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- Language: English
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Red: An Extreme Horror Novelette Kindle Edition
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‘Red’ is a graphic, gore-splattered gut-punch revolving around serial killer Dwayne/Todd and his compulsive behaviour, as he slices and dices his way through a series of women. A terrible upbringing and not so happy childhood has shaped our demented antagonist into what he is today, a man infatuated with the colour red, and driven to act on the voices he hears inside his head, voices he believes are those of who ultimately become his victims.
The themes and the premise of the tale are not any major departure from many similar ones of this ilk, but Doyle has managed to deliver them in such a compelling way that elevates Red above books which tread like-minded paths. The writing is sharp, crisp and lean, without superfluous words or padding, it is pared down and straight to the point, which works very well given this novelette is a short read that you’ll be bound to devour in one sitting.
Characterization is strong, with well-fleshed out and developed folks-what few of them are here-populating the story, and the pacing is superb. Doyle puts the foot down pretty much from the word-go, dropping us right into the sordid life of Dwayne/Todd, and swings back and forth between the present and the often disturbing history of the lunatic without sacrificing anything in the switches between these now and then moments.
Red is a journey into the unhinged psyche of a man who never rises above the bad hand dealt to him as a child, but instead chooses to venture deeper into his world of dark, depraved desires and obsessions. It is unrelenting, unapologetic, and most definitely not for the faint-hearted, but if you’re keen to delve into the extreme, then I’d highly recommend it. The stunner of an ending alone is worth the price of entry.
Extreme horror is where I love to dwell, and Red makes for a cracking read in that department.
Strong characterization, strong horror and solid story. Not for the meek, but certainly high-quality extreme.
The thing is, I'm not usually one for this kind of horror, or any horror really, but something about this story drew me in. Maybe it's all the crime shows I've watched and the interest of psychoanalyzing serial killers. There's a sort of clarity in the main character's dysfunction that is as disturbing as it is mesmerizing. Truly a screwed up kind of read, in a way, but one that will appeal to those who enjoy these types of stories. It's more than a horror novel, it's a true psychological mind screw. Is it bad I couldn't put it down, reading from start to finish without pausing? All those descriptions...so much detail that you are left in no doubt of what is and has taken place. I've got chills!
Take a deep breath and plunge into the red...but don't say I didn't warn you! 5 horror filled depraved and truly disgusting stars!
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