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Florida Gothic (The Gothic Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 6, 2017
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"Mitzi Szereto's dark night of the soul is one wild, soul-blasting old mother of a trip, plus maggots, cockroaches, and cocaine. Solid, slippery, bug-eyed fun." - Peter Straub, Interior Darkness: Selected Stories
"From gators with a taste for human flesh to a meth-addled son of a drug kingpin at the wheel of a Hummer, Mitzi Szereto's Florida Gothic exposes the world of South Florida's seediest through the rotting eyes of a revenge-driven corpse. Raunchy, gory, and impossible to put down! Follow the 'Pied Piper of cucarachas' at your own risk!" - Lucy Taylor, The Safety of Unknown Cities
"Florida Gothic is an intelligent dip into the supernatural..." - UK Horror Scene
"An excellent read and one I would happily read again and again." - HorrorScreams VideoVault
"Look out readers! Florida Gothic will shock you to your core. Mitzi Szereto carefully guides us through the very nasty underbelly of the darkest of Miami's dark side in a gritty tale where love is scarce and violence rules 24/7. It takes a highly skilled, intelligent writer with impeccable control of her craft to keep me glued to the page, and I was. This first in a series plunges headlong into the sinister minds of high-and low-life criminals, and the soul of the tormented, preyed-upon protagonist who is hell-bent on revenge. Recommended? Absolutely!" - Nancy Kilpatrick, Revenge of the Vampir King; Sacrifice of the Hybrid Princess
"Part Poe, part Serling, and part King, Florida Gothic is a dark, powerful, entirely satisfying read." - Beauty in Ruins
"The style is thick and full of vivid, realistic detail." - Ginger Nuts of Horror
About the Author
Mitzi Szereto (mitziszereto.com) is an author and anthology editor of multi-genre fiction and non-fiction. She has her own blog of humorous essays at Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog and a web TV channel Mitzi TV, which covers the “quirky” side of London, England. Her books include Oysters and Pearls: Collected Stories; Phantom: The Immortal (co-authored with Ashley Lister); Rotten Peaches (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles) and Normal for Norfolk (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles)—the cozy mystery series co-authored with celebrity author bear Teddy Tedaloo; Love, Lust and Zombies; The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray; Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts; Dying for It: Tales of Sex and Death; Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire and Getting Even: Revenge Stories. Her anthology Erotic Travel Tales 2 is the first anthology of erotica to feature a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She divides her time between the Pacific Northwest and the UK.
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In the story we meet Ernesto Martinez, a man who has had his share of difficulty and bad times, but when tragedy literally strikes him we are able to see how his attitude about life has a lot to do about what unfolds next. Love the way Mitzi is able to share this story and as we take this amusing and sometimes thoughtful journey along with the characters we'll definitely find ourselves asking what we would do in a similar situation.
A great beginning to a new chapter in Mitzi's literary career, looking forward to see where the next book in the Gothic series takes us.
Ernesto is not only a victim of a hit-and-run... a nearby alligator sees him and waddles over for an unexpected meal! Gory death...gory afterlife... You know, something like the infamous scene everybody thinks of when they say "Thanks for the ride, lady..."
I try not to enjoy revenge...but I've got to admit, this guy deserved to take it! So be prepared for a hunt like no other, as Ernesto finds hate, anger and a need for revenge keeps burning even after death...
He had plenty of time to think and, first, realized that he had died just as his daughter had...by a hit-and-run... and the one who killer her had just got out of jail... He would be the first... He knew unfairness in this world was wide and sometimes it seemed to come from God. He was willing to take it from Him... But, not from his peers, those humans who chose to act in evil, drinking and driving, without taking responsibility for what they did! Indeed, was God allowing him to stay here for exactly what he had in mind? How would he know? But he continues on his search...
He lives alone as he finds his way through the world that holds evil, his only friends the bugs and maggots that now occupy his home and even his body... But he sits remembering his beloved Esperanza. I admit that I am not a fan of this type of horror, but there is an underlying story that is intriguing even while horribly graphic... Just as the terrible horror is happening in Florida right now, and other catastrophes across the world, including Texas, we are pulled into the individual story that arises out of the world we live in. Ernesto lived after death for a length of time... and when the door knocked, he was ready...
Soooo, "thanks for the ride..." Mitzi! Your writing saved this book for me... I don't know how you do it...But, those who enjoy graphic horror, do check it out!
Like the best horror stories, Florida Gothic is dark, creepy and violent, but it is also quirky and kind of smug. It is an altogether deceptive story, one that slithers along with the languid pacing of an alligator in the Florida heat, but which bites just as hard and just as fast. With its different points-of-view, it almost gleefully spoils the fate of its villains, letting us in on their moment of demise, before switching back to Ernesto and letting us anticipate what we already know is coming.
Similarly, while the initial deaths come quickly, unannounced and unexpected, Szereto draws out the fear and the dread of Ernesto's final victim. This is a story of dark, damaged people, of mortal men with human failings, and of one man for whom death is only an opportunity. For anybody who has ever dreamed of vengeance, ever wanted to use their dying breaths to repay an unforgivable cruelty, this is the perfect read. More than anything else, this is a book of consequences, a story where justice is rarely served, but where fate catches up. In fact, the final twist is one of the best scenes in the book, even if we know it is coming.
Part Poe, part Serling, and part King, Florida Gothic is a dark, powerful, entirely satisfying read.
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