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Product Details

  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Open Eyes (June 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615648649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615648644
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,053,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Richard Long intertwined a bag of genres while creating this intriguing and enchanting story...it's mind-blowing." - Stephen King


"Long's prose is deft and clear, transporting the reader from one character's psyche to the next...this tale is a compelling one. A psychological thriller for readers who are bored with run-of-the-mill horror...Those who embrace the genre will eagerly anticipate a second installment in the series." - Kirkus Reviews


"Intelligent, self-aware, and often amusing...hitting all the markers for sadistic, salacious, and scary. Long is doubtless going to build a large and loyal fan base composed of people just like him: literate folks with a bizarre sense of humor who prefer a bucket of blood to a bath filled with rose petals." - ForeWord Clarion Reviews

"Totally absorbing! The Book of Paul is moving, profound, funny, terrifying and never lets you go. The prose is swift and sharp...at times, even poetic. Masterful storytelling. Hats off!!" - Henry Bean, writer/director of The Believer

"Completely outstanding...an ingenious mixture of all things intriguing! The Book of Paul is truly an enchanting tale that will leave you spellbound. I can't wait to read more of this series! The only thing I can say is...wow! Hats of to Richard Long for creating a truly worthy and delightful read." -- Close Encounters with the Night Kind

From the Author

The Book of Paul
crosses a number of genres. Sometimes when I'm asked what kind of book it is, I'll say it's a dark, paranormal thriller with occult horror themes, mystery, suspense, erotica and black humor. Other times, I just say, "It'll really curl your toes."
 
Written is short, titled chapters, the story is extremely cinematic. Think The Omen meets Pulp Fiction. The momentum is relentlessly driving, yet it's as much a psychological exploration as a rollercoaster ride. When I write, I submerge myself in the characters. I want to feel their fears and cravings, truly inhabit them. I keep descriptive narrative to a minimum and write from multiple perspectives, which hopefully allows readers to project their own perspective and participate more directly in the experience. I want people to feel more intensely -- more afraid, more amused, more curious, perplexed, horrified, awed and aroused -- to climb inside these characters and walk down all the dark alleyways.
 
I've always been drawn to the scary side of the street. Science, religion and mythology are other big interests. The Book of Paul and the six volumes of sequels and prequels trace the history of Hermetic and Gnostic philosophy, alchemy, druidism and pagan mythology - particularly the Egyptian, Greek and Celtic traditions. There's also a strong science fiction element involving quantum physics, artificial intelligence, life extension and what's known as The Singularity.
 
Propelled by the prophecy of a fast-approaching apocalypse, the story rides a crest of dark suspense above an undercurrent of arcane mystery. Nothing is as it seems. Very gradually, the mythological tapestry is revealed through the narrator's secret journals and the ancient codex guarded by Paul. Only as the climax approaches does he fully grasp his own significance in the labyrinth of Paul's nefarious scheme.
 
The Book of Paul is not for the faint-hearted. There is graphic sex, sadomasochism and gore. There are also plenty of laughs along the way, often sucker punches that ease the tension only long enough to make the revelations even more thrilling and chilling. The aim of it all? Question everything. Magic and mystery and wonder are everywhere. So are cruelty, sadness and terror.
 
As Hunter Thompson said, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

For fans who sign up for my newsletter at TheBookofPaul.com, I offer exclusive content like deleted or extended chapters, previews of the forthcoming volumes in the series and other fun surprises.

More About the Author

Richard Long's debut novel, The Book of Paul, is a dark, thrilling, and psychologically rich supernatural horror/thriller that blends mythology, science and mystery into a page-turning addiction.

Mr. Long is currently at work on The Dream Palace, a fantasy adventure series.

He lives in Manhattan with his wife, two amazing children and their wicked black cat, Merlin.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
CarrieRogo
I have read gruesome books but this one was just too much--I couldn't connect with any of the characters and just wanted it to END!!
Betty Vaughan
The story and characters were all built well and I was involved from the beginning.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Elliott on June 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
If you are looking for a standard summer read, then I would not recommend The Book of Paul. But if you are looking for a most unusual read, one that not only won't you be able to put down, but one that will stay with you long after you are finished, then I highly recommend this debut novel from the very talented Richard Long. The Book of Paul is difficult to categorize: it is part mystery, part thriller, part erotica, and part horror...and 100% engrossing. A well-crafted psychological character study told in a cinematic style, The Book of Paul begins innocently (and humorously) enough with the line "He practiced smiling", but quickly the reader realizes that there is more to this line than would first appear. This line is, in fact, revelatory. Richard Long has chosen his words carefully. Not one single word, and certainly no single character, in The Book of Paul can be taken at face value. Nothing is as it appears. And yet, every character and action is masterfully crafted as part of the puzzle that is The Book of Paul. Mr. Long has numerous talents as a writer: he is certainly one of the more creative storytellers of today, but for my money, his real talent lies in the fact that he commands a psychological savvy that few writers do. Richard Long's characters are richly drawn, possessing a complexity of personality traits that mesh with their histories and with their actions. You will understand these characters, you will understand what motivates them, you will like them and you will hate them, but most importantly you will believe them.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Anna Holmes on October 3, 2012
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From start to finish Richard Long's "The Book of Paul" is an exciting, fast-paced and undeniably shocking read.

The characters are full-blooded, whimsical yet scarily believeable. The antagonist, Paul, is unusual in every respect: an unstoppable, malodorous, and deadly evil genius whom the reader hates to love, but cannot quite prevent themselves from doing so.

The short punchy chapters keep one's adrenalin pumping, while the narrative leapfrogs from one crisis to another, creating a spine-chilling atmosphere on a par with any of the very best classic noir thrillers.

In particular, I loved the elegant way the story unfolds, with the author feeding us teasing tidbits of the puzzle without slowing the narrative's gallop by a single hoof-fall. The amount of research which must have gone into weaving the history and mythology in this book is staggering and the backstory Richard Long creates from that body of investigation lends the story additional depths of both intrigue and credibility.

In the final analysis, the novel is very nearly impossible to catagorise, since it incorporates so many genres. But rather than dilute the work or lessen the impact, it adds to the novel as a whole, rendering the narrative as a terrifying yet exquisitely balanced cocktail of horror, thriller, and the supernatural, with additional shocks being supplied by irreverent humour and a wealth of lurid detail.

Less of an Alice-Down-The-Rabbit-Hole experience than a Locomotive-Plunging-Down-A-Mineshaft-With-The-Reader-Hanging-Out-A-Compartment-Window ride, this immensely entertaining book was not just straightforwardly an absolutely compelling read from cover to cover, but left me feeling oddly anxious, desperate... and not a little impatient for the next instalment!

The Book of Paul
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By jackie on April 11, 2013
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..Torture, blood, pain, mythology..ugh! I gave this three stars only because I truly wanted to know how it ended. This is like no other book I've ever read. Very disturbing, I surprised myself that I actually got through it. I stopped quite a few times. A few days would go by and I would pick it up again. so many questions still not answered. A difficult book , especially for me..considering I can't even watch horror movies! Not sure if I'll read the next book..I may need a couple months to get over this one. WARNING..very gory!!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Donna D. on July 18, 2013
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I wanted to like it, but really couldn't. I am sorry I spent time with it. It was confusing. I never knew where the characters were, or who was speaking. The sequencing made no sense nor did all of the violence. The characters would just break into a fight in an instant for apparently no reason every other page and it was brutal. I will say I was curious about the end, which is why I finished the book, but reading through it was a chore. The ending was not particularly thrilling or new as suggested. I'll certainly skip the rest of the series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Margie Cady on June 10, 2014
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I am usually open-minded about books, but this was a total waste of time, and the 1.99 I spent on it. I found little "paranormal" in the book, but plenty of meaningless violence. The garbled monologues attempting to explain -and justify the slaughter- were boring, and incomprehensible. Don't waste time on this book.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Claudia on June 7, 2012
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WOW!

A wild ride. The first three chapters had me a little nervous and then...it was an amusement park ride to end them all! Want to forget your problems at work, get away from the elections, take a little wicked fantasy vacation? Then this book is for you. Allow your eyes to glide over the words and transport you into a very different and strangely familiar world.

Can't wait for the second installment.
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