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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161921072X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619210721
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,002,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Damien Walters Grintalis writes with a distinct voice, yet one which contains whispers of Sturgeon, Bradbury and Ellison.”
—Jamie Todd Rubin, Writer & SF Signal Contributor

“As soon as I read this one, I immediately wished that I thought of the idea — but if I had, I doubt I could have executed it half so well.”
—Matthew Bennardo, co-editor of Machine of Death on “Like Origami in Water”

Book Description

The griffin inked on Jason’s arm looks real enough to take flight. Jason thinks his new tattoo is perfect. Until he wakes up one night to find his arm temporarily ink free. Until he finds a brick wall where the tattoo shop should be.
As Jason’s world spins out of control, he realizes a truth is as sharp as the griffin’s talons. The tattoo is alive, it’s hungry, and if Jason tries to kill it, he’ll die. The artist will remove it for a price, but he’s not interested in money or Jason’s soul. He wants something far worse…


More About the Author

Writing as Damien Walters Grintalis, Damien's short fiction appeared in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Fireside, Daily Science Fiction, and others, and her novel, Ink, was released in December 2012 by Samhain Horror.

As Damien Angelica Walters, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Year's Best Weird Fiction Volume One, The Best of Electric Velocipede, Streets of Shadows, Nightmare Magazine, Apex Magazine, Shimmer, Shock Totem, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed Magazine, Jamais Vu, Daily Science Fiction, Drabblecast, Pseudopod, PodCastle, Glitter & Mayhem, What Fates Impose, A is for Apocalypse, and others.

Sing Me Your Scars, a collection of her short fiction, will be released in January 2015 from Apex Publications, and Paper Tigers, a novel, will be released late in 2015 from Dark House Press.

She's also a freelance editor, a staff writer with BooklifeNow, the online companion to Jeff VanderMeer's Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer, and until the magazine's closing in 2013, she was an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede.

Visit her official website http://damienangelicawalters.com or follow her on Twitter @DamienAWalters.

Customer Reviews

So I knew I had to read this book.
Phaeal
Flawed, believable characters, a story that moves, and a satisfying ending.
RRJames
Creepy horror that's well-written and fun.
Spencer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Books Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone on March 25, 2013
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This novel has been getting a bit of notice since its release and it's been sitting in my read pile for some time. Ink, the debut novel from Damien Walters Grintalis, is the story of an angry, bitter guy left with the dregs of a relationship gone wrong. His wife walks out on him and Jason, our protagonist, decides to begin living life on the wild side. He gets a tattoo from a mysterious stranger and that's when things go from bad to much worse.

From the initial reviews, I was excited about this one. I've read a few short stories from Grintalis and I like her writing. It's always been crisp and she gives us a great twist. Halfway through Ink however, I really felt as if I was reading another author's work. Where was the characterization? The bizarre angles and strange perspectives? We are introduced to Jason with his use of the word "bitch" to describe his wife. Not a good start and it doesn't get any better. The female counterpoint, Jason's new love interest, serves only as the "golly really Jason" and "you can do it Jason" emotional prop. I was really surprised that a female writer came up so short on depth here. The narrative itself is one more "the devil made me do it" tale. Jason of course has made an inadvertent pact with Mr. Devil himself and his tattoo comes to life in the end to destroy him. A friend pointed out that this is the exact same plot as a Tales From the Crypt story, including the note-for-note ending.

This was a very disappointing debut from an author that held promise in her short stories. A weary tale complete with the hint of a sequel, it never moved beyond the cliché horror tropes. I struggled to finish it. Grintalis has the talent to give us challenging, intense horror. This is not it. I do hope that in round two she finds her voice.
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I was immediately drawn to this horror novel by the attractive cover art and original story line. This is Grintalis' first foray into a full-length novel, and I must say, I'm a fan. Her writing style is beautiful and very easy to read-almost poetic. This may sound incongruent for a horror story, but it makes reading the novel not only enjoyable, but almost effortless.

An example of the subtle skill of Grintalis as an author is her clever use of scents in scenes to help add further depth. This is done gracefully throughout the novel to help describe characters and better define certain environments.

The pace of the story is a bit of a slow burn, but I felt it fit with the artistic style of the novel. The action really picked up in the final 25% or so.

I enthusiastically endorse this novel. If you're looking for "Freddy Kruger versus Jason," than this read probably isn't for you. If you're looking for an original story with sophisticated writing and just the right amount of creep-factor, then start reading Ink.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phaeal on December 27, 2012
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Well, I'm a sucker for places that are there one moment, gone the next, like the lofty Rue d'Auseil in Lovecraft's "Music of Erich Zann." I'm also fond of deals with the devil, or a devil, as long as I'm not on the signing end of the contract. So I knew I had to read this book.

And I'm glad I did. Not only did I discover a new favorite fictional place, 1303 Shakespeare Street in Baltimore, but a new writer to watch. Damien Walters Grintalis has a lucid style, an ear for dialogue, and an eye for detail that serve her story well. She also seems gifted with that storytelling quality sometimes called profluence - once the hook is sunk, and she sinks it early, the reader is reeled surely, if not always comfortably, through the plot. After all, this is horror, and horror of a particularly unnerving sort. Bad enough when the monsters are out there. Much worse when they're under our own skin. Or, in this case, under Jason Harford's skin.

After his belittling wife leaves him, regular-guy Jason (I'm thinking John Krasinski) decides to assert his new-found independence by getting a tattoo. Cautionary tale: Choose your skin artist with care, and stay far away from a certain John S. Iblis. He inks a magnificent griffin into Jason's arm. The trouble is, the griffin doesn't always stay put. And that routine permission-to-tattoo form that Jason signed? Turns out that impression he had of ornate script shifting under the mundane typeface was more than an impression. The form was a contract, with some very nasty fine print boilerplate; once Jason puts his signature to it, he becomes fair game for the infernal Iblis, or Sailor as Jason thinks of him, after the sea-faring "avatar" in which Iblis first appears to him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RRJames on December 13, 2012
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In this first-rate horror thriller, we follow the downward spiral of Jason's life as he meets the mysterious Sailor and gets a tattoo that is not content remaining a mere skin illustration.
Grintalis' keen prose keeps you turning pages as the terror of Sailor's creation grows. She paints splendid descriptions and delivers crisp dialogue. When you can read and follow a page of conversation that has virtually no attribution, you know the author has mastered her creations' voices.
Flawed, believable characters, a story that moves, and a satisfying ending. What more can you want? Of course you'll never get a tattoo after reading this book, but your mother didn't want you getting one anyway.
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