Thursday, September 19, 2019

Book Excerpt: REDRUM

Below is an excerpt from Jack-o’-Lantern Press’s book, “Transylveinya Traveler: A Travel Guide for Monsters, Ghosts, Vampires, Aliens, Werewolves, Witches, Zombies, Demons … And Mad Scientists, Too.” 

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By Red Rum
Staff Litter-ature Writer

While spending time in The Carpathian Mountains, make sure you visit Jack in the Haunted Hotel.

Who’s Jack?

If you’ve seen the 1980 film, “The Shining,” then you know that in the late 1970s, author Jack “Dullboy” Torrance went up to the Overbooked Hotel in the Colorado Rockies (in the human world), to write the great American novel. He never returned.

But now the wait is finally over. Jack is, in fact, back, and his book, “Dull Boy,” is done. You have the chance to see Jack in the rotting flesh and pick up what critics are calling a masterpiece.

“Just read the first line of the piece,” said Jack-o’-Lantern Press “things” reviewer Werewolf Howler, who howled nothing but praise for Dullboy’s work. “It opens with, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ Is that not profound? The author then leads his readers through a series of work-and-play scenarios that seem never-ending, and then he drops a bomb during the final act. He writes, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ Wow. I won’t tell you how it ends.”

Some, however, are taking an ax to the new novel.

“I haven’t read it yet,” said Internet blogger Hal Lorann. “But I’m pretty sure it’s over-hyped, pretentious and not nearly as good as the unknown obscure pieces you can read on my blog, ‘Lorann’s Can.’”

During a recent press conference, Dullboy told reporters he killed to get his book into readers’ hands.

“It was a mad passion with me,” he said. “I have to thank my late wife and son for all they gave to make this a reality. Now, finally, heeeeere’s ‘Dull Boy.’”

“Dull Boy” will only be available at the Redrum Room Bookstore in the Haunted Hotel. Those here on weekends can meet Dullboy. He’ll read aloud from his book and “chop it up” with guests from dusk to dawn Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the bookstore from now until forever.
Sno-Cats will be on hand to take guests up to the hotel. Two-way radios and the aforementioned Sno-Cats will be sabotaged to ensure that you stay there through the winter.

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