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Tattoo [Kindle Edition]

Paul E Cooley
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Scars. They remind us who we are, what we are and where we have been.
But when a scar takes away your identity, what would you do to get it back?

Jackson, a journalist in Houston, discovers links between several murders that have taken place in his city. His investigation draws him into the world of body art where he discovers an obsession worth killing for.

Product Details

  • File Size: 284 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher:; 1 edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LBS8A4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,635 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, read it at your own... May 9, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been listening to Paul Cooley's podcasts for a while and I look forward to every twisted story he puts out.

being a man of a few tattoos, I was intrigued by the initial title but usually get disappointed when stories about tattoos are written. unlike the other stories, this one actually made me want to be vary wary of who I let know I had tattoos.

this is a damn good read and Mr. Cooley has a way of doing his homework and taking into account what his audience has to say about his stories as they are podcast.

so my advice, get this story then go over to his website and listen to his other stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tattoo is riveting May 9, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
After listening too Paul Elard Cooley's podcast version of 'Tattoo,' I was excited to learn he released it electronically. Podcasts are fantastic for driving and passing time on the treadmill, but there's something about a story like 'Tattoo' that makes you want to curl up in bed and sleep with the lights on after you finish reading.

Cooley's voice is unique and this novella-length story is both gripping and intense. It's like a train wreck at times, so brutal and horrific, you can't look away even as you stifle your gag reflex. If you enjoy suspense-thriller and horror, you do not want to miss 'Tattoo.'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tattoo is ExcellentT July 8, 2010
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Tattoo by Paul Elard Cooley is an excellent story. The story is gripping and the writing is top notch. I love thriller/psychological horror when it is done well, and Tattoo does that in spades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disappoined ... when I reached the last sentence! June 14, 2010
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"Tattoo" starts quickly and transports the reader, along with the primary character (Jackson), into a strange world of mayhem and body art. As the story unfolds, Jackson learns more than he has ever expected to learn about tattoos, those who create them and those who wear them.

It went all too fast. When I got to the last page of the Kindle version, I had to check to be sure that I'd downloaded it all - I was hoping to follow Jackson through further 'situations' - and was very disappointed that his story was over (for now?).

I suppose that Jackson had only so much to give ...

"Tattoo" is a very solid effort by Paul Cooley - may we continue to receive a steady stream of stories about his crazed and tormented characters from his crazed and tormented mind!

I'll continue to read and listen to his creations - if I don't, I'm sure that he'll find me and take vengeance.

Read "Tattoo" - its not a bad way to spend a dollar.

Also check out Paul's other stuff at [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got to love it June 13, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
as a fan of this author I was very excited to see a kindle version of his novel, defiantly something I want in electronic form to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tattoo will leave a mark - a permanent one... June 14, 2010
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It's a great little serial killer tale about a guy who collects really cool tattoos, in all the wrong ways. Paul Cooley has a gift for making memorable characters do things you wish you could forget. The problem is once you read it... well you've read it, and you can't exactly forget. TATTOO is a nice icky introduction to his world. It's a crime thriller about a journalist who is on the hunt for a killer, and he gets one step ahead of the cops. The only problem is, how you can gonna stay in front if there's nobody there to back you up? Can he figure all this out in time? And so we have a great set-up for a tense ride through the world of skin art and its more unsavory side effects. This is definitely a book that I would say "I'll buy that for a dollar!" And guess what? I just did, and you should too...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Silence of the Tats June 14, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
A sissy journalist. A jaded tattoo artist. A serial killer who takes particularly gruesome trophies. And a plunge into a world that is as alien to many of us as would be another planet. Paul Elard Cooley packs all of this into one taut little package that will leave few readers -- or listeners, for this was available first as free audio fiction read by the author himself -- unmoved. Myself, I'm an Olivia Dunham type; very hard to scare. I did, however, wince, even retch; I was not scared of this boogie man, but I felt genuine horror at what his circumstances had led him to regard as reasonable behavior. So will you.

Cooley has a fine grasp of character, of telling details, and of what will make your skin crawl, whether you have ink or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tattoo June 13, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Along the lines of a *Sixth Sense* way of screwing with your mind, Tattoo and Closet Treats by the Fiend Master are worth whatever price is being charged. As one who has some ink himself, it was a little extra creepy. This type of storytelling is causing me to search out more horror stories for entertainment as it more than feeds my overactive imagination. It doesn't rely on the explicit description of all sorts of blood and gore to be scary. It is the subtle weaving of the tale that causes your mind to go to even worse places than the author could describe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORY
Great story!
At first, I wished it had been longer, but realized it was perfect at the length it wS!
Published 1 month ago by Doug Manship Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the writing and the story was interesting
I liked the writing and the story was interesting. Having said that, it is a pretty straight forward (although nasty) detective story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marcus Eckhoff
1.0 out of 5 stars Blah
I didn't like this short story. I thought the story ended before it got started. I don't want to give away any details in the review but I thought there would be more information... Read more
Published on January 14, 2013 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Painful, but in a good way
Tattoo is one of those stories that, pardon the pun, gets under your skin. It drags you by, well, a really tender body part into the world of ink and psychosis. Read more
Published on July 22, 2012 by Clay Dugger
3.0 out of 5 stars What a puss
Ok the story was interesting, but the way the author described the pain of a tattoo was very annoying. Hot searing pain? Really grow up baby man! Read more
Published on July 6, 2012 by e-shopper101
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagery Genius!
I am a fan of Tattoos, I love the ceremony, the art, the interesting eccentric people that are the artists. This was all captured in Paul Cooley's "Tattoo". Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by Brandon Biehler
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Cooley story.
I read this in one sitting. I also listened to his podcast in one sitting.

I loved how the characters were developed. Read more
Published on December 22, 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Note: I read this in the collection, "Fiends, vol. 1"

I think this was the first story I read by Cooley and it made me a fan. Read more
Published on December 20, 2011 by B. Copenhaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid psychological horror
Really enjoyed this story. The idea behind this serial killer and the process that the protagonist has to go through to find him made me wince and made my skin crawl more than... Read more
Published on December 20, 2011 by D. Scott Roche
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Cooley's Best
Note: I consumed this story in the Fiends collection and in the podcast it may be edited.

This was one of my favorite Cooley stories. Read more
Published on December 20, 2011 by CyberCowboy
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More About the Author

A writer, podcaster, and software architect from Houston, Texas, Paul Elard Cooley has been writing since the age of 12. In 2009, he began producing free psychological thriller and horror podcasts, essays, and reviews available from and iTunes.

His stories have been listened to by thousands and he has been a guest on such notable podcasts as Podioracket, John Mierau's "Podcast Teardown," Geek Out with Mainframe, Shadowcast Audio, and Vertigo Radio Live. In 2010, his short story Canvas and novella Tattoo were nominated for Parsec Awards. Tattoo became a Parsec Award finalist. He has collaborated with New York Times Bestselling author Scott Sigler on the series "The Crypt" and co-wrote the novella "The Rider" (projected release in 2015). In addition to his writing, Paul has contributed his voice talents to a number of podiofiction productions.

His best-selling novel, The Black, was released in 2014. The next novel in the series, The Black: Arrival, will be released on May 22nd, 2015.

He is a co-host on the renowned Dead Robots' Society writing podcast and enjoys interacting with readers and other writers.

For more information about current and upcoming projects, please visit

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