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A Requiem for Dead Flies: A Supernatural Ghost Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Peter N. Dudar
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Book Description

After their mother’s miscarriage, Lester and Gordon MacAuley were sent to Battle View Farm to stay with their grandmother for the summer. But the house on Battle View Farm has a haunting secret. As Grandma Vivian slowly slipped into madness, the brothers’ lives became entangled in mortal danger. That summer of terror left them scarred and plagued by the family’s dark secret.

Now, years later, the MacAuley brothers have returned with dreams of breathing new life into Battle View Farm. But living in the house on Battle View Farm, they are forced to face their past and solve the mystery that began generations ago. And to face the ghosts that still haunt their family’s legacy.

A legacy written in dead flies.

"Peter N. Dudar has just made me a fan. A Requiem for Dead Flies is beautifully eerie. There are very few horror authors working today who have Dudar's skill at putting ordinary people into such terrifying situations. The dark descent into memory and family secrets waiting for the MacAuley brothers is almost too much - it would be too much, too like a nightmare you just can't wake up from - if it weren't for Dudar's smooth eloquence. Seriously, the pages go down as easily as a fine bourbon. Just don't let your guard down, because like a fine bourbon, this book's got a bite to it. A first class chiller!" -Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Dead City

"Peter Dudar's A REQUIEM FOR DEAD FLIES is an original twist on the modern ghost story. In rural New York on a lonesome family farm, Dudar layers on the tension in a perfectly paced narrative, leading to a surprising and horrific ending. A REQUIEM is an outstanding first novel and I highly recommend it." -Holly Newstein, co-author of ASHES and THE EPICURE, as H.R. Howland.

“Peter N. Dudar is a natural born storyteller who brings his characters to vivid life. In A REQUIEM FOR DEAD FLIES, he gives us the tale of the MacAuley brothers who, in trying to get a fresh start, instead collide with a wall of grief, built from the debris of tragic family secrets. A bright new voice in the horror genre, and a book not to be missed.” -L.L. Soares, Author of LIFE RAGE and IN SICKNESS

Author's note: My revenue from the sales of this novel will be going into an adoption fund for our second child. Dang Shi Hui was born in China on January 5th, 2012, and will be officially adopted by my wife and I in the very near future. With love and thanks from my family, I hope you enjoy my book.
Love and Warm Wishes,
Peter N. Dudar

Product Details

  • File Size: 510 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 193864400X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nightscape Press; 1st edition (December 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E6QX3U
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie Atmosphere, Eerie Tale June 23, 2012
By Michael
Following the death of their grandmother from the effects of Alzheimer's, Les and Gordon MacAuley return to the family farm to--of all things--try to breathe new life into the old homestead by brewing bourbon. Being there stirs old memories, horrific memories, of a summer fifteen years earlier, when the two boys had been sent to live with their widowed grandmother following their mother's miscarriage...and their discovery that their grandmother, enmeshed in unspeakable secrets from her past, is not only moving into insanity but is also homicidal.

The set-up is intriguing; Dudar's choice to develop the narrative by slipping seamlessly back and forth between present and past is brilliant; his handling of the two independent but ultimately parallel narratives is flawless; and the story that results is taut, engaging, and satisfying.

From the first pages, with their tantalizing suggestions of sexual abuse, mental and physical torture, and the frenzy of insanity, A Requiem for Dead Flies never allows readers to pause. Each chapter, each section, each paragraph provides some tiny bit of information that leads inexorably to the discovery of a portion of the truth. Seemingly unrelated elements--the desecration of an old family cemetery, Gordon's increasing obsession with his hand-made still (named "Sally" after his stillborn sister), Les's equally incremental fears of the old house with its bricked-in fireplace--all ultimately become individual threads in a complex tapestry of death, betrayal, murder, madness, and, when the reader is prepared for the intrusion of the supernatural, ghosts.

And throughout, there is the omnipresence of flies, living and dead. Flies coming apparently from nowhere to infest the empty farmhouse.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Fashioned Scary July 9, 2012
I finished Dudar's A Requiem for Dead Flies last week and was happy to have found a new horror author to read. I've read Dudar's short stories and enjoyed them very much but was not sure he would be able to carry that level of talent into a novel. He was more than able, and surprised me with this ability to keep the tension up throughout the book. It was eerie throughout from the narrator telling his story in the present from a mental hospital, to his abuse and terror as a child, to his near past, making bourbon with his brother in a house that will haunt him till death.

This was much more than a haunted house story because throughout you are not sure if it is haunted by the grandmother, grandfather, the flies, or if it's all the internal terror of the main character. Not to worry, Dudar delivers answers in the end.

He tells the story in pieces, flipping among his three life stages, and it was brilliantly done to keep the reader turning pages to find out what the heck happened to him in the basement? It somewhat reminded me (but in an original way with a different storyline) of Sybil when I was wondering throughout, "what happened in the green kitchen?"

Dudar's storytelling is a nice cross of subtle horror and in-your-face terror.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!! July 8, 2012
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Interesting story line that makes you not want to put the book down. Creepy, but you can't help feeling sorry for poor Lester. Surprise ending!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read November 4, 2012
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When I first saw the title of this novel I admit to having some hesitation before purchasing it as flies have disgusted me for as long as I can remember. It was when I learned that flies take a crap every four minutes that my abhorrence of them intensified to the point of becoming an obsession (to this day I refuse to eat any food that a fly has landed on). So I held off on purchasing this for at least a few days after first hearing about it, but after convincing myself that maybe I was being a bit foolish I decided to click the "buy" button.

I made the right decision.

A Requiem For Dead Flies is not a horror story about a bunch of dead flies, or even one dead fly for that matter, though they do figure into the plot. They are used as props for the most part and done so masterfully; the author managing to provoke both disgust and horror quite effectively with their presence. Requiem for Dead Flies is a ghost story, and hot damn, it's a good one.

Lester and Gordon MacAuley are siblings with divergent and distinct personalities. Lester has to work hard for what he wants and he's made emotional sacrifices along the way. On the other hand things came a little too easy for Gordon and as a result he's become very laid back and doesn't take life all that seriously. Recently, Gordon has come up with a scheme to make bourbon and he asks Lester to give up a summer teaching job to assist him. Out of character, Lester agrees, and then they head up to their deceased grandmothers farm to set up the still. That's when the nightmares, both waking and sleeping, begin.

When they were kids, Lester and Gordon were sent to their grandmother's farm when their mother had a miscarriage.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't trust the narrator. August 8, 2012
In the interest of full disclosure, I should start by telling you that the author, Peter N. Dudar, is a friend of mine. At least he was until I teased him about his, or his character's, description of how bourbon is made (just kidding, Pete). Anyway, I believe that I'm able to be objective, but nonetheless it would unfair to a user of this review, if I didn't acknowledge that I am not a wholly disinterested party.
The plot: I don't want to go into too much detail, but the essence is as follows: upon their grandmother's death, two brothers return to the family farm with dreams of operating a distillery (they plan to make bourbon). Bad things happened to them 15 years ago when, as boys, they spent a summer there with their grandmother. Now in their twenties, the brothers behave more than a little unreasonably in their dealings with each other and the neighbors. The narrator explains this behavior, but as discussed below there are reasons to doubt the narrator (and there might be better explanations that the narrator is unaware of). Meanwhile, spooky things are happening in the creepy old farm house. By the end, at least three, deep, dark family secrets are revealed and another two are created.
Narrator: The entire novel is told in first person by Lester, the older of the two brothers. We learn early on that Lester is telling us everything from inside a mental health facility. Another reviewer stated that Dudar provides all the answers by the end of the novel. Personally, I think one of the best aspects of the book is that Lester may be an unreliable witness. Most of the necessary facts are provided, but the reader is under no obligation to accept Lester's interpretation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transfixing
Peter has mastered the art of horror story telling. His novel grips ypu from start to finish and makes you keep the lights on
Published 4 months ago by James Dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror With A Twist!!
As a horror novel, this book will not disappoint! Peter N. Dudar spins a carefully constructed and well written (ghost?) story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
This was the first book that I read by Peter Dudar and I cannot wait to read the next one! I finished the book within two days because I had to see just what was going to happen.
Published 11 months ago by Carol LeClair
5.0 out of 5 stars A Requiem for Dead Flies
This is the first book I read written by my friend, Peter Dudar. The first page caught my attention and I spent the next two days ignoring everything but this book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by jenniferlibby
4.0 out of 5 stars Who isn't Crazy
Interesting twists and turns in this story. But if I hear one more reference to their mother's miscarriage, I'll scream. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. Bass
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book really kept you running back for more. Thought it might have gone a little deeper but still good entertainment.
Published 14 months ago by di....
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't go home again
The problem with most ghost stories is that they often miss the point of being a ghost story in the first place and just end up as scary-monster thrillers or did-you-hear-that... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bracken MacLeod
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to the Gothic!
Ghosts were always the staple of the Gothic horror tale of yesteryear. From the infamous pair in "Turn of the Screw" by Henry James to the countless "true sightings" in the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Books Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first novel
This review was based on an advance copy sent to me by the publisher. I liked it enough that I picked up a kindle copy from Amazon after I'd read & written this review. Read more
Published 15 months ago by David L. Brzeski
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Flies are Scary
Brothers Les and Gordon have moved into the family farm after the death of their Grandmother Vivian. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Colleen Wanglund
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Peter N. Dudar has been writing and publishing horror fiction for over a decade now. Born and raised in Albany, New York, Peter is an alumnus of Christian Brothers Academy, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the State University of New York at Albany. He currently resides in Lisbon Falls, Maine and is a proud member of the New England Horror Writers.

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