The Night Stockers

The Night Stockers by Kristopher Triana & Ryan Harding

Attention shoppers!

The employees of the Freshway grocery store aren’t too happy about having to do an overnight shift, but they’re about to be even unhappier. Their rival store, Devil’s Food, is about to lay siege upon them with extreme prejudice. This is no ordinary grocery chain. Devil’s Food is run by a cult of murderous Satanists committed to killing the competition—literally.

Armed with hatchets, knives, maces and motorcycles, they enter the store and start picking off their victims in the most ghastly and depraved ways possible. The Freshway’s only chance of survival is to fight, and this leads to a bloody battle royal of crazed cashiers, knife-wielding demo ladies, brutal butchers, and teenage clerks determined to make their favorite death metal albums come true.

The Night Stockers is a gory horror comedy by Splatterpunk Award-Winning authors Kristopher Triana and Ryan Harding, the men who brought you Full Brutal and Genital Grinder. Filled with bone-crushing carnage and the heaviest metal, this one promises customer satisfaction.

The IndieMuse Review

When two of the biggest names in Splatterpunk and Extreme horror join forces to deliver a death metal-infused bloodbath, you know you’re in for something memorable.

The Freshway grocery store has some new competition. A rival store has just opened and has slowly taken this long-running market’s business. Devil’s Food is a new chain of stores with a not-so-subtle secret. They are run by a group of Satan worshippers!

The new store manager at Devil’s Food is looking to make a big impression at his new job and, when he gets wind of a mandatory night shift being run at the Freshway, inspiration strikes. What better way to impress your new dark overlords than with a wholesale massacre? When he leads a select group of his most devout and debauched believers, armed to the teeth, to murder their competitors in the most diabolical ways possible, a lot of blood will be spilt and only one store will be left standing once the night is through.

Anyone who has worked in a grocery store before (or really any kind of retail job) will find this such a relatable (and cathartic) reading experience. The book is filled with petty managers, unreasonable customers and obnoxious colleagues that will be sadly familiar to a lot of readers but, rest assured, Triana and Harding have creatively gruesome and satisfying ends in store for each and every one of them! You’d think they’d run out of supermarket themed deaths to commit to paper but every turn of the page proves there is no limit to the ways rampaging Satanists can dispatch their victims with box cutters, pallet trucks and rotisserie ovens.

Being set in the early ’90s, the book is littered with fun nods to the period, which will no doubt appeal to those who grew up during this time. Music (death metal in particular) plays a huge role and it was pleasantly nostalgic to recognize so many of these references. It adds an extra layer of fun to a book that is already an absolute blast.

The Night Stockers may not be either authors’ strongest work (my votes would go for The Thirteenth Koyote and Genital Grinder respectively) but it says a lot about each authors talent that such a statement can be made about a book this good. What I especially enjoyed is how the authors subverted expectations in regards to the characters. When you feel like one person is maybe being set up as the hero of the piece, they are killed off suddenly and unexpectedly, when someone else is given traits that usually signify someone will be the first to go, they make it through to the final page. You will constantly be surprised by how these characters react to the events of the book and it makes the story all the more exciting and unpredictable.

The Night Stockers is a blackly funny satire with a blistering pace and enough endlessly inventive blood and gore to satisfy even the most demanding hardcore horror junkie.

RICHARD MARTIN

Richard started reading horror books at a young age, starting with R L Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Point Horror’ series. He traumatised himself at the age of twelve when he read Stephen King’s ‘IT’, and never looked back. He is currently based in the UK, where he lives with his partner, and an inappropriate amount of books.

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