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Product details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: SHC (6 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0993592694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993592690
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,291,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

One thing Stuart really wants to know is, when you eat a banana, when does that stop being fruit and start being you? When Stuart stops questioning the demise of fruit he can be found indulging in other activities such as, music production, photography, gardening, running and weird-ass arthouse cinema. The results from some of his projects can be found on his site, http://likebreathing.com/. He has been in the background of the Sinister Horror Company and helped out by proofreading titles, including: Terror Byte, Punch, Class Three, Upon Waking, Class Four, The Exchange, Clandestine Delights, Screams In The Night and Hexagram for J.R. Park and Duncan P. Bradshaw. Plus a number of other short stories: Easter Hunt, Mandrill, Incident and Soft Centred. Since a knee operation gave him time and inspiration, he's decided to try some writing. Since then he has written a novella called 'Marked' and a short story called 'Orange Are Orange' featured in 'Black Room Manuscripts volume 2'.

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Format: Paperback
I received this book to give an honest review.
So I am trying to really think on how to write this review without giving away so much.
So this book started off pretty powerful. We are thrown into the life of Mark and his family. When his daughter goes missing this starts his wife on a down whirl spiral. We fast forward quite a few years and we see the affects of not having their daughter with them. It seems to kind of take a toll on Mark's wife Kim. As the story progresses it seems that Kim has a secret life which had me baffled though we don't spend much time on her. Then we get to Mark and it seems something has overtaken Mark and he won't be the same person.
There will be death and weirdness in this book.

I am only giving 2 stars because I started to get confused as to what the heck was going on. I don't like being confused when reading a book. Like I said in the beginning the book started off powerful and it had me until we got to Mark's job and his daughter ran off. After that I really tried to follow the story but it just seemed all over the place and nothing was really making sense too me. What was the point of some of the things going on with the book. Why did his daughter run off?
Why did his wife have this mysterious job? Who was she talking to on the phone? What did this Kiko have to do with anything? Among other questions.
As far as plot wise umm I am not sure what it technically was fully. I assume something came from outer space and may have overtook Mark's body? Though I could be wrong.
I am not sure what else I can write as I feel like I will be giving away the story that lies within this book. I say pick it up and give it a read and see if you enjoy it, you may.
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I am not normally an avid reader of horror novels, but this combination of sci-fi, fantasy and horror intrigued me. And boy did it deliver! It’s difficult to comprehend that this is Stuart Park’s debut novella.

The story is clearly impeccably researched, given the intricate detail and attention throughout, ensuring the reader is sucked into the same world as our characters. The story is well paced and offers a fantastic blend of mystery, gore, sex and relationships. Each chapter offers a snippet of mystery, intrigue, or just fantastic prose that makes this book very difficult to put down.

But for me personally, the characters were the standout triumph. They are so well crafted and developed. Considering the story revolves predominantly around Mark, our lead, the rest of the characters are secondary or even tertiary additions. And yet within so few words the reader is rewarded with an in depth sense of who they are, their personalities and their idiosyncrasies. And as for the interactions with one another, superb. Stuart Park has succeeded in creating such well-rounded characters, to really bring the story to life, that you forget that they are characters at all. I have even had lengthy debates with people about Mark’s actions, as if he were a guy we actually new! What a skill.

I’ve read numerous books over the years by debut or unknown authors, unfortunately many of which left me feeling flat and with the need to retreat back to a bestseller for comfort. Not the case here; I look forward to the next publication from this budding new author to grace my bookshelf.
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Format: Kindle Edition
It isn’t very often that a book (particularly a novella) leaves me gazumped with what to say about it, but Stuart Park has done that here with ‘Marked’ – his debut offering through the Sinister Horror Company.
‘Marked’ is certainly a dark read. It follows a couple who lose their daughter whilst at the beach one day. Their journey sees them deal with the loss in very different ways. Mark (the father) seems to keep himself occupied with his work and his daughter Kate, but a chance meeting with a sadistic girl called Kiko soon changes things. Meanwhile, his wife (Kim) is embroiled in an affair, whilst becoming part of a strange organisation. ‘Marked’ blurs the lines between fiction and reality, particularly with Mark. Violent visions plague him and after a job he discovers his daughter Kate is missing! The next part of the book was a little strange. Mark seems a little too relaxed about his missing daughter, you’d think he would be in a state of panic having already lost one already, but he seems a little unconcerned overall.
The book takes a few more turns for the weird before a bloody ending ensues. ‘Marked’ sees a real mash-up of styles, and it’s a dreamy sort of read. I’d like to compare this book to the most recent Behemoth album ‘The Satanist’ – at first listen I couldn’t see much to it. It sounded a little messy, with no real stand-out songs, just a constant barrage of noise, however, after a second listen the pieces started to fall into place and it has gone on to be one of my favorite albums of the past few years. So, I don’t often read through books twice, but I did with this one. The second time I read it start to finish without a break and although my head felt like it had been put inside a blender, I certainly enjoyed it a lot more and I got a lot more out of it.
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