Deviations from the Norm by Mark Allan Gunnells

January 28, 2019 - 8:56 pm No Comments

Early last week as part of LGBTQ+ month Ginger Nuts of Horror posted an interview with Mark Allan Gunnells. If you want to read more of the interview here it is http://gingernutsofhorror.com/interviews/lgbtq-focus-five-minutes-with-author-mark-allan-gunnells

 

I was introduced to this author’s work when I read Where the Dead Go to Die in collaboration with Aaron Dries. Mark Allan Gunnells is one author that when a new book is released, I one-click straight away. Deviations from the Norm is the latest release

Deviations from the Norm by Mark Allan Gunnells

Published 22nd September 2018

302 pages

This book consists of three novellas of variant lengths, each one with a different theme and all three will draw you in.

The Unholy Eucharist is the longest of the novellas. When Peter, a stranger to Father Ryan wants to tell him his story, he didn’t believe what he was hearing.  Spanning over centuries this story tells the tale of the events leading up the 1st vampire and how he learnt to survive. With a well-known religious story as the backstory, I really enjoyed this novella. As the story progresses, you follow Peter on a journey that has its ups and downs, going from someone who everyone loved to a loathed creature. As I was reading this story I really felt for Peter as all he wanted to do was save a life. As it covers a long period of time, you appreciate how Peter had to adapt to the society he was living in, to protect his secret and others that he came into contact with. Having to learn to make his own decision from all the information and dramatic life-changing events thrown at him. The ending to this story was ingenious and has you wondering what would happen next.

Kronoz: Martin Garland had not had a good childhood, living with an alcoholic mom, he never knew who his father was and was too scared to ask. However, after one drinking session, his mom revealed a secret that would have an everlasting memory. Whilst his childhood wasn’t perfect, his adult life was a success. Throughout all his success, he had a burning desire to help his mom and Kronoz was invented. Martin was one of those characters that I took an instant like to, whilst he had a difficult upbringing, he never made excuses and always tried to be the best. The older he got, he always kept that ethos with whatever he was doing. The invention of time travel have you wondering what would you do in that situation and I could understand why it was done.     

The Price of Success is a story of two university friends who both studying English. Throughout their education, there was talk of a book collaboration and whilst they both dream of success as authors, only one gets what they think they want. Mat and Brad were complete opposites and as you read this story,  you realise how much their personality changes with the success that is given. When the deal is made with Mr Pyre, the twists that follow have you guessing where the story was taking you. The story reached a perfect ending, which I was pleased to read.

This is a good read for any horror or fantasy reader. The stories are short enough for you to read in one sitting as once you start one, you will not want to put it down. I am looking forward to what this author is going to bring out in 2019     

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