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Animosity - James Newman
Animosity
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Animosity is the story of Andrew Holland, a bestselling horror writer whose life begins to mirror the fictional nightmares of his novels after he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
      Andy’s wife recently left him for another man. To keep from getting too depressed about that,... show more
Animosity is the story of Andrew Holland, a bestselling horror writer whose life begins to mirror the fictional nightmares of his novels after he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
      Andy’s wife recently left him for another man. To keep from getting too depressed about that, Andy has thrown himself into his writing more vigorously than ever, when he’s not spending as much time with his daughter, Samantha, as joint custody allows. His neighbors seem proud to know him (although none of them would admit to reading “that kind of stuff”). The author is the closest thing to a celebrity most of Poinsettia Lane’s residents will ever meet.
      Everything changes, however, the day Andy discovers the body of a murdered child just several hundred yards from his front door.
 Almost instantly, his neighbors start to turn on him. Though the authorities clear him of any wrongdoing, as weeks pass with no arrest the local media insinuates connections between the gruesome subject matter of Andy's novels and his tragic discovery. His neighbors’ derision is subtle at first – a nasty look, a friendly wave that is not reciprocated. Ben Souther, with whom Andy once enjoyed cold beers and baseball banter on warm summer nights, offers the writer advice which now hints of something more unsettling than the sly wisdom normally found in his quotes-for-every-occasion: “Let us not make imaginary evils when we have so many real ones to encounter”. His neighbors soon take their disdain to a frightening new level. His phone rings, and when he answers muffled voices curse him, spitting vile accusations. They vandalize his home, trash his vehicle. And just when he thinks things can’t possibly get any worse, another child’s body is found. Andy is no longer sure if he will survive this ordeal with his sanity intact…assuming he does survive. Animosity is a disturbing look into how otherwise good people can allow themselves to be misled by gossip, rumors, and a mob mentality. It is a retelling of the “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street” for the modern age, a morality-play-meets-horror-story in which the monsters wear all-too-familiar faces. Rather than bloodthirsty vampires or brain-eating zombies beating at the door, they are our own friends, our families, our peers…and what in any horror writer’s twisted imagination could be more terrifying?  “James Newman’s Animosity courses a chilling descent into madness that’s downright Hitchcockian in the way the suspense slowly strangles the reader, tightening its grip to unbearable levels. And yet Newman brings as much humanity to this startling tale as he does horror. The result is a well-crafted, disturbing, and often heartbreaking foray into the dark netherworlds of the human experience that burrows under your skin, nests there, and continues to feed on you long after you’ve turned out the lights.” - Greg F. Gifune The Bleeding Season; Saying Uncle; Children of Chaos “Combining the simplistic yet adept style of Jack Ketchum, the tongue-in-cheek wit of Richard Laymon, and a smoothly natural delivery, James Newman delivers one of the most energizing reads of the year in Animosity. Newman’s newest skillfully blends the finer elements of suspense, horror, and mystery . . . you won’t be able to put it down!” - Michael Laimo Dead Souls; The Demonologist “This is how good fiction – horror, suspense, or otherwise – should be. Mind-searing, gut-twisting, no brakes applied. Animosity leaves no doubt that Newman is truly a literary force to be reckoned with!” - Ronald Kelly Fear; Hell Hollow; Undertaker’s Moon “Animosity is a cautionary tale that echoes the work of Bentley Little and George Orwell, and has all the elements great horror fiction should have – unstoppable suspense and plot twists that will keep you turning the pages. A spectacular novel that aims for the jugular! I loved it!” - J.F. Gonzalez
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781618682383 (1618682385)
ASIN: 1618682385
Publisher: Permuted Press
Pages no: 194
Edition language: English
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Hol
Hol rated it
4.0 Animosity by James Newman
This was a great horror/thriller, so thanks so much to Char and Gregor for recommending it; I had a great time reading it. Unfortunately it did fall a little short for me though; definitely not in plot, but in...wait for it, wait for it...yes…character depth! Here she goes again, I hear you saying! ...
Gregor Xane
Gregor Xane rated it
4.5 James Newman Kicked My Ass!
This suspense novel is damned near perfect. The only things keeping me from proclaiming this the best thriller I've ever read are some decisions two characters make in the second half of the novel that I didn't quite find believable. Other people might read the whole book and have no idea what I'm t...
Char's Horror Corner
Char's Horror Corner rated it
4.5 Animosity by James Newman
I don't even know what to say. I'm moved, I'm pissed off, and I'm shaken. This was a powerful tale. A brutal story made even more so by the fact that it could (mostly) happen. A child's dead body is discovered by a horror author. From then on, his life will never be the same. There are many level...
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