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Stage Five [Kindle Edition]

Robert Brumm
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Robert Brumm, author of Windigo Soul, Black Water Creek, and the Desolate series, brings you Stage Five - a collection of five short stories.

Warning. May contain traces of the following:

Talking cats and dogs, a serial killer on dialysis, testicle dissecting robots, prostitutes getting shot in the back, a meth head burned alive, a decapitated head kicked across the room, a puggle tempted to eat fresh vomit, a woman with a hangover wearing a Reggie White t-shirt, a pink litter box, and the extinction of the human race.

A Blog Named Phil - Visit Phil’s blog to read his account of the day his dog and cat started talking to him. Yes, it happened to everybody but read it anyway. Phil’s a lonely guy.

Cooper - Having to kill a gum snapping prostitute, a knuckle cracking beefcake, and a twitchy meth head was just the start of Cooper’s bad day. When he gets teamed up with Vinnie Smalls, a razor wielding pain in the ass wise guy, to collect a debt, the night goes from bad to bizarre to deadly.

Stage Five - After a usual night of binge drinking and television watching, Amy finds herself locked in the basement cell of a serial killer the next morning. Her death seems certain until the killer realizes he may have picked the wrong woman to be his next victim.

We Called Them Sheen - They started out as personal assistants, butlers, nannies, and companions. They ended up being responsible for the extinction of the human race.

She Must be a Daisy - One cat and one man in an apartment. One dies. The other tries to survive.


One or more of the stories in this book contain descriptions of graphic violence and language meant for adults. If you’re easily offended by such things and are quick to write negatives reviews based solely on them, this might not be the book for you.


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About the Author

Robert Brumm Jr. lives in Southeastern Wisconsin with his wife and two children. He can be found during the day slaving over a hot server as a systems administrator. At night, if he's not drinking beer in front of the television or taking his puggle for a walk, you just might find him writing in the basement.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (13 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QFIJ4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #698,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a weak one in the bag 2 Nov. 2013
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I encountered Windigo Soul recently, a novella of Robert Brumm's and thoroughly enjoyed it, especially his characterisation and ability to set a scene in a handful of words.

These short stories all contained those qualities.
Funny, quirky point of view characters you instantly feel for
Clear surroundings, allowing the story to unfold instantly
Great twists
And plots that will stay with you a long time.

Each story hit the mark, I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite, or a weak one. I look forward to reading more of his work
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reads. 13 Sept. 2013
By 6Styx
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I really enjoyed the stories in this book. Most of them were a bit different from others of the same genre. Would recommend this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roll the dice... 6 Jun. 2013
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If you're looking for a mixed bag of short stories that'll get you through a couple of lunch breaks, then look no further. Brumm moves from the whimsical to the horrifying without missing a beat, and his writing is as easy to pick up as it is difficult to put down. Short, quirky and varied, you'll find something to suit your pallet here, I'm sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 17 Jan. 2013
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Nice mix of stories. Check it out. The Sheens were my personal favourite. Reminds me of a phillip k dock yarn
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of 5 wonderful stories 5 Dec. 2012
By Barbara Gross - Published on Amazon.com
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This was one of the books I downloaded on a whim while it was free, and what a lucky pick this was! This collections has it all - aliens, monsters, serial killers and of course, cats. The 5 stories that are included vary a lot in terms of mood, sometimes scary, sometimes nerve-cracking, sometimes seriously cute, I really loved the revelation about what will REALLY happen on Dec 21, 2012 - buy this book and find out as well before that date is upon us ;)
Robert Brumm's choice of topics and moods reminded me a bit of Neil Gaiman, who is one of the best story writers I know, so if you like Neil's work, chances are that you might like this book too. This author is going right on my list of books to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 19 Oct. 2012
By Colby Zoeller - Published on Amazon.com
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A really great collection of short stories from Robert Brumm. This is a book I will read over and over. The stories are all very different, and all of them based on VERY cool concepts. I've never been a big fan of putting spoilers in my reviews, so I will say that the first and last of the stories were my favorites. To talk about the plots would give too much away, as they are very short reads, but they are all well written, and the character development is top notch for short stories where there is so little time to get to know a character. Thank you Robert! This was one of the best things I've read all year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just right. 18 Oct. 2012
By Deb Robbins - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always enjoyed short stories. It's a form of writing that nearly disappeared for years, except in magazines. You have to hunt to find recent collections of creative short stories. I really enjoyed this one.

I prefer not to include spoilers in a review, and it's not easy to describe a short work without giving the whole story away. I will say that each of the five stories has a different concept, each interesting and well written. One of those concepts I felt would make a great full length SF book; another would translate nicely into a children's book. The several very different ideas in this one volume makes for entertaining reading. Each story is well developed, as are the characters. Dog and cats included!

Be sure to read the product description. This is not a book for the YA set. Any adult reader that likes a bit of horror or science fiction, some of it seasoned with humor, will enjoy this collection of varied ideas. I surely did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "WOW Factor" Lives Here 23 Dec. 2013
By Shawna Newton - Published on Amazon.com
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You will be delighted by this collection of short stories! Unforgettable is a word that comes to mind and, sorry, I don't do spoilers so you'll just have to buy this and find out your money was very well spent.

If you've never heard of Robert Brumm, make it your mission in 2014 to read his work!

If you like paranormal/mystery/horror/science fiction/twists and turns/reading books that are unpredictable and page-turners that keep you up all night, he's your man! I cannot recommend his books highly enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! 2 Jan. 2013
By Carol Lampkin - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Brumm never fails to grab and hold my attention. I have read Stage Five twice simply because I couldn't set it down the first time and so I finished it far too quickly. That being said, my only complaint is that it just wasn't long enough! I believe another reviewer made reference to The Twilight Zone type similarities and I must agree. If you are a fan of that show, or sci-fi in general, than you will be hard-pressed to find something you do not like about this wonderfully crafted collection of short stories. Each story is so very different from the others. The only common thread being Robert's uncanny ability to make a story read as though a close friend is reciting it over a campfire. I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next!
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