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The Calling: A Supernatural Thriller by [Swartwood, Robert]
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When eighteen-year-old Christopher Myers’ parents are murdered, something is written on his bedroom door, a mark in his parents’ blood that convinces the police the killer has targeted Christopher as the next victim. To keep him safe, he travels away with his estranged grandmother and uncle to the small town of Bridgton, New York. And it’s in Bridgton that he meets an extraordinary young man who has come with his father to stop an unrelenting evil. Soon Christopher learns of the town’s deep dark secret, and how his parents’ murder was no accident, and how he has been brought to Bridgton by forces beyond his power—forces that just may threaten the destruction of all mankind.

THE CALLING is a supernatural thriller in the vein of Peter Straub and Dean Koontz.

Praise for THE CALLING:

“THE CALLING is a powerful, gripping and terrifying novel, the sort that possesses your whole life while you’re reading it; it’ll stalk you through the day, and inform your dreams. Swartwood has delivered a novel that will become a classic.” — Tim Lebbon, New York Times bestselling author of The Silence

“Robert Swartwood’s THE CALLING is a diabolical rocket sled of a psychological thriller. Told through the vivid, almost druggy point of view of a young man on the edge, tangled in a web of tragedy and surreal horror, Swartwood’s novel gets under the skin and stays there. Highly recommended.” — Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor

"Small town horror at its best." — Hellnotes

About the Author

Robert Swartwood is the author of several novels and the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. He lives with his wife in Pennsylvania. Visit him online at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 342 pages
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  • Publisher: RMS Press (Nov. 27 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SYNSN0
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9d5389d8) out of 5 stars 75 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aef384c) out of 5 stars Good Read March 27 2011
By D. Falor - Published on
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Keeping the review short without rehashing the storyline. I enjoyed the novel and will recommend it to friends. I would classify it as a thriller with a style similar to Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series. It was hard to put down as I needed to know how the story played out... and that's how you know when a book is I think I will try another novel from this author.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aef72d0) out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart. March 23 2011
By A.M Donovan - Published on
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I actually got done reading this book yesterday, and had to think about it. I really liked the book, and will read it again, but for as few pages as it contains, Robert manages to get a lot of substance into a small space. Unlike some authors we all know, that use a lot of pages to say very little. Yes, the book is, technically, a horror, but the themes dealt with are not simplistic. They are (and this is just from the first time through, I'm sure I can find more with a second read)choices, consequences, growing up, loss and faith. He approaches these in an unusual, non-preachy way while definitely being thought provoking. If you are looking for a simple book with easy answers, go to the self help section. If you enjoy a book that reads like a good steak dinner and requires a little work on your part, you will enjoy this. I did.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b0486d8) out of 5 stars An intense, dangerous, emotionally-charged debut novel March 26 2011
By Samuel Rippey - Published on
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The biggest fires start as slow burns.

Okay, I made that phrase up, but it's true--at least regarding suspense novels. Robert Swartwood, in his thrilling and merciless debut THE CALLING, has proven himself a master of building suspense--feeding the fire until all the reader can do is watch as the flames grow until the blaze becomes blinding.

But this is a controlled burn, as Swartwood orchestrates his work with deftness and intelligence. The story, which is as dark as they come, avoids the pitfalls of becoming exploitative or shock-value, and reads rather as an unblinking exploration of tragedy and violence in the lives of good people.

The narrator, Christopher, is reeling from the gruesome murders of his parents. For safety's sake, he's shuffled out of his hometown in Pennsylvania to a trailer park in New York. It's here that menace and mystery grows until he finds himself embroiled in a malign supernatural plot, which holds the fate of many innocent (and not-so-innocent) lives in the balance.

Things get complicated fast. In the hands of a lesser writer, the multiple backstories and large cast of characters could have collapsed under its own weight. Yet Swartwood never overwhelms the reader, and the characters live and breathe, with most of them well-drawn enough for a novel of their own. Everyone (and everything) is connected, in compelling and often startling ways.

Tempering the book's darkness is real emotional depth. Each characters has lived and lost and paid for their mistakes, and this intense humanity spills out into the story. Especially noteworthy are an itinerant preacher, Moses, and his strange, precocious son Joey, who are both instrumental in bringing the book's paranormal themes to light.

Swartwood's prose burns bright and clear, strong without becoming intrusive. While some dialogue runs overlong, his ear for speech is an excellent one, especially in the interactions between younger characters.

All told, THE CALLING is a novel of dangerous intensity, growing in every word and chapter, hitting the reader with an emotional punch that lingers long after the last word. An outstanding and auspicious debut.

(P.S. While this is Swartwood's first full-length novel, he's published other shorter titles, all of them available on Amazon. Check out THE SILVER RING or THROUGH THE GUTS OF A BEGGAR.)
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b3caa2c) out of 5 stars This was a great book. June 2 2011
By Melissa L. Webb - Published on
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It was very reminiscence of a Koontz book. I love how Christopher was a very realistic character. He isn't a shining hero, he is a flawed individual (who of us isn't?) who simply believes he can't live with himself if he dosen't do the right thing.

The book is haunting. It has stuck with me since I began reading it and I'm sure it will stick with me over the next week or so. It is a very realistic horror. One you can almost imagine yourself stuck in.

If paranormal horror is your thing, check out this book. You'll be glad you did.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aef98d0) out of 5 stars Easy to read Feb. 19 2012
By mattm9y - Published on
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This wasn't the scariest story I have read, but I really enjoyed the author's writing style, and was engrossed with the story immediately. And don't get me wrong, it was creepy at times, and the story concept is one that I enjoy. I thought the characters weren't the standard "horror cutouts" that you find so often, with the predictable ignorance (let's go into the creepy basement with no lights!), and typical hardheadedness (I know I saw it, but it doesn't exist!) That being said, I hate people who give away the storyline in their review, so I find it hard to go into more detail, but I assume if you are reading the reviews, the description was at least intriguing to you. I don't think you will go wrong with this.In fact, I picked up the rest of his books after I finished this.