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Length: 106 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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A masterpiece of Dark Fantasy at its darkest. 

About the Author

In addition to his published stories, Ryan Notch is also the producer of the films Night Things and The Pill.  His photographic techniques experimenting with light graffiti have been featured in the Fu Collective Gallery in Denver. 

He currently resides in Centralia, Pennsylvania, a town evacuated by the Federal government due to a coal mine fire burning beneath it since 1962. The only town in America ever to have its zip code revoked. During the day he wanders the empty streets and houses as if in a dream, looking for something he lost but can't remember where or what it was. At night he writes his horror stories by lying down next to a burning fissure along main street and placing his ear to the ground, transcribing what he hears coming up from below.

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  • File Size: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006R4RTSE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ryan Notch lives in Centralia, Pennsylvania, a town evacuated by the Federal government due to a coal mine fire burning beneath it since 1962. The only town in America ever to have its zip code revoked. During the day he wanders the empty streets and houses as if in a dream, looking for something he lost but can't remember where or what it was. At night he writes his horror stories by lying down next to a burning fissure along main street and placing his ear to the ground, transcribing what he hears coming up from below.

Ryan's first feature length horror film, Night Things, is now available on Amazon! Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/Things-Anderson-Kennedy-Melissa-Kathryn/dp/B00J9XISDA

Or watch a trailer for it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDeDRvjytfQ

And discover his photography as well at www.areographers.com


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Despite lacking the final polish of a Random Housian, professionally-edited publication, this novelette DELIVERS. I was spellbound the entire journey. The realm of Nowhere Blvd is crafted with the skill of a master.

This would make an AMAZING screenplay as well...boy would I love to see it realized in film.

Probably one of the best self-published kindle books I have had the pleasure of reading. I have no connection to the author either - a friend of mine who likes horror turned me on to it, and it blew me away. The pacing, storyline and characters are all extremely memorable.

I will never think of the old "boogeyman" legend the same way again.
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Nowhere Blvd is not your traditional "monsters under the bed" story, and it is certainly not all in your imagination. Instead, Notch takes a classic childhood theme (a boy travelling to a magical land) and turns the story inside out, upside down, and obliquely. The magical world soon turns out to be more and more horrific, and as the novella continues, I found myself desperately flipping to the next page, holding my breath, thinking "do go in there!" The novella is captivating in the way of a truly good horror movie, where you know you should shut your eyes but just can't help watching what happens next.

The main character is also truly inspiring, showing an amazing amount of resourcefulness and ingenuity for a small boy. Notch does an excellent job of demonstrating how a child's psyche might transform if exposed to true danger and peril, with no hope of rescue (except that which you make for yourself.) The only downside to Nowhere Blvd is that it is not longer, and the cliffhanger at the end leaves readers frustrated and begging for a sequel (hint hint.)
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After reading this book, I can certainly say that is definitely scary! Now I can see why they ask if you are over 13 after being able to post a review on Amazon! The author has you sitting on the edge of your seat, awaiting to read each next page with surprise!

You have to read it almost in one setting because you won't be able to put the book down once you discover a boy goes missing and what happens to the boy. Great horror genre!
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why is Ryan Notch not a best selling author?

I have read several of his stories and enjoyed them, but Nowhere Blvd blew me away. It was horrifying without being overpowering. if I really think about the content and Spencer's journey, it's almost too horrifying to bear. But it is handled perfectly with enough detail to make it real and nightmarish but not so much that I couldn't read it. in fact I couldn't stop reading it. I made the mistake of starting it before bed and didn't actually go to bed until it was finished. The story pulls you to the next page so quickly you don't have time to look at a clock. Besides time is different in Nowhere Blvd.

At its surface this is a story about childhood fears. It is creepy and terrifying, but what this story really left me with is the length someone can go to survive and at what point do we loose our humanity to do it. which is a much scarier and more real theme than the boogeyman.

There is also something beautiful about the way Notch writes, even when what he is writing is so far from beauty.

I very rarely get truly spooked by a book, but when I went downstairs after reading this one I took a flashlight.
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Nowhere Blvd is a great psychological thriller that really leaves you wanting more, and you want to keep reading to get to the end.

It tells the story of a young boy who went missing from his home and then reappears back in his own bedroom where he had originally disappeared, two years later totally changed. THe story proceed by interlacing his present circumstances with flashbacks to his harrowing experience and how he was taken. When he is taken the boy thinks it is a fun adventure but after awhile he discovers things he wasn't supposed to know, and then the terror begins.

The book concludes with a thought provoking ending that some could find ambiguous. Nevertheless you will find it hard to tear yourself away from this haunting story.
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Nowhere Blvd is, in one word, riveting. I could hardly put the book down to sleep, not that sleep came easy after beginning to read this book about what REALLY hides in the dark places in the closet and what happens when you go through it.

The author neatly takes us back and forth between past and present, time spent on Nowhere Boulevard and time spent in the real world, always following Spencer - the only child to ever return home from that place.

There were certainly typos, enough that I might consider sending them to the author somehow because it certainly DOES detract from the immersion of the story. However, the prose behind everything was 100% solid.

(book was obtained free though onehundredfreebooks.com)
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I think that there is something new in this story. What that new thing is I can't put my finger on. I further think that this author could be the next Stephen King - I mean back when Stephen King could still tell a good story.

The story wouldn't keep an adult up at night, but I definitely wouldn't read this story to a child. I'm going to be looking for further stories from this author.
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