“Some books use different approaches to characterization as their ‘hook’ and others have a twist to their plot, but few sport the attraction of The Catacombs, a novel in ‘The World’s Scariest Places’ series, set in the catacombs of Paris. Why should the setting be such a draw? Because in creating a story that revolves strongly upon a sense of place (and an unusual place, at that), it succeeds in making a horror story like none other.” – Midwest Book Review
“If you are looking for something to give you chills before you go to bed or make you think twice about turning off your light, then The Catacombs is the book for you.” – San Francisco Book Review
If this one doesn’t scare you, you’re already dead.
There’s more to fear than the dark in the underground.
Five stories underground. Seven million skeletons. No way out.
As close to hell as you’re likely ever going to get.
Awards for the World’s Scariest Places series:
AUSTRALIAN HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION SHADOWS AWARD (WINNER, 2016)
FOREWORD INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (GOLD, 2016)
READER VIEWS LITERARY AWARD (WINNER, 2015)
GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD (FINALIST, 2015)
AUSTRALIAN HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION SHADOWS AWARD (FINALIST, 2015)
FOREWORD INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (FINALIST, 2014)
THE SKOUTZ AWARD (GERMAN, FINALIST 2017)
INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARD (FINALIST, 2016)
NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD (FINALIST, 2017)
Praise for the World’s Scariest Places series:
“Will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like.” – Kirkus Reviews
“With a shout-out to Stephen King, Bates’s series seems to draw inspiration from other contemporary classics such as the Final Destination film series and the American Horror Story anthology…Voracious readers of horror will delightfully consume the contents of Bates’s World’s Scariest Places books” – BookLife Prize
“Thriller fans and readers of Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and other masters of the art will find much to love” – Midwest Book Review
“Will make your skin crawl” – Scream Magazine
“Told with an authoritative voice full of heart and insight” – Richard Thomas, Bram-Stoker Nominated Author
“Takes any preconceived notions of ‘horror’ and turns them on end” – Midwest Book Review
“Grabs and doesn’t let go until the end” – Writer’s Digest
“You won’t be disappointed” – HorrorAddicts
“Bates knows how to creep into his reader’s mind and toy around” – Horror Palace
“Spellbinding” – Bestsellersworld
“Readers will be on the edge of their seats until the very end” – BookLife Prize
“Something to give you chills before you go to bed” – San Francisco Book Review
“Excellent!” – Andrew Peterson, international bestselling author of FIRST TO KILL
“Will delight horror fans who want their novels steeped in psychological suspense as well as action” – Midwest Book Review
“Invites you to read it in one sitting” – Hellnotes