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The Cursed Man

(Thanatology #1)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.
With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death’s preferential treatment.
But when a
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Paperback, 222 pages
Published February 7th 2014 by Sunbury Press (first published March 10th 2011)
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Katy
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of horror and psychological suspense
Shelves: buy-me
Please note: I read and reviewed this book in September 2011. I am updating this to add a disclosure and update the format.

Disclosure: I received an advanced reading copy of this book in .pdf format from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis: Alister Kunkle is a cursed man – everyone he has contact with dies mysteriously. It all started with the deaths of first his grandmother and then his parents and he sought out death to worship it and make sure he w
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Donald
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it's fair to say that Keith Rommel's The Cursed Man took me by complete surprise. The blurb from Amazon made it sound like this would be a fairly routine story. A man - Alister Kunkle - believes he is haunted by Death itself, so much so that anyone that even talks to him dies within 24 hours. To spare those around him, Alister has himself committed and placed in almost complete isolation. He exists this way for 20 years, when a caring young doctor enters his life, determined to prove tha ...more
Paul
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of a series, this book is about a man who believes that Death has taken an unnatural interest in him, killing everyone with whom he comes in contact. Can he really be cursed, or is he just mentally ill?

Alister Kunkle is a patient at the Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. For the past 25 years, he has been secluded from the staff, and the outside world, at his own request. He is convinced that anyone who communicates with him, in any way, is dead within a day, for Alister is Cursed.
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James
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alister Kunkle - believes he is haunted by Death itself, so much so that anyone that even talks to him dies within 24 hours. To spare those around him, Alister has himself committed and placed in almost complete isolation. He exists this way for 20 years, when a caring young doctor enters his life, determined to prove that Alister's curse, as he calls it, is the creation of a sick mind, and that she can help him. That's not a particularly novel setup, but while a most writers would make the tru ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
KEITH ROMMEL'S "THE CURSED MAN" (A REVIEW)

I think this is one of those books that will haunt me for a long time. The story itself is so intricately written and very scary. Not only do you have no choice but to put yourself into the shoes of Alister the man afflicted by Death but you also put yourself into the position of the other characters that are coming into contact with them. The horror they must feel when the curse comes to fruition and how stupid they must feel to know that it was all tru
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Rick F.
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.
With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death’s preferential treatment."


In Alister Kunkle , Keith Rommel has created a character so real, so unique, so complex that he has placed himself at the very top of
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Christine
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of horror, mystery and suspense, you were meant to be a Rommel fan. This story makes you think you have it figured it out and then turns everything upside down on you. The mystery consumes you and makes you put down everything else you are reading cause you just have to know how it ends.
Karielle at Books à la Mode
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
The Cursed Man left me breathless and I'll admit, a little frightened. This book reaches towards the deep, obscure trenches of the human mind and the indistinguishable haze of perception, and it's one that kept me on my toes throughout.

Alister Kunkle believes that death is in love with him, which explains the gruesome, opportune slaughters of anyone who speaks to him, as well as his present confinement at Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. But when an alluring doctor enters his life and
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Briana
Oh my goodness! This was a total mind fuck. Just when I thought I had it figured out, it changed again.

Poor Alister Kunkle, cursed from a young age by Death, believes that everyone who talks to him dies within 24 hours of speaking with him, usually in a horrendous manner. A young psychiatrist takes him on hoping to help him emerge from his isolation in the psychiatric facility. From beginning to end, you don't know whether to believe in Alister Kunkle and his reality or the one that Dr. Anna Lee
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Tiffany
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads giveaway win.

The idea of the book was good. Reminded me somewhat of Shutter Island. It had great potential, but sadly that is all it had.

What made me give this book a 2 star rating? The writing. At times, I felt like I was reading a vintage school reader. You know the ones: "I have a dog. His name is Spot. See Spot run. Spot runs fast."
Stuart Harrison
Jan 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't enjoy giving books bad reviews. Writing novels is very hard work, and in the final analysis, the reader's opinion is entirely subjective. Others have clearly enjoyed this novel. Personally I didn't. I think it is badly written, repetitive, undeveloped as a story, and the characters are unbelievable. I hear it's being made into a movie. Well, there are plenty of bad movies out there too.
David Kerscher
The idea for the story is a powerful one, but I don't think the author came close to its potential. The attempts at keeping the reader guessing as to what was 'real' or not didn't work together well enough to make it an intriguing puzzle - and the answer given at the end still leaves the reader with unanswered questions.

Leslie Fisher
2.5 of 5 stars. Interesting premise, but moved too slowly and got confusing at times.
Janet
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
very good
Cyrene Olson
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Uncaged Book Reviews:

This is a psychological thriller of fantastic proportions. It will twist and turn, and you will believe one thing, only to have it ripped away, and then back again. Just when I thought I had this one figured out, it blew my thinking out of the water.

The book brings you Alister, a man who believes that Death follows him, and anyone he talks to, or converses with, will die – so he is locked up in a mental health hospital, and hasn’t talked to anyone in years. His meals and ne
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Keith Rommel
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Review by Randall Radic - Blogcritics.org

Traditionally, the King of Death is often depicted as a skeleton, with scythe, sickle, sword and hourglass. Other symbols of death include the veil, serpent, lion, scorpion, ashes, and the drummer. Most interestingly, in Hinduism, death is symbolized as a dancer, sometimes a beautiful young woman.
Hollywood long ago picked up the figure of death, breathing life into the concept, which resulted in movies like Death Takes a Holiday and its stylized remake,
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Rishika S.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although I give this book a 4 star rating, there are many things that it doesn't have going for it. In fact, these are enough to really pull its rating down. The first problem was the few errors that came up in the book, grammatical and structural. Added to that was Rommel’s quirky way of writing where random dialogues seem like they came from a historical or fantasy book, instead of a psychological thriller – sometimes, the dialogue was crisp, and at others, it was drawn out in a very text-book ...more
Carol Kean
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: Kindle list of recent ebooks

This is a riveting novel with redeeming social value and literary themes. The prose is good, especially for an ebook and for this genre (I prefer literary; Joyce Carol Oates, Ann Hite, Rod Usher, not Stephen King). I highlighted line after line on the subject of death and God, thinking "I LOVE THIS" - especially scenes with young Alister in the hospital, disillusioned that his mom's prayers do nothing to keep Grandma alive. I love the cerebral and philosophical passages more than anything.

Rommel
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Cassy
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenn Andrew
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cursed Man is a contemporary story of suspense, involving Alister Kunkle who is plagued by death itself. Anyone he encounters dies within moments and this has propelled him into a life of solitude within the walls of an institution. When Alister believes that death has contacted him in the form of a woman, he tries everything he can to prove the theory that the entity death is the cause of his grief and not part of his imagination.

The story starts with past history of the main character, in
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Erin Al-Mehairi
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alister Kunkle has been in seclusion for 25 years in Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. He won’t look or speak to anyone, for fear it will fatally harm them. You see, Death takes a personal interest in anyone he communicates with and he is tired of watching this curse play out. He hides away in a small cell with no outside contact until Dr. Anna Lee shows up determined that her psychiatric skills can help cure Alister. Is she really what she seems? Is the curse real or a figment of his i ...more
Alex Jones
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cursed Man is the story of Alistair Kunkle, a man who has lived in isolation at a mental hospital for many years because of the terrible fate that awaits anybody who has any social contact with him. It is an ingenious portrayal of a man with severe Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of living through severe childhood domestic abuse that ultimately leads to him escaping from his mother, who has just murdered both his brother and his father. From Rommel’s writing, it is obvious t ...more
Denise DeSio
Ever since Snake Pit, I've loved stories set in mental institutions. This one started off great. A man puts himself in a mental institution because he believes he is cursed by Death itself - doomed to eternal life as everyone he comes in contact with dies within hours of speaking to him. In walks Doctor Anna who is determined to save him from himself despite the Director's warning that scores of people have actually died mysteriously. Cool! Then comes pages and pages of the same story over and o ...more
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The Cursed Man opens with a shocking death scene that immediately captures the audience and draws the reader slowly through an intriguing maze of twists and turns that continues right to the climax. I was amazed by the deft way that Keith Rommel handled the plot and slowly unraveled the mystery.

The story opens with Alister angrily shouting at a shadowy figure who forced his wife to drown their little girl and afterward commit suicide
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Felonious
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense and Horror Fans
Shelves: first-reads, horror
I received The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel through Good Reads (http://www.goodreads.com) as a first reads giveaway. This is one of the first suspense/horror books that I have read. The Cursed Man is book one of the thanatology series ( the study of death and the ways in which people deal with it).

Alister, the main character in the story is cursed. Death is in love with him and death is jealous. So jealous that it kills anyone that so much as talks to Alister within a day, and death won't let Alis
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Dylan
The Cursed Man is the story of Alister, a man who believes death will fall upon anyone hours they interact with him. It starts off with Anna, Alister's new doctor, coming to the mental institution in which he resides only to be denied entry. At this instant I liked the book, it was interesting and had me wanting to know more. This quickly faded though, the next 100 pages were the same thing to me, the dialogue felt over dramatic and filled with angst, it had me frustrated. The looks into the pas ...more
Jay Mccready
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free through the Good Reads First Reads program. I really enjoyed this and had a hard time putting it down. This is a story of a man institutionalized in an insane asylum, because he thinks that "Death" is in love with him and is killing everyone who speaks to him like some kind of insane jealous lover. This is old school suspense (very little gore and no ultra violence) where I didn't even come close to seeing the end coming and I've read my fair share of books.

The str
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C.p. Bialois
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let me start off by saying this is one of those gems that keeps you guessing through the entire story. The author does such a fantastic job of taking us into Alister’s mind that I empathizes with him, but also want to see more of the curse to better understand it and to prove Alister right to help ease his mind.

Usually, in a story such as this, there’s some explanation as to where the curse came from that’s easy to understand. The fact the origin of the curse is difficult to grasp made this one
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Jennifer
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The synopsis for The Cursed Man had me in it’s grasp right away. The thought of death being attached to someone, killing anyone that came in contact with that person was intriguing. Within the first chapter, you are immediately thrown into Alister Kunkle’s cursed life. Alister’s situation is grim and overflowing with mystery as you find out just how horrible his life has become. This is one gripping plot that I found strangely fascinating.

Rommel’s The Cursed Man will have you on the edge of your
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Lee
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fiction
An eerie, enthralling tale of a man who is stalked by Death. To speak to Alister Kunkle spells certain doom for the one who has made that mistake and so Kunkle has had himself locked away for two decades to prevent Death from claiming another victim. And then one day Dr. Anna Lee walks into his life. Despite his entreaties for her to leave before it is too late, she perseveres, determined to prove that Alister can be cured and that all she has been warned of is a fantasy. But is it?

Rommel keeps
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Keith Rommel is a self taught award winning author and screenwriter. Having penned thirteen novels and co written four movies, Keith writes in an array of categories including horror, suspense, thriller, drama, crime, creature, legends and writer how-to.

Keith's writing has been called, "Horror for the curious mind" and "Thinking mans fiction." Although a high compliment, this does not exclude wom
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