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Until the Sun

By: Chandler Morrison
Narrated by: John Wayne Comunale
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Responsibility. Authority. Mortality. If you could liberate yourself of these burdens, would any cost be too great?

On a hot August night, a troubled 15-year-old boy with a tragic past wakes to find his tyrannical foster parents murdered by a trio of nocturnal, blood-drinking heathens. The killers give him the opportunity for a new life, one where he can be relieved of traditional hardships, vanquish his enemies, and attain a sense of true belonging...at the cost of what little remains of his humanity. The life he is offered is one of eternal darkness, but the promise of undying acceptance, freedom, and power gives it an appeal that his current dreaded existence is lacking.

Fraught with resentment over his catastrophic adolescence and confronted by ambiguous notions of good and evil, he is forced to explore a dark world on the fringe between bliss and oblivion. As he edges ever closer to a climactic encounter with the demons that plague his soul, he discovers just how dangerous it is to be young and alienated in modern society.

©2019 Death's Head Press LLC (P)2023 Death's Head Press LLC

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Hilariously Cruel & Subversive

You're a 15-year-old boy living with a foster family when you awaken to the sounds of shattering glass followed by what can only be violence. This isn't the first time your short life has been punctuated with instances of horrific bloodshed, and if you choose to join the band of peculiar killers reveling in the chaos they've created in what is your third home in only a third as many years, this most certainly will not be the last. Don't worry, this isn't a choose-your-own-adventure story, and this pivotal decision is taken out of your hands and placed in the skilled, albeit sadistic custody of Chandler Morrison.
Entering the dizzying narrative of Until the Sun, you'll be swept along currents of blood, strange drugs, and adolescent hormones until you find yourself standing dazed, in the sunlight of a new day, waiting for the ride to end. Morrison thoroughly captures that sense of being caught up in a life that feels entirely out of your control. This extends so far as to include the fact that, as a reader, you'll see the final moments coming long before our protagonist does...and you'll experience sensations that range from pity to heart-wrenching sympathy as you witness events unfolding.
We're forced to wonder--if we're being honest with ourselves--whether we'd be any more capable of wresting control from those who steer us along the destructive path ahead of us if we'd experienced the same tragic and disorienting life of young Casanova. I suspect we'll never know, and we should be grateful for the fact that the dreadful sequence of events befalling that young man could only happen in fiction.
Morrison provides us with a vampire story that is both more and less than that. Until the Sun is a dark, twisted, and perverse coming-of-age tale that abruptly detours us through the worst possible paths to reach the conclusion. A conclusion, I might add, that is equal parts hilarious and cruel in both its predictability and subversion of what a reader might expect when first choosing the book.
John Wayne Comunale's narration is effective in bringing to life the characters who often feel like caricatures of people we might have known in our own lives, or maybe people we've been at different points in our lives. There probably isn't a narrator who would have been better suited for this drug-fueled, bloody, and irreverent combination of various horror subgenres.

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