Cat’s Review: The Watchful Dead: A Tale of Old Hastur (A Ring Gargery Thriller) By Author, Joe Pawlowski ~ 4 Stars…

New Author Joe Pawlowski

‘The Watchful Dead: A Tale of Old Hastur (A Ring Gargery Thriller)’






 A Ring Gargery Thriller (Book 1)
Publisher: Glint Media (January 12, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1733610812
Paperback: 199 pages  – Kindle Length: 201 pages
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Genre:  Gothic FictionHorror Literature & Fiction,  



Within the shadowy walls of ancient Hastur, reality and illusion walk hand in hand.

A 12-year-old boy housebound all his life, a conjure woman who talks to the dead, an evil slave trader driven ruthless by greed and a war hero whose greatest battles take place in his own mind: all are about to have their lives shaken to the core by powerful forces from beyond the grave.

A tale of murder, magic, and madness, The Watchful Dead is a nightmare blend of gothic traditionalism, magical realism and dark fantasy that will haunt you long after you turn its final page.

Readers are calling The Watchful Dead “a ride right off the bat” and “nicely written, with a lyrical quality that kept me turning virtual pages,” and the author “possesses the talents of a classic great writer.”

The Horror Fiction Review says, “All in all, it’s a gutsy, ambitious, skillful exploration of cosmic/epic dark fantasy that brings something new to both facets of the genres.”


New Author, Joe Pawlowski is a retired journalist living in the Twin Cities of the great state of Minnesota with his wife, Debbie, and rescue dog, Lucy. Besides reading and writing, he enjoys music, movies and socializing with his many friends…


Hauntingly Dark and Mysterious … Is The Watchful Dead

I will start by being transparent as this is not my normal genre of choice. I am also not a spoiler of any books. And, when I first read Mr. Pawlowski’s book title, my first thought was “Pirates”… far from it!

However, what a real ebook page-turner from the first few pages. A little too “gothic” for my taste, but this read had all the elements of dark thrilling mysterious suspense that holds your attention and keeps you deep within the pages and storyline.

Exceptionally written with unearthly characters, an end you really don’t see coming, and as a writer, I have no clue how this author kept up with all that goes on with Ring’s deeply disturbing and dysfunctional family and the full storyline unfolds.

And Oh the twisty weaves of dark magic, ghostly characters who passed on, fantasy and so much more within this great read.

I would suggest it to those who do enjoy a darker gothic thrill ride!
Definitely worth the read.

~Cat Lyon’s Reading and Writing Den by Author, Catherine Lyon


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