Ian Colmes fears he's going mad.
His son, Alex, was killed six months ago. The boy was only five years old. In the wake of his death, Ian drove his wife away and nearly lost his job. Now, alone in an empty house, Ian is seeing his son again.
Every vision is a repeat of something Alex said or did in life: aching memories replaying themselves for Ian's eyes alone. Are these images of Alex real? Has he found a way back, to forgive or condemn his father?
Or has Ian's sorrow quickened into psychosis?
With a masterful hand, bestselling Kindle Horror author Adam J Nicolai paints a picture of grief, madness, and the furious strength of a father's love for his son.
Amazon readers are saying:
"Mr. Nicolai maintains a sense of creeping disquiet and uncertainty throughout the narrative; I was unsure whether Ian was haunted by his son or slowly going crazy until the last few pages of the novel."
- Uncle Progress - 5 stars
"I ... found myself marveling at how well-crafted many sentences are. I would find myself stopping and re-reading them, just so I could savor their beauty a little longer."
- Basil Owen - 5 stars
"Mr. Nicolai uses language beautifully. He paints very vivid images in very few words and he does so brilliantly." - Tifainé N. Highly - 5 stars
"Mr. Nicolai's brutally straightforward prose and clear love for his characters... combine into something vital and hungry (like the early works of - dare I speak his name? - Stephen King)."
- Ryan J. Holthaus - 5 stars
"[O]ften it is easy to see why any given writer had to self publish (and often seemingly without any editor). That is definitely not the case here. The writing was intense, compelling and intelligent."
- Beth C - 4 stars
"[T]he ending was nailed perfectly."
- Jason Plowman - 5 stars
"For anyone who has been near people in the depths of horrific and insatiable grief, Ian's hundred mile an hour flight into emotional and physical self-destruction rings true."
- Shawna B. - 5 stars
"During the climax of the story my 1.5 year old daughter read my emotions and instinctively curled up in my arms and remained there [for the] rest of the book. This was not just a story for me - it was an experience."
- Ben - 5 stars
"If Alex [is] a sign of things to come, keep your eyes on this author. You will not regret it."
- Grace McDonough - 5 stars
Alex, by Adam J Nicolai. You will not sleep tonight.
About the Author
Adam J Nicolai lives near Minneapolis, MN with his wife, Joy, and their two children, Isaac and Rydia. He is a life-long nerd, game lover, author, Star Wars fan, Dungeon Master, and amateur game designer, as well as a former policy debate coach. He is currently a Project Manager for a major medical insurance company. He started writing in elementary school, creating Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style books while he was supposed to be listening in class. His creative expressions widened to include video game design; he filled countless additional notebooks with expansive maps, dialog trees, loot lists, game stats, and mechanics. When he got older he was known to occasionally draft his younger cousin into play-testing, and authored three rule sets for role-playing games (which his gaming peers readily play-tested, in role-playing campaigns that lasted for 5 years or more). He attended high school at Park Center Senior High, where he had the distinct privilege of being in Brad Olson and Sue Hein's Humanities class, which fostered his love of creative writing and planted a seed that would sprout many years later. He married his wife, Joy, in 1997. She was seventeen. They promptly moved cross-country together to Washington, DC. Nine months later they decided DC sucked, and moved back to Minnesota, where they have lived happily ever since. Adam self-published his first novel, Alex, in November, 2011 after becoming disillusioned with the traditional publishing industry. You will hear more from him.