‘Bright Lights’ AJ Starr is a pro wrestler on the rise, and his life is about to change forever. Knowing this, he plans one last party with all of his best friends. The venue? Saxon Hills theme park, abandoned ten years ago after its flagship ride burned down and killed nine innocent people. Some people say the place is haunted, but AJ knows from his time inside the squared circle that fantasy and reality are totally separate things.
Or so he thought.
AJ has no idea how nightmarish things are about to get, and eventually he’ll be left wondering whether he brought his friends to Saxon Hills theme park to have fun. Or to die.
I came across this author on Facebook, you know the sponsored posts; it was one of them. I got Dark Ride free by signing up for Iain’s mailing list. As much as I have a huge TBR list I pushed this to the top because of its genre, horror! I love a good horror book and it has been a while since I read a good one. Dark Ride however is a good creepy horror book.
It is set in an eerie, deserted, abandoned amusement park. Where a group of friends choose to spend an evening together inside one of its old rides. Which ride? Only the ride that caused the amusement park all its problems, the ride where people had died, as any sane person would do! Honestly, what could possibly go wrong? (I am not going to tell you that’s for sure)!
I feel that this author has done a pretty good job of creating characters that are realistic and will pull you into their world very easily, the big question is: Do you want to be part of their world? Given the situations that these characters are faced with I would say they handled them well; I don’t know what I’d do in their positions that’s for sure. They interact well together and occasionally they rub each other the wrong way causing friction too.
The plot is structured, it flows smoothly and is fairly quick paced. The events are set up by the author well and lead onto the next part almost effortlessly. The detail given allows a clear; sometimes maybe a little too clear; mental image to form as you are reading. The way Dark Ride is written will make you feel like you’re on an amusement ride too; the start draws you into your seat and clamps the lap bar down, then it takes off into the twists and turns, never slowing or stopping to let you off.
I devoured this book and have now snuck another of Iain Rob Wrights books to the top of my TBR list, a small confession; I’m hooked on that one too.
I’m glad I spotted this authors sponsored post on Facebook now, else I might never have discovered these creepy worlds that he has created!
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
Iain Rob Wright is one of the UK’s most successful horror and suspense writers, with novels including the critically acclaimed, THE FINAL WINTER; the disturbing bestseller, ASBO; and the wicked screamfest, THE HOUSEMATES.
His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences. He is an active member of the Horror Writer Association and a massive animal lover.
Clayton and Avril Shaw have lost their little boy and are still grieving when they move into Swallow’s Nest on the Yorkshire moors.
In their new house, Avril discovers a painting and is intrigued by the history surrounding it. When she learns that the boy in the painting was deaf, like her dead son, she starts to try and communicate with his ghost.
Meanwhile, Clayton finds himself entangled in an equally undesirable friendship with a retired fire chief who knows more about the painting than he is prepared to let on.
Is The Crying Boy painting cursed and can numerous house fires be linked to it?
Struggling with their unstable marriage, the couple find themselves in further danger as an increasingly disturbing bond develops between Avril and The Crying Boy.
In a twist of events Avril’s irrational behaviour is brought to a dramatic halt when she discovers she is pregnant. With her affections once again restored for Clayton, she decides to dispose of the sinister portrait. But the cast-off painting wants revenge and its anger towards Avril’s unborn child might just prove immeasurable.
Can Avril and Clayton live happily ever after or does The Crying Boy have other plans?
I have had the pleasure of meeting this author at a signing event in 2017. I have had a few of her books on my Kindle ever since. And now I have eventually gotten around to reading The Crying Boy, I only wonder why I didn’t read it sooner!
The Crying Boy is a creepy, chilling read. It is packed full of intrigue and suspense with threads of horror entwined.
Jane E. James has put a lot of time and hard work into this book and that is clear to see in the detail included. It is these details that snared my attention and sucked me further into this book, I was hooked within the first few pages and devoured every single page as and when I could.
The characters are well written, and most are likeable. The Shaws have been through a lot before moving to Swallows Nest, and their struggles are far from over. But these two refused to quit and they kept fighting for themselves and for each other! I really enjoyed how these characters interact and they are easy to relate to.
The Crying Boy was a creepy, addictive and thoroughly enjoyable read from its very beginning.
I am so glad I finally made time to pick it up and read it.
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
Best selling author, Jane E James creates chilling reads that appeal to fans of psychological thrillers, mysteries and dark fiction. Jane loves to weave tense and haunting tales that stay in the reader’s mind. All her books are standalone novels.
Jane recently signed a two-book publishing deal after her 2nd novel, The Crying Boy (a compelling suspense thriller inspired by actual events) became an overnight best seller on Amazon, knocking both Stephen King and Dean Koontz off the top suspense spot.
When she isn’t writing (or reading) Jane enjoys living ‘the good life’ in the Cambridgeshire countryside with her ‘all-action-super-hero’ hubby. Rebecca, Carrie, The Woman in Black and Wuthering Heights are among some of Jane’s favourite reads.
Visit her website www.janeejames.com or catch up with her on facebook and twitter. But bring Monster Munch and wine…
Sinning never felt so good… A fortuitous encounter. A meeting that should never have happened.
Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever…
Salome knows only one way to live—under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence—the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.
Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.
River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life—he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six—much to his rivals’ delight.
Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.
Styx has one rule in life—never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot… a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go…
A few of my friends had read this book/series and told me it was good, so I decided to give book #1 in the series a read. I can honestly say that I was not disappointed! I will be continuing with the series.
It Ain’t Me Babe is fast paced, and it is gripping from the beginning. It tells the twisted stories of the characters well, and what a set of characters they are. Each one is unique and brings many different qualities to the overall story.
Tillie Cole has written this book extremely well; it is clear to see how much love and emotion that she has given her work. Her writing style is clear, informative, and highly addictive, it will ensnare your attention and hold it until the very last page.
Her characters are well rounded, they have and do endure so much, you cannot help but be sucked into their lives and feel for them. These characters will find a way into your heart and make you want to know more. They interact with each other well; they talk, they argue, they fight. They display their emotions in ways that can be related to by just about everyone.
I am looking forward to reading book #2 and the rest of the Hades Hangmen series.
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, Tillie Cole, is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.
Having been born and raised as a Teesside Smoggie, Tillie, at age nineteen, moved forty miles north to the ‘Toon’, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended Newcastle University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Religious Studies. She returned two years later to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching High School Social Studies. Tillie, regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven ‘proper mint’ and ‘lush’ years.
One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on her much loved and treasured Kindle, Tillie turned to her husband and declared, “D’you know, I have a great idea for a story. I could write a book.” Several months later, after repeating the same tired line at the close of another completed story, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and “just bloody do it!” For the first time in eleven years, Tillie actually took his advice (he is still trying to get over the shock) and immediately set off on a crazy journey, delving deep into her fertile imagination.
Tillie, ever since, has written from the heart. She combines her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!). She also has a serious side (believe it or not!) and loves to immerse herself in the complex study of World Religions, History and Cultural Studies and creates fantasy stories that enable her to thread serious issues and topics into her writing — yep, there’s more to this girl than profanity and sparkles!
After six years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have finally given up their nomadic way of life and settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap wearing, Stetson-sporting cowgirl… Ye-haw!
She is a complicated structure, catering to the needs of each patron. Some of those needs, shall we say, are specialized. Step inside, enjoy the glorious beauty of the Hotel, and perhaps accept an exclusive invitation.
Dear Honored Guest,
Enclosed you will find an exclusive invitation to the 31 Overlook Hotel Masquerade Ball. Due to the nature of the ultimate outcome of the festivities, the hotel has requested the explicit details of the event, and what will culminate afterwards, will not be revealed until Midnight at the ball. We promise to delight and not disappoint.
Please understand that if you are holding this invitation then you are among a small group of selected, very important individuals for attendance.
We do not expect an RSVP. Please arrive with your invitation and present it at the front desk during check-in. If you have not spent time at our resort prior, please note that we do have tailored menus available for our guests with refined, specialized tastes. This can be addressed upon arrival.
As always, I am here to serve.
The Night Manager
A collaboration by:
JA Stone J.C. Seal L.L. Hunter Charlotte Brice Tina Morlock Kyra Quinn L.P. Dillon Evi Star
Leann Ryans Louise Dawn Luna Sela Jessica Mandella Karen Black Darcee VanMullekom T. A. Moorman T.M. Haught DL James C J Bahr Lorelai Watson Scarlett Holloway Sandra Daniels Paula Acton Andreea Pryde Lennie Grace MJ Vieira Ron Stelle Ripley Archer Stephen Goss S.K. Yule Kira Burns -with Hargrove Perth as the Night Manager.
✫.•° Book Links °•.✫
Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US
✫.•° My Review °•.✫
This is the first time I have read one story written by so many authors. I was a little sceptical to start with as to whether this would work. But after reading 31 Overlook Hotel I can say I was pleasantly surprised.
The mix of authors and their writing styles does work, they compliment each other. And the use of one author as the hotel’s Night Manager keeps everyone tied together.
31 Overlook Hotel has many different characters; it can get a little confusing every now and then. There are many different smaller stories contained within its overall story. There is never a dull moment!
Most authors have done a fantastic job and written their parts extremely well with plenty of detail. I felt there were a few that could have added more detail to their chapters just to help set the mental image better.
Overall, I enjoyed reading 31 Overlook Hotel. After reading chapters by so many different authors I will be looking at picking up some of their individual works to see what they are like.
Before he was the UK’s most wanted vigilante, he was the UK’s deadliest weapon.
After a mission in Afghanistan goes wrong, highly decorated sniper Sam Pope finds himself trapped behind enemy lines. Injured and abandoned, Sam is taken in by a local doctor, in a town under the threat of a local terrorist cell. As they close in, Sam must fight not just for his own survival, but the survival of the doctor and his family.
Set ten years before his war against organised crime, experience Sam Pope’s fight for justice turn into a fight for survival.
An action packed, pulse racing prequel to the international best selling series, THE RIGHT REASON is a must for Sam Pope fans.
The Right Reason is a well-paced, action filled short read. It fills in Sam’s back story and gives an insight into what Sam has gone through, what has made him into the man he is.
It shows a different side to Sam, I already new Sam ‘the deadly assassin’ but now I feel like I know Sam the man before he became the assassin.
Rob’s writing style is informative, fluent, and engaging. Rob has managed to write a breadcrumb trail that captured my attention and had me hooked; wanting and needing to know more.
The Right Reason is another great addition to the Sam Pope series. It was a joy to read and I am intrigued to see what Rob has in store for Sam next.
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
I am a thirty two year old man child with aspirations of writing stories for a living!
Writing is my life and since I can remember it is something I have naturally done, be it silly stories at school or role-playing games during my teens. I was about 16/17 when I designed my first comic book series and since then have swung from idea to idea.
Then in March 2015, I released ONE BY ONE with the sole intention of getting one five star review. It far exceeded that and since then I have written DOORWAYS, which was signed up by Urbane Publications in September 2015 and released in October 2016. Again, the response has been overwhelming.
I saw my books hit the Waterstones charts but the end goal soon changed. I have since reclaimed the rights to Doorways and am now taking the Bermuda Jones series down the Self-Publishing route. It’s an exciting time.
I dream up rugged anti-heroes or crazy worlds on a fairly regular basis and I have promised myself they will all be committed to the written word. Believe me!
As always, you readers are more important than you know and I hope you will continue to read and enjoy. Also, make sure you sign up to the Reader Group!
In the underworld when a leader falls, another leader is ready to rise. I’m that leader. This is my time to rule.
But stepping into my brother’s shoes, comes with a price, an inheritance of both gold and blood.
Are you ready for a war? No rules, no boundaries. Every man for himself.
“You take from me, I take from you. I’m heartless and abide to one rule and one rule only: protect La Famiglia.
Protect my own blood. The rest of you don’t count. My name is Ramirez, Ramirez De la Crux but they call me The Soulless Man.
Note to reader: Crux is a mafia, dark romance novel. Although it can be read as a standalone, it is highly recommended that you read Skins, Scars, and Filomena first, to fully understand characters, love stories, secrets and course of events.
If you enjoyed reading Skins and Scars, then Crux will blow you away. You could read Crux as a standalone, but I would highly recommend reading Skins and Scars first, it will make Crux much better.
Crux is the story of Ramirez De La Crux, it follows Ramirez as he steps into Alejandro’s shoes. Ramirez never wanted to be a leader, especially not of the ‘De La Crux’ empire. But now Alejandro is gone, Ramirez must step up and take the reins.
This book is an incredible rollercoaster ride of dark, twisted, and emotional events. The emotion and heartbreak that Ramirez experiences is palpable. Crux shows us how a dark, secretive soulless man can be the complete opposite; how he can be a scared boy, not knowing who he can trust.
Crux gives us the back story behind Ramirez and how he became ‘The Soulless Man’. It shows us the many sides to Ramirez. Crux is raw, gritty, dark, twisted and heart breaking. The twists, turns, secrets and emotion make Crux a powerfully compelling, addictive, and thrilling story.
Crux showcases author Laura Rossi’s talent for writing such dark and twisted stories. Laura has the balance of emotion and details exactly right. She ensnares her readers and pulls them so far into their world, that you will forget where reality is.
I’m gutted that I’ve come to the end of Crux, and I can only hope that there will be more from Ramirez De La Crux in the future.
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
My name is Laura Rossi and I am a dreamer, the kind that walks around all day and likes to go back and forth, from the real world to her own little world.
I have two kids and a fantastic partner. We work together in our little pharmacy in Italy.
After travelling around the world with my family and living abroad a few years, I graduated in Criminology and Psychology in London and worked with juvenile offenders for two years, before moving back to Italy.
I’ve been writing since I was thirteen but never published any of my manuscripts until 2016, when I completed Counterpoints book 1 after many happy, sleepless nights.
I am allergic to staticism, I cannot sit still. I love to travel and meet new people. When I am not busy working or being a mommy, you can find me at a car race event (I am a big Formula one fan) or at a rock gig, or on the beach fantasizing about new character and new stories I’d like to write.
Nathan Davenport is being stalked by Isabella Ravini, the feral vampire who stole his human life over a hundred and sixty years ago. She made him her fledging, a slave for her dark, evil purposes—hunting humans. After a few years she released him, and Nathan reluctantly learned to accept the cursed life she’d foisted upon him.
Over time he amassed a great fortune, which today has made him famous worldwide. Isabella decides she wants to be a part of this world of fame and fortune Nathan created for himself. She’s determined to marry him, and love has nothing to do with it. His money is her primary target, and the fame and prestige attached to being the wife of one of the richest men in the world wouldn’t be so bad either.
In an effort to evade her until he can figure out how to stop her, he hides at a safe house he owns in New Orleans. One Saturday evening in NOLA, he decides to have dinner in the city.
He chooses a quiet little Italian bistro, never imagining this night will change his life forever.
The human woman who delivers his order isn’t a server, but the restaurant’s sous chef, a beautiful ethnic woman possessing the most delicious blood scent he’s ever encountered.
The moment Mia Peebles arrives at his table with his plate, tasting her becomes an obsession. Mia wants nothing to do with him because of Nathan’s reputation as a playboy. So Nathan enchants her, feeds from her, but his lusts for her blood and body play havoc with his thinking.
Nathan finds a way to bring her into his life as his personal chef and quickly falls in love with her. The trouble is Mia has no idea he’s a vampire because during the enchanting episodes, Nathan blocked her memories of those sensual encounters.
How will Nathan tell her the truth without losing her and keep Isabella from finding him? Or worst yet, will Isabella discover how much Mia has come to mean to him?
Forever and a Night is a vampire romance novel. It is the story of Nathan Davenport; a centuries old vampire, and Mia Peebles; a human divorced mother of 3. These two characters lead completely different lives.
Mia is a divorced mother of three grown girls, she has no idea that vampires exist, let alone that a centuries old vampire is taking quite an interest in her. Mia believes that Nathan is a Playboy, and when he shows interest in her, she wants nothing to do with him.
Nathan Davenport has taken refuge at his New Orleans home as he is being stalked by a feral vampire. The feral vampire is none other than Isabella; the vampire that created Nathan. Isabella only wants to marry Nathan, not because she loves him but for his fame and fortune. Nathan wants nothing to do with Isabella, in fact he wants her dead. Mia on the other hand Nathan wants to know everything about her. After meeting her in the restaurant where she works, he tastes her and then becomes a little obsessed with her.
Lana has written a well thought out vampire tale, that is full of twists, turns and secrets. These characters have unique characteristics and they interact well together. These characters have their own backstories, that gives them all credibility and makes them much more realistic and believable.
The author has woven the twists, turns and secrets into the plot in such a way that each event leads seamlessly to the next and keeps you intrigued. The writing style is both informative and engrossing. It sucks the reader in and keeps a hold of your attention from the beginning until the end.
Overall this is a pretty good vampire story with a few differences to others of this type that I’ve read.
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
Hi. I’m Lana Campbell author of the Forever and a Night vampire series. The first book in my series Forever and a Night was published 4/16. Dark Experiments the second book in my series came along 5/17. Just recently I published book three, Deadly Secrets. And there are more to come because I love writing paranormal romance. I live in Avoca, AR with my husband, oldest daughter and a cat. I love talking to fans. You can find me on my Face book street team.
Release Date: October 6, 2020 We would like to give a huge thank you to JMN Art with Covers by Julie, CJC Photography and Model Jackie Coleman for donating their services to create this cover
13 Slayers. 13 Missions. 13 Standalone Stories Set within a Universe of Violence.
Welcome to the world of E.V.I.E.
A place where vampires come to die.
These Slayers don’t play. They’re fierce, badass, and court the creatures of the night. Some protect our existing reality, while others venture to realms far away to hunt down bloodsucker bounties. Each plot and twist comes at a price.
There will be blood.
There will be death.
There will be forbidden affairs.
These stories have bite and feature passion and kickass heroines.
Enter if you dare.
And don’t forget your stake.
This is a limited edition charity anthology. All proceeds benefit Best Friends Animal Society, and each story includes a Happily Ever After/Happily For Now ending.
Near the end of Nabokov’s Lolita, Humbert makes an honest admission: “[A]nd it struck me…that I simply did not know a thing about my darling’s mind.” That line sums up the isolate game of memorializing a deceased loved one, which is the basic tension in Nina’s Memento Mori, an elegy to Mathias Freese’s lost wife. The profound responsibility of answering the question “Who was Nina?” is left to the lone memoirist:
“I can say or write anything I want about her…There is much writerly power in that. I am the executor of her probate in all things now. She is mine now in ways she could not be when alive. I am the steward of her memory. “
Freese ends up analyzing himself, putting the “me” in “memento” and the “i” in “mori,” thanks to ever-giving Nina posthumously providing a therapeutic mirror or “Rosebud,” which Freese appropriates from Citizen Kane. But Freese mourns more over the burden of existence than over its loss. Appropriately, for Kane is not about the symbolic sled as much as it’s about the cumulative snow that buries it.
The i Tetralogy — i, I Am Gunther, Gunther’s Lament, Gunther Redux — is the gut-wrenching epic depiction of the dehumanization of man through an incisive observation of three pivotal characters. Each of them, victim, perpetrator, and murderer’s son, is inextricably linked by the varying dimensions of their moral nature. Assaying the monumental impact of the Holocaust, this species-shattering event, the tetralogy elucidates a truth about humanity: the Holocaust has forever defined the species as indelibly damaged, capable on a molecular level of killing and consuming its own. The reader experiences this unvarnished–perhaps axiomatic–truth about humanity, which no revisionist can deny. The reader also ponders the risk in forgetting, in sanitizing, in “sweetening” the Holocaust.
“Freese says that ‘memory must metabolize [the Holocaust] endlessly,’ and his book certainly turns hell into harsh nourishment: keeps us alert, sharpens our nerves and outrage, forbids complacent sleep so the historical horror can’t be glossed over as mere nightmare. The Holocaust wasn’t a dream or even a madness. It was a lucid, non-anomalous act that is ever-present in rational Man. In the face of this fact Freese never pulls punches. Rather, his deft, brutal, and insightful words punch and punch until dreams’ respite are no longer an option and insanity isn’t an excuse.”
—David Herrle, Author of Sharon Tate and the Daughters of Joy
“… Freese’s haunting lament might best be explained (at least to me) by something Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote about Herman Melville’s endless search for answers to questions that perplexed him all his adult life. Melville was incessantly obsessed with what one might call the why of it all-life, death, metaphysical mysteries. Similar to Freese, Melville was repeatedly afflicted with a dark and depressive state of mind.”
“Author Mathias Freese was not himself a Holocaust survivor, but you’d never know it. This is a descriptive work, a symbolic work, and a work on the moral features of the twentieth century. We see and feel and experience the day to day life of the concentration camp inmate…the horror of it all, the utter horror of it all. Yet there is a thread of life, or to life, which keeps the human being going, striving always for hope. Freese is a psychotherapist himself, one who explores the intricacies of the psyche, and in i he provides us readers with a masterwork of the mystery of what keeps us alive, and human. Read this book…you’ll never see things in quite the same way again. It’s a rare gift.”
–Robert B. Simmonds, Ph.D.
✫.•° Book purchase link °•.✫
Out of Print — See Thei Tetralogy
Down to a Sunless Sea
✫.•° Synopsis °•.✫
Down to a Sunless Sea plunges the reader into uncomfortable situations and into the minds of troubled characters. Each selection is a different reading experience-poetic, journalistic, nostalgic, wryly humorous, and even macabre. An award-winning essayist and historical novelist, Mathias B. Freese brings the weight of his twenty-five years as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist into play as he demonstrates a vivid understanding of-and compassion toward-the deviant and damaged.
In this impressive and varied collection of creative essays, Mathias B. Freese jousts with American culture. A mixture of the author’s reminiscences, insights, observations, and criticism, the book examines the use and misuse of psychotherapy, childhood trauma, complicated family relationships, his frustration as a teacher, and the enduring value of tenaciously writing through it all. Freese scathingly describes the conditioning society imposes upon artists and awakened souls. Whether writing about the spiritual teacher, Krishnamurti, poet and novelist, Nikos Kazantzakis, or film giants such as Orson Welles and Buster Keaton, the author skewers where he can and applauds those who refuse to compromise and conform. A psychotherapist for twenty-five years, Freese conveys a unique combination of psychodynamic thinking and Eastern philosophy while examining Existentialism, alternative education, and Jewish values. His award-winning novel, The i Tetralogy, is a groundbreaking contribution to Holocaust literature and a critically acclaimed work of “undying artistic integrity.” His short story collection, Down to a Sunless Sea, was published in 2008. At the core of these essays is the author’s struggle to authentically express his unique perspective, to unflinchingly reveal a profound visceral truth, along with a passionate desire to be completely alive and aware.
“Tesserae: A Memoir of Two Summers stands above much of the crowd in its commitment to ask, ‘What is it to remember?’ Mathias B. Freese, tenderly plaiting a web that spreads from Woodstock, Las Vegas, Long Island, and North Carolina, locates friends and family, lovers long since gone, desire and passion sometimes quenched sometimes unrequited, and the harrowing agony that comes from that most soul-crushing word of all, regret. But Tesserae is not a work of sadness and grief. Rather, it is an effort from a trained psychotherapist adept at understanding the feelings that we all have. The quiescence found has a staying effect upon the mind; this memoir lingers in the reader’s memory for some time.”
— Steven Berndt, Professor of American Literature, College of Southern Nevada
And Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau tells the story of a New York City man who becomes an Alabama man. Despite his radical migration to simpler living and a late-life marriage to a saint of sorts, his persistent pet anxieties and unanswerable questions follow him. Mathias Freese wants his retreat from the societal “it” to be a brave safari for the self rather than cowardly avoidance, so who better to guide him but Henry David Thoreau, the self-aware philosopher who retreated to Walden Pond “to live deliberately” and cease “the hurry and waste of life”? In this memoir, Freese wishes to share how and why he came to Harvest, Alabama (both literally and figuratively), to impart his existential impressions and concerns, and to leave his mark before he is gone.
MATHIAS B. FREESE is a writer, teacher, and psychotherapist who has authored eight books. After his first novel, The i Tetralogy on the Holocaust, his second work, I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust, won the Beverly Hills Book Award, Reader’s Favorite Book Award, and was a finalist in the Indie Excellence Book Awards, the Paris Book Festival, and the Amsterdam Book Festival. In 2016 Tesserae: A Memoir of Two Summers, his first memoir, received seven awards. The following year his second memoir appeared, And Then I Am Gone.