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Painless Paperback – January 18, 2018
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About the Author
Marty started writing short stories as a teenager, inspired as much by favorite books and movies as the environment and characters that define the South Shore of Massachusetts. The pull of the movies dragged him first to film school and finally to Los Angeles, where he poked at the outskirts of the industry with screenplays and short films. As his interest in a film career fizzled, he rebuilt himself bit-by-bit as a programmer. He spent the next decade building websites, finally realizing that something had been lost. His stories were collecting dust in the back of his brain while he sat through conference calls and code reviews. So he returned to the woods of New England and the calming darkness under the trees. He returned to find the things that crawl in the undergrowth and turn them into words on the page. He dusted off one of his screenplays and turned it into his first novel. In the process, a dormant storyteller was awakened and is now seeking the next blank page to fill.
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The reader is immediately drawn in and my heart opened in response to the opening scene revealed in the prologue. After that, there was no stopping. It is a page turner. You can’t wait to read what happens next.
There are surprises. Don’t we all want surprises in a horror story?
As the tension builds in the story, the story stays with you. You might even experience your own imaginings of obsessive behaviors.
The heart that opened for the little boy at the beginning of the book turns its attention to the patients who long for relief from their chronic pain. In addition to being a horror story, true to the form of Stephen King, this may or may not be a story about addiction, depending on the reader’s life experiences. It is subtle, as seen through the characters. While this may not be the main intent of the author’s story, it does make it a timely look at this contemporary horror story of a different kind, the kind that is actually killing people.
As I neared the end of the book, I wondered about the ending, as cut-off endings, just when everything is going horror-style awry, are so disappointing.
The ending is perfect!
As much as I enjoyed reading this novel, I am now hoping it will one day be a film!