By starting with a classic haunted house tale, throwing in a Civil War backstory and then setting the whole thing against the burgeoning punk rock scene, one might think author Charles Romalotti may have bitten off more than he can chew. Fortunately for us Romalotti has the imagination, the pacing, and the literary chops to cram authenticity and intrigue into every corner of this book while keeping the story's main characters believable and the subtleties of the counterculture lifestyle dead-on accurate. An altogether unique read. - Russ Rankin, Good Riddance & Only Crime
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Charles Romalotti is the author of Salad Days & Pariah. Salad Days, Romalotti's debut novel about growing up in the punk/hardcore scene of the 1980s, was an underground hit and continues to maintain a dedicated cult following. Pariah, a dark thriller/horror novel about a homeless gang of punks living on the streets of Austin, Texas was an Independent Publisher's Awards Finalist for Best Horror in 2002. Charles Romalotti lives in Austin, Texas.Review:
Charles Romalotti is a storyteller in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock, and unlike most current horror, there's nothing predictable or contrived about Bride of the Reaper. I didn't want to put this book down. --Bobby Steele, the Undead, formerly of the Misfits
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was right up my alley. A haunted house, punk rock music, and a TV horror host...what more could a ghoul ask for? Bride of the Reaper is a darkly entertaining horror novel. Definitely a good read. --Larry Underwood, aka TV Horror Host Dr. Gangrene
If movies didn't drain the blood from great books, Bride of the Reaper would be a cinematic feast. The writing is so descriptive and darkly colorful. It's got all the makings of a cult classic! --Dave Glessner, music journalist
It's been an interminable seven year wait between The Stickler (the third book in the Pariah trilogy) and the latest set of new prose from Romalotti that is Bride Of The Reaper. Romalotti is the man who wrote Salad Days, a book that is still, arguably, the best slice of Punk Rock fiction to date. Since that book, the author has carved out a notch for himself in the world of horror via the three-part Pariah, and now reaffirms that position with Bride Of The Reaper.
The premise of Bride Of The Reaper is, essentially, a simple haunted house yarn. Thing is, Romalotti doesn t really do simple. The haunted house itself has a brutal history of rape and murder that dates back to the American Civil War. The current resident of the house has gone missing, so his son has let the house out to two young punk rock girls.
One of the great strengths Romalotti has always had is in his character development. By the end of the book the characters have literally taken on a life of their own.
The plot is gripping throughout, twisting and turning, drawing spectacular characters into situations that possess the clarity of biographical writing rather than fiction. As for the end? If you can see it coming you ve either cheated, read the end first, read a spoiler in a review or you ARE Romalotti!
Another strength of Romalotti, and specifically this book, is the dynamic of reality. So often in horror we read of the vampires... or the werewolves... the aliens... Not so here. The horror present in Bride Of The Reaper is graphically, frighteningly real.
Everything in this book is incredibly well visualized and drips with authenticity and that realism, when placed in the hands of such a descriptive and visionary author as Romalotti, is where the real blood-chilling, stomach-knotting terror lies. --Scanner Magazine
For seven years now I have been waiting for Austin, TX based author Charles Romalotti to publish another book. I fell in love with his characters and writing style first sometime between 2003 and 2005 when I was Editor at the former Music Revue Magazine. For my punk and goth page he had sent me copies of both of his books, Salad Days and Pariah. I was hooked. He captured the life of the punk rock scene of the 1980s in his first book. In his next ones (as Pariah contains three books in one) he added fear to our hearts. And now in his third books he is haunting our dreams and turning the lives of his characters into nightmares.
Bride of the Reaper takes us into a world of misfits once again, and we even visit some of the same clubs and same people we have heard of in Romalotti's previous works.
With twists around each page, you will not be able to put this book down. Trust me, it gave me insomnia many nights. Normally I take two weeks to read a normal novel, this one took me four nights! It's that good. You will want to keep reading so you can find out what is going to happen next.
After that you stay glued because of the ghosts. The missing cat. The missing roommate. How about the guy who owns the house and has been missing all the while? Is it his ghost that haunts the grounds? Is it really a ghost at all? All of these thoughts will play through your mind as you get engrossed within the pages of Bride of the Reaper. This book gets twenty stars from me. It was worth the seven year wait and now I am again anxious for Romalotti's next books. He has talent beyond mention. --Flocked Media
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Book Description Layman Books, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0967923549
Book Description Layman Books, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 204 pages. 8.20x5.30x0.70 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0967923549
Book Description Layman Books, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110967923549