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Author Shaun Jeffrey has written a dark and brilliant novella. - Fiktshun

About the Author

Shaun Jeffrey was brought up in a house in a cemetery, so it was only natural for his prose to stray towards the dark side when he started writing. He has had three novels published, 'Evilution', 'The Kult' and 'Deadfall', and one collection of short stories, 'Voyeurs of Death'. Among his other writing credits are short stories published in Dark Discoveries and Cemetery Dance. His novel The Kult was optioned for film and shooting has just finished.

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  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Deshca Press (December 30, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO5IRK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shaun Jeffrey was brought up in a house in a cemetery, so it was only natural for his prose to stray towards the dark side when he started writing. Among his 30-plus writing credits are short stories published in Surreal Magazine, Dark Discoveries, Shadowed Realms, and Cemetery Dance. He has also had two collections published, The Mutilation Machination and Voyeurs of Death and five novels, Killers, The Kult, Deadfall, Fangtooth and Evilution. His novel, The Kult has been filmed by Gharial Productions and will hopefully be released soon.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Fiktshun on January 25, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Joanna Raines was losing her sight. It crept upon her stealthily until she was left in almost complete darkness. As a young photographer her entire world revolved around her visual impressions.

Electing to risk transplant surgery before being forever trapped in blackness, what at first seemed to be a miraculous cure has turned into Joanna's worst nightmare.

Through her new eye, a dead man's eye, she is now able to see what others can't, an evil that resides within, an evil that is spreading. But what can one former photographer do to stand up against the powers of hell? Will Joanna be able to find help before it's too late? Or will the legions of hell claim her first.

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Dead Man's Eye is a novella in the horror/thriller genre. Joanna Raines has Fuchs' corneal dystrophy and received a transplant in one eye. While still in the healing stages, she is witness to a terrible accident and begins seeing what appear to be dark corona-like shadows around the victim.

Afraid that she is going crazy, she is reluctant to seek treatment, but when the shadows turn out to be something other, something evil, she can no longer stand idly by.

Author Shaun Jeffrey has written a dark and brilliant novella. The author has a very smooth quality to his writing which offers a nice contrast to the subject matter. While only a short narrative, there is enough substance to the plot to make this story feel complete. And it is the author's ability to really paint a picture with his words that elevates this from being just another horror story.

From the very first line, the writing captivates:

Joanna Raines looked at the world through a dead man's eye.

On a personal note:

I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J.G. Franklin on January 12, 2011
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As usual, Shaun Jeffrey delivers!! A fantastic, engaging story from first to last! I have another fine example of fantabulous horror fiction for my Shaun Jeffrey collection. Great plot, wonderful characters. A very forboding, film-worthy and viceral tale!! Brilliant!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Hightower VINE VOICE on January 20, 2011
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I enjoyed this thriller/horror read. Joanna is at the terminal waiting on the train to arrive. Her vision is a bit off and when a man she was talking to ends up in front of the train things start to happen. She thinks she saw a dark shadow go across the man. She tell's her boyfriend who works at the hospital and thinks it is her new eye. Soon she sees her doctor again and there was an eyelash rubbing her new eye. She thinks she is in the clear but is she? What if there is some evil out there watching her through this new eye of hers? I read this in one day as I did not want to put this book down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kay Douglas on February 26, 2011
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I didn't want to go as low as 3 stars but could not justify quite 4. I really liked this story.

I enjoyed the concept of this story right from the product description and almost bought it without reading a sample. I then one-clicked it before finishing the sample and almost could not put it down. It truly was a fun read.

But I couldn't give it a 5 because the writing is somewhat, I don't want to say immature, maybe unpolished? Like a really good story from a college student. I also disliked the many short chapters which I suspect added to the amateur feel.

I was going to give it 4 though, because I really did like it. However the quality dipped a bit at the end there when characters got really dumb. What was the point of Margaret? Why did Joanna give up so easily with her? Why did Stephen sudden become so agressive with the priest which was out of character for him?

***Specific Spoiler Alert***
Why did Malachi stick around in Lincoln's body?What was so special about it when it had two major weaknesses, a host and a missing arm?

And bits of the final chapter make absolutely no sense considering that at the end of the chapter before, Lincoln destroys them all. Though I really like where Joanna ends up because it makes sense.

Shaun Jeffrey is a really promising author and I fully intend to check out his other work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chantale F on January 28, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. I read it yesterday and I could not put this one down. When I first started reading it though I really thought it was similar in concept to the film "Jian Gui" and the American re-make "The Eye," but as I read on it was very different. If you like Thriller/horror novels then I highly recommend this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GraceKrispy (MotherLode blog) on May 25, 2011
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Joanna's corneal transplant surgery was successful. Rather than continuing to suffer with failing sight, she now has the ability to see things she hasn't been able to see clearly for a while. But not everything is meant to be seen, and Joanna may soon come to realize she may have been safer going blind. At least when you're blind, you can't see the evil that lurks within some of your most trusted friends...

This novella by Shaun Jeffrey puts a nice twist on a classic horror theme. Joanna is (almost) the only one who can see what she sees, but getting someone to believe her in time to save others may be next to impossible. With such a classic premise, the storyline tends towards the predictable. I found the prose to be very simplistic and lacking in maturity. The resulting writing style is more "young adult" in feel, although the story itself does not fall into that category. The uncomplicated writing did make for a very quick and easy read, but it didn't allow me to immerse myself in the horror and to feel what Joanna was feeling. There was too much explained and not enough left for the reader to experience. The story lacked "voice" that would have allowed the reader to fully experience the horror firsthand. More detail and less explanation would have made it feel less like watching a horror movie and more like participating in it.

This is a story driven by events and not characters. The characters feel secondary to the plot events that drive this story. The pacing of the events is nicely done, and really helps to build to the climax, but it feels somewhat monochromatic without strong character development. In particular, I wanted more of Lincoln and his experience of being inhabited by a demon. I think more could have been done with his quandary.
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