- File Size: 345 KB
- Print Length: 125 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crossroad Press; Crossroad Press First Digital edition (February 11, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 11, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0078B6VK2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,955 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Clown in the Moonlight Kindle Edition
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The background to the novella is inspired by true events, the 1984 murder case of a teenage boy by Ricky Kasso, also known as The Acid King, who was a self-proclaimed Satanist. The novella deals with Ricky Kasso in Part 1, and then the consequent "ghost" of Kasso which follows the protagonist and narrator in Parts 2 and 3.
The nameless protagonist of the story is all the more intriguing because the same dark and violent elements, which his antagonists exhibit, also dwell within him constantly threatening to rise to the surface. The latent occultic aspects of the main character make him the antihero of the story, but he clearly has the potential to be one of the bad guys, obtaining just as much pleasure from sadistic and violent acts.
The first-person, present tense narrative draws the reader deeper into the novella. Piccirilli's straight-forward and fast-paced writing style were also a pleasant surprise; I abhor long, drawn-out narratives which take forever to get going and where the author insists on using twelve dollar words in order to appear fancy. Those elements are fine in some genres, but not in horror or thrillers in my opinion.
The only complaint was the ending, and it's not really a complaint. I usually don't mind if a story ends with no complete resolution, but this story just seemed to hit a brick wall and stop.Read more ›
Piccirilli's horror work has always had a dream-like quality to it. Choir of Ill Children and, more recently, Nightjack are good examples of this, but Clown in the Moonlight is possibly his darkest, most brain-melting yet.
The plot concerns a nameless, mentally-troubled narrator (who may or may not be possessed) and his run-ins with various Satan-worshiping low-lifes. The antagonist, Ricky, is the charismatic leader of a local gang whose evil is so attractive and perverse that we get the feeling that even the protagonist carries some respect for the guy.
What always stands out to me when I pick up Piccrilli (either his horror or crime work), is how distinctive his voice is without his narrators becoming too samey. No matter how warped his situations and characters get, there's always a clear thematic through-line and an abundance of story momentum.
CLOWN is a quick, overwhelmingly exciting read that's supplemented by a wealth of bonus content/ I highly recommend that you pick this up.
Overall I enjoyed the mood, the party scene, particularly, captures the a sense of being lost in a crowded setting. I will warn you, if you are looking for a moral to the story or a definitive end to the tale. Don't expect to find one on the written page. The kindle version of this book is free, from the Lending Library, for Amazon Prime members or for $2.99 and includes a preview of Piccirilli's latest book "The Last Kind Words." Clown in the Moonlight
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got it for free, so it wasn't a waste of money. Not sure what to say about it fully. It was a little boring.Published on July 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
If by chance you were hoping this book was about a clown, then I hope you're sitting down; I have some bad news. Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by Wag The Fox
A fierce, fierce book. A story that will haunt you, because it's real. The legend of Ricky Kasso lives on through the hard words of expert wordsmith Tom Piccirilli. Read morePublished on July 27, 2012 by Benoit Lelievre