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5.0 out of 5 starsYou won't regret reading this so buy it now!
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2015
A close friend of mine recommended this author and book. At first I was hesitant because it's not the genre I typically read. So like all things I went with my gut and gave it a chance. Am I glad I did. I started reading this book and then that same week I had the privilege of meeting the author. Let's just say he's one kick a$$ guy with a wicked sense of humor and I can actually see him sitting there writing this gem. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a bit of a thrill, the use of their imagination and getting a bit creeped out. I won't say too much about the actual story because I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise but let's just say Cooley puts the excitement in all the right places, he hangs you off the edge of a cliff by a thread but somehow he gets you back on stable land just before sending you back over the edge.
5.0 out of 5 starsHorror fan= good read, Psychology fan= give it a go
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2015
This was a psychological thing... Or was it? This should be made into a movie starring Paul Rudd in a serious role but can still pull off the silly banter with the neighbor across the street who, I think should be the guy that plays the dad in Good Luck Charlie. Can you tell I'm a mom? lol If you like paranormal reads and stories with characters with traumatic past still working through it, then this is for you. I enjoyed the characters. The psychologist that causes our hero's "break through" and seems to know there is more to the story should be played by my own psychologist little bro. Interesting "twist" if you could call it that. Definitely not a happy ending, for a movie it would probably have to be happier but not near as bad as I feared or it could have been. I thought it was an extremely interesting read and would highly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe plot and the characters were comparable to a good Steven King
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2014
The plot and the characters were comparable to a good Steven King. The language was good, but not up to King. A sub-theme was mental illness and this was treated competently (I have a professional experience here). There was emotional depth. Tragedy here was not dwarfed by a greater sense of purpose, to contrast with something I felt and wrote about a Graham Masterton book called Trauma. Worth reading. Kind of scary. Good suspense. Towards the end I noticed that night had fallen and that there was a chink in the curtains I had drawn at dusk. The chink had not worried me then, but now I got up and drew the curtains. The monster in this book is made alien enough to help you to dispel the truth of what it symbolises as you finish the book.
5.0 out of 5 starsYou'll never see your local ice cream man the same again....
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2016
Still my favorite of Paul Cooley's tales. The psychological drama of having a main character with psychosis leads to further suspense as you really never know what is real or hallucination. This is true psychological horror. It's been a few years since I first read this story in Fiends Vol. 1 and I still can't hear the playful tones of the local ice cream truck without having visions of this story.
Trey Leger has spent a lifetime of battling mental illness and the imaginary demons from his childhood. Even now, years later and with a growing family, he still can’t walk past an open, darkened closet without seeing…it.
The shadowy silhouette. The burning emerald eyes. The Closet Man.
Now, there’s a new ice cream truck roaming the neighborhood and Trey believes its driver is a monster. While the neighborhood children see a friendly man serving the treats, Trey sees a frightful demon behind the wheel.
With burning yellow eyes. The Ice Cream Man.
But is this real, or just another symptom of his ever-present struggles with balancing his medications?
While battling his growing uncertainty of reality, Trey investigates to determine if the creature is merely a symptom of his mental illness…or something far more terrifying.
This is another book that confirms my opinion that authors should not read their own work for an audio book. This was done in one of those, um, less than professional studios, with corny music and sound effects and somebody introducing the episodes and chapters with an I’m-supposed-to-be-scary deep voice. The book was done in 17 half hour or so episodic chunks two to three chapters each. The problem was the author read the book in a tired voice with almost no excitement on the ‘good’ parts. His attempts at young child voice and female voice made both sound the same.
So, as to the story itself. I thought the premise was pretty good and could be a decent horror flick. Some of the dialogue was B-Movie and I felt the profanity, which, I think was okay in some places was forced in others.
The scary parts weren’t too shivering-ly scary but the main character’s problems were pretty good. I could have used more scary monster bits and fewer of Trey’s talking about the possibility of seeing the scary monster.
I had to get past the narrator and just enjoy the story, which was pretty good.