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SONGS OF THE MANIACS
Mickey J. Corrigan
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS AN EBOOK, NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT!
From her office at a mental health institute on the outskirts of modern day Miami, a troubled young woman counsels deeply disturbed clients while coping with her own heightening concerns. These include frightening consciousness lapses, violent memories of a high school sexual relationship, a menacing stalker, and an annoyingly arousing visitor who may or may not be insane.
In stark, lyrical prose, Songs of the Maniacs shares a young woman's search for illumination as she attempts to understand her past, present, and true self. When she allows herself to take a deeper look at the people and events that make up her life as a counselor for the insane, she is drawn into the hallucinogenic reality her clients are struggling to control. The hypnotic pull of the story lies in the mystery of the storyteller herself and her murky, uneasy sense of doom. A seductive and chilling short novel, Songs of the Maniacs is a fascinating descent into the abyss beneath the lush surfaces of contemporary American paradise.
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- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Lewd Pony Press (August 17, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982848293
- ISBN-13: 978-0982848296
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan lives and writes and gets into trouble in South Florida, where the men run guns and the women run after them.
Mickey writes spicy fiction with a sense of humor. The men run cool and deep. The women are tough and can take care of themselves, thank you. But most find time for the deserving lover in between creating dream protection software, learning the art of professional grieving, morphing into gorillas, busting billion dollar hedge funds, and other everyday activities.
Recent books include the edgy novellas in The Hard Stuff series (Whiskey Sour Noir, Vodka Warrior, Tequila Dirty, and RealLife Rum); the thriller Sugar Babies; and the spoofy crime novels The Blow Off and Ex-Treme Measures. Salt Publishing will release Project XX, a crime novel, in 2017.
Mickey's work has been compared to the Matrix and the Twilight Zone, so don't expect to sit back and coast on any of these wild fictional rides. And watch out for the mindblow twists, they're around every corner.
What more will stem your curiosity than a mental hospital? Take a good look at the picture on the cover of the book. Eerie? I love this book. The author writes with the reader in mind, not the author. She doesn't give you the same ordinary, predictable characters. You get the different, oddball, strange characters which I absolutely love. You can't predict them. We have a woman counselor who you imagine should have it all together as she listens to the disturbing stories of her clients. But while she's doing this, she is having issues of her own. She's having flashbacks of her high school sex life, violent memories. Sometimes she can't remember for a short period of time. She begins to wonder who she is. Does she even know? She is trying to figure all this out and it's a lot, past and present. This story has a darkness to it and as you read you begin to wonder is reality , real? If that isn't enough, a new, unknown mental disorder is swooping down on 1/4 of the population in south Florida. Swooping down at the same time a tropical storm is about to hit. The author gives you such vivid descriptions. I could feel the steam rising from the ground, the storm approaching as the wind begins to blow, a coolness over the heat of the day. The clear blue sky turning black with rolling clouds on the horizon. You know it's coming, just a matter of time. Same as the mental disorder. You know it's going to hit someone you know, but when. It's almost eerie how you can feel, smell and know in your mind, it's coming. The characters could be your friends, neighbors or even family. I know I said the characters were rather odd, strange and different but people are like that and believe you me, I know more than my share. While reading this you have to have an open mind and let the story and characters into your personal space. The author gives you so much to think about. I read and re read the stories the author gave on people who suffer from a mental disease. A persons emotions, what happens to them in life, other people, events, disappointments, so many things makes a person who they are and sometimes those events takes a person's mind to a dark place and it affects everything they do. This story is like a spider's web. So many thin threads going everywhere. Twists and turns and you think you've got a grip on what is going on and then....you turn the page. Did you ever wonder if we all aren't maniacs in one way or another? Something to think about. Exciting, surprising, thought provoking, sad, dark and I could go on. You get it all! I want more, much more! Thanks Ms. Corrigan.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Mickey J. Corrigan in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.
I would give this book a SOLID 5 STARS.