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The Final Gate

By: Wesley Southard,Lucas Mangum
Narrated by: Sean Duregger
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Something is terrifying the residents of St. Luke’s Orphanage. Gurgling moans echo through the hallways. Hulking shapes lurk in the surrounding woods. And those who wake up in the morning will find one child less under their roof....

Brandon and his girlfriend, Jillian, believe his younger brother is in serious danger. Even though the caretakers at St. Luke’s told them that he’s been adopted, Brandon has his doubts. With the help of a friend and a mysterious guide, they will do whatever it takes to find out just what is happening inside the orphanage walls and at the bottom of the basement steps....

From Splatterpunk Award-winning author Wesley Southard and Splatterpunk Award-nominated author Lucas Mangum comes The Final Gate, the ultimate tribute to Italian horror master Lucio Fulci. With blood, guts, and all the nightmarish madness you’d expect from the godfather of gore himself, Southard and Mangum present a loving homage to spaghetti splatter and the glory of 1980’s Euro horror.

©2021 Wesley Southard & Lucas Mangum (P)2022 Mark Alan Miller

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A horrible orphanage!

Brandon‘s brother is at St. Luke’s orphanage or at least that’s where he was supposed to be until the day they told him he was adopted he is a recovering alcoholic but on that day his girlfriend gave him a free pass to have a drink that didn’t is the pain of not knowing where his brother was but when he goes to look for him and he too goes missing it’s left up to Jillian and her dog smell to find him with the help of a strange older man named Claudius in a story about the supernatural and gates to hell well she even come close to finding the man she loves. This book was so good it’s a real throwback to 80s horror but not splatter punk as it has a great plot and great narration. Shawn Dregger is one of my favorite narrators I think if he read the phonebook I would be down for listening. Please forgive any mistakes as I am blind to dictate my review but trust me when I say if you love horror then you love the final gate by Wesley Southard.

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Relentlessly Entertaining Italian-style Gorefest

Wesley Southard and Lucas Mangum are two of the most exciting new writers in horror. When I heard that they were continuing the fictional universe that Lucio Fulci started, I knew that the result would be something very special. It's instantly clear that they are both fans of Fulci's work and there are lots of little nods and references to films like Zombie, City of the Living Dead, The Beyond and The House by the Cemetery. You don't need to have seen these films to enjoy this audiobook, but it will add more depth to the experience if you have.
I read The Final Gate the week that it was released but decided to revisit it when I found out Sean Duregger was narrating the audiobook version. His recent work on the Wishmaster official adaptation was insanely good and I was interested to see what he'd do with the material. He is a very natural storyteller whose subtle character work always keeps you in the story. I particularly liked the voice he did for the miserable old grandmother. The additional music was also a nice touch.
Highly recommended.

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  • 13-09-22

Not Just an Orphanage

This was a decent short horror story about Brandon who believes his younger brother Brice in orphanage is in danger as other orphans are supposable adopted during the night. Brandon is missing Jillian (his girlfriend) and her dog goes in search for him. Great narration

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  • Tammy B Oakley
  • 29-08-22

Chilling thriller!💜

Fantastic story & pretty gruesome just the way it should be. Typical evil versus good. Throw in a few cannibalistic children, a creepy care giver and the stranger who seems to have all the answers and you have a horror story.
What makes this story better even than average is the brilliant performance of Sean Durreger. His voice range of emotions, accents & characters are absolutely perfect for this genre. He gives me chills. Well done.
This is a standalone.
I recommend this book!

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  • Tod M. Clark
  • 07-08-22

A Must Read for Fans of Lucio Fulci

Wesley Southard and Lucas Mangum set out to write a book to make all fans of the Lucio Fulci films stand up and cheer and they accomplished that goal with THE FINAL GATE. The narration by Sean Duregger is top notch as he goes eyeballs deep into giving a full commitment these characters that Southard and Mangum created deserve. A very good, entertaining audiobook.

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  • Alex Pearson
  • 01-07-22

Hold on to your eyeballs!

***Adding new review because I just listened to the new audiobook narrated by Sean Duregger and it made this rule so much harder! Seriously did not know it was possible to enjoy this book anymore, but then I did a listen of the audiobook. HIGHLY recommended! Duregger makes this an entirely new experience!

Hold on to your eyeballs! Wesley Southard and Lucas Mangum have put together a gruesome love letter and tribute to Lucio Fulci and the Gates of Hell movies with THE FINAL GATE. Encompassing so many elements of Italian horror and putting their passion for the films at the forefront, these authors tell a fun, gory, creepy story from beginning to end. Fun fact: you do not have to see these prior films or be at all familiar with Italian horror to enjoy this book. The characters are wonderful - some old, some new - and no one is safe! I had fun guessing who might die and who would make it to the end. I was wrong so many times. The setting is eerie: an orphanage with mostly a-hole kids and distance, odd adults tending to them. The kill scenes are BRUTAL and 100% in the spirit of Fulci. Brain matter, oozing blood, gouged eyes, entrails and insides on the outside, the works! You can hear the ominous winds, feel the raging fires, and smell all the bodily fluids as you make your way through this one. Is there a happy ending? Is there ever? One way to find out! Check out THE FINAL GATE and, I'll say it again: Hold. On. To. Your. Eyeballs.

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  • AJ/Joe Roman
  • 26-11-22

A “Meh” Of A Story

Although all the horror parts where there, the slow burn didn’t lead to much at the end.