Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tunnelvision: 25th Anniversary Edition by R. Patrick Gates [4 stars]

From the Description
One fine day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight.
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other.
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
And came and killed the two dead boys.…
The empty airwaves of the mind…
Welcome to TunnelVision – the premium channel streaming from the imagination of R. Patrick Gates to you!
What happens when you lose sight of the forest for the trees?
Wilbur Clayton has a personal connection with Jesus – Murder! Abused for most of his life, Wilbur and Jesus are out to make amends and take revenge. With Grandma in his head and Jesus on the TunnelVision, Wilbur knows what must be done and who must be made to pay for the sins of the father…
The only thing standing in his way are a cop with a gift for details and deduction, and a young genius whose reenactments of his favorite books are about to become all too real.
TunnelVision – streaming seven days a week, 24 hours a day!
On the air and in your nightmares!
Publication Date: January 27, 2017
Publisher: Bloodshot Books
Publication Length: 395 pages
I received a copy of this book as part of the Tunnelvision publicity tour for review purposes. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review. For more info or to join min the fun follow along the tour with these hashtags: #Tunnelvision #BloodshotBooks #HookofaBook. If you are a blogger, author, or member of the media and you would like to feature Tunnelvision or R. Patrick Gates in a review or interview, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at

To call Tunnelvision disturbing would be accurate but wouldn't begin to cover the depravity and horror found within these pages. The abuse suffered by Wilbur Clayton as a child is stomach-churningly brutal, and thankfully only revealed in snippets. He couldn't help but grow up into a twisted serial killer. Bill Gage is a recovering alcoholic and an ex-cop with demons of his own. Ivy, my favorite character, a clever and imaginative 12 year old boy dealing with the death of his father and a group of bullies. When I started reading this book I had a hard time getting into it. The character's story lines felt very separated, like I was reading three books instead of one, but then around a quarter of the way through the book they started to come together. By the time I was halfway through I didn't want to put it down. While this isn't my favorite book by R. Patrick Gates (FYI that would be The Prison), it's definitely worth a read. Full of tension and visceral horror that will lurk in your memory long after the last page is read. A solid 4 star read.
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About the Author
R. Patrick Gates has been a teacher and writer for over thirty years. Besides Tunnelvision, which is currently being published in a 25 th anniversary edition, he is the author of Grimm Memorials and Grimm Reapings, (which have achieved cult status and been called 'horror classics' by Rave Reviews) and seven other critically acclaimed adult horror novels and at least ten young adult thrillers. Mr. Gates resides in Massachusetts with his wife and dogs, and dabbles in painting and acting in his spare time. You can find him online at his WEBSITE or follow him on Facebook.
"Gates writes with such all-stops out intensity even Stephen King’s faithful will admit the presence of an heir to the throne." –Publisher’s weekly review of FEAR.

"Hail to the new king!" —The Journal Express (FEAR)

"A true master of fright, Gates will keep you on the edge of your seat!" –Rave Reviews (GRIMM MEMS)

"An expert in terror!" -- Gary Brandner, best-selling author of The Howling.

"[Gates] does what many in the horror field find impossible: something different!" —Ray Garton, author of Live Girls

"A master of pulse-pounding terror! Read at your own risk!" Joe Citro, best-selling author of, The Unseen.

"A major talent!" -- James Kisner, Mystery Scene

"A Writer to be reckoned with! Gates spits in the face of convention and goes straight for the throat . . . rivals some of King’s best work!" -- Mike Baker, Afraid magazine.

"[Gates] knows the shape of our nightmares and peers with an unflinching eye into their darkest corners." —F. Paul Wilson, best-selling author of The Keep
"Grimm Memorials achieves…cult-classic status!" Rave Reviews

"Grimm Memorials is a fairy-tale turned nightmare by an expert in terror. Gates leads us by the hand into a fearsome fairy-tale forest and outdoes the fabled brothers at their Grimmest!" –Gary Brandner—best-selling author of The Howling.

"[Grimm Memorials] is the ultimate ‘child-in-peril’ novel." --Mystery Scene

"Grimm Memorials twists like a snake on crack; daring perverse, and original…surprising blood-drenched fun! It had everything you could hope for in a horror novel: cannibalism, bestiality, Satanic rituals, necrophilia, scary monsters, child mutilations, dwarf orgies, and good writing!" --Afraid

"Fear is an excellent, chilling debut! [It] delivers on the promise of its title." —Robert R. McCammon, best-selling author of Swan Song

"Fear is a highly-charged thriller…action-packed!" –Publisher’s Weekly

"Fear is TERRIFYING!" –The Boston Globe

"Fear is GRIPPING! Filled with suspense and unspeakable horror!" —Rave Reviews