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Come as You Are

A Short Novel and Nine Stories
Narrated by: Josh deMie
Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
3.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Some things are better left alone.

Ivan Stein isn’t sure he can survive seventh grade, let alone middle school. Living in a town known for its poverty and violence, he is regularly bullied along with his best friend, Ollie. But fortunes can change. 

One day, Ivan finds an old notebook in an abandoned locker at school. Despite a stark warning, he takes the book and unleashes powerful magic he can use to punish his enemies. But demonic forces control the book’s pages - a terrifying evil that will inflict suffering on the good as well as the bad and take his soul as payment.

Come as You Are is supernatural horror reimagined as young adult fiction. But don’t be fooled. Its violence will disturb you, and its depiction of people living in a gloomy, desolate town without hope will make you cry. Pray that Ivan and his family can survive this dark, perilous journey.

Also in this collection:

  • “Nailed It”
  • “Brown the Recluse”
  • “I’ve Been Better”
  • “A Bone in the Throat”
  • “Regino Sings”
  • “A Proper Revenge Takes Time”
  • “Something to Hold”
  • “The Widow and Her Magician”
  • “Walker”
©2017 Steven Ramirez (P)2019 Steven Ramirez

Critic Reviews

“Ivan’s innocent and unwitting flirtation with the demonic is first-rate supernatural horror. Ramirez’s characters are beautifully defined, particularly Ivan and Hershey, the school janitor, who turns out to be much more than that. His plot is beautifully scripted and the suspense and supernatural dread emanating throughout this story make it impossible to put down until the last page is read.” (Readers’ Favorite)

“Out of all the elements I liked about the collection, it is the character display that stood out the most. Ramirez truly is a master at bringing his cast to life, and then binding you to their ordeal. Overall, I think it is a stunning collection many readers will enjoy.” (Horror Palace)

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great narrator ok story

the narrator on this book did a amazing job I was able to clearly understand everything.
as for the story some were very well written others really could have used some more work