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Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love [Kindle Edition]

Mercedes M. Yardley , K. Allen Wood
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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***PROUD WINNER OF THE 2013 REDDIT FANTASY AWARD FOR "BEST SHORT FICTION"***

Her mama always said she was special. His daddy called him a demon. But even monsters can fall in love.

Montessa Tovar is walking home alone when she is abducted by Lu, a serial killer with unusual talents and a grudge against the world. But in time, the victim becomes the executioner as 'Apocalyptic' Montessa and her doomed lover, 'Nuclear' Lulu, crisscross the country in a bloody, paranormal firestorm of revenge.

REVIEWERS ARE SAYING...

"There is so much of Mercedes in this novella–so much of her essence that at times it can be overwhelming to the reader to share this kind of intimacy with the author, but it’s well worth it and makes “Apocalyptic Montessa” a fantastically memorable read. It’s my hope that this book will silence and satisfy those fantasy and horror readers who lament that no one is doing anything original anymore." —Darkeva, Hellnotes.com

"...enthralling and fascinating, and it was the engaging writing style that made it so. I enjoyed the descriptions (they were all very fiery and destructive, but in a beautiful kind of way), and of course the dialogue. While I would like to warn potential readers that the novel is very violent and bloody in parts, that only made it even more interesting for me. After all, it’s not every day that you identify with two serial killers." —Molly, A Daily Dose of R & R

"Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu is a take on the origins of a duo of super-villains. An issue of Marvel Team-Up inverted and subverted. Take Andersen Prunty’s Sociopaths in Love and J.G. Ballard’s Atrocity Exhibition then set it to a Helios Creed soundtrack, and you’ll enjoy the great story Yardley has written." —M.C. O'Neill, Royal Manaball


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About the Author

MERCEDES M. YARDLEY (@mercedesmy) wears red lipstick and poisonous flowers in her hair. Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love is her first work for Ragnarok Publications. Mercedes has been published in several diverse anthologies and magazines, ranging from John Skipp’s horror anthologies to the upcoming I Will Survive book with Gloria Gaynor. She also works as a contributing editor for Shock Totem Magazine and lives in Sin City. Her short story collection, Beautiful Sorrows, came out in 2012.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2438 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492708720
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ragnarok Publications; 2 edition (January 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HWMK298
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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It's probably rude to start off by mentioning another author, but here I go. I recently discovered the writings of Laird Barron. At last,something new and different. I ran through his work like lightning and thought I would not find anything that good for a while. Along comes Mercedes M. Yardley and her seductively titled novella, "Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love." I began reading and I was stunned. First of all, her writing is to die for, her style and use of prose is like no other I have read. It is seductive and compelling, hypnotic even.
As the tale began, I thought, "great, my favorite mythic theme, beauty and the beast." I actually cheered at Montessa's acceptance of her apparent fate, death at the whim of a serial killer. She baffles her abductor through her absence of abject terror and her refusal to beg for her life. Lulu, or Lu, as he is known at this point in the story, simply doesn't know what to make of this. So, Montessa = Beauty; Lu = Beast. Simple, right. I don't want to retell the whole story here. Through her extraordinary storytelling skills and her beautifully twisted psyche, Ms Yardley unwinds a story in which Lu,the Beast,brings out the Beast in Montessa and she brings our the Beauty in Lulu, as Montessa has now named him. That Yardley accomplishes this while telling the story of two serial killers is a literary feat the likes of which I have never before seen.
This is brilliant prose, extraordinary storytelling. Hate, revenge, fear, sorrow, regret, tragedy and triumph are all woven skillfully into this glorious novella. I admit, it is not for the faint of heart, nor for those who fear the darkness in their own souls. It is for anyone who loves superb writing with a taste for the unusual. Think H. Ellison, Robert Bloch, et al.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully tragic December 2, 2013
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I read this book in one heart-wrenching sitting. The two main characters are both horribly broken people who somehow find each other and fit perfectly. The author does a masterful job of somehow humanizing a monster of a serial killer. The book is full of a sweet sort of tension that builds as the story unfolds; you just know they are bound for tragedy, but you don't know exactly how or when. There is murder, blood and gore, but also surprising tenderness, love and understanding. It is an unbelievable story told in a believable way. The element of fantasy is woven carefully into the story, adding to the beauty of the tale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Delightful January 9, 2014
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What a wonderful little book! I enjoyed this so much I read it in one sitting. I keep thinking Bonny and Clyde with a twist. This is not the genre I normally read, but I am glad I tried something different this time. Yes this is a love story, even though these people are basically unlovable. They have both been mistreated and damaged. Lu and Montessa are totally believable characters. I had no problem accepting their behaviour. This is a dirty and nasty story about the dark lives these people live. I am definitely going to get other books by Mercedes M. Yardley.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away January 11, 2014
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I’m going to start with this statement: Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A tale of Atomic Love is a very short book that packed an enormous punch. I have never been so sucked into a story in only 98 pages–and I am very serious about this. Wherever Mercedes Yardley is, she should get a high five.
Now let me explain.

My first qualm was about the length. 98 pages (at least on my device)? That’s it? That’s barely filler for many sci-fi/fantasy/horror books. I was concerned that the plot would suffer, not to mention the development of the characters. However, although I did read the book in one setting (I couldn’t stop), I shouldn’t have worried. The plot unfolded quickly, but it wasn’t forced. It flowed naturally until the very end. I was actually impressed with how thorough the storyline was–it was better than some books I’ve read that weigh in at over one thousand pages.

The characters also came to life for me as I read. While there were a couple of supernatural elements involved, the two protagonists (Montessa and Lu) are very real people that I could relate to. Well, not the serial killer part, but their humanness. I was impressed with Yardley’s subtle addition of clues to each of their pasts that gave a sense of why they are the way they are. I quickly became very attached to both of them, and may have shed tears at certain points throughout the novel.

The last point I’m going to touch on is the actual writing. I think that this novel was one of the most enthralling and fascinating, and it was the engaging writing style that made it so. I enjoyed the descriptions (they were all very fiery and destructive, but in a beautiful kind of way), and of course the dialogue. While I would like to warn potential readers that the novel is very violent and bloody in parts, that only made it even more interesting for me. After all, it’s not every day that you identify with two serial killers.

I would highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Horrifying January 9, 2014
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Never before have I read a book that made murder as gorgeous as this. A powerful tale that made me want to put on a lacy retro dress, slip into some black ballerina flats, and go have an adventure of the thrilling kind. Classy, bloody, and makes you think about what might have been.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, heat, and blood. And love. January 8, 2014
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This novella featured two acutely damaged people finding each other in the most disturbing way possible. Not to give away too much, but the situation of a serial killer abducting a woman and their effect on each other made me wary of this one. Yardley deftly navigates this minefield and crafts a love story that will have you nodding your head with every turn that's made. Well crafted story, excellent turns of phrase, a wonderful addition for the revival of the novella!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars burn baby, burn!
This story is very dark and twisted, but at the same time it's a sweet love story. I was surprised at the tenderness between Lulu and Montessa. Read more
Published 1 month ago by miztrniceguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Who knew a serial killer could be so beautiful? Certainly not me, but through the eyes of Montessa things certainly take on a strange new meaning. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kyra
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Story Like No Other!
A story like this one is not really my cup of tea, but I absolutely loved this book. The writer is so talented, that you feel completely immersed in the story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nick M
3.0 out of 5 stars The wording and sheer poetry was great. The broken
The wording and sheer poetry was great. The broken, repetitive fragment sentences were a bit annoying but have now become the norm and culture. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It tasted like roses and barbed wire and butterflies.
Aside from the longest title, `Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love' is one of the most pleasant surprises I've read in a while. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rev. Zombie
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder and Moonbeams
Lulu and Montessa beat the odds and overcome their differences to find the true depth of love. What are those differences you may ask? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Zach @ The Mouths Of Madness Podcast
5.0 out of 5 stars So good it burns.
Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu, by Mercedes Murdock Yardley.

Confession: I had never heard of this book, and (originally) ordered it so that I could see the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Deborah Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book.
Awesome book. Great writing. Very sweet and quirky style even though the story and the message behind it are kind of dark. Go read it!
Published 9 months ago by Vivian
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome. Very gruesome.
The story was wonderful, but it's definitely something not for the faint of heart. Sick and twisted (in the best possible way). Read more
Published 13 months ago by T. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This is a terrific little book from Mercedes Yardly, who writes some of the freshest and funnest new short stories in dark fantasy and horror. Read more
Published 15 months ago by aimee b.
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