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Six Dead Spots

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Frank makes a startling discovery in the shower. He finds six strange circles of skin gone completely numb—three neatly spaced down the center of his chest and abdomen, and three more down his spine. His doctor takes sadistic pleasure in carving out bits of Frank's flesh and a perverse childlike glee flipping through hundreds of pictures of his interior. But when the tests ...more
Paperback, 1st, 134 pages
Published November 22nd 2013 by new dollar pulp (first published November 21st 2013)
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Janie C.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Frank discovers six numb spots on different areas of his body. With his doctor's assurance that there is nothing physically wrong with him, Frank consults a psychiatrist, who suggests that psychosomatic disease can be contracted through dreams. And Frank has just had one hell of a scary dream. As the nightmare repeats itself, Frank self-medicates and devises ways to force "out an incubus by invoking the succubi." This narrative swerves erratically between everyday reality and sequences that are ...more
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
There is a place between waking and dreaming. Gregor Xane’s Six Dead Spots stops there. When the door opens, he invites you to take a tentative step down, into this enthralling story. An exercise in lucid dreaming.

Being aware of the dream, able to see it clearly, didn’t allow him to make sense of any of its strangeness. It only made the bizarre more vivid, the twisted more deeply felt.

The story, like a dream, moves in jerky film-like fragments. It’s a story about Frank. Frank is working. Fran
Evans Light
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Six Dead Spots is the second work I've read by Gregor Zane, the first being the excellent short story "It Came from Hell and Smashed the Angels" featured in the anthology TWO: The 2nd Annual Stupefying Stories Horror Special.

Six Dead Spots is a class act from start to finish, with impeccable formatting, stellar pacing, top-tier writing chops and nary a typo in sight. The story hooked me from the get-go, and keep me engaged until the very end. Although a short novel, the length was just right for
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas
I'm not sure WTF was going on here, but I am sure that I liked it.

This was a dark novella served up with a dark sense of humor. At times I wasn't sure if the protagonist, Frank, was dreaming or awake. With sometimes surreal, sometimes a bit too real,and always disturbing imagery this story sucked me right in. It was as if I could not tear my eyes away. I guess I should be happy that my face even has eyes?

If you want to know what I mean by that, I guess you'll have to read this story. Recommended
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brian by: Nefariousbig
Fast moving, vivid and chilling scenes - and yes - a horrific dream sequence I really wish I hadn't read before bed, this first novel by Xane is a great addition to the genre. There's plenty here for horror veterans and initiates alike (and an ending that will have you re-reading the last few pages again and again). ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weird, short-stories
A bit of a disclaimer here. Gregor and I are friends here on GR, not like we're bffs or anything but we do have similar tastes. Ok, enough of that.

What a strange, cool, disturbing and entertaining book. The story switches, primarily, between the POV of two brothers. Kinda like Wally and the Beav on acid. Frank wakes up one day to discover five (he figures out later it is six) numb circular spots on his torso, three in front, two on the back. While Frank tries to figure out just what the hell is
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to begin with this one. Gregor, you write crazy SO well.

I really like Frank, but then he's my kinda character. I like the ones that are a little um off the beaten path. After finding these dead spots on his body, having to deal with Dr Peel (who is AWESOME), being sent off to a psychiatrist and then losing his job, things seem to just be terrible for poor Frank, but he insists on handling everything on his own, especially figuring out the repressed dreams. And those dream
David Brian
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who follows this author's blog will know he is an educated and articulate individual... likely too, they will also be aware of his somewhat 'left of field/off the wall/outside the box/Bizzaro'- hell, just take your bloody pick(!)- approach to things!

Understand me, Gregor Xane is a uniquely interesting writer. This is 'crystal' to anyone who follows the reviews he posts on line. Therefore, I had little doubt that Six Dead Spots would entertain me. I also had little doubt that it would mes
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast paced read with an interesting storyline and fantastic, horrific imagery. There was one scene with a young girl that was absolutely chilling! This was a fun book to read and I thought the ending was great.
Adam Light
Six Dead Spots was a nightmare ride through a surreal landscape with equal parts creepy horror mystery and darkly humorous satire. I enjoyed it immensly and recommend it.
Patrick Kelly
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six Dead Spots is a short novel that isn't short on shocks. As the story and its hero descend to ever-darker places with every flick of the page, you'll never be exactly sure whether protagonist Frank is awake or dreaming—an effect I'm sure Mr. Xane intended, and one that comes across with great effect.

Frank's story begins with the odd discovery of six dead spots on his body (three across his trunk, perfectly mirrored by an equally-spaced trio running down his back). When no one is equipped to e
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wtf
Six Dead Spots is one of the longer works I've read by Gregor Xane, but it retains the dark, often sardonic humor that I've come to expect from this author. We begin with our main character, Frank, who discovers one morning six spots of dead skin on his body--three down the center of his chest, and three corresponding spots on his back. When doctors and therapists bring him no closer to discovering the cause, Frank goes out on his own.

Battling nightmares that seem linked to his new dilemma, Fra
Jason Parent
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I received an ARC copy of Xane's Six Dead Spots, and I was certainly glad I did. What a unique novella, and a thrilling ride through horrific dream sequences and the morbidly devilish downfall of a seriously disturbed fellow(almost humorous - that kind of uncomfortable laughter one feels when another falls in some silly clumsy way but doesn't yet know if he/she is hurt).

Xane's work will keep you guessing what's real and what isn't, who's responsible and who's a victim, what's sad unwarranted cru
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Read this sentence. Now look away from this book. Stop! Look all around you-really take it all in- before going on to the next sentence. We really mean it...Now that you have looked away, re-read the five sentences above. Are they the same sentences you read just a second ago? If the answer is yes, you are awake. If the answer is no, you're dreaming."

This book fascinated me and kept me guessing. I am very happy to have taken this journey with Frank, the protagonist in the book. After discoverin
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror, suspense
Recommended to Angie by: it was on the authors blog
Shelves: ebook-horror
I enjoyed this novella, which follows Frank, who descends into an increasing surreal life following the discovery of six dead spots on his body.

The characters in the book were well written, but mainly focused on Frank and his brother Steve. The dream sequences get more and more involved for Frank as the book progresses, and I wasn't sure whether it was a dream or really happening. I liked how Frank's life rapidly goes downhill, and the way he can't seem to process things normally.

His obsession
Edward Lorn
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Vanilla Sky meets Eraserhead, directed by Tool guitarist Adam Jones

I liked this book. And I didn't. It's really as simple (and as hard) as that.

Let's get what I didn't like out of the way.

Xane's writing is a bit repetitious. One paragraph in particular used "wall" so many times I thought I'd turn into one. Then you have these two sentences back to back. "Filthy fingertips hung from the bottom of frayed coat sleeves. His nails were long and dirty." The image one gets after reading the first
Martyn Halm
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disturbingly funny, or hilariously disturbing, Xane's wonderful Six Dead Spots chronicles the protagonist's floundering descent into madness when Frank discovers first five, then six spots on his body where there's no feeling. Frank finds out that the 'dead spots' have something to do with a recurrent dream that grows ever more difficult to grasp. Using self-medication Frank tries to penetrate the dreams to solve his problems, but as his health deteriorates his friends and family are trying to h ...more
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frank is having a bad run lately. Frank has dead spots. Counted, wait...6. Doctors aren't any help at least ones called Banana. Even of lesser help are doctor’s assistants named Carl or psychiatrists named Vo.

So Frank does what any of us would do, by drowning his sorrows in prescription pills, french fries, alcohol, nicotine patches and pornos. (Sounds like college to me)

His dreams are plagued with baby doll arm strap ons and crazy orgies - Now Frank must try and master his dreams only
Donald Armfield
I'm a sucker for sleep deprived, dreaming and crazy people. Novels.

Gregor gives us Frank a man who wakes up with six spots on his body. A reacuring dream that he thinks has the answers. His family is worried with his bizarre behavior and the way he is living.

The last 60% is very interesting leaves you glued to the conclusion. Gregor has created a dream of deranged man. I mean seriously who lets a full magazine from a gun on a helpless golf cart.

A creepy gray baby doll arm is watching you from th
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
We meet Frank in the first sentence of the book, and establish right away that he has numb, “dead” spots of no feeling at five different places on his body. With this fact established, it becomes difficult to trust anything that happens after, as Frank seems to drift from event to event. His doctor and psychotherapist act in ways that are almost completely unbelievable, but still stays just within the bounds of reality, which is really the first hint that something is not right.

As the story cont
Lynda Dietz
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not even sure how to describe how I feel about this book. The main character, Frank, notices some dead spots on his body, has some medical tests done to see what they are, and begins his seesaw between dreams and reality.

There was certainly the element of horror, but the way the dreams, physical and psychological decline were presented was the thing that had me anxiously turning pages. Frank's dream progressions and supposed dream manipulation left me feeling as if I needed to hit the "reset
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Jen Warren
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Without doubt, this is the most bizarre thing I've ever read, and I mean that in the best way possible.

Six Dead Spots begins with the discovery of - you guessed it - several dead patches of skin. Worried about the implications, Frank seeks help from a caricature of the medical system. His self-serving doctors are exaggerated, yet recognizable. The psychiatrist who adds the compulsion to buy his book at the end of a session of hypnosis, for example. These are things the cynics among us suspect, e
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Have you ever seen Twin Peaks? If you have and you loved its craziness and the lack of explanation for most of the events, you might like this story too. You can tell by the liked it rating that I liked Twin Peaks.

I first tried a two-and-a-half-chapter sample and it stops in such an annoying place, that I had to get the rest of it to see what the dead spots are. Frank finds them on his body and he doesn't feel anything there. His doctor is hilariously creepy.

Then Frank starts having this re
Well Read Beard
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books
Enjoyable read about a man that has found 6 "dead spots" on his torso, 3 front, 3 back. My first Xane read. There are some humorous sequences early on with a doctor and psychiatrist - neither of which can help at all.

The book spirals further and further into insanity - a couple of really freaky sequences later with the big monster reveal. Sometimes it was hard to keep dream sequences and reality separate.
Robin Lee
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

Lucid Dreaming: is the ability to consciously observe, and /or control your dreams. It transforms your inner dreams into a living reality, where everything you see, hear, feel, taste and smell is as authentic as life.

Altered State: a state of mind that differs from the normal state of consciousness, typically induced by drugs, hypnosis or mental illness.

Premonition: a strong feeling that something is about to happen, especially something unpleasant.

I have started this review by giving you 3 defi
Amber Foxx
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Compelling and disturbing. Don’t read this at bed-time.
Horror at its best creeps in through the door of the ordinary, and Six Dead Spots delivers it this way. Frank, a graphic designer, has a mildly abnormal experience, a symptom, the sort of thing that the reader can easily identify with. The author crafts the entry to a nightmare from events and characters many of us find unnerving—encounters with the health care system, the flawed providers we are limited to by our plans, medical testing a
Nathan Robinson
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, mind-fuck
Six Dead Spots by Gregor Xane

“Frank makes a startling discovery in the shower. He finds six strange circles of skin gone completely numb—three neatly spaced down the center of his chest and abdomen, and three more down his spine. His doctor takes sadistic pleasure in carving out bits of Frank's flesh and a perverse childlike glee flipping through hundreds of pictures of his interior. But when the tests come back, he's unable to make a diagnosis and refers Frank to a psychiatrist. Under guided hy
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it
There were many things I enjoyed about Six Dead Spots. It had some problems for me, but overall I thought the concept was pretty novel and I liked the disturbing quality of the book. I am a big fan of disturbing books!

I read this book in one sitting. It was very short. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, although I did feel like some areas of the book might have been fleshed out more. I liked the ending and it was not what I expected, which I liked. However, given all the things that go on in te
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and I was glad to do it! The author has created a creepy chiller in SIX DEAD SPOTS, a story of a man who discovers something troubling in the shower... Six areas of numbness on his body.

Frank is a fairly average joe. He's self-employed and barely making ends meet. His brother is the one with a well-paid career in pharmaceuticals, complete with the the house and family. He looks after his brother (half-brother, my apologies) and help
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