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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: The Story's Writer

The Story's Writer The Story's Writer by Wayne Lemmons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of THE STORY'S WRITER by Wayne Lemmons

A compelling novel of supernatural evil as it manifests via humanity, THE STORY'S WRITER has at least three possible qualifiers for its title of "Writer." It is a hard-driving novel of the lengths to which individuals, overtaken by something evil to which they have submitted themselves as accessible vessels, will go, in terms of violence, child abuse, pure unadulterated hatred, and torture and murder. A gentle, seemingly sensitive writer named Grant has instituted a successful career in the horror genre, by the time he meets single mother Amy and her eight-year-old son Bailey. If that were all to the story, it would be sweetness-and-light, happy-ending material.

But Grant has been offered the ugly history of a well-known Nashville tavern; and in investigating, pondering, and discussing that history with the current owner and his long-time barkeep, Grant [or something nudging Grant] manages to open himself up to a process that can only be described as possession. In typing (on a manual typewriter) the words of "The Story," the evil behind the bar's history takes over, and before very long, Amy is also drawn into it by the tasks of typing and editing. Poor Bailey, a mature child for his age and a loner by choice and circumstance, all too soon becomes the target as the entities possessing Grant, Amy, and The Story determine on a new outlet for their evil.

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