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Mr. Hands

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  454 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
No missing pages, Water Damage, or stains. Spine shows creasing. This is a readable copy.
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Published (first published July 31st 2007)
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
I've owned this one years; finally read during a buddy/group read with Horror Aficiandos group.

It's been years since I've dived into a world weaved by Braunbeck - I remember him as serious, sobering, and depressing. I also remember him as creative with his plot structure, hard to put down, and good with blending dark-fantasy horror. This book fits my memory of his others - a complex story that isn't merely about a killer figurine as I figured. In fact, the back cover is so vague based on what th
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The unique beauty of this tale has to share the spotlight with the rich emotions the author stirred in, to make it as believable as possible. While reading this I often wondered how personal any of this could have been for him and for the sake of anyone's sanity I hope they never get to experience these events in person.

Mr. Hands starts off as three separate events that come together to form a tight and haunting ending. It all begins with a little boy who was born not out of an act of love but b
William M.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Mr. Hands may be the finest work of Gary A. Braunbeck's career, and quite possibly, the best thing he'll ever write. I was absolutely spellbound by the story, characters, and rich mythology he created. I can't recall a horror novel that had me as emotional as this (right up there with Jack Ketchum's THE GIRL NEXT DOOR - both involve the endangerment of children and their helplessness).

Besides a few typos (shame, shame, Leisure Books!), I found every chapter, every paragraph, and every sentence
Ken McKinley
Reading Mr. Hands reminds me of the title of the Clint Eastwood spaghetti western - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. This book has all three and it reads pretty much in that order. Lets start with the good. This is my first read of Braunbeck's material. Haing lived in central Ohio for fifteen years of my life and also hearing good reviews of his work, I was excited to dive into Mr. Hands. It starts off well enough. A strange man sitting at the end of the bar has a story to tell to the bartender, ...more
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Hooboy, does this book look stupid.
I pride myself in not caring what people see me read. I would proudly display each and every cover of Brian Lumley's Necroscope series (although I'll put myself on record as saying I thought those covers really kicked ass), but to quote the Tragically Hip in Thugs, "Everyone has their breaking point", and with me it was this cover and title.

But, this is Gary Braunbeck, so I knew this was going to be pretty good. Actually, the first 100 pages or so were excelle
Feb 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror, abandoned
The first thing that attracted me to this book was it's very creepy and cool cover, and the name 'Mr Hands'. It just sounded so good and the blurb was intriguing and exciting! Sadly this book turned out to be a case of don't judge a book by its cover.

I expected this to be a novel where this creepy creature Mr Hands goes around torturing and killing people in a Nightmare on Elm Street type way. Jeez was I ever let down! In the prologue we get a couple of people under threat from Mr Hands. Then w
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This really was an incredible book and now i'm actually saddned I waited so long to read it. It sat on my shelf staring at me for months but I did finally get to it.

And was it ever worth it! It takes a story and makes you question your own personal ethics and morals and the way you look at life and death, crimes against children and pushes it to a limit.

The story ends with a quote saying that in your fight to stop monsters, make sure you don't become one. Based on the contents of this book, that
Randolph Carter
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fiction, owned
Another outstanding offering by Braunbeck. He continues to write the most innovative horror in the longer form while avoiding almost all the usual horror tropes and never repeating himself. While not quite as good as Keepers or the magnificent In Silent Graves, he almost reaches them.

With a plot so twisted and clever that I'm not even going to try to describe it in detail, okay I will, sorta. Mr. Hands is a sort of retribution machine for child abuse who is the progeny of the deceased mentally h
Jul 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Brian Keene, smart horror
Recommended to Unapologetic_Bookaholic by: author Brian Keene
3.5 of 5 rating

Gives you a feeling that you glimpse something out of the side of your eye. When you turn to see what it is, your rewarded with a tendril of fear creeping along your neck.

Mr. Hands is a cerebral horror. It takes reality twists, chops and mixes it with an unbalanced mental perspective and there you have it. Then of course throws in a head chomping monster.

I liked the development of Mr. Hands and POV of the characters and why Mr. Hands was. It was a great story told and I look forw
Mark Warner
Ahhh...started off wonderfully...good character development, intriquing, unique story, interwoven plot...really a fine job of a horror book. For me, however, it seemed to suffer from the one flaw in most horror ending that left thinking, thats it ? This book grabbed me from the beginning with great writing, but slowly crept downhill. Still, better than most in a genre that yields great ideas but so-so endings....Ah well, on to the next..
I was not in a hurry to read this book, the title just seemed so… Dumb, but I let Rosco (the family sheepdog) pick my most recent read and this is what he came up with (mainly by sniffing this cover first out of the stack of 100 or so books stacked neatly on the floor). I was surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did. I wasn’t a huge fan of “Coffin County” but I do remember that I enjoyed 9/10ths of the book, so I did have a flicker of hope.

Short synopsis: The tale is told by a mystery man
D.D. Price
They say that you can’t judge a book by its cover. That’s true. But what is equally untrue is saying that you can’t judge a book by its title. You can in fact judge a book by its title and if title is the medium with which we judge the quality of books then we find that Mr. Hands is severely lacking; the title puts into mind all of the wonderful and terrible things that can be done with ones hands and that statement holds true for most of the book and even as I think on such profound morbid obse ...more
Robert Beveridge
Gary A. Braunbeck, Mr. Hands (Leisure, 2007)
Understand, first, that the horror of Gary Braunbeck is not the horror of the splatterpunks, or of Stephen King, or of Clive Barker, or of Dean Koontz. If I had to compare Braunbeck's writing to anyone's, it would be that of Charles L. Grant, except that Braunbeck's writing is far more immediate than Grant's ever was. Things may jump out of the dark at you in a Braunbeck story, but any disembowelling is probably going to happen offstage. The horror, a
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4 of 5

Mr. Hands was my first experience with Braunbeck, and I wasn't disappointed. My favorite aspect was the old-fashioned feel of a mysterious stranger spinnin' his yarn around a fire (or, in this case, a bar) whilst the "normal" folks listen and figure out whether he's dangerous, in trouble, or just full of it. The novel's structure was integral to its success; had the story been told in a linear style, I'm not sure it would've been quite as exciting or suspenseful. While neither the
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book ends with one of my favorite quotes: "Whoever fights monsters, should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster."

Dolls are creepy little things, aren't they? Neither one of my kids played with dolls. They were scared of them. And it wasn't just because I told them that dolls come to life at night when their tiny little owners are sleeping.

Mr. Hands is carved out of wood, with stubs for legs and really, really long arms with claws for fingers. Who wouldn't want that un
Sep 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed quite a few of Leisure Books' horror novels. They're usually fun, fast reads, but truly outstanding work is rarely found in them (Jack Ketchum's "Peaceable Kingdom" being the exception I can think of off hand). But I will say with absolute honesty that the first 125 pages of Mr. Hands may be the most powerful, emotionally effective writing I've ever read in the horror genre.

The story doesn't hold up as well once the traditional monster arrives (which makes me wish I could give it 4
Sep 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a preety good horror outing. It had a nice pace and some original content. For the basic plot- A woman starts taking out child abusers and child killers by controlling a creature called Mr. Hands. Then she makes a whoops.

The book is not a horror novel to frighten you, but more of one to entertain you as a story of vengence and redemption. It clocks in around 268 pages and the rest is an award winnig novela by the author which I have yet to read.

I recomend this book.

The only part t
Aug 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a revision and expansion of Braunbeck's novella from "Cemetery Dance" which was also included in THINGS LEFT BEHIND. The new material meshes seamlessly, and only serves to enhance the original story and the Cedar Hill universe as a whole. Also included is his award-winning novella, "Kiss of the Mudman," a rock'n'roll masterpiece.
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to Cedar Hill, Ohio. Small town where very strange things happen. Braunbeck sets a lot of his stories there, so expect to come across the same characters. However, thus far I find that his books also hold up well as stand alones.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Joshua Hair
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel it is necessary to begin by stating that this is the first Gary Braunbeck novel I have read, but it certainly won't be the last. The synopsis on the back cover would have you believe that this is a tale about Mr. Hands himself, but in reality the story more centers around how Mr. Hands came into being and he himself does not make an appearance until towards the very end of the novel. Although that may seem strange, it works well, as the build up beforehand is where the best parts of the s ...more
James Campbell
I was happy to find this at a local used book shop, as it was a title I'd been searching for for quite some time. Heard good reviews, found the cover interesting, if not a little corny, but with creepy appeal to it. I liked the concept of the story, however I feel it would be better served as a movie (like on SyFy channel for example). Overall I was disappointed.
michael dempsey
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this got a little Pumpkinhead at the end ..but that is not a bad thing..I will read anything he writes.
Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym)
Pretty creative stuff. He could've plumbed the depths of the story a bit more... Highly readable but not quite to the level where it haunts you for days afterward.
Trev Twinem
I can't bring myself to write a review on this...did not really enjoy..and not sure I got the Mr Hands didn't work for me..and that's all I want to say :((
Kaine Andrews
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this book merely because I found the cover to be deliciously schlocky and silly looking. The back description didn't alter that impression much. But since it was fairly inexpensive and I have an inexplicable taste for schlock and silliness on occasion, I figured "Ah, what the hell," and snagged it.

Best decision of the year, methinks.

Mr. Hands is a fairly basic story at heart; A young man named Ronnie is able to sense the pain and suffering of others and takes it upon himself to prevent
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I'm sure you've all heard the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover." I think that phrase was made for "Mr Hands" (not to be confused with the horse porno of the same name.) The book looks downright ridiculous. Hell, it even sounds ridiculous reading the synopsis on the back. Sounds like some Child's Play rip-off. The last thing I ever expected was to get a really intricate, emotional story. I had to hold back the tears on a couple of occasions.

The good: The writing. Braunbeck is really able t
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brian Mcclain
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Oftentimes when I read a novel, I find myself wishing that the book was shorter than it was written as it seems that a lot of unnecessary filler is added. This surprisingly was different, I actually wished there was a little more meat on the bones. I got through the pretty significant beginning portion that was fantastic, a lot of heart-felt emotions and dealing with terrible things, but when I got to the point with the title character there just didn't seem to be enough. I know that at some lev ...more
CC Stapleton
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The extreme emotions experienced by Braunbeck’s characters in Mr. Hands are real and raw. Ranging from pure, innocent love to diabolical hatred, the reader is torn between agony or empathy as they watch their own moral code begin to gray. In the realm with Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door, and J.T. Leroy’s The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, Mr. Hands is a supernatural and horrifying tale of suspense that spares no gruesome detail of the terrors and evil lurking in the human psyche. Gary B ...more
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Gary A. Braunbeck is a prolific author who writes mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream literature. He is the author of 19 books; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications.

His fiction has received several awards, including the Bram Stoker Award in 2003 fo
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