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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490974016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490974019
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,884,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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We were read the first two chapters.
Jennifer Lovely
I couldn't get past a main character who was shallow and weak.
charles griffiths
It was easy to read and the storyline was well developed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lonnon Foster on July 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Still Life is a different take on the vampire myth, and a welcome departure from decades of Anne Rice clones. It's not a slog through existentialism and ennui; the story runs the gamut from terror to laughter, from despair to redemption.

Montoure's prose is carefully crafted, and the narrative flows gracefully. Not that it's all a smooth ride; it bumps and swerves in just the right places, leaving the reader breathless with horror, surprise, or amazement. The book takes some wonderfully sharp turns, but manages to remain firmly on the road all the way through.

I never thought I'd say this about a vampire book, but it's a fun read. There are some unpleasant things going on in Montoure's head, and I'm glad he's taken the time to skillfully set them in print for the rest of us. I look forward to reading more of his work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ron Miles on August 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
Here's the thing about genre fiction: it is always filled with the same old tropes, those tired and shop-worn plot points that you have read a thousand times before. If you have read one vampire novel you have pretty much read them all. That remains true until every once in a rare while that an author manages to come along and truly turn a genre on its ear. This is that novel, and Michael Montoure is that author.

Vampire stories are thinly-veiled fantasies about seduction, immortality, and eternal youth and beauty. The vampire drains the vitality and potency of its victim, and takes them as their own. Hunter and prey colored with erotic tensions, that is the standard vampiric tale. Still Life, on the other hand, reverses the roles. Montoure weaves a tale that is all about the complexities and power dynamics of an abusive relationship, and to some degree about the strange and shifting sands inherent to polyamorous relationships. Vampirism-as-drug-addiction is not necessarily a new idea, but it is treated here in an entirely fresh way. Most importantly, Still Life presents compelling and complex characters, spinning a tale of despair and the drive towards redemption and salvation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By QuixoticOrchid on September 7, 2013
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Every September, when fall breezes become the norm, I start looking for scary stories, part of my passion for Halloween and all the things that creep in really dark places. Michael Montoure's Still Life was my first choice this year and it started my season with a bang. Complete with all the creepy crawlies in dark places, but it also takes you even further into the darkness of their psyches. This is a story of what they feel and fear and very much worth the read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lovely on July 23, 2013
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When I read the short story I didn't fall in love with Nikki Velvet. I have met too many of those broken emotional girls that are just so draining to be truly honest. But I went to the reading the night of the release of the book. We were read the first two chapters. I was hooked. I actually had to get up and go to the bathroom to blow my nose from tearing up because I so physically felt her pain. I have lost too many friends to suicide and have emotionally hit rock bottom in my own past. And the author takes you right into how utterly wrung out Nikki was.

The Relationship with Paul and Sylvan draws you in and makes you crazy. I was almost reminded a little of Suddenly, Last Summer with their neediness, jealousies, and infighting. It's complicated and interesting.

Like I said I didn't love Nikki, but at the end of it all I respected her. I was glad I read her story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patty O'furniture on July 19, 2013
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This novel is a continuation of Michael Montoure's short story: One Last Sunset, published in a previous anthology, Slices. The story focuses on Nikki Velvet after her best friend/unrequited lover commits suicide. Facing his death makes her sure of one thing: she never wants to experience death again. So she joins the ranks of the undead and feasts upon the blood of the living. Sort of. Montoure invents some new steps for an old tune with this book, and vampirism becomes a metaphor for love, dependence, abuse, and ultimately, salvation. This is a breezy novel and Montoure writes with a skill that makes the pages turn quickly. Not many scares, but the thoughtful ruminations on love, and possession, mixed with just enough violence and depravity to stir the pot, not to mention genuine emotion more than make up for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elvirarowe3@yahoo on September 18, 2013
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I bought this book because it was free and had said something about vampires in it. The author took a great twist to the vampire world that read about and made a great book. It was a good read and caught my attention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DolphinChick on July 18, 2013
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When I first read the short story `One Last Sunset' in Michael's anthology called Slices, I was dying to know more about Nikki Velvet! So I was super excited to see she was going to get her very own novel and I was finally going to get more back story and find out what happened to her...and this gave it to me!
It's an interesting take on the whole `making' of a vampire...you could really feel the need and desire and the love/hate relationship involved in any kind of addiction...the "I hate you with a passion, but I can't seem to see a way to survive without you for another second...and I hate you for making me want you" thing! It's so well done in this book! I found myself both frustrated with Nikki for being so naïve at times in her expectations...and at others I'm excited and cheering her on to go, fight, do it!!
The writing, as usual, is so well done that your interest is held beginning to end. I've thoroughly enjoyed Michael Montoure's short stories, and though this book isn't as quite as creepy as some of the shorts, it's satisfying in a different way...because here you get a whole fulfilled adventure!
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