April 16, 2021

Blackstoke – Rob Parker


In a quiet cul-de-sac on the newly-opened, much sought-after Blackstoke housing development, the first handful of families are moving in. These neighbours, thrown together for the first time, are looking forward to settling into their bright new lives—with varying degrees of enthusiasm. The estate couldn’t be nicer, but it’s a big change for everyone.

Then things start to happen. Bad things. As if something doesn’t want them there.

As the new residents try to make sense of events, the buried history of the area makes itself suddenly, deeply apparent—with a series of shocking, violent escalations.

Soon, no one is safe, as the original powers of Blackstoke return to reclaim their territory and birth right in a final night of dark revelations, gore and bloodshed.

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In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house;

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room;

And in the dark, dark room there was a dark, dark cupboard;

And in the dark, dark cupboard there was a dark, dark shelf;

And on the dark, dark shelf there was a dark, dark box;

And in the dark, dark box there was a… copy of Blackstoke by Rob Parker

(because that’s where I put it for safe keeping and to keep the monsters away.)

Atmospheric. Creepy. Dark. Twisted. Gory. Sinister. Disturbing. Slightly bonkers. That’s Blackstoke in a nutshell.

The residents of plush new housing estate Blackstoke are being terrorised by an unseen… something. Then people start going missing and the terror begins.

Blackstoke is a fast paced horror book unlike anything I’ve read for a while. There are characters you will root for from the start and a few who you’ll be begging Parker to kill off in the most gruesome way he can think of. If you’re a lover of blood, guts and gore then you won’t be disappointed.

Rob has written a deeply disturbing yet brilliantly bonkers and completely creepy book… another brilliant signing by Red Dog Press.

Buy it – buy it now!

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About the Author

Rob Parker is a married father of three, who lives in Warrington, UK. The author of the Ben Bracken thrillers, Crook’s Hollow and the #1 Audible bestseller Far From The Tree, he enjoys a rural life, writing horrible things between school runs. Rob writes full time, attends various author events across the UK, and boxes regularly for charity. He spends a lot of time in schools across the North, encouraging literacy, story-telling and creative-writing, and somehow squeezes in time to co-host the For Your Reconsideration film podcast, appear regularly on The Blood Brothers Crime Podcast, and is a member of the Northern Crime Syndicate.

Massive thanks to Rob and Red Dog Press for having me on this blog tour and also for providing me with an advance copy of the novel. This review forms my honest and unbiased opinion.

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