The Faceless One by Mark Onspaugh

The Faceless One

From a brilliant new voice in horror comes a riveting nightmare of ancient evil unleashed—and the bravery and sacrifice of those called to combat it.   In 1948, when he was just a boy, Jimmy Kalmaku trained with his uncle to be the shaman of his Tlingit village in Alaska. There he learned the old legends, the old myths, the old secrets. Chief among them was that of a mask locked in a prison of ice, and of the faceless god imprisoned within: a ...

Details The Faceless One

TitleThe Faceless One
Release DateOct 28th, 2013
GenreHorror, Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

Reviews The Faceless One

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    3.5It took me a while to get through this book. Not the book's fault, though. The timing was wrong.The Faceless One is a great story of an ancient evil god who finally gets its chance to be free. The being is trapped in a mask so it uses anyone who gets close to it to move a step closer to its destination. Every story has its heroes so this one is no different. Only, these heroes are not common ones.Too often in horror stories featuring people wi...
  • Patrice Hoffman
    The Faceless One is the debut novel by Mark Ospaugh that I will not soon forget. Jimmy Kalmaku is 7 years old when he first learns of The Faceless One. His Uncle Will is a shaman for their village in the lowlands along the Gulf of Alaska and is passing on his knowledge to Jimmy. The reason for this visit is to teach Jimmy the ways of the Tlingit people and how to fight this powerful evil entity should it escape the mask. For the sake of all human...
  • Timothy Hilgenberg
    A rich and famous anthropologist is hauled up in his apartment in New York, fearing for his life. The door and windows are sealed, supplies reach him through a secure contraption, his windows are adorned with fetishes to ward of evil and yet it reaches and kills him.His attorney collecting his belonging to be sent to his only living relative discovers an ancient artefact amongst the anthropologist's belonging and falls under its spell which in sh...
  • Kai
    The Faceless One start with Jimmy Kalmaku when he was seven years old. His favorite uncle who is a shaman took him to a cave. In the cave, there is a mask that was fashioned by the gods to trap a cruel and vengeful god called T'Nathluk. His uncle wanted Jimmy to know the Faceless One and the danger that this entity posed to the world. When the archaeologist dug up the mask, he freed T'Nathluk into the world. Anyone who touches the mask become sla...
  • Pamela
    Wow. Bravo, Mark Onspaugh.Too often it seems that thrillers or horror stories based on a set of beliefs can come off as capitalizing on one culture or group's way of life. Some authors even give the appearance of reveling in mocking others' beliefs (*cough*Dan Brown*coughcough*). However, in The Faceless One, I felt that Onspaugh managed to walk a fine line in creating a page-turning (well, Kindle-clicking) horror novel that is based on Tlingit t...
  • Carl Alves
    The Faceless One is a horror novel that is steeped in Native American legend, most of it surrounding old gods, one of which is The Faceless One, an evil entity that is seeking a human to enter the world and wreak havoc and destruction. When Jimmy Kalamaku was a boy he had an encounter with the Faceless One. Now that he is an old man, he is being called by the Raven, a trickster god who has humanity's best interest in his heart, to defeat the Face...
  • Beth Cato
    I received a gratis ebook from the publisher via NetGalley.I don't usually read horror, but I requested this because it utilizes Tlingit mythology. I read a lot of dark fantasy, and it's unusual for a book to deviate from the usual Irish/Anglo/Nordic pantheons, or from Navajo among American native traditions. I went on an Alaskan cruise earlier this year and I had hopes to learn more about the Tlingit people.The book has a lot going for it, but s...
  • A Book Vacation
    To see my full review:’m sorry to say that this novel didn’t captivate me as I had hoped it would. A new release just in time for Halloween, hailed as a “riveting nightmare of ancient evil,” I was sad to find that The Faceless One fell a bit short in this category, for me personally.The story itself jumped around from character to characters too much for my tastes, making it difficult for me to fol...
  • Julie
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book was well written but it is not one of the normal genres I read. Also when I get stuck or unhappy with a story I will put it down for awhile and just read a few pages here or there. This being an advanced copy I was unsure about putting it down and coming back to it later.I have a hard time with the concept of possession. I do not like the idea of not being ab...
  • M
    Mild to Moderate Horror I would describe this book as a combination of dark fantasy and horror, so if you’re looking for full-frontal horror, this is not the book for you. Yes, there are several horrific post-murder scenes, but I’ve read bloodier in books about serial murderers. I chose “Faceless One” for a new-to-me writer and a not-my-usual genre to challenge me. The plot and subplots are singular, because the author draws upon myths & ...
  • Rachel
    There have been very few books that have been able to illicit emotion like this one did. As you are reading you feel the fear and coldness seeping in but you also feel the love and pride. Taking the stories of a lost Eskimo tribe and making non-believers believe to stop a horrid evil that could take over the world, this novel leaves you on the edge of your seat with each gripping page. The many individual stories slowly evolve into one and work t...
  • Leila C. Belcher
    Exciting book worth readingI've just discovered this Author and will now soak up everything I can find written by him. Excellent character development. I laughed at, cried, cared and worried for the characters. Was fascinated by the story and Lore. You will live and breathe this book until the end. And then you will quickly buy the next book in the Series. Wonderful read!!
  • Ms J Linney
    A real Joy to readWhat a pleasure, heroes who and neither young nor supernatural. Jimmy and George are a couple of old friends living out their latter years in a retirement home, that is until one of the oldest Gods rises. Only Jimmy, with George's help can put The Faceless One back where it belongs. More of this pair please.
  • Cat
    Didn't exactly finish reading, but love this authors stories! I need to get a new copy as my Kindle copy was deleted by accident. So sad! But I so enjoyed what I read!
  • Julian Froment
    I was intrigued by the description for this book and requested a copy to review. I have to confess that I found the cover to be a little dark and indistinct. The description drew me in, the cover did not.I initially had quite a bit of trouble getting into this book. It seemed to start off quite slowly, and drag. This is not one of the usual genres that I read frequently, but that being said, I rather enjoyed this book. There did, however, seem to...
  • Vince Darcangelo
    2013-11-12 Faceless OneMark OnspaughThe prologue of Mark Onspaugh’s The Faceless One is a primal delight. We begin in the forested snow-scape of rural Alaska, 1948, where young Jimmy Kalmaku embarks on a dark journey with his uncle deep into the tundra. Hidden within a remote cave is an evil of which Jimmy has never imagined.It is also where he learns that he will succeed his uncle as shaman and inherit the task...
  • Iris
    To tell you the truth I had some troubles with this book. I found it hard to get into the story, the multiple point of views confused me a bit and overall I found that the book started a bit slow.I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review. I requested it because the plot attracted me and I found myself wanting to read it. So I was a bit disappointed with the start. The first hundred pages or so I found myself not able to ma...
  • Francesca
    I don't normally read this genre of book and prefer science fiction or fantasy, but the description sounded interesting. Net Galley gave me the book for an honest review, so I was determined to read it once I had it. The beginning read like a series of short stories with gruesome endings. I put the book down after each death, but the characters that stayed alive caused me to pick it back up each time.Woven throughout the beginning was a thread th...
  • Judy
    In 1948 in a small Alaskan village, young Jimmy Kalmaku is taken by his shaman uncle to a cave where the mask of an evil God is imprisoned in the ice. He is so terrified by this visit that he never returns. Jimmy now spends his time in a Seattle nursing home where he leads a dull life full of regrets. That is until an archaeologist discovers the mask and sets the Demon captured within the mask free.Whoever touches the mask will die horribly at th...
  • Jamie
    Mark Onspaugh managed to write a many layered story in The Faceless One. The creepiness factor was high throughout, but it was so much more. There was suspense, there was horror, I could vividly imagine the gore in a few scenes. Wait and let me clap for this new writer!The importance of friendship was sung high all the way through this book and I can't imagine how it could have been written so eloquently without doing so. I caught myself holding ...
  • C. Purtill
    "The Faceless One" began with some slam-bang scenes - alternately creepy and terrifying. Onspaugh gives Koontz a run for his horror. I loved that the author uses mythology from Alaskan native tribes, instead of the usual European traditions. And having an elderly hero? Love it! Why not? I could absolutely picture some of our finest older actors in the roles of Jimmy and George.That being said, it slowed for me once all the parties were together: ...
  • Aaron
    The Faceless One is apparently Mark Onspaugh's first book, a fact that brings me no small bit of jealousy. I marvel at people who knock it out of the park with their debut. The Faceless One is a horror story set with Alaskan shamanism as the backdrop with tendrils that reach into present day.An ancient evil (You had me at ancient evil) is released from its eons-old imprisonment in the Alaskan outback, then makes its way across America to cement i...
  • Timothy Pecoraro
    Faceless One is definitely not your typical debut offering. If I hadn’t known that this was Mark Onspaugh’s first novel I would have never even considered it a possibility. This is a genuine piece of awesome horror fiction. It does drag in areas and getting through a good portion of the book could be a bit of a trial. But all in all I really liked his ideas and found many of the takes he examined of not only a way to bring in some Native Amer...
  • Cheryl
    The last shaman of Yanut, AlaskaJimmy Kalmaku, the last shaman of the Tlingit Eskimo village of Yanut, Alaska, and George Watters, his African-American friend (both in their seventies), slip out of the Golden Summer Rest Home in Seattle and head south to L.A. to save the world.Now the hows and whys of their journey are what make up this excellent story that intertwines ancient Tlingit myths with archaeology, brave people, ignorant people, evil sp...
  • Maurynne Maxwell
    Wow. I usually avoid horror, but I love shamanic themes, so I asked for this title. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it counts as a paranormal thriller, like James Rollins’ first books. A screenwriter, Onspaugh makes the cut in a novel that would make a great movie. Engaging characters, (including spirit being Raven), heroes of all age groups, ripping good story: the book has elements of a great buddy story, heroism against evil, child in dange...
  • Alexandria Thompson
    I received the ARC for an honest review. Now, I have to admit this took me some time to finish. It was just one of those books that I set down and walk away from unfortunately as it didn't grab me like what I consider a good book should do right from the start. Ultimately though I returned to it knowing simply that I needed to do a review for it, but in the end, I'm rather glad I decided to return to it. While the fast pace, when it comes to the ...
  • James
    An ancient evil has been unearthed in Alaska and it seeks the proper human host to bring the world incalculable pain and suffering. Only former shaman Jimmy Kalmaku, now an old man in a retirement home, fully understands what is going on and can stop it. This first novel had some genuinely creepy and scary moments, along with a strong villain with a strong sense of menace. Some of the writing is a bit clunky, though, and it feels like it could ha...
  • Theresa
    The Faceless One by Mark OnspaughThis book took a long time to get to read, unfortunately my file was corrupted on Net Galley. I found this book so scary and thrilling I could not believe that it took me so long to read it. The basis of the story set in modern America is confronting Native American gods in the modern world. The story is dark, deadly, and phenomenal in its context and history. It’s frightening beyond belief with its vicious atta...
  • Phil
    The horror that THE FACELESS ONE dishes up isn’t subtle; it’s gory, inventive and in-your-face, with incredibly interesting prose to move things along. The faceless one of the title is an ancient evil that, once unleashed, terrorizes and hideously executes those who come in contact with it. There is much more going on here, however, and the plot is richly layered to create a really thrilling odyssey. Themes of family, friendship and tradition...
  • PopcornReads
    Each Halloween season we offer a review of at least one horror novel because it wouldn’t be Halloween if you didn’t get the stuffing scared out of you – right? The Faceless one by Mark Onspaugh definitely fits that category. Although this is his debut novel, Mark Onspaugh has published over forty horror short stories so this is not his first horrific rodeo. This novel is for those of you who like ancient evils mixed with plenty of gore and ...