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- Print Length: 61 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 28, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B4ZLTX2
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,347 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dan Padavona does a great job giving us a heroine to root for in Annalise. She's sympathetic and stubborn, willing to defy the school's administration to do what she believes is right by her students. She's an endearing figure, even as her hard-headedness puts her directly in the path of danger. I spent this whole novella rooting for her, and the author portrayed her fish out of water, outsider status rather effectively.
It's in the creation and execution of the Halloween man where Padavona really excels. Although the gritty urban streets and status of legend that surround the Halloween man give Quilt a serious Candyman vibe - a tone I suspect Padavona happily played up in the naming of his character - this novella's second half goes for broke in some truly hair-raising sequences that gave me a serious case of the creepy-crawlies. Once he stands revealed, the Halloween man is a nicely depraved and bloodthirsty creation of horror with heck of an MO.
Quilt is a solid read, even if it does recall a number of other similar stories in reader's minds and displays its influences rather openly. While it feels too much like a composite of other works of horror, it is at least highly readable and engaging. I absolutely had to know what was going to happen next, what would follow on the next page, and what, exactly, lurked around the corner, in the dark, waiting for me. Having bought this as a 99c new release, I can positively state I certainly got my money's worth. As a reader new to Padavona, I can also say Quilt was a fine introduction to this author and I'm curious to explore his other stories in short order. Mission accomplished, Mr. Padavona. Bonus points for the slick, highly effective cover art from Kealan Patrick Burke!
This is my favorite descriptive line from this novella...and it is just a sample of the author's clever metaphorical use of verbiage and his creative writing ability. Dan Padavona can brilliantly paint a picture in your mind's eye and he does it quite effortlessly.
This story pulls you into a dark corner of the world...and suddenly you feel like you are the one who's trapped in it.
Despite the fact that this story centers around the main character, Annelise, the author eerily made me feel like I was the protagonist drawn into his web of darkness. I won't go into the synopsis of the story, as other reviewers have already done so...I'll spare you the repetition.
Padavona filled my mind with visions that made my skin crawl and my heart race. He delivered a story packed with punches and graphic details. I should punch him in the arm for that. I was completely drawn into this story and I COULD NOT stop reading...
I found this to be a really great short read from Dan Padavona...and a storyline all his own. I will definitely be reading more of his novels...Two thumbs up.👍👍
Dan Padavona is a writer who is greatly influenced by Jack Ketchum, and he has the chops to write a dark, grim page-turning thriller. Padavona holds no punches here. The dread builds slow, and the tension keeps you going and keeps you on your toes. If you like horror, you owe it to yourself to check out this book. It's simple, it's grim, it's horrific, and it's dark. All in all, it gets a 4/5. This novel did its job, it's honestly nothing special. It kept me glued to my kindle and kept me turning the pages. In the end, that's what we come to this story for. Page turning, pulse-pounding entertainment.
I compared Padavona to Ketchum earlier, and I feel that Padavona has been inspired a lot by Ketchum, from his grim settings to his dark backgrounds, to his disgusting and horrific human characters. However, Padavona is not as good as a writer. Like Ketchum, he has very simple prose that never says too much. I do feel that prose is something Padavona can work on. He's got the chops to tell a story, a damn good story. I will definitely read more from this author.
Final Summary: Holy crap, Ronnie James Dio's son can write some really horrifying stuff.
P.S. I won't say why this book is called Quilt, I was wondering that myself. I'll just say, once you find out, your jaw will drop. It's some Silence of the Lambs level horror.
Dan Padavona delivers again with his novella Quilt, a quick read that raises goosebumps. Characters are well developed in a short space of time; dialogue rings true. Interactions between the characters also seem plausible. Overall, it's a foray into the believably creepy. Recommended.