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"At once irreverent and prophetic, Inside the Outside is a real achievement.  The story is full of twists and turns, and the writing is sharp and vivid from beginning to end.  In this dark, bold, strange, but always intriguing novel, Martin Lastrapes proves that he is a talented young writer of considerable promise."
 —James Brown, author of The Los Angeles Diaries and This River


"In this debut novel, Lastrapes slips deftly from disturbingly dark to vibrantly tender and every hue and shadow in between, sending the reader on a journey through a place that is as beautiful and alluring as it is horrific.  Deliciously creepy..."
—S. Kay Murphy, author of Tainted Legacy: The Story of Alleged Serial Killer Bertha Gifford

About the Author

MARTIN LASTRAPES grew up in the Inland Empire. He studied at Cal State San Bernardino, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Composition. This is his first novel.

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MARTIN LASTRAPES won the GRAND PRIZE at the 2012 PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL for his debut novel INSIDE THE OUTSIDE.

He grew up in the Inland Empire, has a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Composition from Cal State San Bernardino, watches his favorite movies over and over again, learned many a lesson from professional wrestling, wonders if he'll ever be famous enough to be on "Dancing With the Stars," thinks good stand-up comedy is rare and under appreciated, is scared of Vladimir Putin, wonders if it's too late to learn how to play the guitar, gets depressed when he hears the theme song from "M*A*S*H," wonders why Teen Wolf never made it to the NBA, and wants Morgan Freeman to narrate his life.

He is also the host of THE MARTIN LASTRAPES SHOW PODCAST HOUR. Subscribe on iTunes or listen on the official website MartinLastrapesShow.com. New episodes every week.

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cherry Darling on July 20, 2011
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This book had me on the verge of tears, laughter, and terror, sometimes at the same time. Martin Lastrapes writes with such vivid imagery, that there were times where I had to put the book down to avoid being overly spooked. His imagery is lush and visceral. His characters are multi-layered, from the most seemingly minor character, to the novel's heroine, Timber; I found myself caring for each character and caring what happened to them. Though many scenes are very dark, which I love, there is also a lightness and sort of hope that surrounds the book's darker corners. I do not want to give any of the story away, but with its many twists and turns, and Martin's fine understanding of the craft of writing, I am confident in saying you will enjoy this book as much as I did!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Will Entrekin on August 1, 2011
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Stephen King once wrote that though he aimed at horror, he'd settle for a scare and wasn't even too proud to go for the gross out. Martin Lastrapes' debut novel is classified as horror (and indeed seems to be rising quickly up the charts), but really it achieves something even more powerful; I'd call it literary terror. This isn't slasher-flick horror. This isn't jump-scare frights. If you look up terror on Wikipedia, right now, it says "The goal of terror is to inspire dread and to paralyze the will to resist the objectives of the perpetrator."

Dread? Check. Paralysis of the will to resist the author's objective? Check.

Martin Lastrapes isn't out to scare you. He's out to terrify you with a cunningly simple tale that alternates between queasy dis-ease and powerful humanity, and his aim is true.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Yuen on September 28, 2012
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Martin is a brilliant writer who takes you on a journey of suspense, appalling, and shocking discoveries. The book is written so well that I found it hard to put it down. I find myself wanting to go back to the book, thinking in some magical way more chapters will appear. I am on edge to see what he is working on next. I hope there will be a part 2 for Insidetheoutside. Ingenious work of art.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chantel on June 16, 2012
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I am very happy that Martin Lastrapes came to visit my Creative writing class with a box of his books and some pretty amazing advice. Obviously he's not just a good writer, but he's a pretty cool person too.

Alright so here is what I will say about the book: I was very very curious about the idea of a cult that eats human flesh. It felt so real, the details made me wonder about the possibilities of this kind of thing actually existing. The first part of the book, for me, was all about curiosity. I wanted to know how these characters could do these things and live so strangely. I did care for Timber and was willing to follow her throughout her journey. I found myself reading faster and faster in certain parts because I just needed to know if she was going to be okay-if she was going to make it out.

My favorite character was Lucious. I fell in love with his kind nature towards his family. The sanctuary he provides is definitely something that made me love him even more. My heart squeezed for these characters-- the struggles they have seen and the strength that they show. (I won't say anymore about it, I don't want to give anything away.)

I did find myself most into part two of the book. I enjoyed her adjustment to the outside and how they managed to form a loving unit out of such broken pasts. The struggles that they face do not exactly go away in part two either. (Again, I won't say too much) Part one still haunts my curiosity though. Every time I drive up the 15 fwy I think.. "what if.." "oh man, what if?"
"what if" can be a scary thing to ponder, but I just love to do it!

It was refreshing to read a book that the setting takes place in familiar places... Victoria Gardens! Hello!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Arnold on August 12, 2011
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One of the best books I've read all year. Creepy, original, with a tight story and enviable prose. Classified as horror, but in a genre all its own: "creepy Hitchcockian lit", or "lit that fills you with an ever-increasing sense of dread, but you love every moment of it". I plan to read it again, which in today's media clutter, is the biggest compliment I can bestow upon it. It's just that good.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gianna Carini (Perada) on June 16, 2012
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Hold on a minute... you hear that? That is me taking a nice, deep, refreshing breath. Why, you ask? Because I just finished reading something truly new and exciting! I'm a huge horror fan, both to read and to watch, and seldom lately do I find myself as anxious to review something. INSIDE THE OUTSIDE had me hooked from the first page. The author, Martin Lastrapes, has successfully written a debut novel with an exquisite voice that expertly paints an effective picture of his characters and their surroundings. You feel their emotions. You fight their inner battles along with them. You identify with them. You even feel like you are speaking their words. You really get inside. Martin has done this with rare expertise and I applaud him.

Timber, the main character, is both endearing and creepy. You love her in her strengths and in her weaknesses. You want to protect her (at least I did) from the world at large. You agree with just about every single thing she does. You feel elated when she wins and heartbroken when she loses.

Martin also teases you throughout the book. He throws out reveals but you feel like you never get to them and it's maddening!! In a good way, mind you, because it keeps you hooked. You finish a chapter and think you can put the book down, but NOOOOOOO, he tantalizes you and forces you to keep going. That is part of the genius in his writing style -- the way that he strings you along but doesn't necessarily provide until later on or until the very end. And speaking of the end: NO HOLLYWOOD ENDING HERE. Well, partly, but not fully. You get some, you lose some, and you want more. I highly recommend this story to anyone that likes dark fiction or cult stories -- or even drama! There's a lot of drama that pulls at the heart strings and anyone/everyone can identify with. Horror fan or not. I absolutely loved this book!
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