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From her second floor apartment, she could hear only an indistinct, mumbled response, but she thought it came from little Paul Hernandez, who lived next door. A momentary silence ensued, and then she heard, "Are you going with your parents?"
Claire couldn't help but shudder at the dry, coarse quality of the voice. The speaker sounded like an elderly man, but the intentional distortion of his speech impressed her as vaguely sinister. Little Paul must have answered in the affirmative, for the speaker continued, "You look so cute. How would you like to go with me to myyy church?"
From the author, Mark Rainey:
"BALAK, like much of my fiction, is a part of a multi-layered, interconnected universe that draws heavily from the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft, while using the most modern of settings and characters. Many of the settings for BALAK are very real places in Chicago, which I attempted to capture and cast in a somewhat different light than they--at least probably--appear in real life."
Posted May 5, 2012
i tried to get through it as i paid for it, but the writing was just too bad.
Completely devoid of any atmosphere, but loaded with mundane details of characters eating meals, driving to work, and toileting.
"Claire did her business, flushed, and began to wash her hands."
Posted February 13, 2010
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