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Dead Soul Mary: A Novel (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

M.J. Winn

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“Excellent… Well crafted…”
—The Eternal Night

Can Megan stop the plague of violence before it becomes unstoppable?

That’s the question raised in DEAD SOUL MARY, a literary horror novel in the traditions of Richard Matheson, Clive Barker, and Stephen King.

Megan Bauer, a spirited seventeen-year-old high school student, didn’t know souls could become sick. She didn’t know souls could die while the host lives on, unaware. But she’s going to find out. Within M.J. Winn's chilling horror novel, DEAD SOUL MARY, Megan must save good people from brutally turning against one another in unprovoked, bloodthirsty rages. But is there time? For she must first defeat her own demons before taking on the utterly terrifying one that is incubating an evil, supernatural virus. Can Megan stop the plague of violence before it becomes unstoppable?

“…a feast of fine reading that any horror connoisseur could appreciate”
—Post Mortem Magazine

Because the characters matter…
Consider “The Walking Dead,” the most watched cable television series today. It’s killing in the ratings although the carnage within the show is secondary to its rich character development and engaging storylines. The series is more literate than most. M.J. Winn also develops characters in order to make the terror lunge off the page and into the minds of readers.

"To his credit, the author's writing style and command of language is both original and refreshing… In addition, M.J. Winn is quite capable at character development. Horror fiction especially can fall prey to writers who can only produce cardboard cutouts in which the reader soon loses interest. Winn's protagonists become more and more alive with each scary turn of the page."
—ForewordReviews.com

Dead Soul Mary is a thrilling, character-driven horror novel written for people who like to be kept up late.

Because the writing style matters…
M.J. Winn writes with well-formed prose, dark humor, and painstaking care.

"In M.J. Winn’s work I can see shades of the most popular modern horror writers. And yet his dry, witty observations, his attention to detail, uncluttered prose and superbly rounded characters give it a style all of its own.
— Paul Kane, author of Alone (In the Dark) and Touching the Flame

Because the story matters…
DEAD SOUL MARY is deceptively simple. Megan Bauer, a young Korean-American girl must combat a sociopath, a delusional “Typhoid Mary” who is purposely spreading a virus that infects not the physical being, but a person’s very essence. The disease attacks the inner duality of human nature that exists within each of us. Right and wrong become shuffled. Savage acts of violence follow. Once the illness gets a foothold, the corrupted soul soon dies, and the host is consumed by hate. Desmond, a brutal, career criminal, willfully infects innocent people. Megan becomes one of his victims. Before she can save society, she must first save herself.

It's always a pleasant discovery to find a new author able to write dark fiction in an appealing way, to deal with horrific themes without resorting to gore and carnage, to unnerve the readers without disgusting them with grand-guignolesque scenarios. Michael Winn is such an author.
—Bookideas

Because the author matters…
M.J. Winn is a writer and a police officer who lives in Long Island, New York. His published works have won acclaim.

“M.J. Winn will soon be linked to the other great suspense horror writers and will soon be asked to join their club.
—ScribesWorld Reviews

Dead Soul Mary is quality fiction written for a discerning, mature readership…
because good books matter.

Biographie de l'auteur

Michael James Winn is a writer and a police officer who lives in Long Island, NY with his wife and two children. In addition to fiction writing, he enjoys reading, chess playing, and whiskey drinking, sometimes engaging in all of these lofty pursuits at the same time. Dead Soul Mary is Michael’s first full-length novel.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 888 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 607 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0984026940
  • Editeur : Janday Publishing (28 février 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IQEH8XY
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 `Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.' Cicero 25 mars 2014
Par Grady Harp - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Long Island author Michael James Winn is both a writer and a police officer whose debut novel DEAD SOUL MARY gives notice of an impressive new talent. Though there is an increasing number of writers incorporating horror stories into their shelve of themes, very likely due to the growing affinity for the genre as indicated by the popularity of serials such as the Twilight series, the Divergent series et al that seem to be devised with subsequent film adaptations that continue to tick coins into the coffers, there remain a relatively small number of writers to whom this genre seems so natural that their works have staying power - think Poe, HP Lovecraft, Richard Matheson, MR James, Dean Koontz, Algernon Blackwood, Stephen King. What makes these authors stand above the others is their ability to incorporate the incredulous moments into the landscape of stories that seem so organic that they are all the more strange and terrifying. There are elements in this very long debut novel that arise so frequently in the tale that their presence suggests that MJ Winn may just be stepping into that realm.

One particular aspect of Winn's capacity to scare the reader enough to check the lights and locked doors while reading is his very subtle dropping of hints about characters - a mere fragment of a sentence or a phrase that reveals how the mind of that character is functioning. And once we realize that Winn is dealing with that nebulous concept of souls, and the death of souls while the corporal housing remains living, he makes us search for clues that are present on every page of this elegant writing. Opening a story with a shuddering experience in 1968 in which a poor mother is bathing her child, noticing the child (Desmond) has a previously unnoted birthmark, and then slipping out of motherhood to open the door to a dark landlord for obligatory physical remuneration for the inability to make rent payments - in that first chapter, before the story begins Winn has set the stage for the dark deeds that will follow.

But the story, well synopsized elsewhere is as follows: 'Megan Bauer, a young Korean-American girl must combat a sociopath, a delusional "Typhoid Mary" who is purposely spreading a virus that infects not the physical being, but a person's very essence. The disease attacks the inner duality of human nature that exists within each of us. Right and wrong become shuffled. Savage acts of violence follow. Once the illness gets a foothold, the corrupted soul soon dies, and the host is consumed by hate. Desmond, a brutal, career criminal, willfully infects innocent people. Megan becomes one of his victims. Before she can save society, she must first save herself.' The ability to draw the reader into the concept of soul death and still make the story a mystery driven thriller takes talent - a gift MJ Winn so obviously has. He writes with the skill of a poet, imbues his narration with dark humor, creates a plot scenario like a playwright, and all the while keeps his story as fine literature. Talent, incipient notoriety. Read and see. Grady Harp, March 14
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic! 13 avril 2014
Par Jay Mittener - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I would fist like to say that this cover art is exceptional. I will admit that I readily, easily, and regularly DO judge a book by it's cover and this one wins. It's a beautiful photo that combined with the title make buying and reading a no-brainer.

M.J. Winn comes out of the gates with his first published novel and should be exceptionally proud. It is a book that immerses you immediately and keeps the pages turning.

The novel is unique in that it spans a great time frame from late 60's into the early 2K's, and Winn handily is able to use both image and vocabulary to put you in the place in time. This is a rare talent. This is a thriller, maybe even a horror story to some- and it will leave you with a gasp stuck right in the middle of your throat.

This is definitely an adult book with mature themes, but let's face it the genre calls to the 16-25 set and given society today I think it's appropriate for a later teen to adult.

Thanks for a great book, keep them coming.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Scary, gruesome, thought provoking 14 avril 2014
Par MrsG - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Dolores has lost her job and is facing eviction. In order to save the roof over her and her son Desmond’s head she succumbs to the sexual favors in order to stay where she is. Desmond leads a life of criminal activity and does bad things to people. Megan, a typical 17-year old teenager is trying to find her way and teams up with an unlikely ally with Drew. There are many story lines to follow in this scary novel and at times I felt a little lost, but I kept reading and in the end it all comes together. The author has such an imagination for stories which makes this book so good. It is a bit scary and gruesome, but if you don’t mind definitely read it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Author M.J. Winn does an outstanding job is his débuts novel Dead Soul Mary! 12 avril 2014
Par Michael Beas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Author M.J. Winn does an outstanding job is his débuts novel Dead Soul Mary.

This is a modern-day real horror story that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time and will have you sleeping with the lights on. Brilliant and gripping are the two words that best describe this book. I would say that this novel is a cross between Dean Koontz and E. A. Poe except on a whole other level.

Main Character Megan Vauer is a 17 year-old girl who has her work cut out for her in wicked fashion as she tries to save her life and soul. The way her character is described and developed in the story is phenomenal and is multidimensional that keeps you engulfed the entire time. Not an easy task to accomplish.

Once I got started I could not put this one down. Words to best describe this novel are, Gripping, Original, Haunting, Terrifying and Descriptive that will captivate your mind and senses all throughout. I had to say it was quite disheartening to see it come to an end and left me wanting more.

5 Stars and highly recommended
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Frightening, Well-Written, and Unsettling Horror Novel 9 avril 2014
Par E. Lucas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
“Dead Soul Mary” is a deliberately plotted, disturbing horror novel that will stay with you long after you close the covers or power off your e-reader.

The story begins in 1968, and an impoverished mother who loves her son, Desmond, is about to make a hard choice to pay the rent and keep a roof over their heads. That choice and subsequent abuse will twist Desmond into an angry, violent young man who is in and out of prison—and it seems he’s about to go away for a long time until a grotesque young boy that only he can see sets him free into the world again.

At the same time, a young girl named Megan is your typical teenage girl—she hates her body, is jealous of her friend, and is awkward around boys even though she longs to have one like her. Her biggest problem is getting a date to prom—that is, until violence starts breaking out in the community and people start turning up murdered. She becomes unlikely allies with an officer named Drew, and together they start to piece together the horror that is stalking their town and spreading outward.

I have nothing but praise for this book—I’m a huge fan of Stephen King and this reminded me of his work, but with defter prose (sometimes King gets a little clumsy). The strands of the plot flow together beautifully—there are moments where you as a reader say “Oh, so that’s how this character fits in—and there’s an ominous and steadily rising sense of tension throughout. Desmond is a chilling character in his relentless path to change the world for the worst, and he’s so evil that his sad backstory doesn’t quite succeed in making him sympathetic. Megan, as the young girl who eventually opposes him, is often unlikeable—she’s selfish and can be cruel—but she’s very realistic as a teenager, confused and unsure of herself and trying to belong. My favorite character was Drew—though worn down, he still tries to do what is right and is ultimately a heroic, appealing figure. The author also does a good job of switching back and forth between these characters perspectives, building out the world he has created in a fully realized reading experience with some truly startling, unsettling images (for instance, Megans recurring nightmares of being in a pit, starving and suffering).

It’s well-written, very scary, and superbly plotted—I would recommend “Dead Soul Mary” to any reader who enjoys horror fiction.
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