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"Some writers ease their way onto the fiction scene; others kick in the door and barge inside with a shotgun. Findlay writes fiction like Trent Reznor composes music -- intensely, violently, beautifully." - Pat Pujolas, author of Jimmy Lagowski Saves the World

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  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475060459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475060454
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,316,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Findlay is talented, and I can't wait to read more.
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These carefully worded shorts are filled with raw and corrupted characters surrounded by richly written scenes.
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You can't help but to want more for the protagonists while still giving them judgement.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Preston Mcconkie on May 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Originally published in eFiction Magazine

"Soft Rot," a collection of five short stories in 33 pages, is the first on-dead-tree and Kindle volume published by eFiction community member Tyler Findlay. Twenty-three-year-old Findlay, blessed with first and surnames good enough to be nomes de plume, wrote these stories after suffering the curse of celebrity in his days as a rock-band bass player where, as he puts it, "I played some cool shows, met some great folks and fell off a few stages."

"It wasn't until that lifestyle landed me in rehab that I tried writing," Findaly said.

A life out of control and doused in bohemian drama informs every passage in "Soft Rot." Five stories pivot on drunken or desperate characters clutching at others for rescue or bound for self-destruction. The unifying title, Findlay explained in our interview, "refers to the permeating acid that is the human experience. The fruit -- the mind and body -- are eaten slowly into a numb state of abjection."

But "Soft Rot" isn't just angst and obscenity, even if a portion was previously published at HorrorSleazeTrash.com. Because -- especially in the fifth and longest story, "To Taste This Nectar" -- Findlay demonstrates a skill for describing drunken reason and alcohol-addled perception so well that anyone who was every young and irresponsible will find the memories flooding back. While many writers strive to communicate the essence of intoxication and self-deception, Findlay succeeds to the point of being profound.

Findlay does this by avoiding surrealism.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacobhardin on April 12, 2012
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Soft Rot by Tyler Findlay is a gritty yet all too real look into the degenerate side of all of us. This collection of short stories is as eye-opening as it is unsettling. You can't help but to want more for the protagonists while still giving them judgement.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pat Pujolas on March 29, 2012
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Some writers ease their way onto the fiction scene; others kick in the door and barge inside with a shotgun. Meet Tyler Findlay, author of "Soft Rot," five stories crafted in unfiltered, unpredictable, and unforgettable prose. The characters here live on society's fringe, struggling to make ends meet, and poised at those crucial intersections of character-defining destiny. The writing style is bold, masculine, and fearless; but make no mistake, each page reveals poetic descriptions, structures, and insights. This author writes fiction like Trent Reznor composes music -- intensely, violently, beautifully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mathew Paust on December 9, 2012
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Reading "Soft Rot" brought me to a feeling of profound sadness, while at the same time I was admiring the author's dark poetic vision and his creative bravery with the language of debauched despair. My sadness was in knowing the characters, all who seemingly launched their lives in privilege, were sneering at their roots and deliberately coming undone, deconstructing, while yet so very young. The sense of hopelessness in people at the edge of maturity reminded me of my reaction to Bret Ellis's 1985 break-out novel "Less Than Zero", which left me virtually gasping for oxygen and has haunted me to this day. What saves "Soft Rot" for me, or rather saves me from its awful sense of creeping doom, is knowing it is largely autobiographical and that its author, Tyler Findlay, who lived the choking, sinking, deadening episodes he depicts in these five stories, has put that life behind him. I learned this reading one of the reviews here by someone who interviewed Findlay for a literary journal that's published some of his work. The 23-year-old Findlay went through rehab and began a new life as a writer. The material he drew on for "Soft Rot" is his unabridged memory of those puke-reeking, bleeding, humiliating, dead-end and lethally toxic days. Thus, "Soft Rot" represents a resurrection of Findlay's spirit and can be read with the warm glow of knowing he's stepped out of its pages and survives. The guy has writing chops, folks, and I look forward with enthusiasm for more of his discerning, relentlessly honest and artfully wrought literary output.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Casey Callahan on May 9, 2012
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"Soft Rot" takes you back to the nights of parties past and makes you take a closer look at some things you might have blocked out. Findlay describes the main events without the gristle, somehow balancing brevity with important moments of introspection. The places you go in "Soft Rot" seem all too familiar at first, but that's just how Findlay wants you to feel before the real stories take place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Grant on December 10, 2012
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These short stories are very real and show people coming to grip with their inner demons in a live-for-today kinda way. The title is appropriate. The stories are gripping and once I started any of them I had to finish it.
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