“Marcus Pelegrimas is the 21st century equivalent of Bram Stoker and his Skinners saga is arguably some of the most entertaining paranormal fantasy ever written.” – Paul Goat Allen
Revolving around the relationship between two monster hunters (known as Skinners) Cole Warnecki and Paige Strobel and set in a world inhabited by an undeniably cool myriad of monstrosities, the first Skinners novel Blood Blade was released in January of 2009 and was followed up a few months later by Howling Legion. During the next two years, Pelegrimas released Teeth of Beasts, Vampire Uprising, The Breaking, and (seemingly) concluded the series in October of 2011 with Extinction Agenda.
I’ve written numerous blogs over the years about these novels so I thought it would be interesting to not only share the links here but to highlight some of the more memorable statements:
• The Apocalypse According to Marcus Pelegrimas: The Skinners Saga is Genre Transcendent Horror (posted November 2011)
"...if I were forced to judge paranormal fantasy sagas on (relatively) objective criteria like strength and originality of storyline, overall character development, depth of world building, pacing, how much the saga improves as it progresses, downright entertainment value, etc. there is no way that I couldn’t at least consider the Skinners saga by Marcus Pelegrimas to be the very best paranormal fantasy series on the shelves right now."
• No Respect: Why is Marcus Pelegrimas’s Skinners the Rodney Dangerfield of Elite Vampire Series? (posted November 2010)
"In 2009, when Pelegrimas visited the BarnesandNoble.com forums to promote the first Skinner novel, Blood Blade, he stated that his 'first love' has always been horror: “When I was a kid, I used to write monster stories on my mom’s typewriter and I still love writing them today…. horror and dark fantasy come straight from my heart, which is partially what inspired Skinners.”
"Just as Bram Stoker reinvigorated Gothic horror in the late 19th century – and brought vampires to the forefront of bibliophilic consciousness – so too does Pelegrimas have the potential to do the same thing here in the 21st century with his myriad of monstrosities. His storytelling style is utterly readable, his characters are unconventional and endearing, his wry sense of humor priceless."
Bottom line: This is an awesome series at awesome ebook prices – if you haven’t read the Skinners saga yet, now is a perfect time to do so.
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
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