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

Thatcher C. Nalley
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


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: 655 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DCZ7AD0
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! September 11, 2013
By MaryAnn
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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13 of 16 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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13 of 17 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, quick ending July 26, 2014
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It ended fairly abruptly, a little unfinished so to speak. It seems the author is planning a sequel. Hopefully we can then get some kind of insight as to what ended up happening.
I love how every chapter is a patient's letter/story. They all read differently and that's a cool twist because if you don't like the way one is written, don't worry because the syntax and life story changes w each patient's account of how they ended up at Emerson Rose. As you read on you can see more of each patient through the eyes of others which helps to clarify things when your brain can't quite make the leap on its own (ie. The southern belle who believes she is beautiful is thought to look hideous to others).
It's a good book; I'd recommend it with the warning that you don't get answers in the end- it's more a collection of patients life stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor editing.
I'm rating this as only okay because the editing was so poor. Obvious mistakes (ie. their instead of they're) and other editing errors put a damper on it for me.
Published 5 days ago by ACHagan88
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring.
I found this book boring. All the "letters" speak with one voice, except one that is written in a forced-illiterate way. Just not believable at all.
Published 8 days ago by Martee Crosson
5.0 out of 5 stars Looney
Very good. Was interesting and a quick read. Kept me wanting to know more and more. It was a good book.
Published 13 days ago by melissa
3.0 out of 5 stars Different....
This book wasn't bad, but it definitely needs the next edition to start bringing things together. This book leaves everything open and bounces from one person to the next. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty dark
Mental health patients have more dimension and slivers of health than the characters here. It's unfortunate that the true qualities of human beings, even very ill people, didn't... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Dont waste your time
very unsatisfied read. They all sound a like.
Published 24 days ago by Robin Shope
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book
I liked this book. I just really wish I could find book two or at the very least find out the final outcome.
Published 27 days ago by Sherrelle Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The book was very interesting. Like all the stories or letters. I found the stories to be more of goodbye letters .
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficut & Illuminating
This book is very difficult to rate. These are letters from individuals to family, etc., written while the individuals were incarcerated in a particular state mental institution. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Diana L. Braun
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Pretty good book, but it seemed too short and I would have liked to have found out how things played out for the patients and the cruel doctor v. Oh well.....
Published 2 months ago by infinityjaded
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