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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Fantasist Enterprises (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934571008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934571002
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,586,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lawrence C. Connolly's books include the novels VEINS (2008) and VIPERS (2010), which together form the first two books of the Veins Cycle. VORTEX, the third book in the series, is due in 2014.

His collections, which include VISIONS (2009), THIS WAY TO EGRESS (2010), and VOICES (2011), collect stories that originally appeared in AMAZING STORIES, CEMETERY DANCE, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, TWILIGHT ZONE, YEAR'S BEST HORROR, and other major science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies and magazines. The collections also contain a number of new tales as well as essays that reveal the stories behind them.

VOICES was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.

Learn more about Lawrence C. Connolly at www.LawrenceCConnolly.com .

More recent works can be found in the following collections:

The Crimson Pact: Volume 5
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Fear the Abyss: 22 Terrifying Tales of Cosmic Horror
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Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes
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Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
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Rock On: The Greatest Hits of Science Fiction & Fantasy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gunnar Grey on February 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Darkly brooding and at times baffling, Veins by Lawrence C. Connolly lands in a unique genre somewhere between rural fantasy and legend. There's no use trying to categorize this one; readers can only open the novel and read it. And then read it again, fascinated by the twisting plot that curves and folds like the road on which it's set.

A trio of thieves in need of a driver recruit Axle, a down-on-his-luck body shop owner with a restored Mustang. A few thousand dollars will rescue Axle's business and the crime they've planned is so smooth, it shouldn't land any of them in trouble, much less jail. But of course the gentleman named Murphy intervenes, as well as a legendary creature known as Kwetis, the nightflyer. Now they've got the cash, but Axle is pushing his muscle car through the back roads of western Pennsylvania, with a V10 Viper on their tail and a tattooed, maniacal Native American wannabe shooting at them

Being a local boy, Axle knows all the back roads. He cuts through a trailer park into the perfect hiding place--an old, abandoned strip mine. It used to be a mountain; now it's a crater, and his father, killed before his birth in a mining accident, still rests there. Only the most drastic emergency can force Axle to the crater. Things happened there years ago, frightening and confusing him, things he's convinced himself didn't happen.

But Kwetis knows they did. Described as "part ancestral memory and part nightmare," Kwetis intends to recruit Axle to a path chosen for him by the spirits of the Earth, a path called the oohaate. All of them--Axle, his partners in crime, their pursuers, and the Earth itself--have ordained roles to play along that twisting path, with their lives and their deaths.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Funky Werepig on June 3, 2010
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FROM THE FUNKY WEREPIG

I must admit I had never heard of Lawrence C Connolly before. Not any fault of his, Lord knows his list of accomplishments is impressive. Stories published in all the best magazines and critical praise from Bram Stoker winners. Still, I didn't know what to expect when I began reading his novel.

The story is of four desperate losers who think they have the perfect heist planned out. We've seen this before and we know how it always ends. They mess it up, they turn on each other and it gets people killed. But this is where the familiar territory ends.

VEINS takes you on a completely unpredictable ride. There are forces at play here older than history itself and Connolly is slick in pulling back the camera little by little to give us a wider perspective on the true story. One of the crooks, Axle, has an ancestral connection to some rather powerful spirits that have plans of their own. Connolly's stereotypical crime story turns into a dark and heavy time-skipping chess game.

Now hard core horror fans might not enjoy this book as much. There are no gore filled chapters with terrifying undead creatures who devour your spleen. There is no `End of the World' mutated threat. But what readers will find is a book that moves fast and is rich with characters. Connolly has the gift of pacing and never wastes words. In the most basic overview, VEINS is like a film thriller that hooks the audience for the full 90 minutes.

Then he throws in the ghosts. The specters. The angels. Whatever the hell you want to call them. And you realize Connolly isn't going to play fair.

VEINS becomes spiritual and ancient and downright creepy. A character wrecks his car and is hanging off a cliff. The reader is sweating along with the poor guy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Dowdy Wright on July 5, 2014
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Disclaimer: I was a student of Lawrence Connolly’s at Seton Hill University in the Writing Popular Fiction Program.

Veins (2008) is the first book in the Veins Cycle (trilogy), which also includes Vipers (2010) and Vortex (release date 2014). It begins with a series of premonitions, and then proceeds to unfold the foretellings. Connolly weaves words with the skill of a master, keeping the reader on the edge from chapter to chapter. Along the way, we meet a cast of intricately detailed characters. They read real, as if you could meet them tomorrow in a local shop. My favorite is a self-reliant soldier who lives in the wilderness and works for a rich Russian.

This book touches the reader on a visceral level with familial tales of love and loss that are never trite or cliché, but that feed into the masterful unfolding.

The element of speculative fiction that Connolly threads throughout the story works to not only inform the reader of lost myth, but to symbolize elements of reality that all of us recognize: avarice, pride, sloth. I believe the reader will be able to relate, in some way, to the process of dramatic unraveling that lays bare the fundamental principles of life. But it is up to the readers to discover them for themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Saus on August 21, 2008
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Mr. Connolly has a way with language. Veins, set in the rural parts of Pennsylvania near my hometown, is vivid in its language and description. Yet the plot can be brutal in its directness and simplicity. The gift of Mr. Connolly is in bringing the language and plot together.

It is not perfect - the occassional bit of brutality breaks the lyricism, an occassional turn of phrase is just a little too flowery - but the ultimate effect is one of disquiet. And this, I believe, is exactly what Mr. Connolly was going for.

While an accessible read, this book quietly leaves small thoughts and concepts that will come back and worry you hours and days later.

And the hazard sign on the cover is a stroke of illustrative genius.
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