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Writer’s Block: The Possession
Since his youth, Gregory Stillingsworth has known his destiny: to become a great writer. Indeed, now a wildly successful author, he has penned seventy-three novels, all of them best-sellers. Obsessive and possessive, he writes the old-fashioned way – on a typewriter. His instrument, beaten and tattered even when his parents gave it to him for his fourteenth birthday, has earned a name over the years – Buford. It has also earned a voice. Early on, it spoke to him, repeating a simple mantra: “You and I, forever. You and I, together.”
Gregory Stillingsworth, a world-renowned horror writer, an author who has already surpassed the great ones like Koontz and King, was destined to reach the top. Or was he? Was he destined, instead, to live the life carved for him by his cursed forebears? Instinctively, it has always been Gregory’s custom to write his books one after another. His wife, Jamie, who serves as his lawyer, critic, and business partner, gave up convincing him to slow down so as to focus on starting a family. Gregory is relentless in nourishing his career; that is, until for the first time, he runs out of words, sending him into an uncontrollable rage that even his wife cannot comprehend. Is this unexpected rage an extreme reaction to the stresses of writer’s block? Or is it the unveiling of his true role among us, a scribe born into this world only to write of the coming Armageddon?
Writer’s Block: The Possession is a dark, horror story, a psychological thriller, and a labyrinthine cryptogram that the reader must unravel one scene at a time. With no way to tell what is truth and what is fiction from Gregory’s perspective, the reader is led to wonder how much of this novel is autobiographical information from the real author’s perspective, taking the horror factor from the realm of fiction into the realm of possibility. As part one of the Writer’s Block Trilogy, The Possession leaves the reader on the edge of his seat, chewing his nails, anxiously waiting for a resolution.
Grade: A+ (5 Stars!)
This book is definitely a work of dark fiction. It’s got such a chilling vibe to it, it draws you in even when you want to put it down and pretend it’s not there. It’s well written, so there are no issues with reading, the flow was quite good, and you could get lost in the story quite easily. The book gave you a lot of helpful details in the prologue to help you get settled into the story easily. There is a bit of wordiness to the author’s style but it wasn’t distracting, and I didn’t think it really took anything away from the story, but for those of you who can’t deal with wordiness, be warned.
The main character, Gregory and his wife, felt realistic. Their relationship is quite happy at times, and a little excessively for such a long marriage, but one cannot judge that, because all relationships are different and that might be how these characters are meant to interact. I liked the presence of the doll, and the fact that it didn’t always have to spotlight. You don’t really get to know how it got there, but it’s there, and that’s all that matters. Gregory’s slow decline is what really gets this story moving. This writer starts to turn into something more sinister and more terrifying. This is a true horror book, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. It doesn’t shrink away from the gore. Horror has gore a lot of times, there’s a place for it, and a way to use it properly, and I think the author did a great job with that.
There’s some language in this book, so be warned, all you of fair ears, this author does use curse words quite often. It’s not really a deterrent to the plot, but if it’s not your thing, you should be aware of that ahead of time.
Overall, this book is a great read. Some other reviews mention formatting errors, but I didn’t come across any in my print copy of this book. I loved it. It’s smart, well researched, and written. It takes you on a ride, with or without your permission. It’s got an amazing storyline, with compelling characters. It’s the first book in a trilogy, and I only hope the following books are as good of a read as this one was. It’s a first class choice for lovers of horror, like Stephen King, or readers of thrillers like Dean Koontz. This book grabbed me, and didn’t let me go til the end. I did have a few questions once I finished but I assume that will be addressed in the next book.
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the author:
I was born in Albany, Georgia, but grew up as a military brat on the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), and later at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. I’m married to Magdiel Kuykendall and I’m the proud father three sons: Felix, Kal-El, and Jor-El. I’m a corporate executive chef by trade. My true passion in life, however, is writing thought-provoking novels that blend the concepts of fact and fiction.
Influenced by the emotional and social strength of my mother, I have an infectious love of bringing women to the surface of my literature. My love and respect for women inspires me to write stories featuring strong female protagonists. To keep my literary skills sharp, I’m also a poet and an extremely passionate economic, political, and social blogger.