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"I flew through this one with the urgency of a scrub jay hoping to avoid the oncoming hail storm. The Man with the Blue Hat plays on paranoia, claustrophobia and a strong sense of mystery. It's a fine read" -- Matt Molgaard of Horror Novel Reviews

"A gruesome and exciting storyline kept us reading on ... and there are some brilliantly arresting moments to look out for. The shrunken head's first appearance will slink around in your mind for days afterwards ... at its gristly heart this is a really good story." -- The Haunted Eyeball

About the Author

Wendy Potocki lives and writes in NYC. If that isn't scary enough, she writes in the genre of horror. She feels creating good horror is an art form. She religiously devotes herself to pursuing it over hill and dale -- and in the crevices of her keyboard.

Named one of the Top Ten "New" Horror Authors by Horror Novel Reviews, her next planned projects are The Reckoning, the third and last in the Adduné Vampire Trilogy, and ZaSo, a Gothic tale of horror. Please subscribe to her mailing list for updates and giveaway information.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1950 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Publication Date: October 11, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049H8WS2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,530 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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l live and write in NYC. If that isn't scary enough, I write in the genre of horror. I feel creating good horror is an art form and religiously pursue it over hill and dale--and in the crevices of my keyboard.

I've published eight works thus far, all ready for consumption. I was named one of the Top Ten "New" Horror Authors by Horror Novel Reviews, and this year I was a Round Winner in the Male Vs. Female Horror Writing Competition hosted by J. Ellington Ashton Press. My award-winning story will be featured in an anthology produced by the event called DEADLIEST OF THE SPECIES. As to what got me started writing sick and twisted tales, I was and am a huge Stephen King fan. I have been ever since reading SALEM'S LOT. That classic was a major inspiration for me to wreak my own kind of havoc and take a whack at spinning dark tales. In terms of style, I prefer to write psychological horror or what is referred to as "quiet horror". It's the kind of story that preys on a reader's mind long after they finish turning pages.

Every year, I host HALLOWEENPALOOZA: The 31 Days of Halloween. This year's theme will be monsters. These events are a great wayto sample some very talented scaremeisters and win some great fiction and prizes. If you'd like to keep in touch. I'm splattered all over the web at the following places:

Mailing list: http://bit.ly/1lGwkDm
FB: http://on.fb.me/1oOawJO
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WPotocki
Website: http://wendypotocki.blogspot.com/
Official Author Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSZ4TIZVnbA&feature=youtu.be
Halloweenpalooza website: http://halloweenpalooza.blogspot.com/2013/10/halloweenpalooza-31-days-of-halloween.html

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Ms. Potocki has been subject to a great deal of single-star reviews on the listings of her other books. This is understandable, as her writing is loaded with grammatical and spelling errors, and her prose have a somewhat trite feel to them. However, her books should not be entirely disregarded because of this, as she does have a gift for crafting truley engaging and imaginative stories.

The Man with the Blue Hat is a great mystery/horror/thriller about a town that is terrorized by an anonymous newcomer, and a woman who is unknowingly responsible for it all. The story contains a great plot, with plenty of twists, red herrings, and truely creepy moments along the way. The ending delivers, as even a mystery genre junkie like myself did not see it coming.

Once you get past the editorial pitfalls of this book, it is a fantastic read. If Wendi Potocki were a more careful writer, she could be the next Stephen King.
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The Man with the Blue Hat is creepy and unsettling from the start. From the beginning, the reader is introduced to Beth Fennick, a recently divorced interior designer who is definitely losing it. Obviously, she harbors a grudge against her ex-husband, but also included in the resentment is her ex-best friend, whom Beth alternately calls a "harlot" and "his concubine" and some other choice words. However, as the tale unfolds, Beth also shows some flashes of ill-will toward her seven-year-old daughter, Kirsten. It soon becomes clear that the entire town of Breckenridge is going around the bend, from lack of sleep and very cold weather (in July)...and murderous rages, all possibly caused by The Man with the Blue Hat and Beth herself! Author Potocki's characters have many dimensions: for example, Beth Fennick thinks of herself as "perfect" but it is the nasty imperfections (and humor!) that come out during the storyline that make her real, and although not always likable, her motivations and reasoning are understandable. Her affable friend, Callahan, is not what she seems to be either, showing the ugly side of true betrayal in fine detail. Even the shrunken head has many facets to it (yes, a shrunken head!). The Man with the Blue Hat is a multi-leveled story, about not only a horror that encroaches upon a small town, but the effect that gossip and rumor have on friendship and trust.
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I read the Man with the Blue Hat. First, I debated between a one star and four stars and finally settled on three stars. Why? Because of the power of the story. Although author intrusion, head hopping are not frequent nevertheless they do exist in the story and this fact nearly jarred me out of the story world completely. Moreover, the synergistic of the pit falls did not over take the story. There is a nervous rare beauty within the characters. Moreover, the conclusion is not predictable. More polish and this story lands on its feet big time.
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If you enjoy a scary book this book is for you. It is written in Stephen Kings old style of writing. As the story unfolds it will keep you guessing what will happen next and to whom.
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I have to admit, I was smitten with the shrunken head myself. There is a chapter describing the macabre way in which this "head" seduces its victims, creating mayhem to all it encounters. This scene is so visual, I saw the reel playing before me - sensual, dark and erotic.
Ms. Potocki certainly knows how to weave a tale. This novel catapults the small, quaint town of Breckenridge into ultimate horror, unleashing in each of the towns inhabitants what they fear most - honesty.
Each character must ultimately come to terms with their shadow self, lurking close to the surface and succumb to their ugliest most closeted desires.
Beth proved to be the ideal protagonist - snappy, expectant, a type-A appearance dominated perfectionist. The inner force to keep her feelings at bay is delicious. Every so often, she'll break her performance allowing the real Beth to come out, full of angst, vitriol and judgment. Nobody is safe in this Peyton Place town once the insomnia strikes.
The story kept me turning pages anticipating how the author would tie it all together. Not to spoil, but let's just say... the outcome certainly added justice to the wicked tale.
I am already adding Ms. Potocki's next book to my tumbler list.
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The 'Man with the Blue Hat' is not a book for the faint hearted. Set in the sleepy community of Breckenridge where the affluent usually live their lives peacefully. But something has been unwittingly introduced into this idyllic place. Residents are finding it hard to catch sleep and a kind of mass insomnia has descended upon the population. Usually affable people are suddenly edgy and Beth is blamed for the sudden change.
How can this possibly be? What could this straight-laced, attractive mother possibly have done to be responsible for such a situation?
Then there are unexplained murders, small groups are abusive and often violent in Beth's presence and as she begins to suffer mood swings herself, as a result of her own sleep deprivation, her best friends secrets are revealed involving the infidelity of her ex-husband. Her life is suddenly unraveling.
And of course who is the man in the blue hat? And why is he in Breckenridge?
All of these questions are answered in barnstorming climax.
But take my advice, don't read this book before bed time......
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