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Nothing Men Paperback – May 22, 2013
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"Nothing Men" made me think about the like of Herschell Gordon Lewis, Tobe Hooper, and prompted flashbacks of films like "The Wicker Man" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." --cinema-crazed.com
"Fighting my gag reflex, I can say that I really enjoyed this book. It's not something I would ever recommend to, say, my mom, or, like, my fellow PTA members, but for those of you who like a straight-up hardcore horror story, you will find a lot to like here." -- thehorrorhoneys.com
"When NOTHING MEN, an independently published novel, landed in my lap, I was unsure what to expect. A blurb that hinted at the supernatural and paranormal immediately grabbed my attention and as a horror fan, I felt confident that the book would have an interesting story to tell that I hoped I would enjoy. Fortunately, I was right, but nothing could prepare me for the trip I was about to take..." -- Horrorcultfilms.com
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This book is for fans of '70s and '80s exploitation and horror. It is not meant to put minds at ease or let you sleep easy at night. It is meant to disturb and horrify, and I hope I did my job well. It is a horror novel, and it is unforgiving.
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However, rich subtext noted, Nothing Men is really just a good, enjoyable paperback and a respectable effort. And, Doug Brunell should not be discouraged by my comment. Dean Koontz published Demon Seed back in the day, and that book was a good first effort indicating much greater potential. Foremost, Nothing Men could have better phrasing and diction. Brunell could pick a linguistic register and stick to it. Not for dialogue, of course. Different characters speak in different ways. But, the narrator should maintain a consistent serious voice instead of dropping into tacky and slangy references and metaphors. Those tonal changes take a reader right out of the book. Furthermore, Nothing Men overly relies upon Dickensian coincidence and shocking spectacle. A good story needs logic behind its events and its characters' actions. A good horror story does not rely on only gross-out and the sordid--as Nothing Men sometimes does.
Still, Nothing Men is worth an Amazon purchase. I could not put the book down easily. Therefore, the twisted tale must be pretty good. Consider reading it.
And why would you want to? Author Doug Brunell has created each character so lovingly, it makes you wonder how he could do these things to them?