The Mouths of Madness Podcastshow presents The Eyes of Madness, “Simple reviews from a simple reader…”
Zakk reviews “Desolation” by Kristopher Rufty. 266 pages published by Samhain Publishing LTD. (Samhain Horror).
“He rubbed a finger along his jaw and snatched it back when something punctured it. Shining the light on his index finger, he saw fresh blood seeping from the tip as if it had been pricked at the doctor’s office.
He attempted touching his face again, being much more careful this time. His fingers tapped against something thin and sharp. Carefully tracing the edge, he realized a triangular portion of glass had lodged into his face. It seemed to have entered his cheek at an angle, and poked down through the skin at his jaw. He worked his tongue against his cheek, tracing the smooth slant of glass inside.”
There’s no escaping your past. Especially when it wants revenge.
Grant Marlowe hoped taking his family to their mountain cabin for Christmas would reunite them after his alcoholic past had torn them apart, but it only puts them into a life and death struggle. On Christmas Eve, a stranger from Grant’s past invades the vacation home and takes his wife and children hostage. His agenda is simple—make Grant suffer the same torment that Grant’s drunken antics have caused him. Now Grant must confront his demons head on and fight for his family’s lives. Because this man has nothing left to lose. The only thing keeping him alive is misery—Grant’s misery.
“I tried to sort through Josh’s room today and had to stop. It still smells like him in there. The toys, his bed, and his pillow. I climbed in the bed and took a nap.”
Home invasion has always been a topic to make me feel uneasy. It’s a real world nightmare. You hear of it taking place all the time, and the first thing you do is check the location, hoping it’s the furthest community from your home, your family. The idea of a stranger or strangers, or worse yet someone with a rational gripe or irrational vendetta taking things too far and demolishing my safe zone taps into my primal fears. What would I do?
Suffice to say that Kristopher Rufty & Desolation had me on edge pretty much throughout the reading experience. Turning screws, applying calculated amount of pressure before turning screws again. This is a classic “Man is the Real Monster” kind of read. And when the monsters have demons… Just remember to breathe.
Rufty kicks things off with crushing opening chapter. It hits hard and it hits fast. Prepare yourself for a little bit of deftly applied heartache. He then slows things down, just a little bit. Long enough to flesh out his cast of characters, helping you, the reader, to form bonds with this world’s inhabitants, the victims and the accused, before the endgame begins to unfold, dropping like a shroud. More than likely your formed loyalties will be challenged and then challenged again by books end as characters reveal their loyalties and their state of mind. Which is a pleasant surprise counteracting the constant unease of certain plot developments.
The passengers in the Van, the letters… Just remember to breathe.
Desolation is my second favorable read from Kristopher Rufty in a few months time. I dig his style, I also dig how relentless he is with his characters. He puts them, and you, through their paces. Rakes them over the coals. This book is tense, it is bloody and no one is safe. I’m sure it’ll rattle around the brain pan for some time to come. Check it out. Just remember to breathe.
“Then Mom’s shoulder bumped the wall and knocked her sideways. Her stump dragged across, bone scraping paint away and drenching the wall as her feet tried to walk through the puddles.”
Overall score: 4.5/ 5
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
P.S. What ever book Edward Lee is talking about in the praise section below, about the ouija board, I need to read that book!
**Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher on the promise of an honest review. These are my unbiased feelings.
Biography, Kristopher Rufty
Kristopher Rufty lives in North Carolina with his wife, three children, and the zoo they call their pets. He’s written various books, including The Vampire of Plainfield, Jagger, The Lurkers, The Lurking Season, The Skin Show, Pillowface, Proud Parents, and more, plus a slew of horror screenplays. He has also written and directed the independent horror filmsPsycho Holocaust, Rags, and Wicked Wood. If he goes more than two days without writing, he becomes very irritable and hard to be around, which is why he’s sent to his desk without supper often.
Praise for Kristopher Rufty
“Kristopher Rufty is the demented reincarnation of Richard Laymon!” –Jeff Strand
“A Dark Autumn is a wild gender role reversal of ‘I Spit On Your Grave,’ with gonzo nods to Norman Bates and ‘Friday The 13th’ thrown in for good measure. Kristopher Rufty delivers the goods yet again.” –Bryan Smith, author of Kayla Undead and The Late Night Horror Show
“A creepy, gripping tale of horror. And it’s got one of the best death scenes I’ve read in a long time!” –Jeff Strand, author of Pressure and Dweller
“A powerhouse debut novel. Rufty’s prose will suck you in and hold you prisoner!” –Ronald Malfi, author of Floating Staircase and Snow
“An occult thriller with a new twist. Rufty juggles captivating characters, breakneck suspense, and insidious horror in a macabre story that will leave you feeling possessed by the end of it. Next time you think about taking that old Ouija board out…forget it!” –Edward Lee, author of Lucifer’s Lottery and City Infernal
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We have a lot of books to giveaway from Krist! We have two audio books, Oak Hollow and Pillowface in one link. In the second link we have a signed print copy of The Lurking Season and two e-books, Vampire of Plainfield and Bigfoot Beach. Winners are chosen random via rafflecopterand are given choice of prize of order pulled. Any questions on raffle, please e-mail Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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