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Puzzleman: A Horror-Mystery-Thriller by [Broadstone, Christopher Alan]
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About the Author

Christopher Alan Broadstone is the author of the horror novel PUZZLEMAN. A re-release of the novel and serialization (for Kindle) of the book (with updates) is now available in Trade Paperback. Broadstone's newest short story, NOTE-TO-SELF, is included in the anthology JOURNALS OF HORROR: FOUND FICTION (edited by Terry M. West). SUICIDE THE HARDWAY: AND OTHER TALES FROM THE INNERZONE is his latest work -- a collection of short stories, screenplays, and lyrics/poetry. Currently, he is completing a new novella, A CATCH IN TIME, and his second horror novel, HEATHER'S TREEHOUSE. Serving as writer and director, he has produced three award-winning short films to date, SCREAM FOR ME (Best Short Film: NYC Horror Film Festival, Best Underground Short: B-Independent.com), MY SKIN! (Best Horror Short: Shriekfest Film Festival [L.A.], Best Film/Director: Cinema Edge Awards), and HUMAN NO MORE (Best Horror Short: The Indie Gathering Film Festival [OH]). Also, he has completed two feature length screenplays, COLOR OF FLAME, an erotic ghost story, and, with actor/writer John Franklin (Isaac from "Children of the Corn"), RETARD (Best Horror Feature Screenplay: Shriekfest Film Festival [L.A.]). In toto, C.A. Broadstone's films have been showcased on several horror compilation DVDs, have screened at 30 international film festivals, and have won 15 "Best Of" awards. All three films are currently available on Amazon as the anthology DVD, 3 DEAD GIRLS!

Product Details

  • File Size: 4480 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Black Cab Productions (December 11, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G091Z0
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"the eleventh, which Amanda had broken most often: Thou shalt not tell thy true feelings about God."

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Young Amanda, a crafted sculptress, is still reeling and broken from the recent loss of her child and disillusion of her marriage. When she haggles for an enigma in the form of an earring from a street vendor her life spirals further down into a living nightmare.

The earring belongs to the Puzzleman, a living and eternal conundrum, and he has his sights set on Amanda. But another has targeted Amanda as well, and he brings with him harsh truths.

Ghosts of the past have a hand in the events of the present and Amanda's soul isn't the only one at stake.

"it was well after midnight when Amanda fell to her knees at baby Alan's grave, a shovel in one hand and a bottle of vodka the other."

Puzzleman is a hell of a read. It's lofty & dense, fluid & yet obtuse. Hitting on all sides of the spectrum, from heavy to romantic to gruesome. Like a nightmare set to Behtovan's 5th, this book can be as chaotic as it's main nemesis and It's certainly not going to be everybody's cup of tea, as it is aimed at readers who like a little more sides and garnish to their thick, meaty meal.

Throughout you are surrounded by rich, fully formed characters and vivid locales, with everything given a sense of depth, dimension and history. And narrative wise, there isn't much in the way of downtime. As you settle in to Broadstone's regal prose you are suddenly jarred by an abrupt viscous and expletive passage. And when not dealing with the escalation of the main story, he drops heavy doses of background info and history revisions to keep track of.
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Christopher Alan Broadstone's PUZZLEMAN is an extremely ambitious first novel. It is very apparent a lot of research went into this book -- everything from Greek mythology, characters from World War II, and even a detailed description on how to shoot heroin most effectively.

While I wouldn't categorize this as a straight horror novel -- something more along the lines of Roman Polanski's THE NINTH GATE, many scenes are deliciously graphic without feeling over-the-top. Where the book didn't quite work for me, besides a few too many coincidences, was the sudden Greek history lesson in the middle where our protagonist discovers the background of the evil. I kind of got lost in trying to uncover the mystery along with him.

That being said, the pipe world in Puzzleman is very creative and original and somewhere I would never like to go -- nor would I even send my worst enemy. Sure, this 400+ pager could have been edited down a little, but it was an enjoyable ride nonetheless. I look forward to Broadstone's next novel and for those who have not seen his short horror films (which he wrote and brilliantly directed), I highly advise you to check out his website at [...] The three horror shorts that he made are easily the best -- if not THE best -- I've ever seen. And that says a lot.
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Puzzleman by Christopher Alan Broadstone is one ambitious novel. When you first start reading it you think its going to be a gruesome horror novel meant to shock people. That’s exactly what it is, but as you start reading you find there is a lot of depth to the story and characters. The story begins with a woman named Amanda buying an earring that looks like a ball of metal wires. Amanda is recently divorced and her infant child has died leaving her bitter and wondering where her life went wrong.

Little does she know that the earring will soon lead her to some answers she doesn’t want. Amanda isn’t the only one searching for answers in Puzzleman. We soon meet a legless heroin addict named Erik who wants vengeance, a professor named John who feels his life has passed him by, a French vintner named Jeannette who wants to revisit a lost love and a former detective named Ben who wants to get back into the game. All of the characters are searching for something and all of their destinies are intertwined in the Puzzleman’s maze like pipeworld.

The pipeworld is a place where life is eternal but is also a place of suffering. It’s a place of living nightmares crawling with grumemonsters but also a place where the five people in the story can find what they are missing. The Pipeworld is like a giant macabre puzzle with the puzzleman as the master and the people as the pieces. The question is, can the pieces find the answers they seek and escape with their sanity?

My Favorite character in Puzzleman was Amanda, this is a woman who has questioned god and everything else around her since she was a child. It almost seems like god is punishing her for her questions with the death of her young child and her abusive husband.
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I received a copy of Puzzleman from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a beast of a book, there is so much happening and it's got it's fair share of graphic and disgusting scenes. It felt different to read, it's original, it's complex and detailed and somewhat surreal. I honestly don't know where to start reviewing this one. It's 400 pages but it feels bigger and I did get kind of lost in the middle of it. The chapters covering the Greek and Roman history, although they were detailed to explain the story, they drew me out of the story at the same time.

The pipe world and the puzzleman are the stuff of nightmares, the book is gruesome, evil and stomach turning in parts. Definitely not a light read, you can't just pick it up and read without giving it your full attention. You need to pay attention, you need to digest what you're reading. It's like a puzzle you devour bit by bit as you read and just when you think it can't get any worse or any more gruesome, it does. It's not a book for the faint of heart. It's also not a book that I could sit down and read all at once, I found myself having to take breaks and think about what I had read at times. Not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because I was trying to fit it all together, make sense of it in my head perhaps, it gets those brain cells working.

Puzzleman is a book for hard core horror fans who are looking for something a little different. It's the thinking mans horror. You know that feeling you get every so often, you want to pick up a book that's not just your every day run of the mill creeps or scares. You want a book that you can really get your teeth into, one that will stimulate those brains cells while still scaring the pants off you or turning your stomach and messing with your head.

Definitely worth a read.
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