Bentley Little is, without a doubt, one of the best writers around in the horror genre. He can take seemingly mundane acts and put a dark and macabre spin on it. Here, the author tackles the fine art of letter writing, making the pen, indeed, mightier than the sword. Here, the power of the written word takes a sinister turn.
Jason Hanford is an ordinary guy, living an ordinary life, until he discovers the power of the written word. He begins his letter writing innocently enough by exchanging letters with Kyoto, a female pen pal in Japan. When that takes an unexpected turn for the worse, Jason then takes his passion for writing letters to the next level by writing letters of complaints to various organizations, which complaints yield him freebies, such as complimentary restaurant meals. Those who thwart him in life also find themselves at the mercy of Jason's letter writing campaign. Then Jason discovers that he can write letters for a living, but at a cost that Jacob could never have imagined.
This is a dark, quirky, imaginative book. Who knew that the mere act of writing a letter could have such horrific significance? This is definitely a book that fans of the author will greatly enjoy, as will all those who like horror fiction. It is with good reason that Stephen King is such a fan of this author.
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I am sick and tired of Bentley Little's social satires poorly masked as horror novels.
I don't want to know about home owners association, giant stores that crush small businesses, insurance companies, disgruntled postal workers... and on and on and ON. Enough already! This book is just another way of Little getting back at something that happened to him... No credible story, cardboard characters, all the elements of a very bad novel are here.
What bugs me is that Bentley Little used to be a great writer. The SUMMONING and REVELATION are two of the finest horror novels ever. I love them! Somewhere down the line he has lost it and now the stuff he writes should be in the back page of some social magazine. Not in the horror shelve.
The other thing that bugs me is that I keep buying them (although only reading the first 50 pages or so before I give up in frustration) in hopes that he has somehow gotten back on track. Those hopes are diminishing fast...