Gypsy Blood Kindle Edition
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Gunhus's use of imagery and description is infectious, unleashing a virtual film reel within the imagination of readers. -Horror News Network
Gypsy Blood represents horror writing at its most chilling. -Midwest Book Review
All the best horror reads like a dream. Actually, more like a nightmare. Jeff Gunhus's Gypsy Blood is peak nightmare aesthetic, and this bizarre murder mystery set in the chilly labyrinth of Paris is sure to keep many awake at night.
The book's hero (if you can call him that) is Corbin Stewart. Like a lot of failed writers and artists before him, Stewart thinks that Paris is synonymous with inspiration, as if the masterstrokes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald were only possible because of the sacred coffee of the Montmartre. Unfortunately for Stewart, getting rejected in bars is the only thing he manages to accomplish in the City of Lights.
That misfortune turns extremely sour when Stewart witnesses a gruesome murder. The killers are no ordinary villains--Stewart sees that they have a flair for the dramatic, killing wearing porcelain tragedy masks. Stewart's attempt to save the murder victim is rewarded with the curse of a tormented soul.
Gypsy Blood is a great potboiler that combines mystery, murder, and the supernatural, if the supernatural conceit at the heart of the work does strain credulity. It moves fast--most of its fifty-plus chapters barely last more than five pages--and is workmanlike, exemplifying the writing of a bestseller. While the "Franglish" of the novel is at times trying, Gypsy Blood imbues a European atmosphere in what is a thoroughly American-style horror story.
Earthy and realistic details center its more outlandish elements. Gypsy Blood is a work of horror that neither needs nor contains frilly adornments. -Foreword Reviews
From the Author
- ASIN : B07CG2ZGFN
- Publisher : Seven Guns Press (May 1, 2018)
- Publication date : May 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3041 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,149,018 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The horror aspect of how this book has been marketed spoke to me, but I found it wasn't quite as horror-oriented as I was expecting. The first few chapters were certainly spooky, and there were some parts so thick on emotion that I clung to my Kindle, desperate to see what would happen.
Gunhus' writing was solid, a delicious romp through subterranean Paris, which was described so thoroughly I could honestly put myself in Corbin's shoes and imagine I was there. Completed with an unsettling focus on skeletons, blood, and just a little bit of gore, it was the sort of book to read in one sitting on a cold winter's night, accompanied by a glass of wine (or two).
The characters had a fantastic depth to them—even the antagonists, whom I actually felt some sympathy fore, which is always a pleasure—and I was very much rooting for Corbin and his companions. This wasn't a five-star read for me simply because I felt the ending was a little rushed and unbelievable, especially considering the long build-up to the climax.
Despite this, it was great fun, if not a little sobering at times. Well worth a read.