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Tales from the Cemetery on the Hill by Dale Pierce - A Book Review

by Harold Metzger

November 2008

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Tales From the Cemetery On the Hill is a new book available only online and at book signings where the author chooses to show up. Clearly, rather than waste time shopping around with the mainstream market, prolific writer Dale Pierce has seen fit to deal with his cult following and market to this audience alone. While Lulu’s books on demand system is not fancy, it enables any author to get his project out fast and on the market, literally changing the face of publishing. Clearly, Pierce intends to go beyond Lulu to resell his works to bigger companies for foreign reprint rights and possibly film. In Tales From The Cemetery on The Hill there are a ton of things that would make great film. Someone like Dario Argento should take note.


At the opening of this horror novel, we find The Sin Killer, a murderous psychopath who believes himself killing for Christ to be a fine thing. According to his philosophy, if his victims will not give their hearts to Jesus while alive, they will do so when dead. Those who know Pierce’s style need not stretch their imaginations to see what happens next.

Anyway, The Sin Killer visits Hillside Cemetery in the remote parts of Sugarcreek, Ohio, where he intends to gloat over the grave of his last victim. Instead, he is confronted by a man in a priest outfit, who identifies himself only as Traveler.

Traveler seems to be more than something human, for he confronts the Sin Killer and plays a game with him, taunting him as he takes him from gravestone to gravestone, each of which offers an encounter with the supernatural. The dead rise up to speak in the whispering wind, telling ghostly stories of woe, while the murderous Sin Killer is forced to listen.

The tales are a bizarre mixture of things. A jealous magician confronts a rival to force the secrets of his magic tricks from him and finds out these are not tricks, but real magic. The rival sold his soul to the devil. Other tales deal with a man attempting to raise an army of demons to take over the world, by sacrificing his visiting niece as the last needed victim in his uncanny rituals. A writer makes a fortune by claiming to have seen the mythical Mothman in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, but evokes the wrath of the real creature. You kind of get the drift of things.


The best, though darkest of the tales are the first two:


In They’re Tearing Down Hoe Finn’s Arena, a pro wrestler confronts the past by returning to the condemned arena in Canton (Ohio) where he once killed a rival in the ring. In this empty arena, the lights come on where there is no power, the silent building rocks with cheers and once again, he relives the deeds from his past.

The ghosts of the empty arena come back to claim their own.


In the next tale, Between God, The Devil & A Pair Of Horns, an American bullfighter born in Ohio, but seeking adventure as a novice torero, leaves his home for Peru. There, he receives a massive goring and luckily pulls through.

After being released from the hospital, said bullfighter stumbles upon a bullfighting bar in Lima, devoted to dead bullfighters. He enters and partakes in an educational program where the narrator delivers a lecture on death in the ring.

All is fine and dandy until the young man sees his own death on the video screen.

Fleeing, he finds himself trapped in a netherworld where dressed in his suit of lights once again, he must confront destiny. The lecturer comes to his aid dressed in a bullfighting costume of his own and informs him he too, was killed in the ring.

Now, as all others have done before, the young man must prove himself in the other world. There are bullfights in heaven…or hell…one imagines, for the trumpets blow and the gates open before him.

“Who is out there, on the other side?” the young man asks, wishing to know the audience who will be appraising him.

“Who do you think?” the other man responds and with that they make their way across the sand in this phantom plaza, where the dead return to resume their passion of old.


The book ends with one final story, where the identity of the mysterious Traveler is revealed and The Sin Killer meets his fate at The Cemetery On The Hill.


A truly creepy piece of work, though not the fanciest production, this is available for book purchase in the $10.00 range and also a very economical downloaded e book version for around $2.00.


A mySpace for the book exists at and the actual Lulu page where orders, sample pages and info may be found exists at


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