BILLY: A Tale of Terror
Deep in the swamplands of Louisiana, a monster is born.
Hidden away in the cypress swamp of the Atchafalaya Basin, a cabin sits on pilings long driven into the murky water, home to a family of Cajuns known as the St. Pierres. A newborn joins their brood, a badly deformed infant who arrives unwelcome and unwanted. Soon, the boy grows into the monster they have feared all along. Seizing their opportunity, they drug him and chain him up in the attic until they are able to dispose of their curse once and for all.
When the wrath of Hurricane Katrina comes to Bayou Noir, they are forced to confront the terror that awaits them.
In the aftermath of the great storm, a group of college kids set out to look for survivors, never to be seen again. Detective Nicholas Vizier is hired to locate the missing search party and recruits local gator hunters to aid in the search. As their expedition leads them further into the swamp, they find more than they bargained for. They find Billy.
“With sleep, came the nightmares; the terrible visions of sharp claws and pointed teeth, of hungry red eyes burning with hatred, staring into her soul from out of the darkness of the Atchafalaya.”
Reviews for BILLY by Clayton E. Spriggs
What a page turner! This is my second book I’ve read from Clayton E Spriggs (The other being “Johnson Road, another creepy thriller) and like that one, the author kept my attention from beginning to end with the creepy, small town atmosphere and descriptive scenes and unique characters. Loved the whole Cajun vibe and the swamp setting… it was perfect for the story and also very atmospheric. The “Monster” is tragic and creates the perfect psychological villain. Fast paced and well written. Looking forward to more from this talented horror writer!
(5 stars) Claire Middleton – Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers
This books starts off setting us up for the horror that is “Billy”, a deformed child who is the product of father/daughter rape in the Louisiana Bayou. He is tormented and called a beast, so of course he begins displaying some troubling behavior. He is locked up, but during a horrific storm he escapes into the swamps. At the same time, some college kids go missing there also, and the body count starts to pile up. The ending is sad, tragic, and plenty of twists to keep you glued to the pages. A great read for fans of horror/mystery/psychological thriller. Recommended for mature readers as it can be graphic at parts.
(4-5 stars) Cale Owens- Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers
This is the first book I have read from this author and it was so good I’m looking forward to reading more. This book is an awesome psychological thriller that is also a suspenseful horror. It’s a pretty fast read, and written very well and very descriptively. At times I had trouble understanding all the accents and dialect in the conversations, and while it did add to the overall Cajun-flavor of the novel, it tripped me up a few times. The characters were all very interesting… and I felt sorry for Billy. Even though the story starts off with him, it shifts to the perspective of the detective Nick Vizier who returns to find some missing persons. Dead bodies start occurring and we don’t know who… or what is responsible. Kept me hooked until the end!
(4 stars) Laura Clarke- Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers
I seem to start and stop so many books because they soon lose my interest. This is one that kept my attention from the beginning and continually invited me to know more. After that shocking beginning and the disgust at how the poor child was treated, we just know that there will be hell to pay somehow. I love psychological mystery and horror….and of course totally dug the whole ‘poor backwoods in the bayou’ element. The Cajun culture infused with the conversations helped to define the characters and the story in a new way. But, this book is fresh with its creativity as well as being easy to read. The author’s style reminded me of a mix between Stephen King and an episode of the X-Files. Frightening, creative, and making it fun for me to be scared.
(4 stars) Anabella Johnson- Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers
“Billy” by Clayton Spriggs is very suspenseful and descriptive and disturbingly creepy, in a good way. This author has a way with writing stories! This is the second of his books I’ve read, and they both have a distinctive feel where the people are the true horror, and we are never really sure what is going on… you almost feel like you are in a David Lynch movie at times, or in this case a scene out of “Deliverance”. It is pretty evenly paced, and divided into different sections focusing on different elements of the plot. For me it got really crazy good when the ‘swamp rats’ were doing their thing, and all hell breaks loose. I did feel like ending was almost a bit anticlimactic though, kind of rushed it seemed. And I still had some questions. But overall a very good read for people who like this genre. Adults only.
(4 stars) Tabitha Parks- Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers
I honestly had NO idea what to expect when starting this book, as I didn’t read any sort of description or summary… I just knew it was a “horror’ and that I’d read another of this author’s books (Johnson Road) and enjoyed it (in a totally freaked-out kind of way) so I decided to read this one. I think what I liked best was that it just felt so dang real…that to me is what makes it almost so scary. The way Mr. Spriggs writes… we can see the swamp, hear the insects, see the horrible face of Billy, smell the decay… but all that pales to what is going on in your mind as you continually wonder ‘what is going on?!” Even the trip to the mental hospital was slightly unnerving (as I suppose it should be…) The characters are all nicely developed and are strong contributors to the story. It is not predictable, and the ending wraps up well. A solid effort and recommend for fans of horror and mystery.
(5 stars). Layla Messing- Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers