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Siren Promised

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  109 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Now in full color. A lavishly illustrated novel written by Alan M. Clark and Jeremy Robert Johnson(over 40 interior illustrations).

Even the most damaged heart can embrace redemption through love.

A young woman sets out to break her addictions and the destructive cycle of generations of abuse, but the world around her has other plans. To save herself and the daughter she lo
ebook, 339 pages
Published September 8th 2011 by IFD Publishing (first published April 1st 2005)
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Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is very good and very, very dark. The lines get blurred between reality and a couple hits of seriously bad acid, as Angie goes on a quest to be reunited with a daughter she had abandoned years earlier. Unfortunately for her, in order to get to her future she will have to travel thru her past – a past with years of addiction and abuse that will haunt her every step of the way.

Crisp writing with bleak and beautiful artwork throughout, that really enhances the story and creates some truly
Smiley McGrouchpants
What happens when you're pared down to the last, last, last fiber of your being? How do you think, talk, be wary, have values, not get suckered, or even conceive of the next thing when you're psyche/viscera pangs are so strung out and hangdog you couldn't see much more than what the reptilian "fight-or-flight" mind centers can relay to you? What's more, how do you dramatize this state of being, with characters you can care about, without veering into incoherence, monotony, or turn-the-reader-off ...more
Sam McCanna
In my life I have read and watched many dark and terrible stories... stories of abuse... stories of addiction... stories of personal horror.
This book is all of those, and still managed to leave me with a sense of hope and redemption.
The authors make it clear from the get-go that they have suffered the worst depths of addiction, and that they aren't going to pull any punches with the material in the story, which focuses on two main characters: a drug addict, and a very lonely stalker.
I really don
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, first-reads
I have just one word for you – DAMN!

Beautiful in its honesty, the plot is raw and creative. Without sermon or judgment, the story reveals a naked, ugly picture of drug abuse and exile. Although there is a very intricate supernatural element to it, it is purely secondary. What you will remember, what will haunt you, is the desperation of Angie, Curtis, and Kaya, and to what lengths they will go to fill their emptiness. Although I should warn you, the intensity may be too much for those looking f
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Angie is a drug addict. Thanks to her sadistic, drug dealing boyfriend she's spent most of the last decade hooked on various narcotics and hallucinogens. She ran away from the bastard long enough to clean up her act so that she can get home to her daughter, Kaya. Angie dreams about her constantly. Unfortunately, the dreams always end in Kaya's death.

Angie's friend wants her to celebrate by attending a rave. Although afraid that this one last party may tempt her to slip back into drugs, she reluc
Dustin Reade
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a gritty, hallucinatory trip through the world of drug-use/abuse, family, and murder. Siren Promised is a strange, beautiful novel that uses incredible language and amazing images to burn its way into your head and stay there for days after reading it. Maybe it'll never leave you, for all I know. But that's okay, because you don't really want it to leave you. You want it to grow inside you and teach you something.

I have never read a book that so completely blurs the lines between reality and ha
Rodney Wilder
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a startling account of one's struggle against the substances and influences that are striving to conquer that person and those in her life. No punches were held in showing the terrible power and potential of substances and drugs to destroy, making this a startling Danteic trip through one's seemingly infinite Hell.
One of the things that sets this story apart from the many drug-terror stories is the supernatural aspect. A brilliantly crafted metaphor runs the duration of the novel
General H. Sassafras

Utterly and completely fantastic!

I tore through this book while at work - the visceral emotion, dark carnage and unsettling events that culminate in a fantastic voyage from acid induced highs to the inky depths of death were captivating!!

One thing that gave a new level of understanding was that the authors are both addicts. (One is addicted to drugs, the other alcohol.) This makes the gritty reality that the characters bring to those of us who cannot begin to fathom the depths of de-to
Jade Lopert
Oct 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bizarro, favorites
Thsi is officially one of my favorite books of all time. It lives somewhere in my top five list. It's an amazing book about dealing with addiction. Which is made that much more difficult by the fact that reality becomes increasingly faulty the more sober and the closer to home the heroine gets.

Seriously, it's an amazing book with some of the most amazing art done by Alan M. Clark.
Mar 10, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is copy 127 of 250 signed numbered copies. Book is signed by Alan M. Clake, Jeremy Robert Johnson and Larry Roberts.
David Agranoff
An amazing a beautiful book, a horror story about drugs and addiction with beautiful dark art. So proud to have this on my shelf.
Apr 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For such a short story, the plot and characters were well drawn out. It makes you think twice about a lot of different views points. Family, drugs, strangers, love, hate, forgiveness....
Collin Henderson
This one is dark. Really dark. Many books claim to explore the ugly side of humanity but few that I have read hold a candle to Siren Promised.

Even though I am not a drug addict, this book makes me know exactly what it is like. The complexity in wanting to quit but being unable to. What it does to the people around you. It's fitting too, because the book opens with the statement "Jeremy Robert Johnson is a drug addict. Alan m. Clark is an alcoholic." IIts clear this joint effort was used as a wa
Nick Roussos
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent trip into a troubled existence. Reality flows into hallucination and back again. Great artwork.
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing. Bleak and cold, but with bits of light and hope buried here and there.
Jan 28, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It sucked. RJJ's book of short stories was great, but this? Ugh.
Anna Zand
3.5 stars really, but can't give a half star here! I think fans of Poppy Z Brite's Drawing Blood would get into this. I feel it is interesting but a but short/rushed.
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Author and illustrator, Alan M. Clark grew up in Tennessee in a house full of bones and old medical books. His awards include the World Fantasy Award and four Chesley Awards. He is the author of seventeen books, including ten novels, a couple of novellas, four collections of fiction, some of them lavishly illustrated, and a nonfiction full-color book of his artwork. Mr. Clark's company, IFD Publis ...more
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