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The Possession

(Writer's Block Trilogy #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  16 reviews
"A famed horror author is on the verge of his magnum opus—a labyrinthine cryptogram that details the end of days . . . "

When Gregory Stillingsworth buys an antique doll in India, the bestselling horror novelist doesn’t haggle over the steep price. He simply has to have the beautiful, enchanting doll. Only months later, when it is far too late, will he realize that he is me
Published September 9th 2019 by Evolved Publishing
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Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss

I know you may have wondered what took me so long to read and review this book and the answer is quite simple: I took the liberty of reading it again as I fought like hell over whether to give this book a 5 or a 4 star rating. If you’re wondering why such a stressful time in making this decision—that would be the scattered formatting errors, which damn near ruined it for me if not for such a fantastic story. For such an intelligent read, the formatting errors were unfortunate and easily
Christy Woods
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
I haven’t read a good horror since Stephen King’s, The Stand, about 15 years ago. I was curious what I would think. This book had me all over the place in the first half but, eventually, smoothed out and ended with a bang.

The Bad: First of all, I was having to read around some serious formatting errors, which may have somewhat effected my rating of the book. There were some broken sentences with words scattered over the page in random places, but I think I managed well.

While well written, it
Lillie R.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Possession is captivating! I thought it was very suspenseful from start to finish. It really holds your attention. The author captured the character of Mr. Stillingsworth in great detail and made it seem as if it were a book of nonfiction. If you're an avid reader and intrigued with mystery--this book will easily possess you from the start. ...more
Lex Allen
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gregory Stillingsworth is an internationally acclaimed, bestselling horror novelist. On vacation in India with his wife, Jamie, he finds himself drawn to an antique doll and the exorbitant price can't keep him away from purchasing the antique. Once at home, they place the doll on the shelf and the couple forget about it. Months later, Gregory comes to realize that he has become possessed by Christie, a pernicious tool of Satan living inside the doll. The battle for Gregory's soul and sanity resu ...more
Nicola Montague
Gary Stu Gregory Stillingsworth is the worlds bestest and most popular horror author (and don't forget it because the book will tell you so every second paragraph), he is also a gourmet chef, handsome as hell and posessessed by evil (but first let us tell you again how amazing a writer he is). Honestly I don't think this book would have annoyed me nearly so much if it didn't continuously hammer home what an amazing author the main character supposedly is (his words are described as poetically be ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
* I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

The beginning of the book was slow for me....i found it to be a little wordy for my tastes. The back and forth switch form time and place kind of threw me for a loop a few times and I had to go back a few pages and re-read to remember where in time I was. Overall, the book was chilling and distrurbing. Gregory (the main character) drew me in almost immediately and did NOT let go until the very end. There wer
Cynthia Nicola
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Slow start but eventually gets crazy!
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
“The Possession” is a hard book to review. I just want to say that up top.

For the first half, “The Possession” feels like a mash-up of “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Dark Half,” and “Child’s Play." It’s clunky and hard to follow, with characters and time-frames moving around enough to give you whiplash.

For example, we’ve seen that on Date X, Y happened to Character Z. Period. Then, suddenly, we’re back at Date X-2, and Z is fine, because Y hasn’t happened yet. Get it?

I’m sorry to use algebra in a boo
Cianna Sunshine & Mountains Book Reviews
This book is definitely a work of dark fiction. It’s got such a chilling vibe to it, it draws you in even when you want to put it down and pretend it’s not there. It’s well written, so there are no issues with reading, the flow was quite good, and you could get lost in the story quite easily. The book gave you a lot of helpful details in the prologue to help you get settled into the story easily. There is a bit of wordiness to the author’s style but it wasn’t distracting, and I didn’t think it r ...more
Julie Ramsey
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
Title - The Possession (Writer's Block - bk 1)
Author - A.K. Kuykendall
Reviewer - Wende Sheets
Stars - 5

Gregory Stillingsworth knew he wanted to be a writer, at the age of 14 his parents gifted him with, Buford an old typewriter that did more than type. Buford would talk to Gregory, he would help Gregory write. Writting was Gregory's passion. Gregory become the number 1 best selling horror novelist in the world !

Gregory and Jamie has been married for 15 years. Living a quiet life in Michigan. Jami
Janette Skinner
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

I was given this book to review and after a bit of a slow start, I enjoyed the story and was intrigued by the characters, including the typewriter, Buford. It is a real horror story with horrific deeds and thoughts, firstly by Gregory, the best selling writer. There are clever twists in this story where fact and fiction and horror overlap and leave the reader quite shaken.
The book is well written but the language is at times over the top and the relationship between Gregory and his wife in the g
Cynthia Hey
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This novel was very gripping and engaging. It propels you forward, both to piece together what has already happened, and to learn what is coming next. A.K. Kuykendall is profoundly creative, just bursting with terrifying, fascinating, thought-provoking ideas. As an author myself, I especially appreciated his "Afterward," which discusses his personal motivations and involvement with writing this novel.

That being said, there are areas for constructive improvement as well: the narrative sentence st
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A.K. Kuykendall’s obsession with the horror genre seemingly has driven him to create a tale that is both smart and highly original. I’m proud to admit that Writer’s Block: The Possession; a thought provoking horror read that makes for some rich storytelling, has made it upon my bookshelf should I have a future desire to, again, be scared silly. With a compelling prose, the book opens in the 1300’s in Berkshire England and we are introduced to a pernicious tool of Satan—a doll [?]

The book craft
Heather Badgwell
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are into Stephen King, or Dean Koontz or those types of dark horror books, you are going to LOVE this book. Gregory is a best selling author, who hits a block, but overcomes it...its HOW he overcomes it that makes the book. You learn about dolls, and his wife, and every sick side of things you never imagined. Its AWESOME. Kept me up at night a few times. Its amazingly written, and the plot twists and turns make you keep turning the page to see what is going to happen next! I honestly neve ...more
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book was just awesome. It was fictional, but the way the writer describes the character of Gregory is great. Gregory wanted to be a writer, so his parents gifted him a typewriter. Jamie and Gregory have been married for 15 years. He wrote books one after another. What happens when letters disappear? Without words or story Gregory changed in a way that scared Jamie a lot. Suddenly he was attached to an antique doll which he bought on a vocation. So much to say, but I can't describe all that. ...more
May 09, 2013 marked it as to-read

My good friend and fellow writer, J.S. Bailey, recently shared Kuykendall's novel on Facebook, and needless to say, the synopsis piqued my interest immediately. I'm so glad I found it at Goodreads! Thank you, my friend!!:)
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A.K. KUYKENDALL was born in Albany, Georgia, but grew up as a military brat on the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), and later at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is married to Magdiel Kuykendall (the love of his life) and, together, they are the proud parents of three sons—Felix, Kal-El, and Jor-El—two of whom are legally named after the Kryptonian ...more

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