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The Pale White

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  320 ratings  ·  115 reviews
After being held against their will in a house used for sex trafficking, three girls plan their escape.

Alex: A hardened goth-punk who’s convinced she’s a vampire with a penchant for blood.

Stacia: A seventeen-year-old raised by an alcoholic mother, her fellow prisoners the only family she’s ever truly had.

Kammie: The youngest of the three--a mute who finds solace in a hous
Paperback, 118 pages
Published September 27th 2019 by Crystal Lake Publishing
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Chad Hi, Bojan. Thanks for asking. I don't think I would consider THE PALE WHITE to be horror. There is nothing supernatural here. No monsters (in the fict…moreHi, Bojan. Thanks for asking. I don't think I would consider THE PALE WHITE to be horror. There is nothing supernatural here. No monsters (in the fictional sense anyway). It is dark, but also full of hope. If I had to label it, I'd say it's a thriller with elements of drama. (less)
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Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
unexpectedly wholesome, but it works?? hear ye, hear ye, underrated horror gem here
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

Lutzke is a brain surgeon. His words will infiltrate your mind and become like liquid fingers that will spread until it finds your empathy zone, enfold it and squeeze until your eyes water...until your heart will feel like shattering into a million pieces.

I didn’t like the ending, but it is a personal preference, and I will take one on the chin this time and say he ended the story correctly to achieve what he wanted to say.

Read this if you are not afraid to feel.
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed for Cemetery Dance September 2019
On matters of horror fiction and what should or should not be defined as such, nobody gets the last word. For some people, a horror story is only as good as its ability to scare. For me, the horror genre is a spectrum, and feeling scared falls somewhere on that emotional spectrum along with a host of other feelings. Judging a book based on its ability to belong in a genre, employing the sole criteria of fear, is too subjective and limiting in
The Grim Reader
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was halfway through The Pale White when I thought to myself how much I enjoy reading the work of Chad Lutzke. Whilst Stephen King continues to churn out pedestrian novels on a regular basis- selling shitloads in the process-writers like Lutzke go largely ignored apart from those, like myself, who follow smaller presses and their rosters with great interest. Lutzke is one of my favourite writers. His stories always strike a nerve and his characters are always relatable and realistic. As I progr ...more
Michael Hicks
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
My review of THE PALE WHITE can be found at High Fever Books.

Like John F.D. Taff, a writer known as “The King of Pain” to his readers, Chad Lutzke is an author known for his ability to tap into to his audience’s emotions and wreak them. Lutzke focuses on the human element, forgoing monsters, creatures, and demons to showcase the awful deeds mankind is more than capable of inflicting upon itself without any kind of supernatural or otherworldly assistance, and plumbing the emotional fallout of the
Cameron Chaney
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was sent to me by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Full video review to come!

First things first, I'll read absolutely anything Chad Lutzke writes. Last year, I read the majority of his books and loved each and every one. This man has yet to write a story that I haven't connected to, so it's no surprise that I'm awarding his latest book five stars. I knew from the moment I read the synopsis of The Pale White that I was going to love this book, therefore my expectat
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was generously provided for my reading pleasure by the good folks of Crystal Lake Publishers. I wasn’t familiar with the author’s work prior to this, but this is the best case scenario for checking out new work, novella format and from a quality trusted publisher. And sure enough, turned out to be a good read. A very quick read, but one with a sizable emotional punch. A tale of abuse, survival and second chances. The Pale White is a group of three girls of varied ages, trapped in a bas ...more
Tim Meyer
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit.
Jeremy Hepler
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For me, Lutzke is one of the best writers when it comes to forging a relationship between character and reader, and this disturbing-yet-hopeful tale is no exception. Highly recommended.
Well Read Beard
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books
Well, here I am again - the day after. The new Lutzke has come and gone. I waited on a signed copy this one, so I had to watch as others read and posted about it. I think I managed to let this one sit for 2 maybe 3 days before devouring it. Take your time, it's just a short novella, you never know how long you will have to wait for the next one - All I can say is I tried.

Maybe it is because they are generally short, maybe it is because they are so damn good, but Chad always jumps the TBR. In the
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, review-copy
4.0 Stars
Well that settles it. Chad Lutze has officially earned a place among my favourite authors.

This is my third time reading Lutzke’s work and, once again, I am blown away by his skills as a writer. In the length of this short novella, Lutzke manages to create such an emotional and gripping narrative that will stay with me for a long time.

Given the subject matter, I feel compelled to give content warnings for all the violence and abuse that go along with sex trafficking. The situations are n
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
"They're my demons, my living scars, my bane, and the subject of every murderous thought I have."

I was a little nervous about reading this book when I read the synopsis, but I wanted to give it a shot. I'm glad that I did! It was a good story, and Chad Lutzke handled the subject matter well.

This story was very sad, but it had a lot of heart and hope. I appreciated that. I wish I could have spent a little more time with the characters, but it worked well for the short format.

CW - rape, kidnapp
Ashley (bookishmommy)
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chad Lutzke is a gift.
Michael Sorbello
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-reviews, horror
Synopsis: After being held against their will in a house used for sex trafficking, three girls plan their escape. Alex is a hardened goth-punk who’s convinced she’s a vampire with a penchant for blood. Stacia is seventeen-year-old raised by an alcoholic mother, her fellow prisoners the only family she’s ever truly had. Kammie is the youngest of the three, a mute who finds solace in a houseplant. But does life outside the house offer the freedom they’d envisioned? Or is it too late, the scars too ...more
Ashley Daviau
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This little novella absolutely destroyed me and firmly cemented Chad Lutzke as a new favourite author of mine. Sex trafficking is not an easy subject to write about and Lutzke just handles it beautifully. It’s not coarse and sexualized, it’s painful and it hurts your soul to read and that’s what makes it such a powerful story. I wanted to cry multiple times while reading this, it’s just so absolutely heart breaking and I swear I could feel the girls pain and rage through the pages. The Pale Whit ...more
Matt (TeamRedmon)
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
The story of three girls that have been held against their will and used for sex trafficking. The novella begins by introducing us to these ladies amid their plans for escape. We have Alex, a “goth-punk” who thinks she’s a vampire that drinks blood; Stacia, a daughter of an alcoholic mother that sees her fellow prisoners as her only family; and Kammy, the youngest, a mute that keeps a pet houseplant because she isn’t allowed stuffed animals. As they break their bonds, escape might not lead to th ...more
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Chad Lutzke has done it again! He just knows how to write amazingly heartbreaking books! With The Pale White, he is able to take a highly sensitive topic like sex trafficking and builds this story of survival, hope, and love. It can be hard to put into words just how great of a storyteller Lutzke is because you are always just left in awe. I highly recommend this story (as I do all the stories of his that I have read). 5 stars!
The Scary Reviews
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Another great story that pulled at my heart from Chad Lutzke! This story killed me a little inside. The characters are so easy to connect with and you can't help but want them to survive the shit storm they are struggling with. Not just survive, but LIVE, and not have the weight of a horrible situation smother the life from them. If you love Chad's work then I recommend reading this one now.
Steve Stred
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

“It’s been dark for an hour and I’m the first one up.”

I’m going to jump straight to the elephant in the room, so that I can address it and get on with it.

I was a bit nervous reviewing the new Lutzke. My last review of his work; “Same Deep Water As You,” ended up being picked apart and misconstrued by another reviewer. I recognized my review and spoke up about it. We worked together to patch things up regarding what happened, but I still went
Armand Rosamilia
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's impossible Chad Lutzke can tug at my heart strings with such ease. Each book gets better, more heartbreaking and more amazing!
Glen Krisch
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yowza, this is good. The ending might've been a touch too long, but I also think it was needed. Highly recommended.
RaeDawn Drenning
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again another book by this wonderful author that delves deep into the human psyche. Pulled at my heart strings, made me think, gave me hope where you would think there were none.
Tracy Robinson
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-own
“I feel tainted, like the world isn’t ready for us, or maybe doesn’t want us, and we’re not ready for it. But we’re not alone. We’re sisters.”

It must be a difficult thing for a male author to write a successful coming-of-age tale that centers around girls. Lutzke ups this challenge as he tackles a subject and experience that is (but not always) inherently female. Personally, I think he does a good job at nailing down the internal and external struggles of this particular group of girls. Not unl
Wayne Fenlon
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I rarely read a book's synopsis, and I didn't read this one, so I went into THE PALE WHITE completely blind not knowing how dark things were going to get.
There are a few moments here that make for a really difficult read, there is no doubt about that, but they are always handled extremely well. It's Chad Lutzke, I knew they would be.
In some ways this might even be his best work to date. There is so much to like. The entire story idea is fantastic. I love the vampire element, and the pale white n
 Reading Reindeer Cobwebbed
Some books have changed my life, made me a new person, opened my eyes, such as Susan Brownmiller's AGAINST OUR WILL: MEN, WOMEN, AND RAPE, which was my Thanksgiving reading in 1975. Now there is Chad Lutzke's PALE WHITE, whose traumatic subject matter exploded on Page One resulting in an immediate impulse to shut my eyes, cover my ears, toss the book, and run away screaming. I did none of that. Instead, I held on, endured the shocks, faced the trauma, screamed imprecations at the villains, empat ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is dark, really dark. Lutzke knocks it out of the park as usual.
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I went into this expecting horror but the more I read, the less this book fitted in with the horror genre. It was sweet...? I don't know I did enjoy it for the most part I just found the ending too neat and too happy.

Probably a me problem. 😂
Brad Tierney
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing!

I could gush over this book for an hour, but there's no real reason to. Take a gander at the synopsis and prepare yourself. You have to read this book. It's a must. My first tale by Chad, I'll never forget it. Unflinching and horrific events unfold quickly before your eyes, and you won't stop turning pages until the very end. It's SO good. One of the best novellas I've ever read by far. Chad Lutzke is a master, no question about it. I'm going to go buy the rest of his publishe
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Chad Lutzke has done it again. Another beautifully haunting novella that elicits all the feels. A big story told in a small package. I would recommend this to anyone because I love everything he writes.
Michael J.
THE PALE WHITE is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Every time my thoughts return to this short novella, I become uneasy and saddened.

This is a dark tale that deals not with monsters or paranormal threats, but with the most frightening of all possible scares - - true horror. THE PALE WHITE sheds light on an abhorrent situation that is occurring daily under the radar on a global scale — the oppression and subjugation of young women as sex slaves for p
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Chad has written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue, Cemetery Dance, and Scream magazine. He's had dozens of short stories published, and some of his books include: OF FOSTER HOMES & FLIES, STIRRING THE SHEETS, SKULLFACE BOY, THE SAME DEEP WATER AS YOU, THE PALE WHITE, THE NEON OWL and OUT BEHIND THE BARN co-written with John Boden. Lutzke's work has been praised by authors Jack Ketchum, ...more

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