I like my sleep, but some of this horror stuff has been intruding on it. Take this novel for instance, Run, by Blake Crouch. I found it hard to put down; it was an intense, taunt read. This is my first read on a Crouch novel (as a solo author), I read Draculas a collaboration with a few of his buddies, check the archives), and I was totally mesmerized from the get go. People keep asking me to read horror novels; I never thought I would like it, but hey, the Kindle is fully charged and the virtual pages just fly by. Blake will be a guest of ours in The G-ZONE on March 18th; I am looking forward to the conversation. Before we really get serious, here is what is between the covers of this frightening story and a little bit about the author:
” For fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Thomas Harris, picture this: a landscape of American genocide...
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A rash of bizarre murders swept the country...
Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected.
A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike.
A mass of school shootings.
Prison riots of unprecedented brutality.
Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state.
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The murders increased ten-fold...
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The President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace...
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The killers began to mobilize...
Y E S T E R D A Y
All the power went out...
T O N I G H T
They're reading the names of those to be killed on the Emergency Broadcast System. You are listening over the battery-powered radio on your kitchen table, and they've just read yours.
Your name is Jack Colclough. You have a wife, a daughter, and a young son. You live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. People are coming to your house to kill you and your family. You don't know why, but you don't have time to think about that any more.
You only have time to....
R U N”
About the Author:
BLAKE CROUCH was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Blake is the author of five novels and numerous short stories. He lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book. His website is www.blakecrouch.com .
I had no idea what to expect from this novel. What I got in return was one fascinating, intense, brutal read. I was surprised the Kindle could keep up with me as I was hammering the next page button at a furious pace. If you are a horror fan, you are in for some fun; if you are like me and are just getting your feet wet in the genre prepare yourself, that is all I am going to say. The plotline is heart breaking, the journey the family takes sad, nauseating and yet compelling all at the same time: kind of like watching a good train wreck or NASCAR pileup with the cars doing a ton of end over end flips. The characters themselves seemed to have the same feelings early on in the novel. The father told them to close their eyes he wasn’t going to warn them again, what they are about to see and experience was going to give them nightmares. They looked, I read on, and here we are. Gross, but an amazing reading. Welcome to horror my friends. Blake Crouch kicked my Kindle’s butt and got into my head. My thumbs are a bit sore from pressing the buttons turning the pages so quickly. This horror thing isn’t so bad, I am beginning to like, and it is growing on me like a bad virus.
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