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Letters From The Looney Bin (Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Thatcher C. Nalley
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"On the inside the screaming never stops..."

In the late 1970s the Emerson Rose Asylum became completely abandoned - all the patients, doctors, staff, vanished and were never seen again. The events circling this mass exodus have been one of the most baffling disappearances in history.

Until now.

A stack of bundled letters was found inside a tattered asylum mattress during the Emerson demolition. These letters, all addressed to the pseudonym Dr. Quill, were written by the patients as they documented the demise of the Emerson Rose Asylum.

The patients innocently convey their dire pasts while the events occurring hint toward dark happenings outside their doors. Haunting, their words conjure feelings both grim and promising, as they secretly conjure a plan of mass exodus from the volatile institution.

The names have been changed, but the stories have not. Though their identities are protected, the essence of these patients’ challenges, triumphs, corruptions, salvations, and most of all, their human spirit, remains untouched. Their journey will become your journey as the patients chronicle their final months in these, Letters from the Looney Bin.


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Weaves a creepy tale in the form of letters found from an abandoned insane asylum...a girl who smashes the head of a white coated orderly...a doctor who experiments on the inmates in unspeakable ways...patients dragged away in the middle of the night to have parts of their brains removed.The author does a great job at weaving the different characters together.The imagery is macabre and the chills are sublime.You are given a unique insight into the minds and perspectives of the condemned mental patients, and what brought them to the edge.Interesting book which reads very easily and enjoyably.

About the Author

Thatcher C. Nalley (born December 14,1969) was raised as an only child and spent most of her life in Northern California, USA. Out of high school Thatcher spent 7 years active duty in the United States Army, which entailed traveling the world. Most recently she worked for a local Mental Health Crisis Unit center where clients were assessed during mentally unstable crisis situations. This included interacting with people of all ages who have a range of behavior disorders from depression to schizophrenia. Thatcher has also been a peer counselor and educator for the prevention and dynamics of child abuse trauma. A single mom of two beautiful girls Thatcher currently resides and writes in Northern California. For more information visit: www.THATCHERCNALLEY.COM

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  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
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  • Publisher: Evolving Door Media; 2 edition (June 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DCZ7AD0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,502 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! September 11, 2013
By MaryAnn
Format:Paperback
In the late 1970s the Emerson Rose Asylum became completely abandoned - all the patients, doctors, staff vanished and were never seen again. The events circling this mass exodus have been one of the most baffling disappearances in history...until now. For hidden deep inside a tattered asylum mattress a stack of bundled letters were found. These letters, all addressed to the pseudonym Dr. Quill, and all written by the patients as they document the final days of the Emerson Rose Asylum.

A chilling assortment of shattered lives. I find the book very interesting. Letters from the Looney Bin does an excellent job with telling stories that are gripping and compelling. I can still call up, in vivid fashion, horrors described by these people of the asylum. Riveting first person descriptions allow you to peer into the dark corners of their past.

The stories are generally depressing in nature due to their content but are very interesting. The bottom line is if you're interested in this subject then the book is worth reading. There are a lot of characters involved and all of the stories are very detailed. Thatcher C Nalley has written an amazing book here, and for anyone who hasn't read her work before - give Letters from the Looney Bin a chance, you will end up a huge fan!!

The writer did a good job keeping the suspense until the end. I'm a fan of thrillers, mysteries and paranormal stories but I have to say this one is a winner on all fronts. I really enjoyed this book. There were so many twists and turns and was never slow reading. I liked the way in which it tied together. If you want to be scare this is a must read for you. Not for the weak at heart.

Some of it was a bit creepy and bothersome but it did keep me reading and engaged for the most part. A truly wonderful and interesting plotline. It was dark and suspenseful and hard to stop reading. Thank-you for sharing your story with me.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking and Well Written July 21, 2013
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I was really impressed with how this book, in a narrative form, brought to light something that has been important to question to me as a social worker. That is: what is the link between trauma and mental illness? The author keeps anticipation in this novel, with the characters writing letters from an asylum , and as we learn more about these characters , we see they have been diagnosed and mis-diagnosed as a result of some past trauma or misunderstanding. Thatcher really does a fine job of making a really important statement in mental health care, while at the same time telling a really good story. I would recommend this book to anyone for a good read as well as a book with something important to say.

John O'Keefe
Author of "So, You've Been Diagnosed with a Mental Illness...Now What?"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars blah June 13, 2014
By Kristen
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Highly disappointing. Wish I wouldn't have paid for this. Not what I expected and the stories were very fantastical. Not recommended
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed and frustrated October 4, 2013
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I gave this book two stars, rather than one, because I thought the concept was intriguing--patient letters found in a long-abandoned psychiatric hospital, particularly from the 70's era when treatment for the mentally ill was quite horrendous. However, the writing style, to me, was bland and did not catch my attention the way I thought it would. With a topic like this, as a reader, I want to be hammered into the floor. I want to feel that uncomfortable knot in the pit of my gut. I want to be frightened FOR the characters and frightened BY them. I don't mean invent fantastical unrealistic scenarios just for shock value, but take me into the brain of an individual suffering from psychosis, to where all their unsettling and disturbing motivations lie. To do that as a writer, I think you have to go way abstract, and the method by which this story was told just misses that mark. As a reader, I don't want to be looking through the asylum windows (so to speak) at what's happening--I want a front row seat in the 'reptilian brain' of the patients themselves. Technically, there was some awkward sentence construction that irked me as well and which could have been easily remedied with a little line editing. I was also disappointed with the title. I thought perhaps the author hadn't done enough research into the subject, but seeing as Ms. Nalley has firsthand experience working with the mentally ill, it baffles me even more. "Looney bin"? I dunno. Maybe it's just me trying to be overly PC, but it struck me as slightly offensive to those with mental illness, but maybe there's something I'm missing with that. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Moving and insightful--- but inconclusive July 22, 2014
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The narrative style is convincingly authentic---a dozen or so individual's letters reveal the true nature of Emerson Rose, a mental hospital run by racists and bullies who have no interest in helping the Patients, only themselves.
.The letters are an effort to put together a body of evidence to be given to the authorities right after a planned riot, retaliation, and escape.
The unfortunate part is that we don't learn anything at all about the outcome, only the plan.We're just left wondering how it all went down....apparently not well since the introduction tells us that there are no survivors.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked the book, but I wondered if some of the letters were really written by the patients.
Published 7 hours ago by jonmarion pust
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Haven't read it yet
Published 4 days ago by minky
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun for an in between read
Fun for an in between read, meaning I wouldn't personally sit and read this book in its entirety but I do open it up when I'm between books and read a few letters.
Published 7 days ago by M. Velez
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
I can't wait to see what comes next. Very well written from a first person point of view. The characters each have their own distinct personality and it makes me want to learn... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Tracey W
3.0 out of 5 stars It's an easy read, and the author is quite good at ...
The letters themselves were interesting for the most part, but the preview of the book is quite deceptive. It leads you to believe there is more to it. Spoiler alert....... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Kathy
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
Overall, not a terrible book. I don't know that it was worth what I pid for it, but it was a short read and. Time killer.
Published 27 days ago by Jmmercer
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
It was OK. It was a quick read and somewhat interesting.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
This is an interesting book and you learn a little more as you read each letter. The letters are all very different as you meet each character. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dawlei
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read!
Bizarre, fun read!
Published 1 month ago by Wendy Cooley
4.0 out of 5 stars Letters
Most interesting view of the world these letteres conveyed, mostly concrete thinking, and some of which were quite funny although sadly true.
Published 1 month ago by J. Greene
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More About the Author

Thatcher C. Nalley was raised as an only child and has spent most of her life in Northern California. After graduation, Thatcher spent seven years active duty in the United States Army. Her enlistment afforded her the opportunity to travel the world and experience a multitude of societies and cultures.
Most recently she worked for a local Mental Health Crisis Unit center where clients were assessed during various emergency situations. This included interacting with people of all ages who have disorders ranging from depression to schizophrenia. Thatcher has also been a peer counselor and public speaker, educating for the prevention and dynamics of child abuse trauma. In addition, she has nearly a decade of experience working in a behavioral health environment which has included being a hotline counselor for sexual assault victims.

Thatcher's passion for child abuse prevention is evident through her work as an author. She has published several books, including Letters From the Looney Bin, The Lunatic Memoirs, and her newest release, The Little Girl. While each is a creation of fiction, they subtly convey the very real effects of childhood trauma.

"We may not be their parent, but every child is our child," is her motto. She is driven to share the importance of treating all children with kindheartedness and to understand the lasting effects it has on every life they grow to touch.
A single mom of two beautiful girls, Thatcher currently resides and writes in Northern California.

For more information visit: www.THATCHERCNALLEY.COM

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