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Inside the Outside [Kindle Edition]

Martin Lastrapes
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Book Description

Timber has lived her entire life as a cannibal within a cult called the Divinity of Feminine Reproach and, by the time she is fifteen years old, she has already killed three men. When Timber takes an opportunity to explore the Outside, she bears witness to some dark and unsettling truths about the world around her and the integral role she plays in it. In this debut novel, laced with scenes of horrific violence and uplifting humanity, Martin Lastrapes has written a one-of-a-kind story about love, friendship, sacrifice and cannibalism.

Editorial Reviews


"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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2022 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cannibal Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,931 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frighteningly Delightful 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the cannibalism throw you 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 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insidetheoutside by Martin Lastrapes 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yes, the book keeps you reading, but... August 29, 2012
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But that's it. Sure, the storytelling was interesting and I kept on reading because I wanted to find out what happened next. It was easy to picture everything like crafting your own movie, and you would be immersed in it right away. Despite the overuse of "little did she know that in [insert near future], _____ would happen" type of narrative, I thought the storytelling was decent.

However, I also kept on reading because I expected some sort of character development, you know, how various events affect the characters. How people change and grow. I could find almost none of this. Timber sounds like an empty shell of a person once she starts working within the cult, and she remains that way to the end. She does not find a meaning or purpose for her life; if she did, the readers cannot find out, because so little of her thoughts are revealed in the later part of the book. She ultimately does not find a a way to be her own person, either. Same lack of development goes for other characters, such as Goldstein, Luscious, and Ginger. While the author gives good background on many characters, they do not move forward (or backward, or anywhere for that matter) as a result of current events in their lives. So when the readers reach the ending, it is as if there is more story to be told and developed, but the book is chopped off.

Overall, I was very disappointed for all the potential that was never realized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stomach-churning fun July 15, 2012
By Joshua
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The story line of a cannibalistic cult isolated from the outside world is utterly unbelievable, but Martin Lastrapes sells it so well that I never found myself saying, "Yeah... right..." I happily suspended disbelief through the entire story. The book contains such detail of the cult's world and the minutiae of its daily existence that you'd think you were reading a news story. I have to admit that the lengthy explanation of "sustenance" preparation made my stomach churn (I had flashbacks of Sinclair's "The Jungle"), especially after eating a bunch of pepperoni before bed. I was sympathetic to all the good characters and found that I reluctantly turned the pages, because I feared bad things happening to these people that I grew attached to. I plan to recommend this book to others, provided they have strong stomachs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really great read July 14, 2012
By Barbara
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I don't usually add a comment to items with many comments already but I just had too. Inside the Outside is a really great read. It's Dexter meets Warren Jeffs and like Dexter the characters are so human you can't help but like them. You'll feel bad that you do like these amoral, creepy, and deeply flawed characters, but there you have it. You'll turn the last page and wish for more. I know I look forward to reading everything and anything this author writes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic debut July 2, 2012
The debut of author Martin Lastrapes, Inside the Outside tells the tale of Timber Marlow through three parts spanning five years. We meet Timber as a 14 year old "youngling" living in a cult. Hidden away in the Californian mountains, the Divinity as the cult is known, lives in relative peace almost completely removed from the outside world. Shaved of all bodily hair because of its relation to evil, the cult members, at least the younglings, seem to live a rather idyllic life. They live alongside the forest and a river, and seem to have a great deal of freedom. But, of course, things aren't really as pure and simple as they seem to the youthful, naive eyes of Timber. The cult members are all cannibals, and while some of their meals come willingly, a great deal more of them are sacrificed against their will. As the first section of the book progresses and Timber sees some of the darker elements of the camp, such as prostitution, murder and rape, the gloss of the cult starts to tarnish. Alongside the brutality that occurs at the hands of Daddy Marlow (the cult leader) and his three sons/henchmen, Timber witnesses some of life's misfortunes that aren't unique to living in a cult. By the end of the first part when Timber makes her escape from the Divinity, she's more than simply a year older than when we first met her, though still as naive as you'd expect a girl who'd never seen a television or even a real kitchen, she's no longer a complete stranger to the harshness of the world around her.

Martin Lastrapes excels at constructing a complete, and believable story from start to end. The first part, which takes place in the cult, was without a doubt my favourite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time
Each chapter unfolded a story that takes you to ideas outside the norm of how we live and the idea of family. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynnette R Beattie
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Outside is a really smart and involved read
Inside the Outside is a really smart and involved read. As I become more interested and invested in the story and characters I felt my thoughts change about two very macabre... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David J Delaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book
This was a really interesting book. The story kept me from wanting to put the book down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story about how a cult can affect a person
Great story about how a cult can affect a person! It is gruesome but the characters are developed with care and passion and you really get to know what motivates them. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
This was such a fresh take. It was interesting, thrilling, at times exciting, but not outlandish. This would make a mini series or movie. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jamin Salazar
5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive cool
Really enjoyed reading this story I discovered by accident. Good story, unusual, characters you care about. Nice job - please write more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
As a world renowned author myself, I should be jealous; nevertheless, I heartily endorse this book. If you are looking for heavy meaning and irony, it's here. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars One GREAT book!
I think I could use a stop watch to time how little time it took me to read this entire book. It NEVER got boring, was always interesting and with a lot of emotion, good and bad. Read more
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More About the Author


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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