The Starving


The Starving by Jon Dobbin

Something evil grows in the heart of Colorado. Bill Weston was a man of the West. He knew it - its land, its people, its stories. It was where he plied his trade, hunting men for money. His life wasn’t easy, but it was predictable. That all changed when he captured Faraway Sue and he was led on a trip through the Colorado forests


In those unknown wilds Weston was confronted by an ancient evil, bent and twisted by time and hunger. It would take everything in him to make it out alive, but what can a man do when faced with a creature out of myth and legend? Find a way to survive, or be changed forever.

Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1-926903-97-2
Release Date: May 2019
Price (CAD): Print: $25 / EBook: $2.99
Page Count: 260

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“A great horror story in a gritty, Western setting. I particularly enjoyed Dobbin’s skill with voice, giving each of the POV characters a distinctive sound and feel that is immediately relatable – even when the characters themselves are sometimes the last people you want to be relating to. I noted a couple of editing snafus early on, but nothing that impacted the story itself drawing you in, with greater and greater horror and fascination. Well done!”
— JRH Lawless, author of ‘Always Greener’

“Dobbin’s debut novel is a great one. Predator meets Hell on Wheels. Classic western with a touch of King and Lovecraft… A smashing debut. I am hungry (pun intended) for Dobbin’s next work!”
— BC Laybolt, author of To Drown in Sand

“Take a little Zane Grey. Add a little Penny Dreadful. Read with Sam Elliot’s voice. Discover Jon Dobbin’s masterful The Starving.”
— Darrell Power, Great Big Sea

“Regardless of your interest in either of these genres, rest assured that the author has crafted something unique and entertaining for everyone out of them both. If you’re hungry for a great read this summer, then look no further than The Starving. It’ll whet your appetite and satiate it, all in one sitting.”
— Jeff Slade, From the Rock author

“An incredible, tense fusion of western and horror storytelling.”
— Matthew LeDrew, author of Coral Beach Casefiles

Dobbin is a master of the Weird West, his settings and characters popping to life in chilling fashion as they ride into a town plagued by a gruesome menace.
— Ellen Curtis, author of Infinity

“Brash and unrelenting from the first to the final page, you will not want to put this book down. Sharp dialogue; fascinating, deeply developed characters and scenes so crisp and definitive that you feel as though you, the reader, are right there with our cast of misfits, in that deep dark woods.”
— Nikki Little, winner of the June 2018 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Contest

I was on the edge of my chair while reading this novel. I just could not put down the book until I had it finished.
— Amazon Customer, May 27 2019

Dobbin has a clear, evocative and atmospheric style. He populates his novel with fully rounded characters. The story is involving and surprising. The pacing is perfect. This is a cinematic, unique tale that drips with its author’s passion for his craft. I especially appreciated how he seamlessly wove backstory into the main narrative. This was a very impressive first novel and I will be on the lookout for whatever he releases next.
— Amazon Customer, June 27 2019

Dobbin’s debut full length is a chilling trek through a wintery wild west Colorado. The Starving combines the pulp swagger and splatter of Robert E. Howard with the atmospheric otherworldly chills of Stephen King in a suspenseful, tight read that moves like lightning.
— Amazon Customer, June 1 2019

Really enjoyed this read. Jon Dobbin spins a fascinating yarn with elements of horror and the supernatural. His excellent writing skills make it a real page turner. I don’t usually read this particular genre, but I was glad I picked this one up. I really enjoyed the read.
— Amazon Customer review, August 2 2019

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