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"In ‘Complicity’ Christopher Ropes guides the reader unflinchingly into those chambers of the heart we prefer to keep tightly sealed and out of mind. Raw in emotional power and haunting in tone, this tale will linger with you.” -Richard Gavin, author of SYLVAN DREAD

Three friends try to cope with the suicide of someone very dear to them, the unusual family of the suicide vi
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Paperback, 29 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Dunhams Manor Press
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Karl
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OK, so what do you do when your best friend goes out into his back yard and kills himself by shooting himself in the head? - Pause - Think about that for a moment. This is the scenario that sets up Christopher Ropes's new chap book "Complicity".

Now on the anniversary of that death, you, your girl friend, and your deceased friends girl friend are invited to the childhood home to have a holiday dinner with that friends parents. Stress mounts, incriminations fly and creep into the consciousness. C
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Michael Adams
Devastating. The relationships work so naturally here, you feel like you know the characters personally. There is tragedy, and there is the unsettling aftermath, and there is the strange, liminal space where the mind makes its own meaning of it all. Guilt colors perception, sadness distorts reality, and narratives are manufactured to make the broken pieces fit. This story dwells in that in-between space. Constructed masterfully with beautifully written prose, this is a story I feel very comforta ...more
Betty Rocksteady
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good, very strange. A trio of friends dealing with the aftermath of another driend's suicide. This short book builds up a very powerful sense of dread. The weirdness is never fully explained, but that jut makes it sink in deeper. I enjoyed reading this.
Duane
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'll be thinking about this one for weeks. The central conspiracy remains unexplained and is all the more horrifying because one's imagination fills in the details. The characters are well-delineated, easy to believe in, and the narrative chugs crisply along with no tailspins or sidewise skids, meditating on the faces people wear for one another, the unfamiliarity of the people closest to you, and, perhaps, the shifting nature of reality.
Which is the monster?
Jon
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A quietly powerful gut punch of a story. The narrative is at once moving and deeply weird. The prose and imagery are gorgeous. A must read. I can't wait to read more by Ropes.
Donald Armfield
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A gripping story with a family coping with a suicide. Well written and highly recommended.

I read Ropes poetry collection so I was actually excited to see his dark depressing scribbles play out in a full length story. In which he nailed. Plus the ending I like....an unhappy one.

Sean Thompson
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ropes is talented with creating an atmosphere of disquiet without having to do all that much. In Complicity, we follow a man visiting a family in mourning over the suicide of a son. This in itself is creepy enough, but add a snow storm, a strange carcass by the side of the road, and a stay at a hotel that blurs the lines of reality, and you get a powerful little short story.
Highly recommended, and I like forward to more from Ropes.
Travis
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What can I add that others haven't said?
It's true this story is devastating. The sadness is palpable...and Ropes writes with an ever present darkness that crawls into your mind and settles there leaving you unsettled...his poetry is crushing his prose even more so. Every word he writes is soaked with personal pain and reflection taking all of it he presents us with ART. To compare him to other masters of dark like Hanns Heinz Ewers or early Clive Barker in his more reflective stories is not a st
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