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Permanent Damage Paperback – September 30, 2012
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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.Read more ›
If you enjoy short stories and speculative fiction, then PERMANENT DAMAGE will make a quick, enjoyable, and thought-provoking read.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great collection. I read through them quickly, had my interest through the whole book.Published 19 months ago by Anonymous
This is the first book by this author I've read and I must say I enjoyed every minute of it. Usually when I read a book of short stories I only like some of them but in this book I... Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Patricia Hirayanagi
I read this book about a month ago and some of the stories are still with me. I found myself reminding and reviewing the stories that I had read. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by A Smith
Did not read it it did not seem to be the style of book I enjoy.Thank you for making it available.Published on March 3, 2013 by Lori
The stories are good but predictable. There are far too many grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes for a project of this kind.Published on February 27, 2013 by Daniel A. Swift
As a long suffering insomniac I know all the ways to trick my mind into allowing sleep to take me. I also know that sometimes you just need to let it happen. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Krista Wohlfeil
This is the first of Montoure's work that I've read and I must say, I'm really impressed. The horror that he writes isn't as much straight-out nervewracking as it is subtly... Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I had one of those moments reading "Upstairs, Locked", the first story in this collection. Ramsey Campbell's "Again" had a similar impact. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Richard W. Keeney
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. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer