- File Size: 427 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1522073884
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Doom Kitten Press (October 28, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 28, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M4PFY9K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stories like Clive Barker’s Sex, Death, and Starshine and Coldheart Canyon that offer glimpses of life after the spotlight, exploring just how far people will go to survive beyond their 15 minutes of fame.
Lucas Mangum has crafted his own tale of dark Hollywood lore, that in the form of a cursed screenplay. Mania is a dark and graphic read that blasts through it’s 103 page run time with nary a moment to relax.
Mania has a fun cast, especially as they all start to come unstitched. The set pieces fit perfectly into a haunted Hollywood “looking for a dream but finding a nightmare” type of setting. And the gore is top notch with a cinematic quality to it. The grisly scenes are all to easy to visualize, with each taste outdoing the previous, with a few rattling around the old brain pan days after reading.
But despite all of that, I just never seemed to find myself enveloped in the story. Never found myself in step with the characters. I can’t put my finger on it other than Mania felt rushed. A little more padding, a little more quiet time to balance out the gore and give it some room to breath I think would have done wonders. As it is, Mania is a fun read with quite a few enjoyable moments. Check it out, read the sample and see if fits.
Mr. Mangum, you’ve caught my attention, I’ll definitely be back for another taste soon.
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The only other thing close I can think of offhand is of course "The King in Yellow," in its mysterious and maddening vague oblique strangeness, while the story-behind-the-story of Mania is more direct. A Hollywood legend of an anonymous screenplay, itself telling the tragic tale of a nameless murdered actress, but it's never been successfully filmed. Previous attempts all ended badly, with breakdowns and deaths.
Now, though, cult/indie director William Ward has gotten his hands on the script. He thinks it might help him escape the long shadow of his movie-mogul father's legacy, make his own mark. He feels a connection to the main character and wants to see the movie finally made.
He also doesn't believe in curses. They never do, do they? Not until it's too late. The first few incidents get passed off as coincidence, nobody wants to talk about the weird experiences they've had. Once Ward DOES believe, his only hope is to find a way to break the curse before it claims him and his leading lady as its next victims.
A solid, fun, and engaging read ... which, ironically enough, would make a neat movie ...
Well I didn't love the story as much as the concept, because it came across as a bit rushed to me. Or maybe unpolished? Yeah, that's it. And it definitely could have used better editing. More than a few times I had to stop and think "huh?" before deciding I didn't actually care. I hate to sound negative because I did enjoy it, but I really believe it could have been so much more.
Film director, William Ward, has found his masterpiece, the movie that will change it all. The script is Hollywood legend... a cursed story that spells doom to every production it meets. Ward, not one for believing in such nonsense, takes MANIA into production, casting his girlfriend, Rachel, as its lead.
Stuff starts to head south for those involved in the production and it isn't long before both Ward and Rachel are seeing things that shouldn't be. Deaths and fire send filming into limbo as Ward and Rachel decide to seek answers for the dark mysteries now engulfing them.
They dig until the secrets are revealed...
This novella proves why the shorter storytelling format is so fun and exciting. There's no room for wasted material, filler, or long treks into needless backstory. A great novella reads fast and furious and moves like a movie. And that is precisely the vibe of MANIA. The story plays out like a lost cult horror movie from the seventies. There's definitely a bit of Rosemary's Baby going on here.
I don't want to give too much away, but this book is fantastic.
The ending does get a little wild. I think it may have been better played straight, but Mangum isn't afraid to veer from the expected. Keep an eye on this fellow. Good things are up ahead. MANIA is available now!
I give MANIA 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5)!
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Steeped in dread and dripping in lore, there is a screenplay and there is a woman, dun-dun-duuuh.Read more