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Editorial Reviews


"Beautifully written." -R.J. Keller, author of Waiting for Spring

"A dark, intricately woven journey into the mind of a troubled writer." -Imogen Rose, author of the Portal Chronicles 

"A blisteringly fast read ... heart-wrenching." -Scott Sigler, author of Ancestor

"An evocative, haunting story about coming to terms with our ghosts, both real and imagined. Powerful." -Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church

"The Loneliest is, at heart, a haunting-the kind that keeps a writer up at night, sweating. Cochran nails that feeling in a chilling novel that dares us to separate fact from fiction and our dreams from reality. This is some smart pulp." -Anthony Neil Smith, author of All the Young Warriors

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"The Loneliest has a lot of heart and plenty of shivers. This is new ground for Stacey Cochran, but he knows the lay of the land. He'll lead you into some dark, secluded nooks if you're not careful." -Sean Doolittle, author of Safer

"The Loneliest is a harrowing mine-car ride down into a cavern of terror, obsession, and madness. Stacey Cochran knows just how to get under your skin, and he's not shy about pushing the 'scary' button." -J.D. Rhoades, author of Breaking Cover

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  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
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  • Publication Date: January 3, 2012
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  • Language: English
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Stacey Cochran is the author of Eddie & Sunny, In Love with Eleanor Rigby, Claws, and The Loneliest. He was a finalist for the 1998 Dell Magazines Award and earned his graduate degree in Creative Writing in 2001. He currently teaches in the English Department at the University of Arizona.

In Love with Eleanor Rigby was the Rebel Literary Magazine First Prize Winner in 2000 and was originally published in CutBank in 2001. It became a bestselling Kindle novella in 2011 following several bestselling ebooks (Claws, The Colorado Sequence, and The Loneliest).

His novel Culpepper was a finalist for the St. Martin's Press/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Contest in 2004. In 2011, an excerpt from his novel Eddie & Sunny was a finalist for the James Hurst Prize. Eddie & Sunny was among the first ten ebooks selected for publication through Amazon's Kindle Scout program and was published by Kindle Press in March 2015.

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By Will on January 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Jason Roberts, a writer, works on his newest novel after the death of his wife. With the pressure of the sales world compressing the suicidal whispers in his head, he retreats to a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. And as events in what he perceives to be his real life begin to collide and mesh with his writing, the already hazy line of sanity becomes that much harder to trace.
Names are jumbled, faces are blurred and even pathways and roads are prey to the mind of a long-term schizophrenic like Jason. And everyone's lives--including the reader!--is subject to fall under his spell.
But as the final pages are being written, and he believes he has the power to influence the world around him, Jason's story takes an abrupt and violent turn. And as he tries to write his wife back to the land of the living he, like any loyal husband, must ask himself, "What am I willing to do to get her back?"

Stacey Cochran's volatile blend of suspense and disorder suits this fast-paced story like a tightly-latched straightjacket. Every time you're allowed to creep further into Jason Roberts' mind--and permitted to walk back out--you find yourself having to ask the same questions over and over. Which part of this story is real, and which is from a sliding mind?
THE LONELIEST is a quick read and a powerful one, with an ending that doesn't shy away from the consequences of the decisions we make in life, nor the rewards we may reap for listening to that tiny (albeit sometimes crazy) little voice in our head.
And though it is felt that some scenes were lacking in the story, this is a must-read for any suspense or horror fan. It will have you jumping at that shadow in your periphery, even during the "safe" scenes. Well done, Cochran!
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By Jacks on December 4, 2011
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I do not normally read this genre of fiction, but was pleasantly surprised by Stacey Cochran's writing. I literally read the book in one sitting and was not able to put the book down. The story reminded me of one of those terrifying campfire stories when I was a kid. I was freaked out that I was so easily pulled into this haunting story.

I found the main character Jason Robert's sorrow at the loss of his wife so vivid. My hat is off to Stacey Cochran for creating such a powerful story.
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The Loneliest is one of the best thriller/horror novels I've read in a long time. I was captivated and could not put this book down. The themes of mental anguish and blurred reality are intriguing, and they are skillfully explored through the protagonist's point of view. Despite his problems, the reader can identify with the character Jason Roberts, which makes his predicament all the more tragic. This book is deliciously disturbing and dark, yet at the same time fast paced and enjoyable to read, something very few writers in this genre can achieve. As a true horror fan and writer, I can't wait to read more of Stacey Cochran's work. Watch out Stephen King and Dean Koontz!
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Move over, Stephen King, you have some competition. In his newest novel, THE LONELIEST, Stacey Cochran had me from the first mention of menacing dogs, signs that bleed, and a strange, disappearing man.

Jason Roberts is a writer of suspense novels. Following his wife's death from cancer (or so we are led to believe), Jason moves to the mountains of North Carolina to work on his newest novel. From his first meeting with his new landlord (the strange, disappearing man) to Jason's descent into madness, we are yanked into this mind-bending thriller.

Jason finds harrowing evidence of murders, as well as evidence that his dead wife is still alive and waiting for him to rescue her. Turns out, though, the murders and re-emergence of his wife are fabrications of his own troubled mind. But once Jason commits his madness to writing, his imagined mayhem becomes reality. But whose reality is it?

The setting, the isolated back woods of the Appalachian Mountains, creates the perfect metaphor for the lonely, isolated man that Jason Roberts has become. However, as frightening as Jason is, Stacey Cochran has created a sad, lonely, sympathetic character.

As an aside, I love that Stacey wrote himself and his novel's title, THE LONELIEST, into the book--sort of a story within a story. Very clever, indeed.

Stacey Cochran has written a vivid and frightening but touching tale, a page turner that I had to read in just one sitting.
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By sagk on March 26, 2012
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This book started with promise, but soon was so confusing I lost interest and read three books before I returned to finish. Have always maintained that there will be some redeeming quality to a book that ensures it is worthy of reading. While there was tension and imagination through the main character, the plot was so disjointed that I lost my enthusiasm for the book.
Would not recommend and frankly wished I had not wasted my time.
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Jason Roberts seems to be experiencing moments of schizophrenia as a result of the tragic loss of his wife due to cancer several months earlier? It's either schizophrenia, or he is living in a hellish nightmare that is all too real.

Author Stacey Cochran skillfully brings us into Jason's world where it becomes more and more difficult for Jason (or us) to tell the difference between the real and the unreal. There may be hope for Jason to recover as he risk's danger to save what is most important to him. Or is that too a delusion? We are compelled to keep flipping to the last page to find out.

Cochran accurately captures the charmingly rustic but hauntingly isolated feeling of living in the backwoods of the Appalachian Mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. This is where the reclusive fiction writer Jason chooses to hole himself up in order to recover from his past and write his next novel.

Cochran provides insights into the daily thoughts and habits of a writer struggling for success, dealing with agents and publishers, and pressing on past the fear of failure. Jason can become so absorbed in his writing that he loses track of time for five hours straight. At other times he cannot focus for more than a minute. This is a fascinating read for anyone involved with writing or publishing, or is close to someone who is.

The plot jumps to the next level when Jason's novel begins to expand into the world around him and vice versa, until it is unclear to him (or us) where the boundaries are. This becomes even more critical when the potential for murder becomes a factor. Who knows, even the reader might end up being bludgeoned to death in the next chapter.
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