- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: Burning Bulb Publishing (August 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615673562
- ISBN-13: 978-0615673561
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,647,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Manacled Paperback – August 23, 2012
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About the Author
After an unillustrious print journalism career in southwestern Pennsylvania, Rich Bottles Jr. moved to West Virginia at the age of 32 to pursue a career in technical writing. He spends his free time visiting and hiking at the many state and national parks in the Mountain State, which is also where he develops the concepts for his novels. He has produced a trilogy of WV-themed "humorrorotica," including 'Lumberjacked,' 'Hellhole West Virginia' and 'The Manacled.' His only regret in life is that his out-of-state secondary school education prohibited him from earning West Virginia's prestigious Golden Horseshoe Award.
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In this story, we are taken down a nostalgic path that combines elements of great prison tales of old with the hot sex of today. For fans of Cool Hand Luke,Midnight Express,The Green Mile and the like, The Manacled is sure to please.
Rich's clever use of time distortion against the backdrop of thoroughly-researched prison scenes affords the reader a rare opportunity to experience being in prison first hand, with a unique perspective not as a prisoner, as most stereotypical prison stories, but rather as a forced participant in a bizarro collection of unexpected events.
The Manacled is a tale of what could possibly go wrong when two brothers decide to direct an adult film in the West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, one of the state's most notorious correctional facilities that has long since been closed down. Demonic possession and extreme torture are only the tip of the iceberg in this torrid tale of wrist clamps and scantily-clad women.
As with Rich's other books, The Manacled is not for the faint of heart or for those who do not possess an appreciation for dark humor that is signature for a Rich Bottles novel. However, for those of us who are slightly sick of mind, you will find The Manacled to be a thoroughly entertaining read. Reader beware: this is Rich's darkest book to date, but for those who endure, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Now sit down, shut up, and put these handcuffs on - it's about to get bumpy!
I read a lot of indie authors, but Rich Bottles Jr. writes so smoothly, with a sense of self awareness and smarmy jokes that connect like a boxer's left right, that I got the feeling I was reading a seasoned pro. A seasoned pro who knows how to have a good time with his tale. Even if the book itself is horrific in nature, and the characters lowlifes in general, there is intelligence. A very sharp intelligence, like the guy at a bar who can destroy another drunk with a well placed insight and a sentence and never have to throw a punch. I get the feeling if Rich turned his sights on you he'd make you want to cry and laugh at the same time.
This is one the most entertaining reads I've had in the bizarro/indie horror section I've had the chance to get my mitts on. I'm very impressed. Easily 5 stars.
Have you ever read an Edward Lee novel and thought,'Should I be laughing or be turned on at this?' You'll pretty much do that the whole time with this sadistic, hysterical, and erotic novel by the great Rich Bottles Jr.
Bottles has got most of the horror tropes covered. You like ghosts? The Manacled has Ghosts! Zombies? Yep! Demons too! There is no lag either. The novel flows seamlessly as we follow Yousef and Meself, twin brothers, as they try filming a pornographic movie, funded by a devious mob boss called The Black Hand, under the pretense of being ghost hunters in a historical West Virgina prison. The set-up is great and Bottles always seems to slip a gag in here and there that breaks the tension of an otherwise devastating scene.
If have no sense of humor or are easily offended, the Manacled will give you something else to whine about! Buy it today!