- Paperback: 54 pages
- Publisher: Dynatox Ministries; 1 edition (April 8, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692617043
- ISBN-13: 978-0692617045
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,332,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"ALTAR is redolent of hard-edged supernatural horror from the golden days of McCammon and King. Nobody is safe in a Fracassi story. " -- Laird Barron, author of X's for Eyes
"...great descriptive writing and amazing use of one of the least likely settings for a horror novella, a community swimming pool. Fracassi's work building the characters and their relationships pays off when the weird starts creeping in. Both an intense and satisfying reading experience. Admired the depiction of the family dynamics as much as the horror." -- Jeffrey Ford, author of A Natural History of Hell
"Fracassi has a new fan. I'm going to be reading more of his stuff. You should, too." -- Ray Garton, author of Live Girls and Vortex
"2 bEastly paws (or 5 stars) WAY UP for Philip Fracassi's _ALTAR_! !!" -- Joe Pulver, author of The King in Yellow Tales
"Philip Fracassi's ALTAR does to swimming pools what Peter Benchley's JAWS did to oceans. Highly recommended." -- Ralph Robert Moore, author of Ghosters
"Smooth prose, excellent characterization, and just enough horror madness to let the story ring in your head long after you've read it." -- Ronald Malfi, author of The Night Parade
"The moment I finished, I wanted to flip back to page one and read it again, just to see how he did it."The Altar" is a keeper, and Philip Fracassi is the real deal." -- Paul F. Olson, author of Whispered Echoes
"Fracassi knows when to hold back and when to twist the knife. Fortunately for us, there's more of the latter. Altar is riveting stuff." -- Michael Wehunt, author of Greener Pastures
"Fracassi has the ability to inject dread into the familiar and everyday, ratcheting the tension to reach absolute horror. Profoundly disturbing." -- Christopher Slatsky, author of Alectryomancer
"Altar cements Fracassi into the annals of weird and horror fiction with a well-written, tightly paced extravaganza that showcases his flair for solid characterization combined with cinematic, bloodcurdling terror."-- This Is Horror
"Philip gets into the mind of a young boy better than I've seen anyone do since Stephen King's IT, and it makes the story that much more terrifying..." -- Shotgun Logic
"The everyday events are tinted with a gray of unease as we watch thesimple things slowly bind and mutate into a terrifying beast of a tale.One that leaves you dripping and scared on the cold concrete edge of the pool." -- Ginger Nuts of Horror
"...a gifted storyteller who weaves a web of strangeness and dread over his readers and lures them on a terrifying journey towards a memorable and terrifying climax....one of the most promising and talented new horror authors to emerge in recent years." -- Risingshadow.net
"...a highly enjoyable dose of cosmic horror that sucks you in for a compelling ride..." -- The Books of Blood
"Altar offers up a good blend of real-life and supernatural horror, and the little details given about the characters help to flesh them out beyond what might be expected in a story so brief. In the end, though, it's about that fear of the unknown so many of us have, and the way the life we take for granted can be upturned, suddenly and violently...well worth picking up any time you're in the mood for a quick dip into darkness. Recommended." -- Cemetery Dance Online
"Altar...consistently confounds expectations, leading the reader down one narrative path only to change direction - often in the most unexpected of ways." -- DarkMusings UK
"Altar is an absolutely great and fantastic character driven tale of impending doom." -- Horror Fiction Review
"What starts out as a day swimming with the family turns into a nightmare of epic proportions." -- Horror Novel Reviews
"If you haven't read anything by Philip Fracassi then you need to fix this. "Altar" is a perfect novelette featuring great characters, stunning imagery and a dread filled atmosphere. There are a few images that will remain engraved on my brain for some time to come. Pass me the mind bleach, please. Bravo Mr Fracassi, Bravo. Highly recommended." -- BeavistheBookhead
"Not to be missed." -- Des Lewis
About the Author
Philip Fracassi is a produced screenwriter and the author of the literary novel, THE EGOTIST, and the horror novelettes MOTHER and ALTAR.
He lives in Los Angeles with his family.You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter (@philipfracassi), and on his website at pfracassi.com
Top customer reviews
"The underworld of the pool was beautiful. It was cloudy and blue, filled with hips and legs of kids jumping, spinning, walking and kicking, all of it in a dreamy slow-motion. When the water overlapped his ears the sounds of the surrounding children became muffled and far away and he felt alone, like an angel floating around heaven looking at the saved ones fighting their way up, up through the clouds. He smiled under the water and kicked his legs. As he swam out of the shallow end, he spread his buoyed arms wide to either side and watched gracefully as the coarse white concrete bottom of the pool dropped further and further away from the surface, giving him the delicious impression he was spreading his angel wings and flying higher and higher into the sky toward God."
Not many authors can produce prose that evokes such nostalgia, pathos and unforgettable imagery. ALTAR shows off Fracassi's considerable horror chops, but--even more importantly--the writing of the tale reveals him as a literary force to be reckoned with.
It's tricky portraying lonely or broken characters, and this is where the central metaphor comes in. With stunning clarity the author summons up a kind of cosmic horror existing both outside and inside characters whose fate is inevitable yet deeply disturbing. I expect the imagery of ALTAR will stay with me for a long time, and I look forward to reading more fiction by Philip Fracassi.
Altar drops all of those angsty moments in the pool off early on. The mundane and the weird parallel each other in the story, intersecting for a climax with a uniquely horrifying resolution.
This is cosmic horror at its least caring for the little lives that burn out in its trail.
The cover art and design are worth mentioning. I really liked the well-read look. I secretly suspect this is the cover to the book Martha was reading. ;)
I'm definitely picking up some more Fracassi.