THE SLAUGHTER CHRONICLES: PULLING TEETH AND OTHER STORIES

Pulling Teeth Ebook Cover
Cover art by Justin Halsey

Welcome to The Slaughter Chronicles… where there are two sides to reality and three sides to life.

Earth and the Void, where the shadows are never empty.

Human, monster, and monster hunter.

In a world full of unseen dangers and hidden treachery, hunters are all that stand between humanity and the jaws of darkness.

When little Regina Slaughter unwillingly became a werewolf at the tender age of nine, she lost her whole family soon after. Now on the monster side of life, Regina learns that there are no limits to the kinds of monsters hunters can be.

Caged and subjected to horrifying experimentations at the whim of HADES’s werewolf hunters, Regina is destined for a tragic end.

But after a daring rescue, Regina finds a new family with the Alpha of the most improbable werewolf pack in rural America. A pack of former werewolf hunters turned in the line of duty. Hidden from HADES’s Central Command by their own top Void hunter, these ex-hunters pay for protection from their former comrades with their own flesh and blood.

Where HADES’s werewolf and vampire hunters use modern technology to hunt their prey, HADES’s elite Void hunters use more archaic and sinister methods to keep the creatures of the Void at bay.

Werewolf Regina is far from perfect, but that won’t stop the top Void hunter from molding her into his version of the perfect killing machine, despite the pack Beta’s misgivings about her murky past.

Growing up within the very organization that caged her, Regina starts a new life as an apprentice Void hunter.

The Slaughter Chronicles is a grimdark fantasy horror series of novels and short fiction about a world where humans don’t believe in monsters, but they are very much real. And they will eat you. Join Regina Slaughter, Void hunter and werewolf, as she navigates the secret world of monster and monster hunters.


FIVE STARS FROM READER’S FAVORITE!

Pulling Teeth and Other Short Stories is a book in the horror genre by Jessa Forest. Werewolves, vampires and even more terrifying creatures from the void blend in with the crowd and to keep them in check an organization called HADES hunts them down. A little werewolf pup by the name Regina Slaughter is held at a HADES facility for heinous experiments. She and others of her kind are mistreated and tortured for fun, that is until a fierce werewolf called Atlas infiltrates the site and kills every human in sight. Atlas and Regina then make their way to his pack’s safehouse. There Regina meets a peculiar man called Thane, also known as the deadliest hunter. Thane takes a liking to Regina and wishes to take her under his wing, and Regina is happy as long she lives free. Her freedom, however, will come at a heavy price and she’ll have to get used to seeing blood, as her current occupation requires that it be spilled without hesitation. Join Regina as she hones her werewolf abilities and tackles the unknown.

This book has an incredible plot that I enjoyed from the beginning till the end. It was very captivating and it always had new elements that would keep the whole experience fresh and entertaining. I also liked just how unique the entire plot was and how Jessa Forest conveyed it all to me. I really love her style of writing. The lore established in Pulling Teeth and Other Short Stories is by far the most intricate and well-thoughtout I’ve come across in a while. Especially the realm known as the Void, as I found this topic of conversation very interesting. Action scenes were also amazing and well choreographed as I could easily picture the carnage left in Atlas’s wake and the other scenes.

Jessa Forest really did a stellar job of conveying her thoughts to the reader as I never once felt confused by her scenes or plot. The characters are worth mentioning as well as they’re all well-written and relatable. Each was authentic and realistic. Thane was my favorite as he piqued my curiosity and I liked getting to know more about him. Now, before I turn this review into an essay, I’d like to thank the author for having written such a masterpiece. Readers that enjoy books with supernatural beings such as vampires and so on are sure to love this book. Plus, it’s got an incredible plot and characters, so you can’t go wrong with this title.

Reviewed By Nicholus Schroeder for Readers’ Favorite

Reader’s Favorite Five Stars!

WHAT OTHER READERS ARE SAYING:

Jessa Forest‘s The Slaughter Chronicles kicks off with Pulling Teeth and Other Stories, an anthology that reads like a novel. Follow Regina Slaughter through her young life as a werewolf who wants nothing more than to shift into wolf form and run under the moon—except she’s imprisoned by monster hunters who want to experiment on her. But this isn’t her first brush with danger. And it won’t be her last. At times visceral and at times light-hearted, Pulling Teeth and Other Stories is an exciting journey into a new paranormal world you’ll love!

Proof Positive

Very dark and beautiful. Visceral. Lovely mix of realism and paranormal elements.

Suzanne, Goodreads review

This book is a rather darker fantasy than I usually read. But it turned out to be a real page-turner. Beautifully written and a plot that keeps you moving quickly through the pages. Regina, the lead character, is no slouch. Fearless, not always a nice little girl and sometimes luckier than she deserves. The fantastical world the author creates could use a bit more filling out but I assume she will do that in future entries in the series. I will read those too.

Jerry G, Amazon review

Dark and beautiful. Jessa’s writing is very visceral and real, even if the plot is fantastical. Loved this collection.

Aaron D, Amazon review

Pulling Teeth and Other Stories is the jaw dropping debut of rising star Jessa Forest. I’m a notoriously slow reader but I couldn’t put this book down from the moment I opened the first page… The thing that struck me most about this book was the authors voice. Straight away it comes across that this is a well thought out story with rich, vivid characters. Love them or hate them, they come across as real, warts and all.

The writing was smooth with excellent pacing. I genuinely enjoyed how the author mixed things up with short snippets and changes of POV which really added to the flair of the story. There’s also snapshots into other aspects of this world leaving lots of potential for this story to be expanded on in future novels.

This is by far one of my favourite reads of 2021 and I genuinely look forward to reading more works by the author. If you enjoy fantasy with grimdark elements, check this story out! 

Damien Larkin, author of Big Red and Blood Red Sand

A stunning debut!

Visceral, beautifully written, and thoroughly entertaining, the authors voice is strong and unique.

Gripped from page one, I devoured Pulling Teeth and Other Stories, and cannot wait to see what Jessa Forest brings us next.

David Green, author of the Nick Holleran Series and In Solitude’s Shadow

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