Bottom Feeders

Jerry Roth


Would you recognize the Devil if you met him? A decaying prison hides a dark secret. Robert Deville, the youngest prison warden in the history of the state, never expected to...

Out of stock



Would you recognize the Devil if you met him?

A decaying prison hides a dark secret. Robert Deville, the youngest prison warden in the history of the state, never expected to feel a supernatural connection in a prison. After discovering a diary, Robert learns a prisoner, rumored to be the Devil, was hidden away under his feet. 

Was this prisoner responsible for a fire that killed hundreds of prisoners? Did he play a part in the murder of a local family years earlier? Robert must learn the prisoner’s true identity and unravel why he hasn’t aged in decades.

Surviving a relationship with an abusive ex-husband, Jenny Deville is dealing with the pain of her past. Noticing a sudden change in her son’s behavior, and his horrifying drawings of murders, no child should ever witness, she must discover the cause.

As local children continue to disappear, there is little time to prove who the killer really is.


Product details:

by Jerry Roth
Page Count: 312
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Publish Date: May 12, 2020
Imprint: Hellbender Books
Genre: Thriller / Horror


Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth Monica Reents book review Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth is a novel for Stephen King fans and those who enjoyed The English Patient (book review) Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth review from Curiosity Bought the Book

"A dark and spine-tingling debut by Jerry Roth that will not leave you disappointed. There are a lot of different story lines going on at once, which will make you wonder how they are all intertwined. Yet, it all makes sense the more you get into the book...I really enjoyed reading this book, and love the imagination of the author. Roth is extremely descriptive and he made me feel like I was part of the story." - Curiosity Bought the Book

"Bottom Feeders is a suspense thriller novel by Jerry Roth which just blew my mind. From the first chapter he had me hooked and reeled in because it was unexpected and eerie. The author's imagination in telling this story is realistic, yet on another level entirely. At one point I swear I felt that I was transported watching everything from past to present because everything was explained with such vividness yet gracefully... This is brilliant for Stephen King fans and if you also enjoyed reading the Silent Patient." - Meli's Book Reviews

"I have always loved the horror genre and Bottom Feeders has taken me back to the feels of what made me fall for genre in the beginning. For a debut novel, I am impressed! The writing style is captivating, and I love the vivid details and crafty metaphors used throughout the novel. I highly recommend this novel. I think Jerry Roth is an author to keep on your radar!" - Monica Reents

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews Write a review

Recently Viewed Products

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Fantastic debut!

What a fantastic debut! Bottom Feeders is a complex, fast-paced novel. I would classify this one as a crime thriller, with one of the primary settings being the Reclamation Correctional Facility. It has a lineup of colorful, vibrant characters, and all the markers of a truly great story. I especially enjoyed all the twists at the end (with one I didn't see coming), and the clever way the author was able to connect all the various story lines at the end and still be coherent. I'll definitely be on the lookout for new titles from Mr. Roth!

Solomon Petchers
Bottom Feeders Does NOT Disappoint

Jerry Roth's debut novel, Bottom Feeders, is a creep-tastic journey into the horror genre that not only chills the spine but makes the reader feel icky and awestruck at the same time. From the very disturbing first chapter, Bottom Feeders takes hold and doesn't let go until the very end.

The story primarily takes place at Reclamation Correctional Facility and weaves a complex web of its occupants and the characters outside. All storylines fit together and address the common thread that is stitched tightly into this plot...Would you know the devil if you met him? What would you be willing to sacrifice for things to go your way?
New warden, Robert Deville, is tasked with walking in his well-liked predecessor's shoes. During his transition to the new job, he realizes Reclamation holds some very dark secrets. When he finds the previous warden's journal, the prison's grim past starts to unfold. Around each corner and in the darkest depths of Reclamation, darkness waits.

As this story started to unfold, it kept me guessing nearly all the way through. I found myself waking up in the middle of the night, not only with Bottom Feeders weighing on my mind and creeping me out from the shadows in my own room but to wake and find out what was going to happen next.

Jerry Roth's writing style is reminiscent of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. If Bottom Feeders is any indicator, Jerry Roth is poised to be an author that horror fans need to keep an eye on!

Donnie Goodman
The Horror Hyoothesis reviews BOTTOM FEEDERS

“Would you know the devil if you met him?” -Jerry Roth

This head-hopping thriller spins multiple POVs down a spiral of absolute madness, but the main plotline is centered around a mysterious journal that Robert, the new warden of the prison, discovers. I am not always a fan of the “main character finds a journal” motif, but Roth uses the technique to effectively build suspense and dread.

Each character’s POV provides Roth with unique opportunities to tackle a variety of horrific subjects and the ending is memorable.

Very memorable.

BOTTOM FEEDERS, the debut novel by Jerry Roth, made me realize that the world needs more horror stories set in prisons and correctional facilities.

I sentence you to read this novel.

4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 for this site.

Karla Kay Peterson
#1 Book of the Year

This has all the elements of great horror with an added bonus of a deep relentless mystery. Excellent character and plot development, unexpected plot twists, strong POVs, deep dark secrets, paranormal elements, suspense, three macabre storylines that intertwine, and weave together a fantastic lurid, detailed, horrific disturbing story with a distinctly powerful ending! Absolutely a story which deserves to be classified with high praise!

A mind blowing horror debut!

I’m certainly not the first to say it, but after that chilling first chapter, I knew I was in for a wild ride. Incorporating three plot lines might seem pretty ambitious for a debut novel, but Jerry Roth does it with such ease, combining well-rounded characters, vivid prose, and page turning suspense.

The rundown: ‘Domestic violence survivor Jenny Deville is still struggling with the trauma of her past when she begins to notice strange changes in her son’s behavior, including drawing disturbing images of local murdered children. Believing her abusive ex-husband could be the culprit behind the heinous crimes, she begins to investigate.
Meanwhile, her current husband, Robert becomes the new prison warden in town and after discovering the diary of the last warden, makes the discovering an inmate believed to be the Devil is imprisoned there.
There’s also inmate Gage who starts to hatch a revenge plan when his former partner in crime, Victor, shows up at the prison.’

While these storylines are each compelling separately, I couldn’t help but wonder throughout the book how in the world they were all connected. By the end, each of the plots intersect with some mind-blowing revelations I honestly did not see coming at all! If you’re looking for a horror novel with great plot development, descriptive writing, and a satisfying ending that will make you say, “hell yeah!” then definitely check out this book.