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Product Details

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478382015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478382010
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,170,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About The Author : Ashliegh Wolfgang first gained notoriety as founding member and vocalist for National recording artists "The Orphan Punks". The Devil's Serum is his first foray into fiction writing, a love he has had behind the scenes for decades. Ashliegh claims writing influences for historical authors such Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft to contemporary autors such as Anne Rice and Clive Barker. Ashliegh currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife Heather and children Addison and Samantha. For correspondence contact www.facebook.com/AshlieghWolfgang

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Ashliegh Wolfgang first gained notoriety as founding member and vocalist for National recording artist "The Orphan Punks." The Devil's Serum is his first foray into fiction writing, a love he has possessed behind the scenes for quite some time. The novella "The Devil's Serum" begins to tell the story of Christian a man who stumbled upon a flask of unknown contents and upon consumption gains immortality. Is this a gift, a curse or both? The Devil's Serum is expected to be followed up September 1st, 2012 by The Devil's Folly.

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It was a shame the book had to end.
Anthony
The story is built well and characters are well defined, something that is hard to accomplish with such a short story.
darkanddreary
I can't wait to read future writings from Ashliegh!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kirstyv on October 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I am not usually a fan of short stories and admittedly at times I did find the pace of Ashliegh Wolfgang's storytelling rushed, and I wanted him to elaborate.
However, the first person narration was an excellent choice for this story - as I felt that it allowed the reader greater access into the thoughts and feelings of Christian - particularly his love for Corrine and his fear after drinking the serum.
Ashliegh Wolfgang cleverly writes a for a paranormal audience and a romantic one - the relationship he explores between Christian and Corinne is a strong one, whilst the paranormal threads are unusual, yet they both have alarming and harmful consequences.
I will definitely be looking out for more of Ashliegh Wolfgang's books and I would recommend this story, especially to someone who is looking for a quick read - however there is grit, emotion and heart here! Be warned!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angie on September 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just finished The Devil's Serum. I loved it! So much creativity on the author's part. Modern day book that takes you back in time. It left me wanting more. I hated for it to end. I can't wait to read The Devil's Folly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PATCHES on November 7, 2012
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I loved the way this book was written , I have never read a book written as this. I know I never will again.

This Author draws you in and never lets you go.

If I were to find a Beautiful Flask would I drink what is in it? That is the Question. If I do I go in 1 direction if not another. Read this and find out.

I loved this Book. The main Character is has so many sides and it is great to watch them all.
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I read this quickly - but I wonder if there is any other way to read it, as the writer, speaking in first person, draws in the reader with blatant, challenging comments and thought-provoking questions that bring you front and center to face the narrator - Christian - whether you want to or not. As a result, the reader is oftentimes swept up in the "ramblings" - which, despite the implication of the title, are actually fairly cohesive and reflective thoughts that will - through witty and at times raw self-assessment - provoke the reader into reading more. All in all, I found this to be a well-presented work that does - purposefully - read in a slightly flawed, journalistic way. Experiences are relayed through Christian's eyes and perceptions, and as such the story feels warped appropriately because it's only the one involved viewpoint. The effect is very believable, and the conviction of the tale in first person makes it seem very much like Poe or Rice, with leaner prose and perhaps a bit more self-awareness. Christian is not a hero, exactly - he's just a guy whose decisions - and ultimately those closest to him - have taken what could be a gift and made it into a low-grade level of hell. Because of Christian's flaws, I didn't find myself feeling sorry for him - instead I was much more interested in finding out how he could maintain such a calm demeanor about the whole affair. Ultimately, this is a tome of how to live with yourself - by yourself - for eternity (if you stop and think about that, you'll see the vaguely horrific implications of an eternity with just yourself for lasting company).Read more ›
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By avidreader4fun on September 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
GoodReads synopsis:
When Christian met the girl that would become the love of his life, he thought it was the most amazing thing that could ever happen. It wasn't even close to the most amazing thing that happened that day. Christian discovers he has become immortal after drinking from a mysterious silver flask. Is this a gift or a curse?

My Thoughts:
An eclectic tale of woe- written as a journal entry- of the life of the immortal Christian- love, yearning, a search and unearthed secrets. We are thrust into Christians confused tale of despair and longing from the first initial page- no introduction, but none needed. Ashliegh Wolfgang thrusts the reader head long into a bewildering story that leaves you marveling at the believability. Bravo!
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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I just finished reading The Devil's Serum and I have to say that I'm quite pleased. The story is told with an old tongue and the author does a magnificent job of capturing the dialect. One review mentions the errors found within the text. To me, the errors are miniscule and do not take a single drop of satisfaction from the story. The story is built well and characters are well defined, something that is hard to accomplish with such a short story. I am generally pretty good at figuring out a story and predicting the end, but not this time. I never saw it coming. Good work. Why four stars instead of five? I reserve five stars for only my favorite of stories. E.g. Of Mice and Men = four stars; Lord of the Rings = five stars.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda P-C on November 5, 2012
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This is a tremendous premise for a story, and I get it (really, I do) that the first person narrative is being written by a man who has been committed because folks think he is delusional - I guess I can understand why they feel that way. I personally found the story to be too convoluted. I am not an amateur reader, but I had a really hard time following this story. When I finished (it is short, and perhaps longer would have been better) I wasn't 100% sure what had happened during the last quarter of the story. I have my guesses, but I'm not sure - and for me it just wasn't a very satisfying read. If this is a prequel, then fine, perhaps some of the yawning craters of missing explanation/motivation/what-the-heck-just-happened may be filled in with later offerings, but I'm pretty sure I won't be reading further. If this story were the result of a college-level class assignment, to be read by a professor who is familiar with the thought-process of his student, I'll bet he'd get close to a top grade and I do wish the author much success.
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