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Antisocial Housing

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This book was provided to me as an ARC. I was pleasantly surprised by how intrigued I was by the story from the first chapter on. Mendees knew exactly how to captivate me from the second I started reading. No time is wasted in this novel, we are dropped into the action right away. It was my first read from this author and I'm definitely going to read more books by them.

I loved the creature, it reminded me of Lovecraftian monsters. The atmosphere created by the author kept me engaged and entertained. The descriptions of the action and the creature's way of attacking the residents makes me wary of my shower, sinks and toilet (to this day). The narrative slowed down a little once we went back in the past to learn about how the creature was set free. However, I felt that the characters in that part of the story were quite charming.

If you like gory action-filled monster horror, I absolutely recommend this novel!
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 This was a somewhat disappointment for me. Honestly, I was a little skeptical when I saw the Title. I read on despite this, and quickly realized this is not a horror book for me. When it comes to creature feature type horror, I tend to not like them more than I love them. To me, personally, these types of horror can quickly delve I to the silly, and outrageous territory. I don't think I was the target audience for this specific story. Anytime I do not like a book, it saddens me. I am an avid reader, especially of horror. I expect a few misses now and again. I am sure this book will find it's match, but that was not me.
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This one was so much fun! I won't go into a ton of detail about the plot bc this little novella clocks in at a sharp 89 pages and you can probably tell from this awesome cover! The beginning of this was so wonderfully executed it felt like I was watching Creepshow! It reminded me of the true horrors of living in an apartment building haha. I recommend this one to cosmic horror beginners and creature feature enthusiasts. Thank you Netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest review.
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I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into as I didn’t know much about it or Tim Mendees, but it was rock solid. 

It starts off very fast with a giant creature wreaking havoc on an apartment building through the plumbing. The creature aspect was awesome - gory, intense, and thoroughly descriptive to bring the gooey beast to life for me. It then slows down for a short time. I enjoyed this backstory portion where we were brought to a site dig and found out some background on the creature and the location of the apartment building, which was unsettling and intriguing. We then go back to present time where our rag-tag local characters try to do their part in dealing with the creature. I honestly had no idea how this last third of the book would go, and led to a conclusion that I thought was great.

This is a fantastic and quick read. If you’re a fan of Lovecraft, cosmic horror, or anything involving creatures this would be right up your alley!
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Residents of an apartment block find that thin walls and noisy neighbors are the least of their problems when a pesky shoggoth comes to call.

What follows is an action-packed, horror/thriller Lovecraft tribute with a well appreciated dollop of humor.

And, then . . .

Everything grinds to a halt while we're treated to a deadly dull story of another group of hapless folk who discovered the creature decades earlier.

I get how it was necessary to waddle through so that the second group could garner hints as to how to slay the beast, but perhaps the chapters could have been interwoven somehow . . . anything to keep the momentum from the first part of the book flowing.

Anyway, this was fun, and I'd certainly read more by this author.
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Tim Mendees is a rather odd chap. He’s a horror writer from Macclesfield in the North-West of England that specialises in cosmic horror and weird fiction. A lifelong fan of classic weird tales, Tim set out to bring the pulp horror of yesteryear into the 21st Century and give it a distinctly British flavour. His work has been described as the love-child of H.P. Lovecraft and P.G. Wodehouse and is often peppered with a wry sense of humour that acts as a counterpoint to the unnerving, and often disturbing, narratives. Tim has had over eighty published short stories and novelettes along with six stand-alone novellas and a short story collection. His newest tale is Antisocial Housing, a fun, quick read of cosmic horror.
	In Betyls Cove, Cornwall, there’s a new housing development that’s struggling. It’s clearly shoddy construction—stuck doors, thin walls, spotty electricity—but the worst part is the plumbing. There’s something off with the plumbing, something that’s cosmically bad. Apparently, when the housing development was built, various protective signs were destroyed, and a shoggoth is now making its way through the pipes, dissolving residents in it’s black goo. It’s up to former archeology student Sarah, plumber Paul, and two police officers to fight and defeat this horror before all of Cornwall is consumed.
	This book can only be described as unmitigated joy. There’s a tongue-in-cheek aspect to this novel that makes it stand out amongst all the other typical Lovecraft inspired stories, and a sarcastic tone that emanates throughout the whole story that’s just delightful. At less than one-hundred pages, it’s a quick read, but well plotted. It’s clear, though, that Mendees is simply having fun with the Lovecraft mythos, and the result is a horror comedy novella that is entertaining. Readers that aren’t too serious about their horror will thoroughly enjoy this story.
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87 pages

Short Story - 5 stars

What a hoot! I get such a kick out of these little tales. This is my first Tim Mendees story, but it definitely won’t be my last. I am an avid follower of Hunter Shea’s more “creative” stories, so Mr. Mendees is a sure fire addition to that shelf. 

When the old tenement is torn down, a new apartment dwelling is planned. However, the work is shoddy, the doors don’t fit, the electricity is wonky and the plumbing is …well…let’s say odd. Something is alive in the drains. Something that eats people by literally dissolving them. 

Two police officers and a plumber happen into this horrible mess. They can’t exit the building due to a locked door. What are they to do? 

We are given background information through a journal left behind by one of the former occupants.

The tension in this story is delicious and the action is non-stop. It is well written and plotted. I thoroughly enjoyed this little story and look forward to reading more of Mr. Mendees’ stories. 

I want to thank NetGalley and Nordic Press for forwarding to me a copy of this great story for me to read, enjoy and review. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.
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WHAT A RIDE FROM START TO FINISH. This was my first Tim Mendees horror novel, but it will most assuredly not be my last. Lovecraftian horror with a gelatinous twist, this shoggoth story truly brings the house down. With quick pacing and fun characters, this story has a little bit for everyone. Run and don't walk to go out and get this book!
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This is the first story I've read by Tim Mendees. What a fun, horrifying short story. The story jumps right into the gory action almost from page one. Plumbing issues are never fun, and this takes it to a whole new level. 

This is the type of story that makes you afraid to use the bathroom late at night. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Nordic Press for allowing me to receive and early copy of this book. Antisocial Housing will be available for purchase on April 30, 2022.
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I haven’t technically read anything from HP Lovecraft but from the books, movies & TV shows that I have read 
/watched that claim that they are Lovecraftian, than I would surmise that this book is also Lovecraft like. So if that is something that interest you, than you will really like this book. It’s not too long and it goes directly into the action. I really like that the author didn’t add a bunch of fluff to make the book longer.
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I don't think monster horror is my thing, but I did enjoy the goop and its many eyes. I think the pacing stabilized for me around the halfway mark, and at that point it became much more enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of backstory involved: between Sarah and Crabtree I felt that it was well explained. I really liked it!
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Everyone hates it when their plumbing gets plugged up.   It’s icky to think of what might be in there clogging the pipes and you cringe at the thought of having to go after the offending mass to free the drains.   Well, what if the tables are turned and that offending mass comes after YOU?    Ponder the Sloggeth next time you take too long on the toilet.       
#AntisocialHousing was a wild, high-speed ride from the start.   This is a fun scare that will hold your interest to the end.   Thank you #netgalley for allowing me to read and review this quick read.
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Well, how can you resist a cover like that? Or a cutely clever title like that? Seriously? Apartment living is a naturally horrific thing – the neighbors, the landlords, the noise, etc. – but Antisocial Housing takes it to new heights. 
So yeah, this is one of those cosmic horror on a housing estate situations. Lightly humorous approach to a gore-splattered scenario and oodles of tentacled fun all around. All with a distinctly British flavor.
My first book by the author and a very nice introduction indeed. Quick one sitting read at just 89 pages and a fun one at that. Recommended for genre fans. Thanks Netgalley.
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Easily completed in a single sitting, Antisocial Housing is an enjoyable and engaging tale featuring what felt a bit like a Lovecraftian creature. Unbeknownst to the residents of a rather mundane and poorly maintained apartment building, they are sharing space with a rather deadly squatter…who is now awake and very hungry! A fun mix of humor and horror. Thanks to Nordic Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an eARC
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Antisocial Housing is a great read. 
Betyls Cove is a charming place to settle down if you are comfortable with elder gods, dodgy gastropubs, carnivorous plants and low budget social housing. I hear they do serve a nice cup of tea. In this visit to the universe according to Tim Mendees, we find ancient tunnels under the town that have an epicentre under a poorly rebuilt social housing project. The first one failed under mysterious circumstances. In this one, the plumbing could use more than a tap of a wrench. The local constabulary will need more than citations to deal with what lurks beneath. This is a worthy addition to the Mendees mythos.
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This is the first story I have read from author Tim Mendees, and it is delightfully Horrifying and a fine Lovecraftian and Poe-ian tribute. In Cornwall,  a new two-tower housing estate has been constructed on the site of two former (also poorly built) towers. Now Cornwall is the site of a plethora of underground subsidence,  due to geology, overabundance of mining,  and smugglers' tunnels routing inland from the sea. In addition, this particular location is even more fraught, connecting as it does to the Monstrous. 

If you love Lovecraft and Poe, you'll surely devour the contemporary and historical horrors contained in ANTISOCIAL HOUSING!
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This book, although a quick read for me, was a very interesting book. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and is very hard to put down. Built on top of an opened tunnel, flats are exposed to a horror no one would've expected. So as these survivors do their best to not only survive, they also have to figure out what's going on and how to stop it. I give this a five star rating. Thank you to Netgalley and to the publisher for letting me read this.
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