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Four university students are on holiday in Cornwall. On the recommendation of the proprietor of the B and B they’re staying at, they decide to do the fifteen mile, cliff top hike to the village of Hanow. Unfortunately, more than a pub lunch lies in wait. The people of Hanow are seriously messed up. They like to do terrible things to tourists… WARNING: Sam West pulls no p Four university students are on holiday in Cornwall. On the recommendation of the proprietor of the B and B they’re staying at, they decide to do the fifteen mile, cliff top hike to the village of Hanow. Unfortunately, more than a pub lunch lies in wait. The people of Hanow are seriously messed up. They like to do terrible things to tourists… WARNING: Sam West pulls no punches. This is extreme horror in the tradition of the hardest of the hardcore authors. If you enjoy a hefty dose of sleaze, cannibalism, murder and depravity, you’re in the right place. If you don’t, DO NOT buy this book. You WILL be offended.


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Four university students are on holiday in Cornwall. On the recommendation of the proprietor of the B and B they’re staying at, they decide to do the fifteen mile, cliff top hike to the village of Hanow. Unfortunately, more than a pub lunch lies in wait. The people of Hanow are seriously messed up. They like to do terrible things to tourists… WARNING: Sam West pulls no p Four university students are on holiday in Cornwall. On the recommendation of the proprietor of the B and B they’re staying at, they decide to do the fifteen mile, cliff top hike to the village of Hanow. Unfortunately, more than a pub lunch lies in wait. The people of Hanow are seriously messed up. They like to do terrible things to tourists… WARNING: Sam West pulls no punches. This is extreme horror in the tradition of the hardest of the hardcore authors. If you enjoy a hefty dose of sleaze, cannibalism, murder and depravity, you’re in the right place. If you don’t, DO NOT buy this book. You WILL be offended.

30 review for Suffer Hard: An Extreme Horror Novella

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was an good short story. If you like your stories full of slaughtering and horny cannibals, then this one's for you. I think I would have liked it more if there had been some humor injected in to it. It does fit the bill for extreme horror. Yep, I'd recommend this story and author. This was an good short story. If you like your stories full of slaughtering and horny cannibals, then this one's for you. I think I would have liked it more if there had been some humor injected in to it. It does fit the bill for extreme horror. Yep, I'd recommend this story and author.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I'm not one to immediately discard every other work by an author if my first encounter with them doesn't do it for me. After all, how do I know I didn't accidentally pick up the worst thing they wrote? I snapped up a few of Sam West's works the last time I was out and about (why not, they're cheap), so I figured I should try a different one. This one looked like it had potential, so putting aside all my preconceived notions from Home Intruder 2 - Born This Way, I loaded Suffer Hard onto the ol' I'm not one to immediately discard every other work by an author if my first encounter with them doesn't do it for me. After all, how do I know I didn't accidentally pick up the worst thing they wrote? I snapped up a few of Sam West's works the last time I was out and about (why not, they're cheap), so I figured I should try a different one. This one looked like it had potential, so putting aside all my preconceived notions from Home Intruder 2 - Born This Way, I loaded Suffer Hard onto the ol' eReader and started, uh, e-reading. Suffer Hard is clearly West's homage/entry to the "Out-of-towners eaten by locals" genre, only with a British flavor. The most obvious examples of this genre, at least in cinema, tend to take place in the US: Wrong Turn is set in West Virginia, The Hills Have Eyes is set in the desert southwest, and if I have to explain the setting of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to you, our friendship will not emerge unscathed. Even my favorite literature example of hillbilly cannibals, Jack Ketchum's Off Season, takes place in rural Maine. But cannibalistic families have been a part of folklore for far longer than the United States has been a country. The legend of Alexander 'Sawney' Bean comes not from North America, but Scotland somewhere between the 13th and 16th centuries. So, while it's pretty much on the complete opposite side of the UK, it's not so hard to believe rural Cornwall, situated out of the way of much of the rest of the country, might be home to some depravity of its own. Suffer Hard follows Craig, Beth, Tim, and Jessie, four university students on holiday from Penzance. After a talk with the owner of the Bed & Breakfast where they're staying, they've come to investigate the quaint little hamlet of Hanow. The guy at the B&B talked the place up as a beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime experience, but after the fifteen-mile hike through the hills, all the four want is to crash at the pub, murder a few pints, and then take a bus back to civilization. The site that greets them upon arriving in Hanow is most bizarre though: sure, there's a pub, but there's also three small, dilapidated houses with boarded windows, and literally nothing else. If the pub wasn't open, they'd swear the place was abandoned. Despite the weird vibes they get from the odd houses, none of them is keen to turn around and hike back the way they came. They decide to settle in for a drink and a snack, wait for the bus to pick them up, and have a word with the owner of the B&B when they get back home. One problem with that plan: once the pub door swings closed, there is no 'getting back home'. Hanow gets so few visitors, you see, and the ones who do arrive have to stay. The residents insist. Forcibly. I'm glad I didn't give up after Home Intrusion 2, because this is much better. Still lacking in the characterization area, but with only fifty or so pages to play with (the rest of the ebook is a preview of Djinn, another of West's books) and four protagonists, there's not a lot of time for character development. West takes a few pages to get our victims settled in, toys with them psychologically, then starts right in with the violence, sadism, restraint, and torture. That's just about what you should expect from this: the wordy equivalent of a 30-minute film short exercise in depravity, incest, cannibalism, and other nastiness. You'll burn through it in under an hour unless you're the slowest reader on the planet, and at the end, you'll conclude the title was appropriate: nobody gets off easy here, whether it's being force-fed a stew made from the remains of their mates or having to watch helplessly as one of the group is violently dismembered with a chainsaw. West isn't breaking any new ground here, and the story isn't long enough to significantly change the horror landscape, but she certainly spills plenty of bodily fluids along the short diversion. West sticks to the genre conventions closely, making this short story a cross between The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the X-Files episode Home, where the inbred cannibals grow either enormous and strong or slight and weak, and don't let matters of personal hygiene get in the way of a little rape action. We still have protagonists acting like downright idiots, but at least one of them gets in some good licks before suffering their fate, which is more than can be said for the others in the group who are either swiftly incapacitated or go along with things in the hope it won't be as bad as they imagine. The ending is, at least, more realistic than that of Home Intrusion 2, so despite the story using virtually every genre trope you care to name, I'm still awarding this one three severed spinal columns out of five. Suffer Hard delivered exactly what I was expecting from a horror novella billing itself as 'extreme', and that's all I wanted. Good work, Ms. West. You've redeemed yourself with this one, and I'll be examining you again in the future. The whole story's essentially one disturbing scene after another, but at one point a member of the cannibal clan goes into labor and delivers her child. Not an hour or two after giving birth, her hormones are racing and she's swift to mount one of the restrained men in the hopes he'll impregnate her. She hasn't even bothered to clean herself up since the delivery. It may be unrealistic, but it's also obscenely disgusting even to consider in a way the rest of the novella can't quite match.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex Bough

    Seems no one's reviewed this yet so allow me. This was a short but break-neck terror filled novella to put it bluntly. The first of West's offerings I've read, rest assured I will be reading more! It's your classic 'fucked up, inbred cannibal family meets unsuspecting students out in the middle of nowhere' scenario. West puts his own spin on things and though his writing is a bit Ed Lee-esque (this isn't a bad thing) I think he breathes new life into a very 'travelled' premise. All in all a very Seems no one's reviewed this yet so allow me. This was a short but break-neck terror filled novella to put it bluntly. The first of West's offerings I've read, rest assured I will be reading more! It's your classic 'fucked up, inbred cannibal family meets unsuspecting students out in the middle of nowhere' scenario. West puts his own spin on things and though his writing is a bit Ed Lee-esque (this isn't a bad thing) I think he breathes new life into a very 'travelled' premise. All in all a very satisfying read if you like gore, cannibals and quick tempo'd in your face horror. I've gotta say one of the characters, the sort of 'head honcho' of the family reminds me of grand pappy from Edward Lee's Header, in more ways than one! Read and find out! 5 stars!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carolyne Lain

    My second Sam West book. First was 'The Grindhouse Experience". This book is a follow-up - not the second in a series - to Grindhouse. If you have read Grindhouse and enjoyed it, I guarantee you will like 'Suffer Hard' just as much. Extreme horror is almost an understatement. I couldn't help but insert myself into the situation experienced by a couple of the characters. My stomach churned; I had tears in my eyes; I was angry; terrified and exhausted, all in one. My second consecutive Sam West ma My second Sam West book. First was 'The Grindhouse Experience". This book is a follow-up - not the second in a series - to Grindhouse. If you have read Grindhouse and enjoyed it, I guarantee you will like 'Suffer Hard' just as much. Extreme horror is almost an understatement. I couldn't help but insert myself into the situation experienced by a couple of the characters. My stomach churned; I had tears in my eyes; I was angry; terrified and exhausted, all in one. My second consecutive Sam West marathon reads. I am almost sure it won't be my last. I am now a true fan of this writer.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mylene

    I wonder why this novella was titled “Suffer Hard”. There are truly a million and one better titles for this tale (ie: “The Dirty Swallow.”). Alas.... that’s what we are stuck with. This is a “Wrong Turn” kind of tale in extreme horror with an injection of humour. As with most Sam West stories, it was a fun read. SPOILER: I did have a lingering thought..... what the hell happened to Beth? Can we bring her back in another tale? Did she suffer the same fate as her boyfriend?

  6. 5 out of 5

    alison boothby

    Review Very enjoyable....could definitely see the influence of the classic film's like the hills have eyes! Only thing I would have done different is maybe in the 9 months later bit I would have liked a twist with the character beth or at least her outcome. As always loving the books. Review Very enjoyable....could definitely see the influence of the classic film's like the hills have eyes! Only thing I would have done different is maybe in the 9 months later bit I would have liked a twist with the character beth or at least her outcome. As always loving the books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rose

    Two couples go hiking in Cornwall. Everything gets a bit Texas chainsaw massacre :) It makes such a nice change to read a horror story with actual horror:) I regularly pick up books claimed as "terrifying" "gruesome" and featured on book snob type lists of horror novels. I'm disappointed 98% of the time, usually the bigger the author, the more likely it is to disappoint, like Clive Barker and Peter Straub. This did not disappoint. I've read a few of Matt Shaw`s stories lately and I've liked them Two couples go hiking in Cornwall. Everything gets a bit Texas chainsaw massacre :) It makes such a nice change to read a horror story with actual horror:) I regularly pick up books claimed as "terrifying" "gruesome" and featured on book snob type lists of horror novels. I'm disappointed 98% of the time, usually the bigger the author, the more likely it is to disappoint, like Clive Barker and Peter Straub. This did not disappoint. I've read a few of Matt Shaw`s stories lately and I've liked them all. Not for the squeamish or faint hearted, but those who like proper pyscho tales should read him. These are the book equivalent of grindhouse movies. You either like that s$#!t or you don't...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kari Dennis

    A waste I love horror and even though extreme horror and splatterpunk aren't my favoorites, I enjoy them. But I find it annoying when characters act contrary to their personalities that have already been developed. Or when they're all given ridiculous personalities. The story was pretty good, I just found a lot of the behavior, mostly by the victims, to be ridiculous. Yes, the behaviour of the cannibals was over the top, but they're cannibals, what do you expect?. A waste I love horror and even though extreme horror and splatterpunk aren't my favoorites, I enjoy them. But I find it annoying when characters act contrary to their personalities that have already been developed. Or when they're all given ridiculous personalities. The story was pretty good, I just found a lot of the behavior, mostly by the victims, to be ridiculous. Yes, the behaviour of the cannibals was over the top, but they're cannibals, what do you expect?.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kandi Branson

    Wickedly funny!! This one had it all... creepy, grotesque, with a hint of crazy humor! The characters were described crazy good. I could practically smell the rancid odor of them. Will definitely look up more books by Sam West.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Hughes

    Loved it This story gives great homage to the likes of film greats Texas Chainsaw and the Hills have Eyes.. Very good read..

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gary Serlin

    Finally, no holds barred Very predictable, but entertaining raw gore. At least there were no pulled punches. Will definitely be on the lookout for more by this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Williams

  14. 5 out of 5

    HEATHER A. MACK

  15. 5 out of 5

    Harold Mastersoson8028

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dyrvynn

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shadow Girl

  18. 5 out of 5

    William Moore

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Walton

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Shaw

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jax Carver

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carol trainor

  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

    Allan C

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meat_Zombie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ralph Gnann

  28. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm Macleod

  29. 5 out of 5

    maralea chapin

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    Off of pork for good!!! I like the ultimate horror of cannibalism, and inbreeding but find it extremely hard to hold down the bacon sandwich I ate not too long ago....I am truly a fan of all of Sam wests books. It is the rare author who can make me truly feel afraid and uncomfortable at the same time. His descriptions truly make you feel as though you can smell, feel, touch, and taste what the victims are. You can also easily let yourself slip into the evil that lurks within.

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