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Fear Inducer by [Douglas, Ellie]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2131 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1544711514
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XPS3PJY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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I love a story where the bad guy is the main character, even more so when I found myself rooting for him in it. I love stories with a difference and this certainly fits in that category.
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Kiwi-born and -bred book cover designer and author of mainly horror fiction, Ellie Douglas, revels in the dark side of life. If you have a phobia, beware! Her work Fear Inducer is enough to make you run for the hills. But, if you are an intrepid and adventurous soul, there is nothing that you might enjoy more than indulging yourself in hearing about other people’s phobias and how they meet their untimely end at the not-so-helpful hands of Dr. Felix Bloom. Taking his skill as a psychiatrist to the heights is most definitely not what this doyen (NOT) of the medical profession is all about.

How Dr. Bloom’s career becomes perverted from one where he was headed for the Nobel Prize to one in which he longs for nothing better than to quench his bloodthirsty yen for domination over others, by means of maximizing his patients’ deepest fears to the extent that they willingly take their own life is told in gruesome and lurid detail. Douglas even goes so far as depicting the victims falling prey to their own worst imaginings in black-and-white illustrations that precede each of the major cases covered in this volume. Asserting that she wished to be predictable when writing Fear Inducer, she says that she “purposely wanted readers for this book alone, to know ahead of time what was going to happen”, so that she could protect her readers from themselves. So, if you suffer from any of the phobias described, and still wish to read the work, you are able to avoid reading about one that might trigger your own anxieties and fears. According to Douglas, you should truly be grateful for how thoughtful an author she is.

The setting of Fear Inducer is Auckland, but, as Douglas notes, her setting always comes secondary to the development of her plot and characters.
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I think one of the things I admire most about horror authors is how creative their violence can be. I was impressed with the gore in Hounded, another Ellie Douglas novel. So I was interested in seeing what else she has in her arsenal. I couldn't help but like Dr. Felix Bloom, the intellectually brilliant and strangely charming villain in Fear Inducer.

Felix is a sadistic psychiatrist who helps his patients overcome their phobias with a special ‘pill.’ Of course, everyone jumps at the chance to be free of their debilitating fears, especially with such a quick fix. What they don’t know is that Felix’s treatment will actually heighten their phobias, while he observes their terror with pleasure.

Felix goes through a lot of victims in the book, too. It’s actually a comprehensive overview of real phobias, which turns Fear Inducer from a plain horror into a kind of psychological thriller. It's a creepy exploration of not only our fears -- but our vain hopes to be free of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fear Inducer is a Tour de Force of Horror, Chills & Thrills 4 April 2017
By Cameron Rowe - Published on Amazon.com
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Doctor Felix Bloom is a brilliant psychiatrist and pharmacologist who has done a lot of good for humanity. But, he has a dark side as a serial killer of some of his patients using their phobias against them. How he gets his patients to kill themselves in some bizarre fashions satiating his greed for death and mayhem you will have to discover. But, nonetheless, if you love horror, you will love Dr. Bloom's methods and madness. Yes, he is as composed as they come, but maybe more evil than most. He's charming, considerate with his secretary, Joanna, and his best friend, a doctor. But, beneath the elegant exterior rages the thirst for blood as a serial killer.

Without going into the gory details or the method of Dr. Bloom, his patient's deaths are spectacularly staged (and gory) and witnessed by the good doctor. The author does a great job telling why Dr. Bloom is a serial killer and it may make you feel some empathy for the man. But, that is a whole chapter worth exploring on your own. I was pleasantly surprised at the intricate detail of the mind of Dr. Bloom. He's smart. Incredibly smart. The book is definitely worth your time. It has everything a chilling horror novel should have. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the author's other book about a serial killer named Toxic Desire, which features a female serial killer. Who's more evil? Dr. Bloom by far. Why? I won't spoil the novel for you. Fear Inducer is more malevolent while Toxic Desire is erotically-charged. Also, look for the subtlty in Doctor Bloom over the novel. He has a lot of secrets worth discovering. Excellent book and a welcome addition to my bookshelf.
P.S. - I forgot something. There are loads if images in the book at the front of each chapter based on the fear the patient has. Really cool visuals to put you in the mood for what you are about to read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up! 28 Mar. 2017
By William Sumrall - Published on Amazon.com
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The plot develops nicely and predictably, with a mentally deranged doctor using a psychotropic medication that he developed on his own patients. The descriptions used are very frightening and graphic as the patients succumb to their deepest fears, brought on by the doctor's medication. I highly recommend this thriller, because it is a harrowing nail biter.
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening 20 April 2017
By Illiterate - Published on Amazon.com
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Fear Inducer is aptly titled, as its plot revolves around a homicidal psychologist, Dr. Felix Bloom, who has devoted his life to torturing and murdering his patients in bizarre, exquisitely horrifying fashion. Well rendered, if disturbing, illustrations at the beginning of each chapter leave no doubt as to the inevitable fate of Dr. Bloom’s unfortunate patients.
Although left largely unexplored in the pages of the novel, there are profound sexual elements to Dr. Bloom’s lethal predilections. This inherent sexuality explicitly arises on only one occasion, in the context of one of Dr. Bloom’s sessions with an attractive female patient named “Megan.” That particular scene contains graphic language and explicit sexual imagery. Otherwise, the novel’s erotic undercurrent is more suggested than stated, particularly with regard to Dr. Bloom’s ambiguous relationship with his secretary, Joanna. The police officers who periodically investigate Dr. Bloom’s nefarious activities are more-or-less caricatures.

‘Fear Inducer’ is, frankly, not for everyone, and certainly not for the squeamish. If your literary tastes run to the gruesome and blood-spattered, however, ‘Fear Inducer’ might just be what you’ve been looking for.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but did read the first few pages and I believe I'll enjoy it. 30 Mar. 2017
By Marcia S. Klaas - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't started reading it yet, but did read the first few pages and I believe I'll enjoy it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MEDICAL PROFESSION NEVER BEFORE SEEN TO BE SO DIRE! 24 May 2017
By L. C. Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Kiwi-born and -bred book cover designer and author of mainly horror fiction, Ellie Douglas, revels in the dark side of life. If you have a phobia, beware! Her work Fear Inducer is enough to make you run for the hills. But, if you are an intrepid and adventurous soul, there is nothing that you might enjoy more than indulging yourself in hearing about other people’s phobias and how they meet their untimely end at the not-so-helpful hands of Dr. Felix Bloom. Taking his skill as a psychiatrist to the heights is most definitely not what this doyen (NOT) of the medical profession is all about.

How Dr. Bloom's career becomes perverted from one where he was headed for the Nobel Prize to one in which he longs for nothing better than to quench his bloodthirsty yen for domination over others, by means of maximizing his patients’ deepest fears to the extent that they willingly take their own life is told in gruesome and lurid detail. Douglas even goes so far as depicting the victims falling prey to their own worst imaginings in black-and-white illustrations that precede each of the major cases covered in this volume. Asserting that she wished to be predictable when writing Fear Inducer, she says that she “purposely wanted readers for this book alone, to know ahead of time what was going to happen”, so that she could protect her readers from themselves. So, if you suffer from any of the phobias described, and still wish to read the work, you are able to avoid reading about one that might trigger your own anxieties and fears. According to Douglas, you should truly be grateful for how thoughtful an author she is.

The setting of Fear Inducer is Auckland, but, as Douglas notes, her setting always comes secondary to the development of her plot and characters. Her explanation of the origin of each phobia in the characters’ mind enables you to gain insight into the reason for the development of their fear. However, any empathy that you might be tempted to have for Dr. Bloom’s patients is soon swept away by the graphic revealing of the details of their unsympathetic treatment at the hands of this psychopathic monster. Dr. Bloom’s two relationships that transcend the doctor–patient dichotomy, namely those with his secretary, Joanna, and with Rick, a colleague whom he feels tempted at times to draw into his subversive world, make one aware that Douglas is capable of thinking beyond the sadomasochistic bounds of her central theme to the ambiguous power play of employer–employee and collegial associations.

All in all, Fear Inducer is a powerful work that should prove to be quite capable of setting your nerves on edge―only daylight reading recommended, though!
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