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“Lorne Dixon’s Blue Eel is an engaging and offbeat mixture of police procedural, eldritch mysticism and monster story wrapped up in a tale of redemption.”

Rue Morgue (Issue #169, August 2016)


“[Blue Eel] is well-constructed, well-conceived and well worth the effort… those who enjoy books by David Wong, Ernest Cline and even Neil Gaiman may find much to like here.”

The Oklahoman (click here for full review)


“In Blue Eel, Lorne Dixon brings us fresh new monsters and pits them against characters that are tortured and flawed, driven and complex, sympathetic and realistic. Equal parts graphic supernatural horror and tautly paced psychological thriller, Blue Eel delivers a final twist that will hit you like a punch in the guts.”

Tracie McBride, author of ‘Ghosts Under Glass’ and other stories, and winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best New Talent


“I love a good thriller and horror (not the gross and stupid kind), and Blue Eel was right up my alley. I devoured it!

“Chilling, creepy and sometimes queasy, Blue Eel involves kidnapped children, a sacred cult with glowing freaks, and hallucinogenic fish blood, which may haunt my dreams for some time and put me off sushi forever.

“With Blue Eel, author Lorne Dixon intercuts a great thriller with subtle elements of horror that are effective and compelling.  I’ll be watching for future titles from Dixon, as he’s now at the top of my ‘brings on the spooks’ list.

“Congrats to Cutting Block Books for publishing this book, and to author Lorne Dixon for being just a little bit disturbed.”

Anne Michaud, author of Girls & Monsters, Hunter’s Trap, and ‘Misery of Me’ (from the Bram Stoker Award® nominated Tattered Souls 2).


Blue Eel is a horror story about justice and revenge, developing its initial compelling tension from child Laurie’s encounter with a neighborhood monster and examining simmering truths which lie just below the surface… It begins with a child and blossoms into a personal quest, children transformed…and journeys that lead far from home.

“Take a horror story, add in science fiction elements, and tie everything together with a solid investigative approach backed by psychological depth, and you have in Blue Eel a multi-faceted novel that draws horror and mystery readers and evolves into a gripping yarn of bigger pictures, which proves hard to put down and satisfyingly impossible to predict.”

D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review


“A whodunit tale mixed with psychedelia, cult religion, and alien evolution, Blue Eel is equal parts terror and thrill, and will wrap its depraved tail around your senses.”

— Eric J. Guignard, winner of the Bram Stoker Award and finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award


“Once you decide to follow Branson Turaco on his trek, you are in it for the long haul.”

— Red Carpet Crash (Click here for full review)