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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479345040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479345045
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,339,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

An unreliable narrator, Michael Montoure is an indie writer of horror and dark urban fantasy. His obsessions include hidden truths, secret dealings, and the changing and fragile nature of our own pasts. He is known as much for his spoken-word performances of his fiction at Seattle coffeehouses and conventions as for the stories themselves. Currently working as a writer and producer of the webseries "Causality," he lives alone with a gray cat by the edge of Echo Lake, Washington. He is standing right behind you.

More About the Author

An unreliable narrator, Michael Montoure is an indie writer of horror and dark urban fantasy. His obsessions include hidden truths, secret dealings, and the changing and fragile nature of our own pasts. He is known as much for his spoken-word performances of his fiction at Seattle coffeehouses and conventions as for the stories themselves. He lives alone by the edge of Echo Lake, Washington. He is standing right behind you.

Customer Reviews

I can't wait to see what he puts out next!!
DolphinChick
Usually when I read a book of short stories I only like some of them but in this book I loved all of them.
Patricia Hirayanagi
This is an outstanding collection of short horror/suspense stories, some with very nice twist endings.
Jody Darden

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James E. Tremlett on November 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
When we last left author Michael Montoure, he'd written a book of horror fiction -- Slices -- that was, in my opinion, probably the best collection of short, sharp shocks I've read since Joe Hill's 20th Century Ghosts. And I told you that, if you didn't believe me, you should go read it, and see for yourself.

Hopefully, you did. And I say that because, as you've hopefully done so, I'm also hoping you'll join me in reading his newest collection, Permanent Damage. Because if Slices knocked your socks off, this one's going to blow you out of your shoes, down the street, and through a brick wall into the secret garden beyond.

No -- really. If you liked Montoure's gleeful sense of the macabre, and his command of not only how to sell and tell the story, but how to end the tale, then you need to get back on board for this further exploration of his talents. These 10 stories (along with an Introduction and Afterword) will happily wrap themselves around the warm coils of your brain, and lovingly squeeze your neurons to juicy paste.

What's in the box this time? Sinister tales of transgression and transformation, served up with a hearty dollop of dark discovery. We've got miraculous magic powers gone sour with use and a gift that may bring answers, but no peace or security. A stubbornly ignored intrusion in daily routine leads to tragedy, as does a strange attempt to reclaim one's old home. There's overly friendly killers that you may or may not see coming, a weird attempt to lie about your fate, and family secrets that need sharing with the world whether your relatives like it or not.

And you should see what happens when a monster gets a home makeover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.C. Martin on October 4, 2012
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I received the e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review. PERMANENT DAMAGE is a collection of ten short stories that will send a chill down your spine. Mr. Montoure's writing makes darkness lurk behind the everyday and the benign: a speed-dating event, the neighbourhood safe house, a comic book collection, a leaking ceiling. While some of the stories are quite predictable, Montoure's incisive writing style makes reading the expected endings enjoyable nonetheless. My favourite story by far is A SUDDEN LOSS OF CABIN PRESSURE, where Montoure weaves a morbid story set in a morbid world, yet manages to end it all on a sweet and touching note. Special mention also goes to MELT THE BULLET, BLUNT THE KNIFE. I'm not much into werewolf stories, but in this story Montoure managed to put a refreshing and intriguing spin on the overdone werewolf myth.

If you enjoy short stories and speculative fiction, then PERMANENT DAMAGE will make a quick, enjoyable, and thought-provoking read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jody Darden on January 25, 2013
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Got this from LT Member Giveaway in October. I know, my review is late.
This is my second collection from Michael Montoure and I am a confirmed fan and don't know why he is not well known yet!
This is an outstanding collection of short horror/suspense stories, some with very nice twist endings.
I would have to say my favorites are "Safe House", about an old inactive child predator lured back into temptation by well meaning neighbors.
The other fav is "Melt the Bullet, Blunt the Knife", an interesting angle on the werewolf story. It makes our werewolf a true villain as his transformation is more by choice than curse. The outcome is unexpected.
If you like short, shivery stories you'll like this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 28, 2012
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Creepy! In a good way. I enjoyed this book even more than I enjoyed Slices! It lost some of the gross out sexual horror and actually made me nervous a few times. I think my favorite story in the collection was "The Old Apartment" because the ending was so unexpected that it made me laugh. Each story was quite unique, though, and I had a hard time picking a favorite. One thing is for sure, after reading this book, I will be hard pressed to ever recommend the use of a dating service to any of my friends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim C. Ward on October 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Permanent Damage is classic Montoure mind bombs. The stories are grounded smoothly enough in the people and settings so that they are easy to get into, but like a Chinese finger trap, getting out is much harder than you'll expect. Michael has a fantastic gift in matching interesting characters with mind blowing situations, and the result is sure to leave you rattled. Michael has established himself at the top of my Horror authors to read because not only does he surprise me with each story, but he makes it a lot of fun to get lost in his character's terror.

I'd really love not to ruin any of these stories by giving you their premises. Half of the joy I get in reading Michael's work is the surprise trap I find myself in when his story becomes so interesting that the real world fades away. I don't want to ruin that surprise, so I'll try to leave these individual story reviews as ambiguous as possible.

"Upstairs, Locked" - With their parents now dead, three siblings return home to the monster locked upstairs. Their mother no longer their to feed it, the oldest accepts responsibility and is shocked by what she sees. The concept in this case isn't as unique as the other stories, but the characters and setup make it real enough to scare you. 3.5 stars

"The Devil You Know" - Michael ramps up the horror in this one with a psychological thriller about a speed dating experience gone way wrong. The initial twist is top notch on this one, so all I'll say is that sometimes the scariest thing is to know about a monster and no one else believes you.
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