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Bleed Paperback – March 24, 2017
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Ed Kurtz is an author, exploitation cinema buff and tarantula wrangler. He lives in Texas. Bleed is his first novel, and he is presently working on his second. Kurtz can be contacted at email@example.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Walter Blackmore has left the band Rainbow and is about to…oh wait, that’s not it.
Ah, here we go…Walter Blackmore has bought a small cottage in the hopes of fixing it up and making an “engagement-wedding” gift of it for his girlfriend. Of course the house is haunted—kind of. There is a strange stain on the hallway ceiling. It’s red and still wet. As Walter goes about assessing and taking care of minor repairs, the stain continues to grow. His girlfriend is thrilled with the house, not so much with the icky stain…especially after she sees it eat a bug.
The stain gets larger and less like a stain, more like a thing. Appendages and teeth and noises. It’s hungry and I bet you, horror fan, can guess what for. Walter begins to act less like his old self and more like a man possessed. Things get out of control and violence ensues. The stain evolves into something more with every passing hour, and while repulsed, Walter discovers it is something he has always needed. Maybe.
The prose is lean and sharp. The dialogue and characters are believable, even given all the bizarro madness that surrounds them. Bleed reads as though Willard created a demonic baby with Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and David Lynch served as midwife. It’s a devilish good time, but you’ll want to wear an apron.
This is my third Kurtz (I have read Control & The Rib From Which I Remake The World) book, and I feel a common theme in Kurtz’s writing is isolation. The main characters tend to be disengaging themselves from society. In Bleed there is no comradery among the characters, even family, and this gives an edge to the feeling of solitude. Then there is the actual beast itself. It starts off as a stain on the ceiling of an old house and when Walt discovers it won’t be going away, and it actually dines on blood, he begins to decompensate. This is the point when the book really takes off, and the madness and violence begin. Kurtz knows how to build steady tension and keep you on your toes which mean there are no dull moments. There is a second smaller narrative within the larger one that I do feel like enhances the story, but at the same time, I still feel like it would’ve been strong without it.
If you are into pulpy bloody horror and don’t require your characters to be turning over a new leaf or trying to be heroes then check out Bleed. Kurtz has definitely solidified himself as a writer I will consistently check out. I got several of his other books that I plan to read. He is going to be a staple in my TBR shelf. Oh yeah, I saw a trailer for a tv/film series that apparently is being made from this story, I hope that is still happening. I have seen the comparisons to Clive Barker in other reviews which are cool. I would recommend this to fans of Jon Bassoff or those who have read Exponential by Adam Cesare and enjoyed it.
Walt is a man in love, looking forward to proposing to his girlfriend after his new place is fixed up. During repair of the home, a stain appears on the ceiling; small at first, but gradually getting bigger.
No matter what Walt does it just keeps reappearing. Dead animals are found in the attic and Walt starts to experience a change in his attitude. His girlfriend notices the changes and realizes Walt is more interested in the stain than her.
While the idea of this story was a good one, the execution was unsteady and unbelievable. This good-natured guy just does a 180 and starts helping the "monster" obtain the "meat" it needs to survive. There was no reasoning/explanation at times and this pulled me from the story. A lot of this book could have been eliminated and would have been more hard-hitting as a novella as I found myself becoming bored after the umpteenth sacrifice/feeding. There's plenty of blood and gore, but sometimes that's not enough.
A little better than alright~
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