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Hell's Muse (The Nameless) Paperback – January 22, 2013
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"The story is in several layers, a novel within a novel. The characters come at you in snapshots, mostly because this dark carnival ride moves extremely quickly. The story flies. Jack's writing at times has the hectic frivolity of an old EC Comic, at times the darkly sensual attention to detail we might have seen in Clive Barker's early work. And, he's not afraid to gross you out. As the layers of reality within the work begin to melt into each other, the reader will question everything, and I assure you, this is wise." -- IMAQULOTTA'S IRREVERENT BOOK BLOG
"It's an unrestrained heavy metal lyric writ large, with alpha demon dog The Nameless crushing his terrified, squeaking minions like a diabolical Darth Vader. Here's one hoping that Wallen's own muse might one day propel him to expand Coulter's universe into a grand, unhinged epic." -- Fangoria Magazine
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FIVE highly deserved STARS … for making me think and NOT putting me to sleep in the process.
Fantastically convoluted storyline that should be read by aspiring authors and seasoned professionals in the literary community. The joy, frustration, highs, lows, all the good and bad things about being an ‘author’ are infused into Wallen’s lovingly crafted book (everything from pen names to true feelings towards media). Lovingly. That might give the wrong impression. The main character is anything but lovely or dealt with ‘lovingly’. He is gritty, raw, unedited, and a bit of a depressed, anti-social, coffee addict. But there is love in this storyline (and you can tell that the author views authorship, with all its pitfalls, lovingly too), a cathartic expelling of all the things that make the authorship journey worth it, but never forgetting the nuances that make it difficult and bloody.
The intro to the book… that was the hardest section for me to read. It’s really infused with a primitive, brutal hatred that’s difficult to move past. Bob… oh… hmmm. I mean Shakespeare… I mean… (Please, don’t ever call a writer Shakespeare). Okay, Mr. Coulter. I like that, the pen name, inside this novel, inside this novel.
Learning about the MC and delving ever further into the storyline is like a spiraling downward into madness that somehow comes off as a transcendence upwards. Readers, looking inward at the life of the MC in the roach-infested sardine tin of an apartment, go to a place of psychological madness when Coulter begins to dream inspiration, hear a disembodied voice urging him ever forward to complete a work that will be, undoubtedly, life-altering (and his brilliant undoing).
Spiraling. Downward. Downward. (Upward). Readers will begin to see that psychology is only part of the issue… there is something real, tangible, fear-inducing about the voice and inspiration.
Something from Hell.
Looking for a Muse.
The ending hit me in the gut, taking the brutal beginning to a brutal climax that begs for continuation. Pens for fingers… That image alone was enough to have me picturing bright blood ink and a forever of writing. Which is wildly disturbing when one thinks that most authors aspire to do just that- write… forever.
A highly recommended piece of ‘fiction’. Jack Wallen, a work of brilliance.
It's dark. It's twisted. It's flat-out disgusting in parts. It is very reminiscent of Clive Barker's early horror; a definite throwback to a time when horror wasn't sugar-coated to make it easier for the masses to swallow. This novel is not for the faint of heart, but if you're up to it, I encourage you to pick it up and dive into the pits of Hell.
Hell's Muse is a multi-layered nightmare, beautifully detailed and extremely vivid. Jack has this magical way with words, making them sing and dance and show you exactly what you're reading. You can see it in your mind's eye, if you have the guts to look. Hell's Muse is complex and visceral. It challenges you, makes you think.
Hell's Muse is the first in the Nameless Saga, and is available in Kindle and paperback form from Amazon.
***I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for a fair review***
Bob, the main character had a certain quality about him most people can understand. That need to be famous by any means. Without giving away the plotline I'll just say this story was straight to the point yet able to have me guessing until the very end. Great read and great author!
The book is a challenge to read. Not that the writing's bad, don't get me wrong, but Jack Wallen makes you think. He's not going to hold your hand in this novel. Hell's Muse is a Russian doll. Once you pull the top off, you find another item underneath, then another under that. And then another... This is a book inside a book inside a book, and so on. The depth of the layers is astounding. You have to pay attention or you will wander off into the woods and lose your way. I love books like this, ones that challenge my reading comprehension. When you get it - really, truly GET IT - you can't help but feel a little proud of yourself. It's like finishing a puzzle with over a thousand pieces.
I've read Jack's zombie series, his Fringe Killer series, and even the Shero books, but Hell's Muse, towers above the rest. I continue to be amazed by this author's imagination.
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