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We Want To Live...

In the bathroom, wallflower mannequins stretch their fingers towards Ron. He can't ask them to dance. He's already waltzing with the other ghosts.

Someone stole the world while Ron contemplated death. They packed it in a briefcase and dumped him in the halls of the ruined hotel--The Vestibule. A nowhere place."

“One of the finest and most individual voices
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Paperback, First, 22 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Spectral Press

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Glynn James
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
I love stories that take us to the very edge of reality, and suggest that in hidden places there are some strange things going on. Things that your average happy and oblivious person would never know about.
It takes a certain type of person, in the right (or wrong) circumstances, to find themselves somewhere like the hotel of this story, and the main character's desperate situation at the beginning of the tale (considering ending their life) has guided them into a world that they never knew exist
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KV Taylor
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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The Usual Disclaimer: I know Cate. I like her very, very much as a person. I like her writing just as much, as a general rule. But truly, this is one of my favorites.

Imagine if you drank a half a bottle of absinthe (adjust for your own tolerance -- enough to get yourself f@#kd up, but not enough to actually fall over or puke or ruin your entire life in one night), sat down in front of a roaring fire on a cold night, read ALICE IN WONDERLAND interspersed with the annotations of some achingly lone
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Mark
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Ron Spence is a broken man, let go from his job, alone and lonely. After a near-miss with a bus and outside of a ruined, though luxurious hotel - The Vestibule - he finds an umbrella with a note tagged to it - We want to live, help us”. That leads him into the hotel and into a nightmare. Told in a lucid, fractured style with surrealism at every corner (mannequins, moving graffiti, disappearing architecture), Cate Gardner does a terrific job with this bizarre, fantastic, hallucinatory, dazzling & ...more
Gef
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The men in pinstripe suits aren't the only strange things populating Cate Gardner's imagination. With Nowhere Hall she offers up a building as unsettling and unraveling as Stephen King's Overlook Hotel--The Vestibule.

Ron is having an off day. So off, in fact, he's contemplating a slow walk through busy traffic. But instead of stepping off the curb, he turns back towards the gleaming white hotel at his back, the Vestibule. Drawn to it, both by a want for shelter and the allure of a beautiful woma
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