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review 2017-05-08 09:39
Anhaltende Gruselstimmung
SCAR: Roman - Lucky McKee,Jack Ketchum,Kristof Kurz

Delia Cross ist gerade mal 11 Jahre und auf dem Weg zum gefeierten Fernsehstar. Unglücklich, vom alles verzehrenden Ehrgeiz der Mutter getrieben, hält sie sich an ihrer Hündin Caity fest, in der sie mehr als den Familienhund sieht. Doch dann zerstört ein furchtbarer Unfall ihr Gesicht und selbst jetzt lassen ihr die mütterlichen Ambitionen keine Ruhe und sie steht erst recht wieder im Rampenlicht.

Obwohl dieser Roman im Heyne-Hardcore-Label erschienen ist, handelt es sich keineswegs um einen brutalen Horrorroman sondern um ein vielschichtiges Werk mit leisen Tönen, Mysteryelementen und einer Familiengeschichte. 

Im Vordergrund der Handlung steht zuerst die Freundschaft von Delia und ihrem Hund Caity. Obwohl Caity eigentlich der Familienhund sein sollte, hat sie an Delia einen Narren gefressen und diese Begeisterung beruht auf Gegenseitigkeit. Sie sind beste Freunde und für Delia ist Caity ihr Lebensinhalt.

Genauso wird der Alltag eines Kinderstars thematisiert. Delia wird vom furchteinflößenden Ehrgeiz ihrer Mutter getrieben. Tanz- und Musikstunden, hier ein Vorsprechen, da ein Drehtermin - im Showbusiness hat man es nicht leicht, schon gar nicht, wenn man ein kleines Mädchen ist. 

Der Horror steckt nicht im Roman, sondern in der Realität. Es ist furchtbar, wie Delia von ihrer Familie - in erster Linie von ihrer Mum - angetrieben wird. Sie nimmt ihr jeden Funken Normalität, geht bis zum Äußersten und lässt sich dabei die Sonne auf den Bauch scheinen, ohne das Mädchen nur einmal zu fragen, was sie überhaupt will. 

Etwas im Hintergrund, aber ebenso wichtig, ist das Familienleben der Cross’. Der Vater und der Bruder nehmen eher Nebenrollen ein, die aber das Gesamtbild von Delias Umfeld wunderbar abrunden und der Handlung eine tiefere Note geben.

Die Handlung ist großartig und nicht einfach zu durchschauen. Mehrere Male wurde ich an der Nase herumgeführt und stellte überrascht fest, dass ein unerwarteter Weg eingeschlagen wird. Gleichzeitig hat mich die dichte Atmosphäre überzeugt. Es ist großartig, mit Delia in ihrer Welt zu versinken, ihrer Hündin Caity durch’s Fell zu kraulen, gemeinsam mit ihr nach Sternschnuppen zu schauen oder den Erwachsenen rundherum auf subtile Art einen Spiegel vorzuhalten.

Hier darf man allerdings keine Schwarzweißmalerei erwarten, sondern das Autorenduo hat auf grandiose Weise mit den Grauschattierungen der Realität gespielt. Sie zeigen, wie aus guten Vorsätzen oder der Not heraus ganz langsam eine furchtbare Situation entsteht, die als solche gar nicht gleich zu erkennen ist.

Die Tiefe der Figuren, die Dichte der Erzählung und die andauernde Spannung haben diesen Roman zu einem richtigen Highlight gemacht. Obwohl der Horror nicht in genreüblichen Elementen liegt, bauen die Autoren eine anhaltende Gruselstimmung auf, aus der es kein Entrinnen gibt. Es war mir eine Freude, Delia Cross und ihre Hündin Caity kennenzulernen, und ich kann dieses Werk mit Begeisterung weiterempfehlen.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2017-05-03 06:12
The Secret Life of Souls by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee
The Secret Life of Souls - Jack Ketchum,Lucky McKee

Wow....just....wow! Yep, that's all I'm going to say.
Just read it, you'll understand. I don't want to give anything away.

 

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review 2017-03-23 01:53
The Abuse of Ashley Collins - Jon Athan

 

I don’t  know why I ever chose to torture myself and willingly read A CHILD CALLED IT,  but Dave Pelzer broke something inside me – I haven’t been right since.  Knowing that, you’d think I’d have learned a lesson, (yeah, I know… I’m audibly laughing right now, too).  Nope. Years after ‘ACCI’ I decided that I wanted to read THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, and I let Jack Ketchum walk right in and start poking at the wound that David Pelzer left with a big, pointy stick.  I think it was the masochist in me who invited Mendal W. Johnson to drop by and sucker-punch my PTSD in the back of the head.  As far as the ‘Let’s Go Play At The Adams fiction/non-fiction debate’ goes – I’m sticking with IT’S FICTION, but I’m sure all the atrocities have been committed, many times, and on many different Barbaras. 
Like LGPATATHE ABUSE OF ASHLEY COLLINS is not a true story – but it very well could be. Watching the decreasing sanity, and the elevating brutality of Ashley’s parents demonstrates just how fast situations can escalate. One little poke at the wrong moment, and all control is lost – you can’t come back from certain things.

       

THIS IS A WORK OF FICTION. It is disturbing, and hard to read at times, but the author is not exploiting issues to gain shock value for a horror story. Jon Athan comes at the story from every possible angle, from every p.o.v., and sheds light on problems that most families would keep hidden in the dark. Let me misquote one of my favorite movies before you start reading…

WARNING: This book contains scenes of graphic violence, including violence towards children. This book is about abuse—verbal, physical, and emotional. This book does not feature any explicit sex scenes, but it does discuss sexual abuse. This book is not intended for those easily offended or appalled.

Ashley Collins, a sixteen-year-old girl, has severe behavior issues. She regularly fights with her parents, Logan and Jane. When the fights become personal and physical, Logan and Jane decide to take matters into their own hands. They chain their daughter in the basement and abuse her in an attempt to rescue her from her bad behavior… while delving into their own deviance and depravity.

This is a story of family and abuse. This is a story of violence and discipline. This is the abuse of Ashley Collins.

Jon Athan, author of A Family of Violence, brings you an uncompromising vision of human horror. Can the cycle of abuse be broken?

 

Find The Abuse of Ashley Collins on Goodreads, Amazon, and it’s available through the KU program.

Connect with the author via Twitter – @Jonny_Athan, Facebook,  through the officialJon Athan Website, or his author pages on Goodreads, BookLikes, LibraryThing  &Amazon. You can email him directly at: info@jon-athan.com, or head on over to the West Coast and start stalking him the old fashioned way!

 

* I'm really glad that you didn't shelf the idea/book, and I think that THE ABUSE OF ASHLEY COLLINS is a better title than your original title. In fact, I think I may have misinterpreted 'A GENERATION OF ABUSE' when I first read it. I was going over my notes and highlights for the review when it clicked - the cycle of abuse - "ahh... OK".

* You made a comment on the 'Join the mailing list' page, and if I WASN'T searching for the things that you mentioned, I sure am now!! It may be a 'private matter', but... we're friends, right? :) IDEA!! If you collect all of the police files, doctor notes, patient files, and maybe even a "found" journal of Ashley's - it could sell as a companion book to THE ABUSE OF ASHLEY COLLINS.

* Something you said (after the story, before 'Dear Reader') made me [inappropriately] giggle for a second - (you know... that super disturbed, "I know I'm going to Hell", "Don't judge me!" giggle? No? Ever laugh at a funeral? Um... OK. Nvmnd).

"[...] Sure, there were a few things that may seem outlandish, especially towards the end [...]"


Well... there was something on the news just a few days ago -

"On Monday, March 6th, 2017 - North Carolina authorities arrived on the scene to witness 18 year old suspect, Oliver Funes Oliver Funes Machado, exit the family home "carrying a knife in one hand and a severed human head in the other."
Authorities found what was left of her body between the kitchen and living room. Funes-Machado had also told the dispatcher his 4-year-old and 2-year-old siblings were in the house. He said his father was not home.
The younger sisters were not hurt, and a teenage brother was at school."


Peace, Love & Necrophilia ♥
 ~  šhαd⊕ω gïrレ

 

(spoiler show)

 

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review 2017-03-05 05:01
Sleep Disorder - Jack Ketchum & Edward Lee
Sleep Disorder - Edward Lee,Jack Ketchum

I'd Give Anything For You - Roderic is desperate to show Clare how much he wants her back, so desperate he would give her anything to prove his love. Gory start to collection with a heavy dose of sex thrown in.

Love Letters From the Rain Forest - Great revenge story, a bit slow to get started but nice twist at the end.

Masks - Uninteresting story about a couple that likes to wear masks whilst having sex. Pretty pointless and doesn't go anywhere.

Eyes Left - Three friends spend happy hour checking out woman, identifying the living from the dead in the new world order. Enjoyable story that incorporates different stories around zombies being part of society and has a particularly nasty ending.

Sleep Disorder - A slimy stock broker starts to have problems with his sleep, he's mortified to find out he talks in his sleep. Since he has spent his life screwing people over he is worried about saying anything incriminating. He records himself and plays it back with interesting results.

Good seeing you - a rought draft of Sleep disorder with a different ending.
I would do anything for you - a rought draft of I'd give anything for you which includes more sex if that can be believed.

Enjoyable short story collection that features some very strong woman and some very nasty people get their come uppance in grand style.

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review 2017-01-03 17:32
The Secret Life of Souls by Jack Ketchum & Lucky McKee
The Secret Life of Souls: A Novel - Lucky McKee,Jack Ketchum

Having read Ketchum’s work in the past and watching a few of Lucky McKee's films (May is a must-see, btw), I pretty much read this book with my heart in my throat while I waited for the ball to drop on my head and I was not at all disappointed!

 

 

This is a not a feel-good story. Don’t let that lovely cover fool you. It is a story about two terrible, self-absorbed, materialistic people who never should’ve had children. But they did. Twins in fact. Now the twins are eleven and Delia, an actress, is their beautiful little money maker. Robbie is basically ignored while their stage mom drags Delia from job to job to keep up with their luxurious lifestyle and to keep herself supplied in alcohol. Dad stays home and buys himself expensive toys. Ugh, I DESPISE these people. You will too. But you’re supposed to, so don’t feel bad about it. I sure don’t.

 

 

Delia’s only friend is her beloved dog Caity who has her own point of view. Caity is an amazing, fully fleshed out character. Their bond is super tight and extraordinary. It is also beautifully written and completely believable. Terrible things happen, as they do in a Ketchum novel, and I’m not going to spoil any of them. Just know that you will cry even if you think you’re too tough for that and when the story ends you will feel raw, as if you’ve been turned inside out and all of your nerve ending are now exposed. But you will not regret reading through the tough bits to get to the unforgettable end. Trust me on this. I loved this book. Books like this are the reason I keep reading through all of the “meh” one’s. It is absolutely deserving of all five stars. Delia and Caity will forever be in my heart. Now I’ve got to go and hug my dogs before I get all weepy again.

 

 

We are here. We together. We are not alone. This one might require Daryl.

 

 

*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. Thanks Netgalley :)

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