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"Aric Mitchell is a gifted storyteller."

-Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church and After: The Shock

"THE CONGREGATION is one hell of a good book. No, scratch that. It's an amazingly vicious, yet beautifully realized, exploration of justice and loss and guilt. With THE CONGREGATION, Aric Mitchell has proven he's got the goods. He's jumped headlong into the big leagues. This book will run you through the emotional ringer, and I guarantee you'll love every minute of it."

-Joe McKinney, author of Flesh Eaters and Mutated

Sometimes the legends are real.

What if in one horrible moment you made a decision you were forced to repeat over and over? What if God’s punishment was that you had to kill everything you ever loved? Would you sell your soul to the Devil?

Charles Cain did. But now after centuries of suffering, he feels a presence. A face from his past has come to destroy him. That face is waiting along with seven others in the confines of an abandoned church. They are lost, alone, terrified, and unaware of the power they possess, or the evil stalking their every move.

For Charles, the destroyer is his salvation.

But for the others—God help the others…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 761 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
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  • Publisher: Deadhead Press (Nov. 3 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00670XCKM
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9cd00c84) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd34750) out of 5 stars The perfect slasher for the Holidays! Dec 18 2011
By HLLivingLoco - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
What makes a man? Is it his desire to have everything he wants, or is it the choices he makes? If that's true, then The Congregation protagonist Charles Cain is one of the most despicable men you'll ever meet. Cursed for murdering his infant son and wife, Cain relives every moment of their deaths for eternity, selling his soul to the forces of Hell. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, his fate is intertwined with eight others who assemble at an old, seemingly abandoned church.

If you're weak of heart, The Congregation is not for you. Aric Mitchell crafts a lovingly vicious depiction of one insane man's trip through Hell on Earth as he goes head to head with a demonic priest whose sole ambition is to dominate the human race. When I say the story is vicious, I mean it. The crimes the priest commits are despicable and truly churn the stomach. At multiple points, I audibly gasped at the ghastly horrors and machinations of devilery that the priest enacts on his `congregation' (read: victims).

While much of the story gets its punch and gross-out moments from the crazed priest and his psychopathic tendencies, the seven people that stand with (and against) him are equally as interesting. Ranging from a washed-out police enforcer to a pair of Mexican brothers seeking a new life in the land of promise, every character has a unique story to tell and adds flavor to the motley band of powerful antiheroes. While no character is inherently good, they all seek redemption and solace in the old church yet understand little of the power of the Devil and just how far the priest will go to rule humanity.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the author's talent. Mitchell delivers a well-paced tale of murder and deceit akin to Faust, if much more dark and gruesome. If you like slashers, The Congregation is a great pick for its interesting story and disgusting violence. The plot is paced well and the writing is on par with most modern horror novels. While it can certainly be excessive in its graphic depictions of violence, it's still a fun slasher romp. I give it a solid 4/5 stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd34b58) out of 5 stars A well written slasher but one with meat around it. Jan. 16 2012
By A.Rosaria - Published on
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One drawback of reviewing a story a long time (About a month) after reading it, is that you will forget a lot of what happened in the story. (Heck I even forget stories I wrote myself) The congregation I still remember, it's sufficiently weird and in an existentialistic way disturbing that even I with my memory that just seem to last for two weeks remembers it.

Is this a good thing? Yes certainly it is. Weird is good, and disturbing in a horror story is almost a must. I liked the plot, the writing is good, and the characters are well done. I didn't care for all the characters, however I think story wise it is not necessary for the reader to like them all and in this story it may be intentional for you not to care for them all.

I don't want to tell too much about the story as not to spoil it for you. The story is about a man seeking redemption for something he done in the past, but he's punished in a way by God that he will never be able to not be different than the moment he was when he did his crime.

There is only one way he may be released from his punishment, and that is to find the right person to deliver him from his burden.

The story is very graphic in the violence and partly a slasher, however with a serious undertone about humanity. If I had to describe it in a few words then it would be; A well written slasher but one with meat around it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd34bd0) out of 5 stars Now I need The Vacant! June 6 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Once I started reading I couldn't put the book down. I love horror and gore and this book did not disappoint. The Congregation is intelligent, thought provoking and dark. Aric Mitchell is an extremely gifted author. He blow my mind with the instances of suspense making this already interesting story a lot more fun to read. Read this book with the lights on (e-readers)...better yet read this book in the daytime. Mitchell's character Cain is balls to the wall, bat $h!t crazy. The type of out of control character who becomes infamous as well he is the type of character that makes a book enjoyable.
HASH(0x9cd34f60) out of 5 stars A great debut! March 27 2012
By Joe C. Mckinney Jr. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
All too often, when writers try to tackle the issue of God's justice, they fail to live up to the challenge, and quickly fall into a cartoon-like parody of the subject. And if they're a first time novelist, forget it. That's just too much epistemological lumber for such a young back to carry. So I was understandably worried when Aric Mitchell published THE CONGREGATION. As far as I was concerned, he was stepping up to the plate with two strikes against him before a pitch was ever thrown. Well, you can imagine my surprise, and my delight, when he hit this one out of the park. THE CONGREGATION is one hell of a good book. No, scratch that. It's an amazingly viscious, yet beautifully realized, exploration of justice and loss and guilt. With THE CONGREGATION, Aric Mitchell has proven he's got the goods. He's jumped headlong into the big leagues. This book will run you through the emotional wringer, and I guarantee you'll love every minute of it.
HASH(0x9cd360b4) out of 5 stars A nightmarish take on the biblical aftermath of Cain and Abel! June 18 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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"The Congregation" by Aric Mitchell is the nightmarish biblical aftermath of Cain and Abel. Following the Lord's promise of vengeance, the story hopscotches through history in an arcane blood bath that seems unstoppable. The story is superbly complicated by the number of background tragedies that float through the author's dissertation like so many scurrying roaches! I think the complication is like a dare to understand at a deeper level and the plot to this story is layered so thick, you'll need a shovel to dig your way out. I really liked the characters and the creep factor of this book is well into the goose flesh range. Can't wait for your next book, but you won't mind if I cross myself before I pick it up, right? Terrific job and I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves a great horror story!