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My name is Troy. My first, truest, and ultimate love is self-expression. I've been writing since the third grade, when our teacher made us write a story for class. That did it for me. I was hooked. I'm 30 now; I was 9 then. I've taken long breaks over the years, but I've never completely stopped, not even during my more depressed and doubtful times. Horror, science fiction, and fantasy are my fortes, though I have branched out: screenplays, poetry, philosophies, short stories, coming-of-age dramas, action, suspense ... you name it, I wrote it. One of the biggest contributors, I believe, to why I enjoy it so much, is because since childhood, I've had a crippling social anxiety disorder. When I'm around crowds or people I don't know, I freeze up, become very quiet. My heart pounds against my chest. I used to even black out and have panic attacks (very unpleasant experience, in case you never had one before). Don't know why I was always shy and awkward. Kids in school made it even worse. So, since I couldn't express myself verbally, I guess I used writing as a second form of communication. Strangely enough, I feel closer to God (or some divine force) whenever I have that spark of creativity. I feel like I'm closer to something larger than myself. It's actually like taking medicine. So I guess this is where I say I start writing blogs to expose myself further out into the world. I don't care if I'm rich, or famous, or popular, or whatever. I just want my stories to reach people. To show people a side of myself I never could before, especially as a kid when I needed to most. I want people to read something of mine and understand where I'm coming from, to take people on a journey into a brave new world they've never seen before. I want to share a part of my soul with humanity.

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  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: World Castle Publishing; Second Edition edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057GEWHE
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Ever since my third grade teacher made me write a short story for class credit, I was hooked to the art of writing. Creating and designing worlds that don't exist, and populating those worlds with interesting and unusual characters, is what I do best. There's nothing better than escaping reality for a while and taking an adventure. Who knows? Maybe somebody out in outer space is writing us. Perhaps we're some make-believe characters in somebody else's mind.

I hope you join my imagination and take my stories for a spin. If you read work by Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft (my favorite writer), then you've definitely come to the right place! I also have some coming-of-age stories as well (The Graveyard; The Black Place Inside; The Music of 1997). Anyway, welcome! And enjoy!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Nuts on September 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
`A house not only haunted by spirits but infested with beings beyond the limits of human imagination'

When four adventurous teenagers go to investigate the supposed `haunted house' out on Mayberry Road, they get more than they`d bargained for. One boy ends up dead, two others psychotic, and another comatose. The house is not just haunted, it is somehow alive. And extremely dangerous.

This is the Troy McCombs début novel, and in it Troy wears his influences right on the sleeve. This is a great and at times fascinating love letter to H P Lovecraft. With books like this there is always a danger that the author falls into the trap of imitation. This however is not the case here, Troy has his own voice and style of writing, that elevates this story from a mere pastiche, into his own variation on the Lovecraft mythos.

Overall this is a very good story, with some very good writing on display. Troy holds the readers interest throughout the narrative, however at times I felt the book needed a more judicial use of the editors pen. Don't let that put you off reading this book, it is well written, exciting and will keep you entertained right up until the end. In fact this book is better written than some by so called experienced writers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sires on July 15, 2012
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I downloaded this book some time ago, so I used the Look Inside feature to check on a few errors-- I had hoped that the author had the book edited between the time I downloaded it and now. Unfortunately not. All of the errors I checked are still there.

Short synopsis: There's an old house with a bad reputation on Mayberry Road. A group of kids go to check it out and the obnoxious star quarterback tries to prove his badness by going into the house. He does and his top half comes flying out an upstairs window-- still alive!. Meanwhile the window-- repairs itself! (Useful talent in an old house.) In an apartment in the same town, a small-time but ambitious psychic gets a call from the Sheriff to come out to the house on Mayberry Road.

Cliched but possibly a fun start, right? Well it goes downhill from there-- quickly.

The author has not had this book edited, or if he did he found the most clueless editor in the world.

"'I really don't know how to begin.' The absolute luster in Steera's voice was, like his mustache, prominent. It made the psychic want to put his listening ears on."

It made me want to look up the word luster on my Kindle. Just as I thought, refers to surface shine not an aural quality. And that's aside from all of the other things wrong with that brief passage.

"'It's okay. Let him through.' Another cop stepped out of the darkness. This man was a little leaner, a little shorter, with a prominent handlebar mustache and a mushed, upturned nose. He had serious-looking eyes, but gentle-looking cheeks, much like Winston Churchill."

This is a joke, right? Mushed is to make soft and pulpy. And I have no idea what Churchill cheeks would be like. Saggy maybe.
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37 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on January 23, 2012
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This book was a poorly written copy of an HP Lovecraft theme. I will usually stick with a book no matter how poorly it is written but this one was just too painful. Not only are there tons of grammatical errors, things that any editor should have been able to pick up right away, but it was also internally inconsistent. The writer would start out saying that the character woke up to the sun shining in through the window and then stepped outside to a dreary rain drenched day. The character woke up, went straight to the house yet later we hear about him wanting to throw up his lunch. When exactly did he eat? These are things that would be ironed out if anyone had read this book before it went out to the public. The writer couldn't decide if he wanted the story to be told in first person narrative or 3rd person. The very first scene of the book was a cliche of all horror movies. 4 teenagers getting high and going to explore a haunted house. I only made it through about 6 chapters but I just couldn't force myself to go on. Don't waste your time on this one.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By So long and thanks for all the fish! on April 30, 2012
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Interesting premise...more SciFi then haunted house. Characters aren't deep but its not about them. Its about the house.

Some good creativity.

Unfortunately the author cant contain himself and feels the need to inject his philosophies into the story. Might have been ok if his philosophy was beyond that of a 12 year old. Reminds me of that old George Carlin joke about kids who think they're "deep" because they get a kanji tatoo.

Some silly moments....a priest telling the hero God doesn't command that he go to church (wrong. See 3rd commandment). Priest also says its ok to believe in other gods like Hindu or Buddhest gods (wrong. See 1st comm
andment). And Hindu gods are not Gods the same way Christians or Jews or Muslims view God.

Also... conversations about Earth being Hell..yeah that's original.

If he could use a little restraint or at least learn about the philosophies before making up nonsense he'd write a good book

Good thing it was free on kindle
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