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The Nightly Disease

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Sleep is just a myth created by mattress salesmen.

Isaac, a night auditor of a hotel somewhere in the surreal void of Texas, is sick and tired of his guests. When he clocks in at night, he’s hoping for a nice, quiet eight hours of Netflix-bingeing and occasional masturbation. What he doesn’t want to do is fetch anybody extra towels or dive face-first into somebody’s clogged
Paperback, 380 pages
Published December 18th 2016 by DarkFuse (first published October 4th 2016)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Isaac is the night auditor at the God Damn Hotel in the middle of nowhere Texas. His nights are endless stretches of Netflix binges and masturbating on the roof of the hotel. Totally what I did when I worked as a night auditor. (You can tell this author really works in the hotel business-he cracked me up with these parts)
Then a new employee catches Isaac's attention. Mandy 2. She might be the one to fall in love with him since the Bulimic homeless girl hasn't realized her love for him yet. He st
Dan Schwent
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books, 2016
As if Isaac's soul-crushing gig as night auditor at The God Damn Hotel wasn't bad enough, now he has to contend with two methed up shoe manufacturers, a bulimic girl, and numerous corpses.

I got this from DarkFuse via Netgalley.

Ever wonder what crazy shit goes on at a hotel during the night shift? Wonder no longer!

The Nightly Disease is the tale of Isaac, the night auditor of a hotel, and how his life spiraled out of control after one ill advised decision. It's hilarious and suspenseful and very
Janie C.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is for anyone who has felt that their job is a life sentence. For Isaac, it just might be.  He is the night auditor at a hotel, and the situations he gets into are not only unbelievable but humorous in the darkest of ways.  Isaac's best friend works at the neighboring hotel, part of the same chain.  They share whiskey and race luggage carts down the hotel halls for entertainment.  Isaac has other methods of coping with the stress and boredom of his job, especially on the roof of the ho ...more
Issac is a "night auditor" for a chain of motels in Texas. His time there (when he's lucky), consist of masterbating on the roof, hours of Netflix, talks with his fellow auditor from across the way, George, and making pancakes for a bulimic woman that he thinks he's in love with. Unfortunately, there are times when he actually has to unclog toilets, bring towels to the guests, evade domestic disputes, and hear tales of owls that like to eat the face off of people.

Quite the life.

Until he gets cau
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hallucinatory and hilarious novel that functions somewhere between a crime caper and a suicide note. The story centers around Isaac, the night auditor at a crappy hotel. He hates his customers, he hates his job, and he’s suffering from (possible) delusions involving owls. But things go from bad to worse when a couple of shady counterfeiters blackmail him into helping with their criminal enterprise. What follows is a comedy of errors so violent and pitch-black it’s like a slapstick version of a ...more
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Isaac may be the worst hotel night auditor ever. In between his sleep depraved hallucinations, owl obsessions and late night rooftop jerking, he is rude to his customers, in love with a mysterious homeless girl and is totally crappy at disposing of bodies. He makes pretty good pancakes though, so there’s that. Too bad they don’t seem to last very long in the stomach.

Not really a spoiler, just a meaningless rant that has basically nothing to do with the story: (view spoiler)
Benoit Lelièvre
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Max Booth III is improving with every release and THE NIGHTLY DISEASE is a major step up. What begins as the somewhat amusing chronicles of a lonely hotel night auditor take a strange turn about a third into the novel when the surreal nature of the night and his sleep deprived subconscious start to get the better of him. Think the Grand Budapest Hotel meets Lost Highway. It's funny, heartwarming, terrifying and yet it's nearly impossible to tell what is real and what is projected by protagonist' ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book has just enough typos to frustrate me, and some continuity and logistical weirdness that twigged me every time I spotted it, but it's very tightly written, very well-paced, and it trout-slapped me with its plot twists, which hardly ever happens--less because I'm a precognitive reader (but I am) than because so many people are predictable writers.

Those said:

It's about a night auditor, which is part of what attracted me to it, okay, I held that position for a few years, in the carefree da
Glenn Rolfe
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
THE NIGHTLY DISEASE is another slice of Max Booth III's unique mind. I've read two of his previous works (Toxicity and Black), both equally fucked up and interesting. I must admit, THE NIGHTLY DISEASE, hits far closer to home. Being a hotel auditor, I recognize a billion hideous acts and people within these pages.

We follow night auditor, Issac, as he talks us through his depressing and miserable existence. The narrative, while dark, sad, and all too true for many, is spiced up by Booth's talent
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I got to say that this novel is very enjoyable. It reminds me of the work published from the Dell Abyss line in the ‘90s. You know, a little horror here, a darkly humorous passage there. This original tale of a bored hotel night auditor who’s going rather cuckoo is filled with psychedelic images and unpredictable situations. Max Booth III is an author to watch. Told in the first person, his narrative is fun and as strong as that face-eating owl that keeps coming back in his story (a sort of a ho ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Most​ ​of​ ​us​ ​have​ ​had​ ​a​ ​job​ ​we​ ​hated​ ​at​ ​some​ ​point​ ​in​ ​our​ ​lives,​ ​perhaps​ ​still​ ​do.​ ​I​ ​was​ ​so impressed​ ​with​ ​the​ ​way​ ​the​ ​author​ ​turned​ ​these​ ​experiences​ ​into​ ​a​ ​well​ ​developed​ ​and cynically​ ​comical​ ​story, placing those ​thoughts we often keep to ourselves​​ remarkably​​ ​​well​​ ​​into ​​words.​ ​I was​ ​hooked​ ​from​ ​the​ ​start,​ ​with​ ​the​ ​“list​ ​of​ ​responsibilities”​ ​you​ ​must​ ​fulfill​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​successful hote ...more
Michael Hicks
Isaac is a night auditor for the Goddamn Hotel, who, when not reading, watching porn or Netflix, or masturbating off the roof and onto the cars parked in the lot below, is dealing with surly, ignorant guests, deadbeat travelers, grifters, and the occasional corpse. After stealing a guest's lost wallet, and shocked by the disturbing owl-related attack of a co-worker, Isaac is caught up in some dark situations well and truly over his head. He also has a crush on a homeless bulimic girl.

By turns fu
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. THE NIGHTLY DISEASE by Max Booth III is an amazing story. Who knew you could take your crummy night shift job, add in some owls and sprinkle it over a gripping crime story and get a masterpiece? Max Booth! That's who!
From the opening line of the book and straight through to the final period, THE NIGHTLY DISEASE drags you into its talons and refuses to let go. So many great, quotable sentences pepper the pages of the book. The prose is wonderful. The plot is nerveracking. Isaac, the protagon
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is said one should write about what they know. Max Booth definitely knows something about night auditing in a hotel. Much of what is in The Nightly Disease comes from his experiences working that very job; hopefully not the actual events but from the strange and cynical atmosphere that night duty brings. Having worked a series of night shifts in a series of strange jobs in my much younger years, I can vouch that the midnight hours brings out a different and not always complimentary side of hu ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I don't know where to start. Part of me says what the hell did I just read? Yet I have to admit I flew through this book (like an owl?) and couldn't put it down.
Isaac is a young man who has led a very strange life. We are given a small glimpse into his past when as a young teen he was uprooted from his home.. though we are not given the why of it all. Do we need to know? I can't say the not knowing took away from my enjoyment of this humorous and horrifying story but I am certainly curious. Cur
The Grim Reader
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘The Nightly Disease’ is a book Mr Booth has been working on for some time. If you follow his amusing ramblings on social media then you will be well aware that Max is a night auditor at a hotel. Servicing his guests with a smile and always being sure that they are spending the night in comfort, overwhelmed with the scent of freshly washed towels, Max decided to write a surreal book about some the exploits of Isaac – a young chap also working the graveyard shift. What follows is a tale of death, ...more
Kevin Berg
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fock Wurk.

This was a fun read about owls and death, some vomit and masturbation, stuffed with some really great references to movies in the everyday life of a night auditor. I liked reading that everyone finds the shortcuts to avoid actual work and develops creative ways to entertain themselves while the clock drags on the job, and that the narrator knows customers despise him just as much as he does them. I laughed at many parts, cringed at a few, but really enjoyed this thing. The plot took m
Vincenzo Bilof
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Working with the public in an entry-level job can be demoralizing; whether you work in retail or fast food, the dregs of humanity and the individual’s desire to lord their power over the laborer send shivers down the spines of those who know. Some people make a career out of it and go into management, while others find a way to move into another career or end up suffering through it for a very long time. The Nightly Disease is Max Booth III’s novel of an existential crises suffered by a young ma ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I will not do this book justice with this review, but I'll try. This was the kind of read I want to say is heart-breaking, fun, weird, impenetrable, bizarre as can be, un-put-down-able, and a dozen other adjectives that won't describe it adequately.

Full disclosure: Booth published one of my stories in his Lost Signals anthology, but I don't know him personally and as far as I know don't owe him my allegiance, soul, or first-born. This is as honest review as I can write of an author who shares a
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, darkfuse, humor
Isaac works the graveyard shift at a hotel. As anyone who has ever worked a customer service job can tell you, it will drive you insane. Poor Isaac is no exception. Broke, sleep deprived and hating the guests who come to the hotel Isaac finds himself in one bad situation after another.

Having worked the graveyard yard for a mother effing airline myself, I can only wonder how Max Booth III managed to get his hands on my journal. Every rant he rants is true. And it's true for everyone who must talk
Pedro Proença
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i just finished reading this book in a hotel, and this certainly enhancend the experience.

my actual review will be short:

Max Booth III is one of my favorite writers in the business today. No one writes dialogue like him in the indie press world.
Everyone should read him. Like, now.
Alex Thorne
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I really don’t know how I feel about Max Booth III’s The Nightly Disease. Published initially as a serial in DarkFuse’s magazine, The Nightly Disease follows a hotel night auditor’s descent into madness as everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. In a series of darkly comedic and horrific events, the reader joins Isaac on a crazy ride, rife with some of the most outrageous occurrences a person could encounter.

Single, living alone, and working a job where he knows he’ll go nowhere, Isaac spe
Review is percolating like coffee.
Rob Twinem
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
The story of Issac, a night auditor, at the Goddam Hotel somewhere in Texas, the people he meets, the troubles he endures, and the somewhat full on life he leads. The way of the author, the somewhat in your face prose, and the rather bizarre storyline is either something you will love or hate. In the beginning I enjoyed but by the midway point I felt the whole thing somewhat bizarre and wished for the party to be over. Not an author I would choose to read in the future......
Shadow Girl
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I saw this on Netgalley first, and since I'm Social Media buddies with the author, the book's description had me searching for a GIMMIE! link before I was even finished reading it! (see the GR comment I left on the 27th, before I even got the book >.< )
Excellent read, and full review will be posted soon.
Hatchet Mouth
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the real deal. Well written, goes at a manic pace, layered characters, Lebowski-like hijinks.
Paul Anderson
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Nightly Disease is about Isaac, a night auditor at a mid-tier hotel in the guts of Texas. Living a life best encapsulated by Trent Reznor’s “Every Day Is Exactly the Same” in 2004, a moment of selfishness, mingled with a moment of intense loneliness, soon spirals out of control in the most ridiculous, but oddly logical way.

The novel takes huge chunks of Max’s actual life–motel life, his job, the chronic masturbation–and fictionalizes them, passing it all through a filter in Max’s mind that n
Kristopher Triana
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever worked in the service industry? Were you a waitress, a cashier, a customer service rep, a department manager, or a general punching bag for anyone holding a dollar in the face of your greedy corporate masters? Well, Isaac can empathize. He's a young night manager at a hotel. He works the late, late, late shift, auditing and dealing with the kind of people who wander in and out of hotels in Texas at four in the morning. He spends his downtime reading horror novels, watching porn, an ...more
Eddie Generous
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Unnerving Magazine Review
The Nightly Disease is nothing short of a hoot, a hoot I say… Wait.
Note to self: it is wise to restrain enthusiasm in order to reserve a modicum of professionality.
Isaac is a night auditor at a hotel, he’s luckless and bumbles into something too big for him to handle, well until the owls aid his growth. Full-bodied characters parade the lobby armed, sickly and demanding, the poor night auditor does what those in service for minimal wages do best, grabbing towels, plungi
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm a night auditor. I gravitated to The Nightly Disease because I wanted to read the bleary-eyed musings of another night auditor regarding this profession we equally esteem.

But this book gave me no such thing. It became quickly apparent that the puzzling quirks of the other hotel employees was merely setting the stage for this story to ride right off the rails, much like the metaphors in this sentence just did.

In fact, The Nightly Disease is not the memoirs of a night auditor but a work of biz
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