Friday, August 26, 2016

Blister by Jeff Strand [5 stars]

From the Description
They call her Blister. She’s a hideously disfigured twenty-three year old woman, living in a shed next to her father’s house, hidden away from the world.

Jason Tray is a successful cartoonist, banished to his agent’s lakeside cabin for a few days of mandatory rest and relaxation. One night, while hanging out with a couple of the locals at a dive bar, he takes them up on their offer to go "see Blister," having no idea what they’re talking about.

He peeks through the window at the most nightmarish thing he’s ever seen.

In the morning, he wakes up, hung over and regretful. He’s better than this. He needs to…apologize?

From the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of PRESSURE, DWELLER, and WOLF HUNT comes a tale of fiendish secrets, ghastly crimes, and human monsters.

Publication Date: June 21, 2016

Publisher: Sinister Grin Press

Publication Length: 215 pages

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this story. If you would like a copy of the book for review or to conduct an interview with Jeff Strand, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, Marketing and Publicity at Sinister Grin Press and Hook of a Book Media:

Blister is a darkly humorous tale of love, murder, and secrets. I was hooked on this book from the very start. The main character, Jason, is sarcastic, self-depreciating, and totally likeable, Rachel is just as sarcastic and is an utterly sympathetic character. The way that Jason got revenge on the boys who were tormenting his dog, Ignatz was genius from both a dog & horror lovers point of view. When he is discussing music with Rachel and said his favorite song is Timothy by The Buoys, I almost spit my coffee out with laughter. How can you not love a character whose favorite song is about cannibalism, I've included the video below for those of you not familiar with this catchy little tune. Rachel's story is heartbreaking and, as Jason uncovers the secrets of those around her, sometimes terrifying. While not your typical horror story Blister does have some horrifying moments, but over all it's a tale of the blindness of love and how far we'll go to protect it. I highly recommend this fast paced and enchanting 5 star read.
Timothy - The Buoys (1971)

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About the Author
Jeff Strand was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but moved to Fairbanks, Alaska when he was six months old, so his memories of Baltimore are hazy. He grew up in the cold, where he desperately wanted to be a cartoonist. Then he wanted to make video games. Then he wanted to write movies. Actually, he still wants to do all of those things, but for now he's quite happy writing lots of demented novels

He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. His novel Pressure has been optioned for film; he's hoping the movie will be made soon so he can scream "My baby! What have you done to my precious baby?!?"

His novels are usually classified as horror, but they're really all over the place, from comedies to thrillers to drama to, yes, even a fairy tale

Because he doesn't do cold weather anymore, he lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and a deaf cat.
You can find him at his website, Gleefully Macabre, Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads

Praise for Jeff Strand

"Pressure is the closest I've come to having a nightmare with my eyes still open." —Jay Bonansinga, bestselling author of Twisted, Frozen, and The Sinking of the Eastland

"This dark and mesmerizing novel left me shaking." —Gary A. Braunbeck, Stoker Award-winning author of Prodigal Blues

"Jeff Strand is a funny, deeply disturbed individual." —Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season and The Girl Next Door

"With Blister, Jeff Strand balances horror with beauty and finds that most rarest thing of all: love. Impossible to put down, rich with character and humor, Blister explodes off the page. Quite simply: it rocks." — Peter Adam Salomon, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of All Those Broken Angels