The Eaton (Paperback)
The Eaton is the award-winning debut novel of John K. Addis. Spanning over 100 years of mid-Michigan history, but written in the gruesome style of '80s horror classics, The Eaton tells the story of Sam Spicer, who purchases the dilapidated Michigan Central Railroad Depot in Eaton Rapids with the dream of opening a hot new martini bar. But when he and his friends discover an abandoned underground hotel directly beneath the property, they must discover what happened to the original guests-before their own time runs out.
An Amazon and Audible Best-Seller Over 1,000 Four-Star and Five-Star Reviews
"The Eaton is the best kind of horror." - Midwest Book Review
"The Eaton is an astonishing debut. A tense and suspenseful thriller set in Mid-Michigan, filled with historical information, I could not put this down Fresh, original, and truly terrifying." - Kirk Montgomery, WILX-TV
"It's not often I find myself so absorbed in a book that grabs my attention from the onset up until the last page. It's fast-paced, macabre and full of gritty atmospheric settings, along with a relentlessly chilling plot from an author who's mastered the genre " - Catherine Rose Putsche, Author of The Surgeon's Son
"This book is so well-plotted, and the characters feel so real, that you will be as terrorized as they are. Some of the images are so vivid that I had to put The Eaton down for a few minutes, let myself relax, take a few breaths, then I could continue. You have to keep reading to see what happens next, even if you are afraid to find out."- Bill Mackela, Bill's Book Reviews
"Reminiscent of an old-school Stephen King novel, The Eaton will hold you captive from its first paragraph to its shocking conclusion. This spell-binding thriller kept me guessing all the way through, and left me anxiously hoping for a sequel." - Jenn Carpenter, So Dead Podcast, Author of Haunted Lansing
"Amazing debut by a really talented author. This is one of those books that will stick with you after you read it-Addis does a great job of putting you in the action." - Alec Drachman, Goodreads
"What Addis does best is convey to the reader the slow rising terror as the characters realize their situation. I don't want to give anything thing away because finding out what is in the hotel, where it came from and how it works is part of the creepy fun. It is hard to creep me out and this one did it. - Sharon Stogner, I Smell Sheep Reviews
"The Eaton is a great book. I would recommend The Eaton to anyone who loves a good horror story with rich, well-developed characters who all have their secrets they would like to keep hidden, but are faced with a horror they've never met." - Melanie Marsh, FangFreakinTasticReviews.com
"Addis pens plenty of suspense, gore, disturbing imagery, and edge-of-your-seat tension throughout the entire text. The book, as a whole, is inviting, intriguing, and worth investing in. Plus, Addis manages to create independent, smart female characters, not something you see every day in a horror novel." - Julia Gaskill, Portland Book Review
"Out-and-out thrilling horror and an absolute page-turner- it had me wanting 'just another chapter.' But it is, I think, also a little more than that. Addis explores a number of very contemporary and relatable concerns here regarding the relationship between the characters and their pasts. This is a great read and I guarantee horror fans are about to be as hooked in as I was." - Lit Amri, Readers' Favorite
About the Author
John K. Addis is an award-winning designer and marketing professional in Lansing, Michigan. When not advertising the products and causes of his clients, Addis enjoys expressing himself creatively in as many ways as possible. In the past two decades, Addis has composed a variety of works for small music ensembles, drawn a daily comic strip for The State News (Studentangle), written & directed a microbudget feature-length film (The Bells of Beaumont Tower), and has seen his photography displayed at local galleries. He is presently the CEO & Creative Director of AE: Adventures in New Media, continues to perform keys and vocals in a Williamston-based cover band (The Black Barn Band) and has recently started writing his second novel, The Paper. Addis lives in Lansing's historic Westside Neighborhood with his brilliant wife Leah, creative daughter Sophia, and adorable toddler Julian.