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The Him Deep Down: A Horror Novelette

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In a decaying world that's lost its battle against the undead, a group of desperate survivors search for shelter deep in the Texas woods. But they discover something far worse than the dead that command the earth. Prepare to meet the Him Deep Down! Authors Chad Lutzke (Night as a Catalyst) and Terry M. West (What Price Gory?) team together to offer a zombie story with a di In a decaying world that's lost its battle against the undead, a group of desperate survivors search for shelter deep in the Texas woods. But they discover something far worse than the dead that command the earth. Prepare to meet the Him Deep Down! Authors Chad Lutzke (Night as a Catalyst) and Terry M. West (What Price Gory?) team together to offer a zombie story with a different kind of bite.


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In a decaying world that's lost its battle against the undead, a group of desperate survivors search for shelter deep in the Texas woods. But they discover something far worse than the dead that command the earth. Prepare to meet the Him Deep Down! Authors Chad Lutzke (Night as a Catalyst) and Terry M. West (What Price Gory?) team together to offer a zombie story with a di In a decaying world that's lost its battle against the undead, a group of desperate survivors search for shelter deep in the Texas woods. But they discover something far worse than the dead that command the earth. Prepare to meet the Him Deep Down! Authors Chad Lutzke (Night as a Catalyst) and Terry M. West (What Price Gory?) team together to offer a zombie story with a different kind of bite.

30 review for The Him Deep Down: A Horror Novelette

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mort

    The name Lutzke will mean there is more to this story than you will initially think.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Latasha

    wow! The amount of story that is in these 52 minutes is really good! a short zombie story about a group of people and something they find. I really need to read more by these guys! i would like to than free audio codes for the code. i requested this audio book and have left this review voluntarily.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    An engrossing and wonderful novelette by Chad Lutzke and Terry M. West. A not-your-typical zombie story. A group of four trudging through the forest, two brothers, an adult female and one other adult male, doing their best to stay alive, whatever it takes. The real question is, who are the real monsters? A quick read. Fantastic writing. A different take on a story we hear all too often. Shudder worthy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    E.

    Lutzke has a way of tapping into the soul of a human being as he drags them through the most inhuman situations. I've liked everything I've read by him so far. Creepy, dark, thought provoking, vivid. Already looking for the next one. Lutzke has a way of tapping into the soul of a human being as he drags them through the most inhuman situations. I've liked everything I've read by him so far. Creepy, dark, thought provoking, vivid. Already looking for the next one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I loved this dark and dare I say, delicious tale? It's starts off with me hoping those dastardly bad guys get their butts handed to them on a plate, "sort of happens," but it's ending is just beyond what I expected. Good vs. bad? Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. Highly recommended. I loved this dark and dare I say, delicious tale? It's starts off with me hoping those dastardly bad guys get their butts handed to them on a plate, "sort of happens," but it's ending is just beyond what I expected. Good vs. bad? Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. Highly recommended.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marie Helene

    3.5 stars Maybe a little bit predictable?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paul Ataua

    It’s an atypical zombie novelette. What else would you expect with Chad Lutzke involved? Lutzke and West take this well-worn genre and breathe new life into it. Liked it a lot and not going to spoil it for you by saying anymore. Well worth the forty minutes it takes to read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John

    Zombies and a Plot! Story – 4/5 Narration- 3.8/5 “The Him Deep Down” by Chad Lutzke and Terry M. West is about a couple of brothers and some others during a Zombie Apocalypse. They try to take refuge in someones house and things go from there. Not bad for a short story, as it was more plot than zombies, which I like. Recommended for a short read or listen!

  9. 5 out of 5

    jenny✨

    The writing was not very good, and the worldbuilding straight out of Zombie Apocalypse 101. Most of all, I have mixed feelings about the Black characters in this novelette—on the one hand, (view spoiler)[Sunsiray's retribution (hide spoiler)] was HELLA satisfying. On the other hand, with (view spoiler)[Jesse's monstrous character (hide spoiler)] , The Him Deep Down played into dehumanizing stereotypes of savagery that felt tired and archaic at best, blatantly offensive at worst. Read or skip? Skip The writing was not very good, and the worldbuilding straight out of Zombie Apocalypse 101. Most of all, I have mixed feelings about the Black characters in this novelette—on the one hand, (view spoiler)[Sunsiray's retribution (hide spoiler)] was HELLA satisfying. On the other hand, with (view spoiler)[Jesse's monstrous character (hide spoiler)] , The Him Deep Down played into dehumanizing stereotypes of savagery that felt tired and archaic at best, blatantly offensive at worst. Read or skip? Skip.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    5 stars audio 3 entertaining stars story

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Marquart

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read a lot of books and stories about zombies and apocalypse. These topics, when best written, are not about those things so much as the people involved. The individual tales of the people put into the situations that bring out the real inside they keep are the ones worth reading again and again because they make you wonder and discover what's really inside you. Who do you root for? Who would you associate with? Vague SPOILER below*** * * * * ***You find in the very beginning that it's hard to root I read a lot of books and stories about zombies and apocalypse. These topics, when best written, are not about those things so much as the people involved. The individual tales of the people put into the situations that bring out the real inside they keep are the ones worth reading again and again because they make you wonder and discover what's really inside you. Who do you root for? Who would you associate with? Vague SPOILER below*** * * * * ***You find in the very beginning that it's hard to root for the protagonists. Then you learn you haven't met the protagonist until halfway through the story! I have a very specific rating system. Four stars for something I like enough to possibly read again some day. The five star review is reserved for the stories and books I intend to read again and again. If you're a writer there's much you can learn from The Him Deep Down. Five stars, hands down.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matt (TeamRedmon)

    I wanted so much more this story! It starts off as a typical zombie story and then it gets flipped on its head. I really loved it but I desperately wanted more of it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Robinson

    Thoroughly enjoyable horror story. One thing lost me a little bit, but the writing is gorgeous and the premise unique. I haven’t read West before, but Lutzke has yet to disappoint. The narrator is great.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee

    Creepy. Brings human nature to the forefront and it's too true. Appreciated this. Haven't read anything I haven't liked from Lutzke yet. He and West wrote together seamlessly. I'll have to check out some of West's books too. Creepy. Brings human nature to the forefront and it's too true. Appreciated this. Haven't read anything I haven't liked from Lutzke yet. He and West wrote together seamlessly. I'll have to check out some of West's books too.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Apocalypse survival brings out the best and the worst in people. This novelette explores family loyalty and what makes a person who they are deep down. Chad Lutzke and Terry M. West capture the feel of desperation necessary for the genre, but this is not a typical zombie story. There is more to it, indeed, deep down.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Betty Rocksteady

    This dark story is an absolute pleasure to read. We've all read lots of post-apocalyptic fiction, but this book shows us sometimes the monsters aren't who we think they are. The characters and the tensions between them are expertly weaved. You are plunged into the story with immediate action and can't help but keep reading, rooting for the survivors. Creepy, gripping, highly recommended. This dark story is an absolute pleasure to read. We've all read lots of post-apocalyptic fiction, but this book shows us sometimes the monsters aren't who we think they are. The characters and the tensions between them are expertly weaved. You are plunged into the story with immediate action and can't help but keep reading, rooting for the survivors. Creepy, gripping, highly recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Everyday

    The Him Deep Down is a nicely done creepy and dark story about a small group of people during a zombie apocalyptic event. While there is some zombie action, Chad Lutzke does an excellent job looking at the human element. It's a quick, fast read but it doesn't skimp on the details or horrors encountered. Great horror novelette!!! The Him Deep Down is a nicely done creepy and dark story about a small group of people during a zombie apocalyptic event. While there is some zombie action, Chad Lutzke does an excellent job looking at the human element. It's a quick, fast read but it doesn't skimp on the details or horrors encountered. Great horror novelette!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    An inventive and dark take on a zombie story. As much as I enjoy West and Lutzke on their own, I feel this collaboration is even better. In this case, 1+1 is greater than 2. If you crave late night chills, check out The Him Down Deep.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Serenity

    Great fast read! Oh my goodness! I did not see that ending. Excellent fast read. I've read a couple of books by these authors, and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. Highly recommended! Great fast read! Oh my goodness! I did not see that ending. Excellent fast read. I've read a couple of books by these authors, and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. Highly recommended!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lee-ann

    This was a short story packing a big bite. A Zombie apocalypse tale with less to do with the Zombies and more do with the human character within. A showing of a persons true colors, if you will. While trying to stay alive, Stephen, Andy’s little brother, shows some less than favorable traits, making the others in the group, including Andy, feel uneasy. Andy tries to brush his behavior off as a result of their current situation by saying “my brother is a good man, deep down. That’s not him inside This was a short story packing a big bite. A Zombie apocalypse tale with less to do with the Zombies and more do with the human character within. A showing of a persons true colors, if you will. While trying to stay alive, Stephen, Andy’s little brother, shows some less than favorable traits, making the others in the group, including Andy, feel uneasy. Andy tries to brush his behavior off as a result of their current situation by saying “my brother is a good man, deep down. That’s not him inside,” all the while feeling that that isn’t actually the truth. When the group comes across a small farmhouse and tries to overtake it, they get more than a few surprises and meet a true monster.. The Him Deep Down. This was such a great story but to write more would be to spoil the whole thing. Just know it’s worth a read! I give this one ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  21. 4 out of 5

    Scott Cumming

    My first foray into the world of audiobooks with this novelette and it kind of felt like a Walking Dead off cut for the majority. Andy, Tim, Steve and Nikki are looking for somewhere to settle in a zombie ridden world when they find an old farm house beyond some zombie traps. There are a bit too many stereotypical zombie story traits throughout, but it has it's philosophical moments about the nature of man and violence that give it a spark. The narration was good with clearly defined voices for th My first foray into the world of audiobooks with this novelette and it kind of felt like a Walking Dead off cut for the majority. Andy, Tim, Steve and Nikki are looking for somewhere to settle in a zombie ridden world when they find an old farm house beyond some zombie traps. There are a bit too many stereotypical zombie story traits throughout, but it has it's philosophical moments about the nature of man and violence that give it a spark. The narration was good with clearly defined voices for the character's dialogue. I've a good few audiobooks to get to and they make a change while out for much needed walks right now.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amit

    Violent, Fanatic to the Gore core and guess what I freaking loved it... A group of survivors dealing with zombies in the woods of texas trying best to maintain their insanity. Andy, Steven, Tim, Nikki finally found themselves in a house where they met a black old women named Sunsiray. The main twist begins just from there. That would be there last nightmare in that house they could ever dream of... Very short story to read but felt like a detail and complete horror work. In the future I gonna try Violent, Fanatic to the Gore core and guess what I freaking loved it... A group of survivors dealing with zombies in the woods of texas trying best to maintain their insanity. Andy, Steven, Tim, Nikki finally found themselves in a house where they met a black old women named Sunsiray. The main twist begins just from there. That would be there last nightmare in that house they could ever dream of... Very short story to read but felt like a detail and complete horror work. In the future I gonna try more from these author... Rating : 5...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda (spooky.octopus.reads) Turner

    Wow! This story sure did pack a punch. It went from being a story about a group of people trying to making it during a zombie outbreak to an all out shocking ending. I loved that, in true Lutzke style, there is more to this story than it seems. His stories seem to explore deeper and darker elements of human nature, and this one didn't disappoint. Wow! This story sure did pack a punch. It went from being a story about a group of people trying to making it during a zombie outbreak to an all out shocking ending. I loved that, in true Lutzke style, there is more to this story than it seems. His stories seem to explore deeper and darker elements of human nature, and this one didn't disappoint.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aiden Merchant

    A horrific, good time. This short is violent, ugly, and startling. Though nothing comes as a surprise in its duration, the ride is well written and designed.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    The world is in Shamblers. Only the faithful will be able to survive on eggs and crackers. An enjoyable little short from Lutzke and West.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mathieu

    Quick and effective story, love the ending!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris Carroll

    The Him Deep Down is the sort of zombie story you’d expect from Chad Lutzke...a horror tale that doesn’t follow the rules and delivers a gut punch of emotion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    "You know what the problem is when the world falls apart? ... We start to act like we are deep down." 4.5. Fun, quick read. Loved the way it ended! "You know what the problem is when the world falls apart? ... We start to act like we are deep down." 4.5. Fun, quick read. Loved the way it ended!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Never have I ever read a more disturbing opening scene / paragraph. You’re thrown into a short story of a group’s search of survival following a zombie-like plague that has taken over the world. Brothers, Andy and Steven, are on the move with new friends, Tim and Nikki. Something isn’t right with Steven as he finds satisfaction in death, pain and intimidation but Andy continues to makes excuses for him. The group stumbles on a barricaded farmhouse inhabited by a little old lady but they soon lea Never have I ever read a more disturbing opening scene / paragraph. You’re thrown into a short story of a group’s search of survival following a zombie-like plague that has taken over the world. Brothers, Andy and Steven, are on the move with new friends, Tim and Nikki. Something isn’t right with Steven as he finds satisfaction in death, pain and intimidation but Andy continues to makes excuses for him. The group stumbles on a barricaded farmhouse inhabited by a little old lady but they soon learn that she hides behind a facade to protect her own family. Emotions and true colors show when they (or anyone) are placed in a position to fight or flight. Sunsiray says it best as Andy learns a hard lesson, “We start to act like we are deep down. When there are no rules and laws, what we are inside comes out.”

  30. 5 out of 5

    Well Read Beard

    Very enjoyable short read - ( only 42 pages long ) - perfect for an October night. Zombie story with a twist!

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