This story is told through the eyes of Prisoner 392 a sort of Hannibal Lecter kind of guy. Written well and descriptive for a short story. The beautyThis story is told through the eyes of Prisoner 392 a sort of Hannibal Lecter kind of guy. Written well and descriptive for a short story. The beauty of the Kindle and ebooks is a wide window is open to read short work of new authors and authors from small publication houses so easily. I would not have enjoyed all these new authors without access to them through the kindle. I will be looking forward more now to reading the authors novel The Fixer. "At first glance, the line from Poe’s poem jumped into his head. Up Babylon-like walls, he thought. Appropriate given the imposing height of the sun-baked fortifications. Jakob almost smirked. Poe had gotten it right. But this wasn’t the City in the Sea."...more
Call me parasite. Call me pathological. These are the words of the main guy in this very short story few minutes to read, so the less said the better.Call me parasite. Call me pathological. These are the words of the main guy in this very short story few minutes to read, so the less said the better. I like Zandri's writing The Remains was really good this is fast pathological read....more
"We loved our mama and as we got older we began to realize that we meant everything to her. She did everything she could to make sure we were brought"We loved our mama and as we got older we began to realize that we meant everything to her. She did everything she could to make sure we were brought up right. It became really hard for her the winter Daddy died but it became much more trying for her the summer after she married Everett." These are the thoughts of two brothers at the hands of brutality, a tale of retribution....more
I like Jim Thompson's writing alot and i thought to myself to give some more classic noir style writers a try but Hammett does not write in the same wI like Jim Thompson's writing alot and i thought to myself to give some more classic noir style writers a try but Hammett does not write in the same way quite boring at times.This is my second attempt with a Hammett novel and i still do not like his writing style i really wanted his work to be enjoyable, as he is a well known noir writer but just not happening for me....more
This story has a healthy dose of paranoia and conspiracy theories. The main protagonist has a history working as a Secret Service agent for the presidThis story has a healthy dose of paranoia and conspiracy theories. The main protagonist has a history working as a Secret Service agent for the president and now works in security industry advising and protecting but now he finds himself in a situation where who exactly he should be protecting. You really get into the mind of his dual personality which adds to making this an interesting read.
" I’d left the Service ten years earlier, and not many agents last a full decade on protection detail. It’s the stress of being hyper-alert all day, listening to the constant flow of worry in your earpiece, eyes forever moving, scanning the high vantage points, sweeping endless faces in crowds, fretting about hands in pockets or the sight of a bulky overcoat on a mild autumn day. It’s the unspoken fear of dying."
"A close brush with death makes pensive philosophers of us all. "
"One in every hundred people is schizophrenic. That’s a lot, if you think about it. If you live in a city, you pass by them every day, on the street, though you probably don’t know it. If you work for a large company, you’ll have co-workers who are schizophrenic. Take a crowded commercial jetliner, there will be schizophrenics aboard. Take a train, or a subway, and every second or third time, at least, you’re sharing the compartment with a schizophrenic.”...more
Timmy Quinn is back again with more souls to help, he sees the dead and they need his help to put things right. He is older now and has matters to sorTimmy Quinn is back again with more souls to help, he sees the dead and they need his help to put things right. He is older now and has matters to sort out closer to home and dreams to understand. I love this series and hope there will be full novel soon with Timmy Quinn in. Kealan is a talented, creative writer and really has a way to describe things. "Life was but a cocoon, he knew, but sometimes rather than becoming a creature of beauty and light, the silken butterfly emerged malformed, a withered, crooked thing, trapped in a bell jar waiting to be let out, waiting to hurt those responsible for its condition."...more
A taunt, gripping, visceral story of survival of the most degrading kind for a human. The story is written well and a real page-turning cycle of strugA taunt, gripping, visceral story of survival of the most degrading kind for a human. The story is written well and a real page-turning cycle of struggle for a human soul. This is my first read from this author and he can really write and place you into the thick of it he can knock the socks of alot of the so-called best reads out there. I am going to check out his short stories and Jason is one to watch as his novels hit more audiences.(adult content in the story) Review also appears here....more
Well written and creative story, this is more a taster short story to something bigger to come The Night Walk Men are characters you want to hear moreWell written and creative story, this is more a taster short story to something bigger to come The Night Walk Men are characters you want to hear more of in the Death sense of things. Available FOR Free on Kindle. ...more
After reading Exorcist a frightening cult classic book, also associated with a movie, I wanted something along the similar lines so the title of thisAfter reading Exorcist a frightening cult classic book, also associated with a movie, I wanted something along the similar lines so the title of this novel attracted my attention. I expected too much this novel who have been suited with a more fitting title like " Rosemary's pregnancy. The story turned out quite a mediocre turmoil of family story. Most of the story was centred on the pregnancy and the fateful end of individuals residing in a certain home. The story was average family type story, where they want move to a new home location and wanting of kids but there's no frighten or real horror except few pages after birth and then finito. I am need of some more wow factor so going to work on rereading The Gunslinger a story of more epic proportions....more
This is a really chilling and frightening story. There is nothing more powerful and engrossing than a story about a persons battle with their state o This is a really chilling and frightening story. There is nothing more powerful and engrossing than a story about a persons battle with their state of mind and Demons. In this frightening story you have a mother and her 12 year old daughters bond shaken, faced with a state of mayhem immersed in a struggle for survival and triumph over adversity, you just feel for them immensely and love for their solitude to prevail. The Jesuit priest also had a love for his deceased mother and guilt of not putting matters right with his mother. He's in a struggle to overcome his downfalls and darkness of past days on a path of resolution. The writing paints some much more better images in your mind, than those distant but quite fresh images i have of the movie, of those notorious scenes of a possessed young girl rotating her head and shout profanities and vomiting. This was a real page-turner of a story, well written gripping edge of seat, chilling human struggle.
"Head propped against a pillow while eyes bulging wide in their hollow sockets shone with mad cunning and burning intelligence, with interest and with spite as they fixed upon his, as they watched him intently, seething in a face shaped into a skeletal, hideous mask of mind-bending malevolence." "Chris stifled a gasp. Her daugther's features were contorting into a malevolent mask: lips pulling tautly into opposite directions, tumefied tongue lolling wolfish from her mouth."
"she had noticed a sudden and dramatic change in her daughter's behavior and disposition. Insomnia. Quarrelsome. Fits of temper. Kicked things. Threw things. Screamed. Wouldn't eat. In addition, her energy seemed abnormal. She was constantly moving, touching, turning; tapping; running and jumping about. Doing poorly with schoolwork. Fantasy playmate. Eccentric attention-getting tactics."
"The ancient Egyptians as well as the earliest civilizations of the Tigris and the Euphrates believed that physical and spiritual disorders were caused by invasion of the body by demons."
"the others she had manifested clearly: the involuntary motor excitement; foul breath; furred tongue; the wasting away of the frame; the distended stomach; the irritations of the skin and mucous-membrane. And most significantly present were the basic symptoms of the hard core of cases which Oesterreich had characterized as "genuine" possession: the striking change in the voice and in the features, plus the manifestation of a new personality."
"...In the Malay Archipelago, where possession is even today an everyday, common occurrence, the possessing spirit of someone dead often causes the possessed to mimic its gestures, voice and mannerisms so strikingly, that relatives of the deceased will burst into tears. But aside from so-called quasi-possession--- those cases that are ultimately reducible to fraud, paranoia and hysteria--- the problem has always lain with interpreting the phenomena, the oldest interpretation being the spiritist,an impression that is likely to be strengthened by the fact that the intruding personality may have accomplishments quite foreign to the first. In the demoniacal form of possession"
Some trivia about the book and movie.. Author William Peter Blatty once won $10,000 on the Groucho Marx show "You Bet Your Life". When Groucho asked what he planned to do with the money, he said he planned to take some time off to "work on a novel." This was the result.
Cameo (William Peter Blatty): producer of the film that Chris is acting in; he's seen talking to Burke. William Peter Blatty based his novel on a supposedly genuine exorcism from 1949, which was partially performed in both Cottage City, Maryland, and Bel-Nor, Missouri. Several area newspapers reported on a speech a minister gave to an amateur parapsychology society, in which he claimed to have exorcised a demon from a 13-year-old boy named Robbie, and that the ordeal lasted a little more than six weeks. Robbie was born June 1, 1935, resided at 3807 40th Avenue in Cottage City, MD, and was a member of St. James Parish. He entered the seventh grade at Bladensburg Junior High in the fall of 1947, and was removed in the middle of his eighth grade year on January 15, 1949. He had experiences that ended on April 19, 1949. He re-enrolled in the eighth grade at Bladensburg Junior High for the 1949-50 school year, then spent from the fall of 1950 until June 1954 at Gonzaga High School in Washington, DC.
There are tales about ominous events surrounding the year-long shoot, including the deaths of nine people associated with the production and stories about a mysterious fire that destroyed the set one weekend. Actors Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros died before the film was released. Now for some imagery.. Review also over here....more
Shipp is writing in a unique refreshing original style of his own. I can see how this strange goings on made it as a Stoker award finalist, nothing reShipp is writing in a unique refreshing original style of his own. I can see how this strange goings on made it as a Stoker award finalist, nothing really bloody here but as one reviewer pointed out 'Cursed is humorous while at the same time deeply philosophical.' After reading the story and during reading it (now this is the crazy bit) i wanted to 1.Slap him in the face (if you have read it you would know what i mean!)
2.Burn of his mole
3.Take away his tennis ball and Gnomes
4.Stop him numbering, listing and scheduling
Was a joy to read never boring, one when you start reading you would not want to stop reading until you get the end. Maybe if i hang upside down for a while and ride on a Carousel for a long time i could try to conjure a story along a similar vein. Review also here....more