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Eidolon Avenue: The First Feast by [Winn, Jonathan]
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"a great read...powerful and jarring" - Cemetery Dance
 
"Lyrical, poetic, and devastating, Jonathan Winn's Eidolon Avenue is everything good horror should be. At times, I couldn't help feeling as if I was reading early Barker, and I can't think of a higher compliment than that. Pay attention folks, Winn does as his name suggests, and this is a killer collection of nightmares." - Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Turtle Boy, Kin, and Sour Candy
 
"Jonathan Winn's writing is solid and assured, and EIDOLON AVENUE: THE FIRST FEAST is a big, sweeping, fantastical and exotic work that is as engrossing and thrilling as it is disturbing and horrifying. Winn is definitely an author to watch." - Greg F. Gifune, author THE BLEEDING SEASON
 
"Eidolon Avenue: The First Feast is my first reading experience with author Jonathan Winn, but it won't be my last. The structure of his five novellas is similar to the structure of Thomas Disch's 334, a collection of stories of the inhabitants of an apartment building in a future NYC, 334. Like Disch, the strength of Winn's writing is the excellent characterization - the unusual inhabitants of those five apartments are the stories. Put a magnet on a note with Jonathan Winn's name underlined on the fridge, then watch for his byline. Recommended." -- Gene O'Neill, THE CAL WILD CHRONICLES, THE HITCHHIKING EFFECT, AT THE LAZY K
 
"Jonathan Winn draws his narrative around you like a velvet noose. In a heartbeat, the warm embrace of his lyrical prose gives way to deadly tension, and you're left gasping for breath." - Doug Murano, co-editor of the Shadows Over Main Street series and Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories.

Jonathan Winn's Eidolon Avenue is a suffocating walk with a black hood above your face, you can only smell the fear trapped in rotten flesh, listen to the blood's poetry and trample pulsating shreds of humanity. Even if you're in the darkness, the pages of this book will become your new eyes. Highly Recommended. - Alessandro Manzetti, Bram Stoker Award Nominee, Author of Eden Underground.

About the Author

In addition to Eidolon Avenue: The First Feast, Jonathan Winn (Member, HWA) is a screenwriter and author of the full-length novels Martuk ...the Holy (A Highlight of the Year, 2012 Papyrus Independent Fiction Awards), Martuk ... the Holy: Proseuche (Top Twenty Horror Novels of 2014, Preditors & Editors Readers Poll), Martuk ... the Holy: Shayateen (2016) and The Martuk Series (The Wounded King, The Elder, Red and Gold), an ongoing collection of short fiction inspired by Martuk...
 
His work can also be found in Horror 201: The Silver Scream, Writers on Writing, Vol. 2, and Crystal Lake's Tales from the Lake, Vol. 2, with his award-winning short story Forever Dark.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2071 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (January 15, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01A9DPU48
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,992 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Have you ever driven around the city, just to browse through different neighborhoods? Sometimes you glance at these old buildings and have to wonder, who lives there, what do they do? Are their lives like mine, or is there something else hidden behind the façade?

Jonathan Winn has given us a glimpse into one such building, set on Eidolon Avenue, we are introduced to the residents of the first floor. Each reliving a past that is better forgotten. With explicit detail, we are brought into their lives, to get a taste of living on Eidolon Avenue.

Let’s start with the old lady in 1A, you know the type. Lost in memories of regrets, alone in her golden years waiting to die. But, Death never comes easy for those who await it, oh no, Death feeds off your need for release. Wanting you to relive every moment of those torturous regrets that can never be undone.

As we enter 1B we find a man who’s been running from his past. Using violence to subdue his fear of what he’s done, who he is. Aah, but one cannot run forever, eventually the past has a way of slithering into our present making us face the reality of our lives. Like a mirror, the old building on Eidolon Avenue reflects the sins of your past.

“Colton f#*@ing Carryage,” who does he think he is! Once part of the crème de la crème, he now resides in 1C, a dingy flat with stained walls and lost tomorrows. Colton’s soul reflects the decay of the building, seeped so deep in rot there is no redeeming quality to be had. With just a click, any girl can be had, until that is, they’ve had enough.

Oh Marta, Marta, what have you done? Fifty years married to the same man, they have vowed to live and die together. But, somewhere down the line things have gone askance.
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This is really good. I hate to sound typical, but it was an un-put-down-able book. I blew through the book in a couple hours. I almost stayed up past my bedtime to do it.

Anyhow, it's a book about a bunch of f'ed up people who live in a broken building on Eidolon Avenue. A lot of these people are pretty awful. Some of them do awful things. Some of the awfulness is supernatural in origin, some of it seems like a hallucination.

I enjoyed reading what was behind the doors of the tenement. I hope there's more to come.
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Five apartments in a building in an unnamed city. Five tales of guilt, regret, loneliness and fear.

This is a stellar collection of novellas by Winn, and further evidence that Crystal Lake Publishing is a small press that's worth your attention. My favorites of the bunch were Lucky, Click, and Umbra. Bullet was also an enjoyable mind-screw of a story. Anniversary, for whatever reason, didn't do it for me. What I liked most about the book was Winn's prose, which another reviewer referred to as "venom-laced confectioners frosting"--I can't improve on that one.

It sounds like there will be four more collections set on Eidolon Avenue, and I'm looking forward to them. Bring on the next feast!
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This is exactly what I have been waiting for, new Jonathan Winn fiction. It is a cause for celebration. It is also a reason to cower behind a heavy piece of furniture, or under a thick warm blanket. Anywhere that will provide you with a sense of security. Spoiler alert, that feeling of safety, will be ripped away soon. Don't worry honey, it's only fiction, right? ...Right?

Jonathan Winn's prose is venom laced confectioners frosting. It is dense, rich and delectable, hypnotic almost. Then the toxin hits. Not enough to cause death, oh no. Mr. Winn wants you incapacitated, but totally lucid while he taunts you with his horror show vignettes.

These five shared-world stories are Freudian fever dreams, populated with four dimensional characters living varied nightmares. A painted canvas so vivid it's haunting.

I sincerely hope that this book finds its audience. It deserves to be seen, read, experienced. It's tales handed down generation to generation as a warning. I have a desperate need to know what resides on the second floor, up that flight of discolored stairs and beyond. I, for one, hope the stories get darker, even more wicked, as you ascend the building on Eidolon Avenue. What does that say about me?

This is what horror should be, at least, it's the what I like my horror to be. Not only graphic and lurid, but beautiful, jarring and unnerving as well. Weighing heavy on the mind and spirit. Violently abducting you from your safe place, shattering your comfort zone with a wrench to the skull. Applying a constant pressure on the (constantly constricting) boundaries of what is deemed socially acceptable.

This is my horror. And like a pastor in the church of horror, this is the book that I'll be preaching to my congregation.

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Horror is not my first choice of genres, but Jonanthan Winn is part of a very small group of writers I have discovered, to my good fortune, who can weave a deceptively poetic spell of terror. His style is fresh, brimming with intense sensual imagery, both seductively beautiful and frighteningly hypnotic. There are five stories in this book, the first more of a novella, and it's taken me a while to work my courage up to continue from one tale to the next. Readers more immersed in horror stories may be able to devour it quickly. However, I found myself needing time to fully digest the bleak terrors of one before turning to another fresh insanity.
The stories take place, for the most part, entirely within five separate apartments of an outwardly normal building planted on Eidolon Avenue. The inhabitants, each entangled in his or her own tale of unspeakable sadness, range from a Chinese woman who may be much older than she appears, to a suicidal man bleary with alcohol having a literal last fling, to a lonely adolescent who finds in the very walls her long,-awaited companion.
Life, death, love, hate, perversion, unquenchable hunger, loneliness....Winn' s characters are all suffering but never pathetic. Each is complicit in his or her own destruction. He lures the reader from door to door, spinning webs of wildly macabre nature with consummate skill, patiently beckoning one to the center wherein one's deepest dread is realized, with what could almost be satisfaction.
For the reader's hunger is slowly but inexorably aroused.....each apartment' s resident evil stimulating one's appetite for more, more, until one discovers her heart is as stained as the walls of the building.
The author is presently crafting the second floor stories, and I am going to devour them as soon as I am able.
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