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Editorial Reviews


"It's always so nice to find one where hardcore asylum-crazy is done RIGHT! As opposed to, say, the Hollywood version....  THE LOON is, hands down, an excellent book." - Christine Morgan, The Horror Fiction Review

"Highly recommended for horror and thriller lovers. It's fast-moving, as it has to be, and bloody and violent, but not disgustingly gory. The Loon also includes a fun element of mad science to make this a well-developed 'mad science and medical experimentation gone wrong' story. Collings knows how to write thrillers, and I'm looking forward to reading more from him." - Hellnotes

From the Author


Q: What is your profession and how are you connected to the writing world?
A: I am a writer. That's it. I used to be a moose wrangler, but the owners started complaining, saying things like "I don't need my mooses wrangled!" and "Leave my meese* alone" and "You know the restraining order applies to both me AND my moose!" So I gave it up and focused on writing. Also, writing has the huge bonus of being pants-optional, which is almost as cool a job perk as having a spacesuit. If I am ever offered a job as a writing astronaut whose spacesuit has no pants . . . WOW!

But for now, I'm just a writer. I'm one of the top selling indie horror writers in the U.S., I sell pretty well in a number of other countries as well (bestseller in over 40 countries as of this writing), and I also work in Hollyweird as a screenwriter from time to time.

But the moose... the moose will always have my heart.
Q: What inspires you to write?

A: The need to eat.
Seriously, I do this for a living. And while occasionally that bolt of lightning strikes and the angels sing and dance upon my noggin while I scream "EUREKA" and dance naked atop a flagpole, usually it's just a matter of banging away on the keyboard. Because eating.
Q: Tell us about your writing process.

A: See above. I sit down with my computer and face off. There can be only one.
Occasionally I square off with a pad of paper. There can still be only one.
Q: What do you think about the future of book publishing?

A: It will happen sometime after today.
Q: What first attracted you to horror writing?
A: Probably the chance to attract babes. Because nothing is quite as cool as going up to a random stranger at a party, leaning nonchalantly against a wall, and then saying, "I dream about interesting ways to murder people for a living. You have lovely skin. Very... skinnable..."
Sigh. If only the world worked that way. High school would have been much better, and I would have spent way less time in the school therapist's office.
Q: What's your opinion of writer's block? Do you ever suffer from it? If so, how do you 'cure' it?
A: I never suffer from it.  I actually have written a series of articles on it, one of them at Basically, I think that most people suffering from "writers block" are really suffering from "the idea that the first draft has to be perfect block."  Just write, people!  Write total dreck if you must, but write!  Mistakes are what God invented the "delete" button for.
Q: What do you do when you're not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks?
A: I used to do a lot of martial arts and work out and play videogames.  Now I'm a dad, so I do a lot of Dora the Explorer, Phineas and Ferd, and Voltron watching.
Q: What's next for you?
A: More writing! I've always got another book or two up my sleeve. Best way to keep abreast of what's next is to join my mailing list at Those folks get first crack at new books and sales. Also, I will occasionally offer you a great home mortgage refinance rate and/or the opportunity to get in on an inheritance from a Saudi prince!

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  • File Size: 1272 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042AMFTI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michaelbrent Collings is one of the top indie horror writers in the US, one of Amazon's Most Popular Horror Writers (for three years and counting!), and an international bestseller in 40+ countries. He is also a produced screenwriter who works in Hollyweird, though he has never "done lunch" or engaged the services of a waxer.

His bestsellers include The Colony Saga, Strangers, Darkbound, Apparition, The Haunted, The Loon, and the YA fantasy series The Billy Saga.

He hopes someday to develop superpowers, and maybe get a cool robot arm.

Michaelbrent has a wife and several kids, all of whom are much better looking than he is (though he admits that's a low bar to set), and much MUCH cooler than he is (also a low bar).

He also has a Facebook page at and can be followed on Twitter through his username @mbcollings.

Sign up at for advance notice of MbC's new releases, sales, and freebies. You will also be kept safe when the Glorious Revolution begins! MWA-hahahahaha!

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 17, 2012
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I found "The Loon" a bit difficult to read due to the many editing errors, misspellings, punctuation errors, format problems and just plain language use errors which could have been taken care of by a good editor. One of the things so many Indie authors have not yet come to understand. Mr. Collings you are a writer, a good one, but you are not an editor and you need one.

The story itself was good, interesting, unusual and filled with characters that are believable, well portrayed and complex. The premise is interesting and well done. The horror builds slowly as each character moves inevitably toward his fate. It is realist and frightening. A book I preferred to read during the daylight. This story is not for the faint of heart.

If you like your horror with a great deal of violence, malevolence with a scare and creep factor at the top of the scale this is the book for you.

Karen Bryant Doering
Parent's Little Black Book
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By N. Montelongo on February 21, 2012
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I'm a big fan of horror, but when it comes to novels I love horror with a heart.

The main character is a man tormented by terrible mistake that he made and he takes the responsibility of trying to save the lives of several people; ultimately, this is novel of redemption, although there are several other themes that the book deals with (abuse, good intentions gone wrong, and others). The novel moves at a brisk pace, but the pacing does not sacrifice good characterization. The characters are diverse in their personalities and believable. Most of all, we can relate to them. This is horror with a heart because the most horrifying parts happened to characters that I actually cared about. Also, Collings handles the scenes of terror very well. What also attracts me to this books is the combination of science fiction and horror. In this case, the combo works well without too much explication. This book was hard to put down and I wasn't satisfied until I finished it. I highly recommend it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Char's Horror Corner on July 22, 2012
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I read this book as part of our horror reading group.
This was our second group read of a book by Michaelbrent Collings.
The prologue of this story just sucks the reader right in and set the tone right from the start. This was an extremely fast paced story-the chapters at some points are only a page or a paragraph long.
The protagonist is the head psychiatrist for the Crane Institute which is a hospital/prison for the criminally insane. This Institute houses killers that are known world wide as psychos and as such, is a dangerous place to work.
The Institute is privately owned by Dr. Crane, otherwise known (in his own mind and in those of his employees ) as God. He pays well but rules with an iron fist.
And so the stage is set, it's nighttime and a dangerous storm is set to hit the grounds of the Institution. Will the guards, prisoners, and doctors survive the night? Read it and see.
It's hard to go into very much detail on this without spoilers, but I felt that a lot of the characters were not developed enough to form a clear picture of them in my mind. A few of the guards I just had pictured as Big and Bigger. There wasn't a lot of other information about them. Perhaps this was on purpose considering the course of the story-but I can't pursue that thought without spoiling anything.
There were a couple of characters that I could identify with and care about, which is why I continued reading. I had to see what would happen to them!
All in all, I think it was a good read if you're in the mood for something rather quick, imaginative and fun, without any deep meaning or morals to be learned.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christine on May 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's always so nice to find one where hardcore asylum-crazy is done RIGHT! As opposed to, say, the Hollywood version.

The Crane Institute - known as the Loon to anyone not within earshot of Dr. Crane, who doesn't find it even slightly humorous - is not a place with therapy groups, crafts, or quirky patients who are well-groomed and really just misunderstood.

It's a scary place. A scary place of restraints, heavy medication, and staff who take the security measures very seriously. It's a prison of the old school, a fortress, a hulking pile of thick walls, locked doors and bars.

It's where the worst of the worst are kept. Mentally ill offenders, in the legal parlance. Effin' sick monsters, in other words. These guys aren't here to be counseled, treated, rehabilitated or cured. They are here because since we can't exactly put them down like rabid dogs, they've gotta be kept somewhere.

So, yes, in terms of the setting and psychopathology, the author nails it. In terms of realistic characters who have reasons to be where they are, also nails it. In terms of writing, dialogue, action, everything. Nails it!

And in terms of the trope where your characters are someplace already isolated and dangerous, and you want to cut them off further from rescue/escape? Instead of the Total Coincidental Storm Of The Century popping up midway through out of nowhere, this time it's established right from the beginning, taken into account, and plausible.

Even the plot with the woman and her kid who show up makes sense. When you're on the run from such a bad scenario that seeking refuge at the asylum seems safer, you know things have really hit the fan.

All that, plus Dr. Crane turns out to be a mad scientist conducting heinous experiments?
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