Thursday, June 2, 2016

Motorman by Robert E. Dunn [4.5 stars]

From the Description

Running from a night of humiliation and murder, Johnny Burris leaves the city and his junkyard home, fleeing into the Ozarks countryside. While on the road, mysterious streaks of blue light in the night sky drive him into a forgotten bit of nowhere lost in the hills. Johnny thinks he’s found home and good work in an odd little gas station from another time.

Johnny quickly gets pulled into a world where the cars aren’t the only things all chromed out and everything seems touched with the energy of the flying blue streaks that led Johnny there.

Enticed and torn between two sisters, one an outcast for her normality, the other a beautiful monster, Johnny becomes the pawn of their father. The old man is both the town’s mechanic and its Doctor. He’s looking for a replacement and Johnny Burris is the man with just the right skills.

When Johnny learns the truth behind the doctor’s plans, he runs, taking one of the "normal" sisters with him. But the town, and the girl, turn out to be even more than he imagined. And his w hole world comes down to just one choice, live as a monster, making monsters or die like a man. If he chooses to die, who will he take with him?

Print Length: 105 pages
Publisher: Necro Publications
Publication Date: May 21, 2016

I received an ARC of this novella in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book. For more fun and information follow along with the Motorman blog tour hosted by the always awesome Erin Al-Mehairi over at Oh,for the Hook of a Book. If you would like to join the tour email Erin at


Motorman is a combination of fast cars and Frankenstein coated generously in blue goo. With the feel of a grindhouse movie that you would have watched at the drive-in and some truly disturbing body horror this story had me hooked right from the start. Johnny is a mechanical wiz that is socially challenged and wholly sympathetic. I felt bad for him right from the start and I was rooting for him to escape from Doc and his daughters. Doc is a modern day Dr. Frankenstein with a god complex, creepy and compelling in a 'Don't drink the Kool-Aid' kind of way. My only problem with this novella is the length, I wanted to spend more time in this high octane fueled world. As a car girl, I loved the vintage muscle cars and racing, while as a horror junkie I wanted to keep being disturbed and horrified by Doc's body modifications. A fast paced and fun 4.5 star read.


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About the Author

Robert Dunn was an Army brat born in Alabama and finally settled in Nixa, Missouri. A graduate of Drury College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Film he also earned a second major in Philosophy with a minor in Religion and carried an emphasis in Theatre. This course of study left him qualified only to be a televangelist.

An award-winning film/video producer and writer, he has written scripts for or directed every kind of production from local 30-second television commercial spots to documentary productions and travelogues.

A writer of blognovels and contributor to various fiction websites his work has also included the book length prose poem,  Uncle Sam, the collection of short stories, Motorman and Other Stories and novels  Behind the Darkness   and  The Red Highway.

Mr. Dunn now resides in Kansas City where he continues to write genre fiction and experiment with mixed media art projects using hand drawn and painted elements combined through digital paint and compositing.

You can find Robert at his blog, Beware the Blog , or on Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads


Praise for Robert Dunn
"The Red Highway  is not one of the best books that I’ve read so far this year, or that I’ve read in a long time…it’s one of the best books that I’ve  ever  read!  It was an incredible read, one that has so many layers that I was completely enthralled with the story. 5+++ stars!"  -2 Book Lovers Reviews

"A thoroughly gripping read. Dunn is a writer with guts and the chops to grab his readers by the eyeballs and dare them to look away."
Hunter Shea, Author of  Tortures of the Damned  and  The Dover Demon

"With beautiful descriptive imagery, frequent bursts of sarcastic humor, and a healthy dose of dread, Dunn moves his tale forward with well paced cadence. He takes his time building things up, developing a strong sense of place, a meaningful conflict, and outstanding characters. In the final, fiery confrontation I found myself on the edge of my seat, clinching my teeth and rooting for the full-bodied, convincing, and likable cast of characters."
Shane Keene, ShotgunLogic Blog

"The Red Highway is a powerful and chilling read. If you’re looking for an original and intriguing thriller, give this one a look for sure."
Matthew Scott Baker, Shattered Ravings Blog