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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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  • File Size: 2022 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cannibal Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 New episodes every week.

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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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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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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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Really 3.5 but rounded up.

This is a hard one to review since it felt like 3 separate stories.

The first is all introduces a cult type commune in the mountains. It was the best of the three parts of the stories. I guess it makes me a little morbid to think that since the story was all about how the village inhabitants live as cannibals as their way of life. The group is known as The Divinity and human flesh has been their sustenance for decades. Divinity children don't know their biological parents and are raised by the village. The story is told through the eyes of a 14 year old girl named Timber. It was such a different concept that I couldn't help but finish this section in one sitting just to satisfy my impatient curiosity.

The second part of the story involves the secondary characters. These are Timber's "Outside" friends. Their back stories, while interesting, didn't have the same "I need to read the next chapter" feeling as the first part. Later these characters would become Timber's family and most important people in her life, but it felt more about them than Timber.

The third part consists of the first five years of life on the "Outside". It is told through another source much further in the future. I liked this section because it had plenty of action and kept the story moving quickly. But this was my least favorite of the three parts since the ending is a little abrupt and leaves the reader to imagine what happened next. I felt cheated spending so much of the book around Timber to not have full closure on her life. You just kind of assume they all lived happily ever after since someone is narrating the story after the fact.

What made this book scary for me is that it is actually plausible.
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