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Posted September 7, 2011
Love Classic Horror - You Must Read This!
Invisible Fences is a lot like the small present you get on Christmas that turns out to be the best of your entire holiday haul. Beautifully written, nostalgic, mysterious, creepy, sometimes sad, Invisible Fences explores a childhood lost and the man bound by the limitations set by his parents and his own mind. And unlike so many books that start with a wondrous promise, Norman Prentiss's novella supplies a haunting ending that will surprise you. As I read the book, I kept drawing comparisons to the classic, Something Wicked This Way Comes, not so much for the thematic content, but more for the careful craftmanship that went into unfolding the story. This is what horror storytelling, no, all storytelling, is about. Highly recommended!
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Posted March 12, 2010
This is a chilling tale
Nathan had an ordinary childhood until his half sister died; which plunged his mother into a depression that made her a recluse who could not leave the house nor throw anything out. Their home was covered with piles everywhere making it impossible to walk. Both his parents told him and his sister Pam cautionary tales that made each fear even crossing the street.
Nathan and Pam were in the woods near his best friend Aaron's home. An accident occurs and Aaron falls into the overflowing creek and cannot get out. Neither of his two companions can swim, but both refuse to give up on rescuing Aaron. They come up with an idea, but as they leave the woods with their friend still in the water Aaron curses them. Later Nathan goes to visit Aaron; his friend's brother beats him up.
Nathan and his family move to another state; where he grows up into a male "spinster", afraid to take even the slightest chance. However, after his parents die, something from their warnings surfaces to challenge Nathan's Invisible fences that allow no risks.
The child is the adult as the impressionable boy is frightened by his parents by their stories into fearing life. Nathan faces a supernatural essence that is a horror from his childhood; leaving readers to wonder if he psychologically created his demon. This is a chilling tale as Norman Prentiss provides a profound look at the child inside the adult whose fear is palpable while the audience wonders if it is externally real or internal psychosomatically real.
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Posted May 20, 2013
Posted May 10, 2013
The story led the reader along a nostalgic path with a deviation
The story led the reader along a nostalgic path with a deviation at the end that showed us that we were not on the path we thought. Very entertaining.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2013
Posted August 25, 2013
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