'Cooper is able to express his unique visionary creation, not in just word play, but he gives it a sense of reality that makes you understand, or become a part of those characters, as if they are real.The best way I can describe Cooper's writing is a splash of Chuck Palahniuk, mixed with Kurt Vonnegut and a whole new realm of truly original reality that only Cooper has in creating his world, personas and his personal reality on page.The character of BOY creates an excitement inside my book loving reality, and in away BOY makes me think of one of my favorite characters of all time, Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye. The character of BOY has that ability to be remembered as a unique, one of a kind character. That is what makes this book stand out above and beyond a lot of books.I found this to be an awesome journey. Fresh, new, unique and truly, a one of a kind story that transcends off the page. This story begs to be read. The story begs to be remembered. A trip into an emotional disturbing experience. A psychological mind trip. A character driven mastery laced with a strychnine of word play that only Harmon Cooper could fathom. Truly a reading experience that I will not forget.' -- Classicbookreadings.com
'A totally new direction from Harmon and just as well-written and engrossing as the other stories he has released. -- Amazon reviewer
A Horrifically beautiful, age-old orginality. A fantastically surreal, frightening insight into the mind of an artist known only as Boy. ' -- Amazon UK reviewer
From the Author
Writing this book took a lot out of me. I began in 2013, writing by hand and finishing in the fall of that year. The terrifying nature of the book forced me to put it away for a while, in the proverbial desk drawer that Stephen King and others have made so famous. After a long bout of silence, I decided to examine the book again in its entirety at the start of 2015.
One thing is safe to say -- the work still sends a shiver down my spine, but not as much for the ghosts or the various entities Boy encounters within the dark pages. No, it was the pacing of the book, its ups and downs, that made me feel as if I were going insane, both in the parts of the writing process and the subsequent read-through.
BOY versus SELF is part horror, part psychological thriller; a work filled with artistic concepts and references watered down by the pages of time and years lost to mental decay. It is a book that gives new meaning to the title as the story unfolds, the work which I am most proud of and most frightened by.