLD! Why??? Bummer.If, like me, you are a fan of 1980's culture, then you *MUST* check this book out, all the same. It felt like a real 80's slasher flick on paper. I loved that each chapter began with a quote from a classic horror film- usually an 80's film. The nostalgia factor was huge, and Bates' writing made the setting and characters easy to visualize. Helltown is an actual town in America, and for this reason I was glad that the novel sticks to realistic horror- the 'bad guys' are not supernatural beings/mythical creatures, but actual working class hicks that form a demented cult. The violence our characters endure comes from guns, knives and fists as opposed to sorcery, spells or superpowers. This legitimizes *both* Helltown, the novel, and the IRL village of Helltown, USA.Although this 'felt like' an 80's slasher flick, it (thankfully) did NOT merely follow the simple 'gang of teenagers die one by one until only the most virginal girl remains alive at the end to star in the sequel' formula. Plus, Bates' characters were not the flat, 1 dimensional, stereotypical idiots usually found in such films/stories! These protagonists actually fought back, showed some sense, made a few logical choices, and-some of them even lived! 'Helltown' is a fast paced, fun read with real scares. A solid 4 -I mean- 3.5 stars! --Jen from Quebec :0)

  • Sarah
    2018-12-13 11:54

    This was just... no. (view spoiler)[I didn't like having so much focus on the villains. I don't care about redneck Satanists, I'm waiting for them all to die. I almost felt like I was supposed to sympathize or care about them, which is completely disgusting.Do not like having anyone raped, especially one of the only two characters I liked (Jenny and Beetle are the two). The story was really rushed. Suspense could have been built and we could have gotten to know the gang (though I hated like half of them) if we had seen their perspective the whole time, and, you know, stuff was actually happening. I hate rednecks and Satanists anyway (I mean how goofy and stupid) in horror movies, but these guys were just so horrible. It was just gross. I noticed Bates quoted a Rob Zombie movie in the book - that would explain it. Rob Zombie is the biggest try-hard piece of shit on the planet, so if your characters are inspired by an RZ movie, your book is going to suck no matter what.I did like Beetle, though he was annoying. I was excited, thinking this boss-ass soldier was going to fuck up all the baddies. There was a lot of potential there. Could have swooped in before Jenny got gang-raped, beat the hell out of everyone. And all the fuckers die. But nope.And I'm sorry but I got way too many anti-women vibes. Bates hadn't impressed me with his females in the previous two books, but man, this one was really, really bad. If a feminist got ahold of this she'd tear it to pieces (and honestly in this case she'd be totally justified).(hide spoiler)]I was on the fence about this series, and this book has started to push me downhill. I won't put it on my "terrible" shelf, but I did not like it.

  • Angel
    2018-11-29 10:02

    I know I said he had a formula for a successful story... and he did and does. This however didn't follow the same pattern as the first two books. I can only really describe this as 'hillbilly horror'. It was creepy and repulsive and just ... awful. AND I read every last page of it. I'll read the next book in the series no doubt about it.But I would never ever consider reading this a second time.

  • Adrienne
    2018-12-08 08:06

    As another reviewer has mentioned, Jeremy Bates does not shy away from anything in his writing. This book was horrifying and chilled me to the bone. The villains were very evil. The pace was fast and once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. I liked being able to see from the perspective of the bad guys as well as the victims and the others. Beetle was a good character, and I really felt him and I was happy with what happened to him. I didn't like it as much as the first two in this series (see trigger warning below), but the writing and the story were realistic. Bad things happen to good people, and Bates does not shy away from that fact. This book certainly fit the bill for me as far as scariness. I haven't been scared while reading a book since I read "The Omen" a few years ago. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Bates' work.I want to include a Trigger Warning: rape.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-28 13:00

    I continue to love Jeremy Bates's World's Scariest Places series! I just finished reading this one yesterday, and once again, he doesn't disappoint! This book is actually set in my neck of the woods! It takes place in an area of Summit County, OH that the locals call Helltown. There's always been stories here of the supernatural and devil worship. If I had any complaint about his books, it would be that you get sucked in and don't want to put them down until you're done. Which makes them feel like very fast reads.

  • SweetAnnie
    2018-11-17 08:53

    Scary enough, but ..The author needs a good proofreader. As an example, on page 142, I think he meant babies weren't supposed to be EMACIATED (malnourished) not EMANCIPATED (legally being made an adult.). I agree both statements are true,but the former makes more sense. Little/ big errors like that can ruin a book for me, but I am admittedly uptight.

  • Elisa
    2018-12-06 10:55

    I really love this series. Yes, the characters are so dumb you want to slap them, but that is the point. There are Satanists, humongous snakes, ghosts and pretty much everything that makes cheesy 80s movies fun. Set in 1987 and with callbacks to pretty much every horror movie I've ever seen, I had a very entertaining journey.

  • Sean Kennedy
    2018-12-01 13:47

    The first two books in this series were formulaic, though enjoyable. This one revels in its own nastiness too much, almost taking pleasure with the rapes inflicted upon some of the female characters, and the threat of rape with the rest.

  • Rob Turck
    2018-12-04 09:48

    Wont go out in the dark ever again!

  • Megan
    2018-12-12 09:01

    This one was definitely better than the suicide forest one. I may read more in this series.

  • Tina
    2018-11-22 08:02

    This entry in the World's Scariest Places series finds a group of young adults out for a jaunt in an area known as Helltown on a Halloween night, looking into the rumors of hauntings. When they encounter a group of deranged serial killers and Satanists, they find the horror becoming all too real.This was a different kind of horror than what I think of as typical. This one is perhaps more horrifying than the supernatural type because one can imagine some of these horrors actually happening. The novel is fast paced and full of tension. While a bit graphic, I found it better than the WSP #1. It's a quick read, and definitely worth your time.

  • Mads
    2018-11-23 13:00

    First of all I must say that I'm a huge fan of Jemery Bates' writing, tho this book was quite disappointing to me. I still gave it 5 stars but it won't end in my 'favorites' and 'good horror' shelves. Helltown is the third book of Bates' "World's scariest places" series and I have to say that this one is pretty much the same as the first two books. Why? We have practically same plot line - some twisted crazies, sometimes mentally challenged sometimes insane because of others, go against "normal" people who have enough bad luck to stumble upon the 'bad guys'. Some horror happens, some deaths, some attempted (and some open) rape and at least two people survive. When I first picked up "Suicide Forest" I was expecting supernatural, paranormal forces being the culprit and when it wasn't I was like "Well, yeah, okay, that's a new approach about this place". But when same happened in the second book I started having my doubts. I must admit that I try to get my hands on anything Jemery Bates publishes, because I simply love his style but Helltown, despite being so raw and good disappointed me.The problem I had was because I read first few chapters with hopes "that's it, this time he has to write something paranormal because he just has to" and that's why when I stumbled upon hillbillies I dropped this book for a month. It was a first for me when it comes to Jeremy Bates' writing and I was shocked. "Do I really like his writing so much?" "Maybe I'm expecting something from him that he never intended to deliver?" These questions made me try once more and I read the rest of the book in a day. But that's not important. What's important that I'm pretty much am sure that the fourth book (and by the time I'm writing this fourth book is already out) will have the exact same plotline like the first three. I don't expect anything paranormal anymore from this author and maybe that will make my next Jeremy Bates reading experience better, but my hype about this book series sure have dropped. Maybe I'm just spoiled by Stephen King who has no genre boundaries? Could be. All his stories are so diverse that I expect every author to be diverse even if they write for one genre.Anyway, this book is a good read, like I said I gave it 5 stars and I'm happy about my rating. I will definitely read the rest of author's books if I can get them, but my expectations are lowered. Is it good or bad? I don't know, but I will find out.

  • Madison Florea
    2018-11-23 12:55

    Honestly did not expect much from this book. I really didn't even think I was going to like it. I was incredibly happy to be proved wrong. Jeremy Bates does it again. Helltown is a thriller that doesn't stop giving. The amount of twists and turns throughout the novel was insane, in a good way. There was never a moment while reading that I thought of putting the book down. Helltown focuses on the occult and what can happen when average people turn into something well, not so average. The story begins with a group of friends on Halloween night who decide to explore this mysterious place called Helltown and see what all the hype is about. Their party is disturbed when their car is run off the road by of all things- a hearse. What comes next is death, horror and mystery. I enjoyed that the story didn't really have one main character but was told through the eyes of almost everyone in the book, a task that can be almost impossible for some writers to accomplish without causing confusion. Being from America, this book was made all the more terrifying because the story was in our own backyard. This novel focuses on what humans can truly do to one another when they are not in the right state of mind. Absolutely and truly horrifying.i have been a reader and fan of Jeremy Bates ever since I picked up a copy of The Catacombs while browsing in my local Barnes and Noble. There has not been one book of his that I have been able to put down or have labeled as mediocre. A horror reader to watch.

  • Jay Williams
    2018-12-04 14:56

    The world’s scariest places series continues with a trip to northern Ohio to a park with a history of evil and supernatural activity. Legends and crimes of the past are side by side with Satanic slayings and rituals in the present. If you believe that Bates will go to any length to frighten the squeamish and tease thte horror lover, this book will prove you right. Bated uses a backstory for every character to humanize them and bring them to life, and many times to death. As in the other stories in this series, the story would make a great movie, but is all the more frightening as a book where the images are supplied by the reader. Keep this on your shelf for a stormy night.

  • Joy
    2018-12-11 09:56

    Whoa. Fast paced, and spooky, made even more so because the location of this "Worlds Scariest Places" is just about three and a half hours from me. I told my husband we have to go check the place out, just only during the day and not on Halloween I couldn't give full stars because of numerous typos, didn't want to take a full star away but there's no way to no half stars. Not sure the epilogue was warranted, especially since it didn't really cover the characters we just read about. Would've been nice to know what happened with Cleavon, Beetle, Cherry and Greta.

  • Charles
    2018-11-24 11:59

    Very entertaining read! Having been to the area and having heard all the legends it was fun to read a story where someone tied them all together in a fictional piece.There were a few editing errors in the text that threw me off. I also had a tough time keeping track of the characters initially.Reads like a good B Horror movie at a drive-in on a Friday night. Not a life-changer, but a fun time nonetheless.

  • Cheryl Pack
    2018-11-15 13:39

    Not the same as previous storiesThis one was a bit different than the previous stories I've read by Jeremy Bates. Still a good story, just different. A different type of ending as I've come to expect from Mr. Bates, not quite what one is expecting. Thank You, Mr. Bates

  • Jason Thomas
    2018-12-10 09:45

    Eh . .. I really liked The Catacombs, so when this showed up on Bookbub, I figured, heck yeah. And it wasn't terrible, it just wasn't as good.I have no problem with main characters having to go through hell, and even losing some of them, as they make their way toward the climax, but in this book it's hard to point out who the main characters are. The only character who is actually present in the story from beginning to end really doesn't affect the plot at all. In fact, her part of the story is more like window dressing than anything else. There's a lot of loose ends that don't really get tied up, that annoyed me. It felt like there was almost no denouement at all.Part of it might just be me, I sort of thought the author would play up the whole 'haunted this, and satanic that' before surprising us all with the truth, but there was none of that at all, or very little, and what was there was not substantial. I'm not a huge fan of Rob Zombie's movies, and this book was just like them. A bunch of nut-jobs grabs a bunch of other people and makes them suffer for a while before killing them, and at the end the nut-jobs get their dues, but not in any kind of satisfying way.I like Bates's writing, and he has great authorial voice, but after this I'll probably pause before I get the next one of his books.

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-06 09:47

    I was introduced to Bates when I read The Catacombs, and I thought it was pretty well done. This next installment in the "series" (loosely used, as none of the characters or locals repeat, it's about scary real-life places) was not as well done, I thought. First, I wish his characters were more sympathetic. If I don't really like most of the main characters (I'm not going to call them protagonists), then for the most part I don't really care when or how they die. I also don't think the place itself was that scary. What made it scary was what the people were doing, rather than where they were doing it. In The Catacombs, the location was so integral that it was almost another character. Here, the people supplied the majority of the evil, and the location provided some atmosphere, but it wasn't that important. That is not to say that the book wasn't scary, or at the very least extremely f-ed up. Much of what was going on was pretty horrifying, and more focused on rape than I would normally prefer to read. There are some very extreme death sequences ((view spoiler)[point of view character being eaten alive by a snake? That's a new one (hide spoiler)]) that were nauseating, to say the least. I did think that the ending was pretty interesting, and had some very obvious moments and some very unexpected ones. I felt like it could have been done better, but I did stay up two hours past my bedtime to finish it, so that tells you something.

  • Katya
    2018-12-11 11:00

    The other 3 books in this series = spooky, suspenseful, and awesome. This book was just... ugh. Group of young adults with varying incomes + assorted personal flaws? Check.Supposedly haunted place? Check.The happening of icky things? Check.But those icky things are overly gratuitous. There's horror and then there are horrible things. (And for horrible things, you might as well just read world news.) This story didn't have the buildup that the others did. (view spoiler)[It introduced the hillybilly Satanists right away and let them do their thing for the rest of the book. Also, the plot got cluttered up fast with the backstory / home life of the Satanic psychiatrist serial killer. And the snakes. And the girl randomly sleeping in the haunted bus. And that ending! (hide spoiler)]If you're trying to decide which of the World's Scariest Places to read, choose another book from the series.

  • Paul Ryan
    2018-11-26 08:59

    Downloaded this book via Bookbub so felt the least I could do for the author was to leave a review. Overall, I really enjoyed this book (finished in two reading sessions). The horror and nastiness are there and Bates doesn't shy away from things such as rape and ritual sacrifice so could turn away some readers. But after reading the Wasp Factory I've a thick-skin to this sort of stuff! My only critics are that it takes a really long time to get things moving (about 20 - 25%) until the plot starts moving. There are long exposition sections of each character which can bog down the story at times rather than showing the characters and their pasts. I admittedly started to gloss over some of these walls after a while. The characters aren't too strong or sympathetic, but the creeping plot factor plenty makes up for it.Overall, if you enjoy redneck Satanists and grim stories where basically everyone dies, then this will be an enjoyable read!

  • C.L.
    2018-11-25 10:51

    Decent haunt of a tale, but females be waryBates uses real locations in this very raw tale of an urban legend gone wrong. It is not truly terrifying but has a decent mix of events that could be a nightmare should one ever experience them. The location and legends simply strengthen a plot that has very little to do with them and is more about a serial killing spree on would-be seekers of a haunting adventure. There is a mix of graphic material, including rape and the threat of torture and bondage, so buyer beware. Definitely a page-turner with a twist of an ending. Not the best, but not the worst. Could use a good edit. Several places the sentences needed deciphering due to missing or misspelled words; poor punctuation. This is the first book by Bates that I have read and am interested in going back to book one or two before judging the entire series.

  • Sami Smile
    2018-12-11 10:55

    I... hated this book. I actually didn't even finish it... but I'm calling it a bad book. I just hate the cliche of Satanic cults. It always sounds like an angsty teen is trying to get back at his super religious dad that won't let him pierce his dick, so he just comes up with a mockery to mass with every offensive thing he can think of. I'm not about that life... I like my cults to have a little more substance and a little more depth than "Imma use a naked woman for an alter, shove stuff in her vagina, and maybe throw in a dildo and coat the room in urine." If you're into that sort of thing, you might still be thrown off by the backwoods Ohio hillbillies, but then again you might be into that. I dunno. This book just wasn't for me, and while I am a stickler for finishing what I start, I didn't even care about the characters enough to stick it out.

  • Vicki Armstrong
    2018-12-06 13:56

    OkI gotta say this wasn't as good as the first two. There wasn't as much meat to the story. Not to mention I didn't feel the closure that I did in the others. Not to mention the ending was, in my opinion, cheesy. Yes, I know, opinions are like a part of your anatomy, everyone has one and most stink. Let me me temper it with a compliment. I have been so impressed with the first two that this was a let down from the immense enjoyment I got from the first two. Now I must go. Book 4 is calling my name. :)

  • Amy
    2018-12-15 09:06

    Good readI liked this book a lot, but I think I enjoyed the first two books a bit more. This one had an interesting plausible story, but it was as edge-of-your-seat as the first two. Still worth the read though. Also, I noticed this one had a few more spelling and grammatical errors, including words left out, words added in where they shouldn’t be and the wrong words used in certain spots, so I think it could use a bit more editing. I would still recommend this book to anyone who likes horror books.

  • Geoff Battle
    2018-11-17 06:36

    Fairly standard horror fare, neither tense nor particularly horrific, however there is a decent start and the promise of satanic involvement will keep you turning pages. Very reminiscent of Richard Laymon in it's simplicity and focus on murderous characters. The final third is rather disappointing with a cop-out conclusion.Non-specific spoiler below, in regards to the genre of this book.(view spoiler)[Certainly horror, not supernatural, so don't be mislead by the marketing. (hide spoiler)]

  • Carol Ann Berardi
    2018-12-13 07:38

    It was a fun read, and perfectly timed to finish reading on Halloween. Being a fairly new transplant to Ohio, it piqued my interest, and I checked to see if there was a "real" place corresponding with the book's setting. There is! And, to add to the enjoyment, just a few hours after reading this book, I stumbled on a movie that included some of the same legends and locale. I've enjoyed this series so far, and looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

  • Diana
    2018-11-20 08:45

    MixedI would have given a higher review but the details of the devil worship were disturbing. I liked the other parts of the book. I just could imagine someone easily influenced thinking this worship would be cool. Just too much detail for my comfort level. Not as scary as the first 2 of series

  • Johann
    2018-11-18 08:44

    Great Tale!!Many legends have always surrounded what is known as Helltown but seeing is believing for one group of people...and it just might be the last place they ever visit....permanently.Another great story...this is part of a series but can be read as stand alones.Pick this up...its good !!!

  • Jane Wynne
    2018-11-20 11:03

    I'm not really sure what I thought of this. I liked the premise but felt sometimes it was a bit Formulaeic but it kept me reading. Some bits almost had me laughing, others had me surprised by unexpected turns. Not sure if I'll bother with any of the others in the series.