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Periphery: A Tale of Cosmic Horror

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From the Corner of Your Eye to the Focus of Your Fear

Tampa Fire Rescue paramedic Andrew Tate thought he had put all of his father's crazy nonsense behind him. Twenty years ago, John Tate had been the respected dean of biology at the University of Tampa, a coolly intellectual researcher and devoted family man. Certainly not the type prone to outbursts of hysterical
Paperback, 382 pages
Published August 31st 2019 by Sandhill Publishing
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Stuart Aken
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tense. Taut. Engaging. Absorbing.
It happens to all of us, and those with imagination are especially vulnerable: the situation and/or location carry some element of unfamiliarity. There, in the shadows under the tree, near the open gate, behind the stone wall, we see, or think we see, from the corner of our eye, something odd, strange, maybe even alien, lurking. We turn, look again. Our conscious mind tells us, on this second, rational, inspection that the shadow is no more than that, a trick of
Penny Carnathan
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a big fan of science fiction or horror, but I read Periphery because I'm a big fan of Mike Winter. He spins a compelling yarn, uses fresh language, and creates full-blown, believable characters. If you love the scary stuff, Periphery has plenty of it. But it also has underlying plot lines that explore complex family relationships, personal failings and attempts at redemption. The novel is set in Tampa, Florida, which is also my hometown. Mike creates a sense of place that will make ...more
Emily Quinn
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Periphery is a gripping, captivating read, and one that will stay with me for a very long time. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of our main characters; the uncertainties and dangers throughout made the book very difficult to put down! The author has a unique tone of voice which keeps you fully invested in each part of the story, and many parts fill you with different emotions too. A great read which I’d wholeheartedly recommend!

I wrote a more in-depth review over on my blog here:
Swords & Spectres
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Periphery follows Andrew Tate on his journey from complete non-believer, to mild sceptic, finally into full-blown believer of the madness spouted by his father. Creatures that can be seen in the periphery of your vision, living amongst humanity but, to the vast percentage of the population, completely invisible. Our brains have evolved not to see them due to the fact that, once they know you can see them, they attack.

Brennan LaFaro
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up for Goodreads.

Fans of cosmic horror unite! Michael Winter digs deep and brings some new lore to the table in his novel, Periphery.

Andy Tate is a paramedic with the Tampa Fire Department, and is just starting to get his life back together. Andy has struggled with alcoholism, the root cause of an accident involving his young daughter, which lead him to walk away from his family and his former unit, as well as the stigma of his father's questionable ideas. Now at a new
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Michael Winter is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Florida’s MFA program, with a degree in creative writing. He worked for "The Tampa Tribune" for twenty-eight years as a copy editor, page designer, feature writer and columnist.

His short fiction has appeared in the "Fiction Quarterly section" of "The Tampa Tribune", "Modern Short Stories", "The Tampa Review", "Other Voices", "Fourteen