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The Pale White

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  46 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 wh
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…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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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 afr
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
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
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 these
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Writing up the review now!
Tim Meyer
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit.
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
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 regard
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.
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!
Rachel  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.
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.
Ashley (bookishmommy)
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chad Lutzke is a gift.
Autumn Is Azathoth
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
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
Glenn Rolfe
Lutzke begins this book with a bang. The writing throughout is great (as always).
For me, I just wish we had the story before the story.
The beginning of this one is amazing and gut-punchingly ( I think I just made that word up) raw. You can see Ketchum's influence in those first few chapters.
The second half of the story wasn't for me, unfortunately.

BUT different strokes!

If I could force Lutzke to write me a novel (Annie Wilkes-style), it would be the full story hinted at in the beg
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seriously?! Again with the emotions. You've done it again my friend.
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
Linsey Knerl
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book gets high praise for looking at something as ugly as human trafficking and making it realistic and believable without getting gratuitous or telling us more than necessary to set the scene and tone.

Some parts of this were hard. There's no getting around it. But, the characters are genuine, and Lutze does his typically fantastic job of adding lovely little details here and there that remind us that he is bringing a very personal part of himself to everything he writes.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Kim Napolitano
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love Chad Lutzke, he has the ability to bring real emotional reaction to anything he touches. Kidnapped and turned into sex workers, tortured and abused, 3 girls plan an escape. Violence, psychological terror sets the pace on this heartbreaking novella. Written in first person by a kidnapped young teen that name isn’t mentioned? Is it? Alex is the oldest and most damaged and little Kammie, 9 years old.. no spoilers here. They only want to go home.. where ever that is. Twists and
Mary J. Anderson
Held my breath to the very end...

Another beautifully written story by this author. It's very hard to read in places; the ugliest, most depraved side of humanity on brutal display. I held my breath to the very end, expecting things to get infinitely worse for the traumatized characters; fervently hoping for a happy denouement; terrified that it might not happen and... well, I won't spoil the ending except to say that I ended up in floods of tears, as is usually the case when I read a Chad Lutz
John Lynch
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chad Lutzke is an author I’ve heard tremendous things about. One thing in particular I’ve heard over and over is his ability to ruin you. After finishing his latest, The Pale White, it’s safe to say that Lutzke lives up to the hype. The Pale White is exceptional.

This is the tale of 3 young girls, all victims of sex trafficking, locked in an attic and only let out when one of Docs's disgusting customers shows up. The girls plot their escape from captivity, and must face not only the m
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.
Nick Cato
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brutal, exciting, disturbing and heartbreaking, Lutzke has quickly become a master of the horror novella form. Full review 9/16/19 at
Debbie Christiana
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Pale White by Chad Lutzke, in some respects, was an easy read. Short, strong author voice, deep POV, well-written, complex characters - a page turner.

But in reality, Mr. Lutzke told a disturbing tale of three girls held against their will for the sex by a man named Doc, that shook me to my core. Alex has been there the longest and has descended into the delusion that she is a vampire. Kammie, who has endured unspeakable horrors for all of her nine years on earth, has gone mute and bonded wi
Jennifer Soucy
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another win!

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book after reading its description. Sexual abuse is never an easy subject to approach, especially when it involves kidnapping and trafficking. But this story only mentions those horrors briefly, more as background info. So if you hesitated to purchase for that reason, please reconsider.

This is a story about survival and the power of love and friendship sparked from shared trauma. The girls of the Pale White - Stacia, Alex, and K
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2019
Chad Lutzke has with one book become one of my "I'll read anything they do" authors. This book takes a really difficult subject matter and just makes it so real and poignant and beautiful. I felt uneasy and nervous throughout and the ending was so deserved. Loved it.
Horror DNA
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tony-jones
I’ve been enjoying the fiction of Chad Lutzke for a couple of years now. The majestic Skullface Boy was one of my favourite releases of 2018 and features in my top ten of the year of 2018 on Horror DNA; the superb Out Behind the Barn, co-written with John Boden, is just as good and is also highly recommended. Lutzke then changed direction slightly with The Same Deep Water as You, which, although it has its moments, I did not truly connect with it. Lutzke, as with that previous release, abandons the supernatural aspects of ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Lutzke book. He never disappoints. You have to finish it in one sitting! Absolutely riveting and hauntingly poignant with excruciating detail. A definite heart-grabber!
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Chad lives in Michigan with his wife and children. For over two decades, he has been a contributor to several different outlets in the independent music and film scene, offering articles, reviews, and artwork. He has written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue, Cemetery Dance, and Scream magazine. He's had a few dozen stories published, and some of his books include: OF FOSTER HOMES & ...more
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