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You don't read the book. It reads you.

Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the dark corners of the deep web. A disturbing tale about a mysterious figure who preys on those who read the book and subjects them to a world of personalized terror. Jesse Wheeler--former guitarist of the heavy metal group The Rising Dead--was quick to discount the ominous folklore as
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Paperback, 230 pages
Published March 14th 2019 by Flame Tree Press
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✨Bean's Books✨
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oiy vey! 🙄
"Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the dark corners of the deep web. A disturbing tale about a mysterious figure who preys on those who read the book and subjects them to a world of personalized terror. Jesse Wheeler--former guitarist of the heavy metal group The Rising Dead--was quick to discount the ominous folklore associated with the book. It takes more than some urban legend to frighten him. Hell, reality is scary enough. Seven years ago his greatest responsibility
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Sadie Hartmann
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a tough book to review. My feelings are that books of this nature are extremely subjective to reader preferences. You're either going to love it or hate it.
My guess is there won't be many reviews that fall somewhere in the middle.
The business I co-own, Night Worms, agreed to help Brian Kirk with some experimental promotional material for the book prior to its release. It was all the promotional material that led me to assume certain things about the book that I now believe set some expec
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donna backshall
Will Haunt You is an offbeat novel about Jesse, a former rocker. He's lived a hard life, and he's doing his best to live up to who he wants to be, and to move beyond who he has been. One night after a reunion with his old band mates, Jesse finds himself in the middle of a nightmarish situation that dredges up the past he's trying to leave behind and brings fresh terror to his life.

If you've read House of Leaves, you may appreciate the staccato writing style of Brian Kirk. I struggled through Hou
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
When Jesse decides to read a very disturbing book he's been hearing strange tales about, he doesn't expect anything to actually HAPPEN to him. It's just a book, right? Tell that to the strange men who have kidnapped him, or the terrifying place he's awoken in, with its awful, cruel doctors and guards. Will you make the same mistake Jesse made by reading this book?

Alright, friends, this is a tough review to write — not because my feelings are ambiguous about this book, but because some of my
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Emily
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Turn the page and he'll be there, watching you."

I don't even know what to say about this book. I had been looking forward to it, especially since the pre-release marketing was intriguing. The synopsis sounded interesting, but this book went in a different direction than it seemed like it was going to go in. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn't.

I guess I would call this book experimental horror. I'm still not entirely sure what the experiment was - my friend Audra / ouija.doodle.read
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Kimberly
2.5 stars.

WILL HAUNT YOU, by Brian Kirk, is a novel that had a spectacular marketing line: "You don't read this book. It reads you."

Along with that, there was a "prequel story", of sorts, that could be found on some sites. The allure of a book that materialized out from nowhere, and ended up with the reader ultimately listed as a "missing person", was a concept I was excited to read about.

I mention this, because the expectations it gave led me to expect something quite "supernatural" and "ha
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Toni | Dark Reads
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kindle-tbr
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, thanks to Flame Tree Press, Brian Kirk and NetGalley.

4.5 Stars!
I really enjoyed this book, being narrated in the first person is a huge plus for me, it gives a real insight into Jesse’s character and thoughts as he is plunged in to a relentless living nightmare that exploits he deepest darkest thoughts, secrets and mistakes and forces him to face them head on.

The beginning of the book was brilliantly creepy, I was hooked
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Josh
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Will Haunt You is pure unadulterated horror.

Through a Haze of distorted reality, the reader becomes part of the story, following a steady progression into madness along with the characters.

For Jesse Wheeler, a retired band member of an almost famous rock group, the horror begins with an unfortunate incident which results in his young son sustaining injuries leaving him permanently disabled. Despite being able to salvage his marriage and continue caring for his son, Jesse’s mistakes fail to remai
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Mindi
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I've been reading some reviews and I'm noticing a lot of people are making comparisons to House of Leaves. I loved House of Leaves, and I know that quite a few people really did not. Some of my closest friends really dislike that novel. I never made that comparison while reading Will Haunt you, but I can see it after the fact.

Essentially, I love books with a bit of ambiguity in the ending. It's really like an invitation b
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Michael Hicks
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
My review of Will Haunt You can be found at High Fever Books.

Aging rocker, Jesse, has a bit of a problem. A mysterious radio broadcast fills his ears moments before his car crashes, and he finds himself fleeing into the nearby woods, chased by identical twins and strange creatures. It’s a lousy way to end a night that should have been spent celebrating the final performance of his band, Rising Dead. A recovering alcoholic, he should have been sipping seltzer and getting home early to his wife an
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Jessaca Willis
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
W A R N I N G
I read a book much like the one you’re holding now. And this is what happened to me. Don’t make the same mistake. Please, put it down. Or better yet, throw it away. This is your last warning. Turn the page, and you’re on your own. Actually, that’s not true. Turn the page and he’ll be there, watching you.


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And that’s how you start a novel!

3.5 stars

I enjoyed a lot of this book! The opening scenes were creepy and terrifying, and had me looking over my shoulder anytim
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Helen Power
Will Haunt You is a mind-bending horror novel about a book that delivers the readers’ greatest fears upon themselves. What an amazing concept.
At times the writing is convoluted and nonsensical, and I think the writing would have benefited from a little more focus, pinpointing individual fears rather than relying on a strong writing style and sense of dysequilibrium--both in the writing style and in what was happening--to deliver most of the horror to the reader. This was effective at times, but
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Frank Errington
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review copy

I finished reading Brian Kirk's latest novel over a week ago and put off writing my review to allow this story time to gel in my mind. Or, maybe ferment is a better word. The whole concept of Will Haunt You is a bit of a mind-altering experience.

I've taken the liberty of paraphrasing the story's synopsis, it does a better job of explaining the premise than I ever could...

Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the corners of the dark web. A tale about a mysterious figure who
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Ashley Daviau
Hmm, I’m right in the middle with this one, I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. Some parts were incredibly interesting and at times I was thoroughly enjoying this novel and convinced it would be a five star read because there’s nothing I enjoy more than a book about a book, added bonus if it’s a horror story! This one had some original and unique ideas that I really did enjoy but then certain elements got thrown in and it threw me off and suddenly made me unsure of what I was reading. ...more
Bridgett
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Well, that was odd.

WARNING: I read a book much like the one you're holding now. And this is what happened to me. Don't make the same mistake. Please, put it down. Or better yet, throw it away. This is your last warning. Turn the page, and you're on your own. Actually, that's not true. Turn the page and he'll be there, watching you.

I guess I'm being watched now because I ::gasp:: turned the page.

Okay, so I honestly don't know what to say about this story...it's weird, it's confusing,
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Mercedes Yardley
Brian Kirk is a brilliant writer whose works are both horrific and full of heart. I'm a huge fan of We Are Monsters and especially his short story "Picking Splinters from a Sex Slave." Will Haunt You starts out linear and then goes all over the place in an acid trip of sorrow and gore. I love his writing, and I love the breaking of the 4th wall. There were moments of real horror and several uncomfortable scenes. I expected a different book based on the phenomenal marketing campaign, and I think ...more
Well Read Beard
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books
I have heard a lot of books defined as a "Roller Coaster Ride" - this book met that definition for me more than any other. A truly wild ride through rock and roll, abduction and alcoholism. The kick with this book is that it is written from the perspective that by reading it, you are opening yourself up to the villain. That now, you are next, you are being watched. So listen, if you are planning on reading this book, late at night. Make sure that you don't have someone coming over, a late night ...more
Jamie
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Will Haunt You was an enjoyable read for me. There was a fair amount of creepy social media publicity for this book, and I think that added to the experience for me. For me, the highlights of this novel were the characters, pacing, and the sense of unease throughout the story. I felt invested in Jesse's story, and cared about the well-being of his family.

While I do enjoy a slow-burn story at times, I'm typically a reader who prefers a fast-paced tale. Will Haunt You picks up rather quickly, wit
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Cassie Daley
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Special thanks to Flame Tree Press for providing an ARC of 'WILL HAUNT YOU' in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars (rounded to 4 due to Goodreads' inability to acknowledge half-star scorings -- when will this be a thing?!)

Starting off, I'd seen a lot of hype surrounding this release on the blogs of some people whose reviews I typically follow. Oddly, when looking through the reviews for this, I'm not actually seeing many of those who promoted it reviewing it (at least, not yet - it is slated
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Cheryl
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I picked up a copy of this book because I was in the mood for a good horror novel. It has been a really long time since I have read a good horror novel. Sadly, this book did not end up being that "one. Yet, the concept was there and could have been.

It is funny as I was struggling with this book and kept putting it down after a few chapters not really able to put my finger on what the issue was. I knew that the one thing was that I could not connect or cared for the characters including the main
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Steve Stred
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

Over the course of 2018 and now into 2019 two things have become abundantly clear. Indie horror releases have upped the level of quality and Flame Tree Press releases are stellar. Now while the two statements at face value would appear to be completely unrelated, I can guarantee you, they are one and the same.

There is nothing wrong with commercial literature. Many of the best horror novels of all time are considered commercial literature. But
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Lauren Stoolfire
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

You don't read the book. It reads you. Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the dark corners of the deep web. A disturbing tale about a mysterious figure who preys on those who read the book and subjects them to a world of personalized terror. Jesse Wheeler--former guitarist of the heavy metal group The Rising Dead--was quick to discount the ominous folklore associated with the book. It takes more than some urban lege
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Lou
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The only question is how the story ends for you. Because it’s only just begun.”

The ride will begin and into forbidden frontiers, irreversible realms, lies, frighting abominations and tellings, trapped in a vicious cycle of torment and wrongs doings all played before you whilst in the mind of another, a maniac mind, replaying nostalgia painful and regretful, truth or falsehood. 

The main characters escape to safety, to normality, from all the craziness and outrage ensuing, keeps you tied in to th
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Mommacat
Jan 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, occult
Review Copy

An interesting book to start out with, but I quickly got bored. And then...AND THEN the author pulled what I felt was a fast one. He gathered up a bunch of his blogger friends and asked them to post a prequel to this book on their blogs (presumably to garner excitement) as well as explain wtf was going on in this silly story.

Now as I said, read on its own you could figure the story out without the prequel. But I don't like starting in the middle of a book or walking late into a movie
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Michelle
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Meet Jesse, a former member of a heavy metal band who reads a book with a warning, the same warning that was in my copy, your warned to put the book down, to throw it away. Or it will haunt you. Like me, Jesse read the book.

If Alice was in a rock band I have a feeling she would have tumbled down the same hole as Jesse.

This book is weird, it's pretty upside down and sideways. I was really unsure throughout if I was engaged in this book, if I was enjoying it, having now finished the book I'm sure
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Peter
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Jesse Wheeler, was a former rock guitarist with the heavy mental band Dead Rising. Dead Rising was getting back together for one night only. They were playing at a seedy little bar, called The Full Moon Saloon. Jesse has been sober for seven years now. He has a wife and a little boy. One night Jesse came home wasted. He injured his son and left him permanently disabled. Jesse has not had a drink since that night. Now he cuts radio jingles and fights to keep his head above water. Tonight is going ...more
Audra (ouija.reads)
I felt let down by the premise of this book. It seems like it is going to be a story about this strange haunted book that, Ringu-style, after you read it, you are sort of screwed and weird, horrifying stuff starts happening to you. But that really isn’t what this book is about at all. The haunted book part felt secondary to the rest of the plot, almost tacked on.

Reading this book is definitely a wacky mind trip—you won’t know what’s coming next and when it does come, you’ll only be able to think
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Laura Thomas
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I had high hopes going into this. The synopsis sounded creepy. And while I did get plenty of that, I also got some bizarre scenes. It was hard, at first, to see where the author was going with his story. Once I figured that out, kind of, I kept thinking this would work so much better as a movie. The plot was out there and hard to follow by reading. I enjoyed some parts, especially the twist at the end. Other parts, not so much. I was left wishing I’d gotten more of what I thought this was going ...more
David
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, read-in-2019
3.5 stars if Goodreads would allow. My review can be read here ---> https://wp.me/p5t5Tf-1M5. ...more
Red Lace Reviews
It's the reunion of the heavy metal band The Rising Dead, and guitarist Jesse Wheeler expects to return home stone sober. Just when his attempts seem successful, an odd encounter on the road plunges him into a world of clones, feral men, and his worst enemy: booze. Is this all in his mind? Is this the punishment for his sins? Unable to trust what he sees, who he meets, Jesse struggles to keep his sanity intact.

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I received this book in exchange for an
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Brian Kirk is a Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of dark thrillers and psychological suspense. His debut novel, WE ARE MONSTERS, was released in July 2015. In addition to being nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, WE ARE MONSTERS was optioned for film development by Executive Producer, Jason Shuman.

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