Dark Blessings: The Collection [NOOK Book]

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Dark Blessings is a collection of stories that takes the reader down paths only author John Paul Allen could imagine...Sinister notes from a secret neighbor...a soul gets a second chance...a road trip to hell...a child with an unusual appetite...death cries on an answering machine...a child's reluctant salvation...and a closet lover with deadly intentions...A look beyond reason and sanity and into the mind of madness.

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Dark Blessings: The Collection

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Overview

Dark Blessings is a collection of stories that takes the reader down paths only author John Paul Allen could imagine...Sinister notes from a secret neighbor...a soul gets a second chance...a road trip to hell...a child with an unusual appetite...death cries on an answering machine...a child's reluctant salvation...and a closet lover with deadly intentions...A look beyond reason and sanity and into the mind of madness.

What a wonderfully strange and unique writer. John Paul Allen is a significant find for me as a reader, and as a writer. I admire his work greatly.
Joe R. Lansdale

"John Paul Allen is a gifted author and one of my personal favorites. If you haven't tried him, now's the time."
John R. Little, The Memory Tree

"Allen writes with the precision of a brain surgeon--skilled, confident, and willing to risk your mind with his next move." --Scott Nicholson, Liquid Fear
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014089975
  • Publisher: Biting Dog Publications
  • Publication date: 1/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 611,315
  • File size: 90 KB

Meet the Author

John Paul Allen is the author of Gifted Trust and Monkey Love as well as a number of short stories his mother is not allowed to read. He lives near his girlfreind, Lisa, in the Nashville area with his dogs Tom, Jerry, and his Sun Conure, Tika. He does not advocate violence against anyone human or of the animal kingsom unless there's a good story involved.
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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    The initial story, “Pit Stop at Hoo Hoo Hollow,” chi

    The initial story, “Pit Stop at Hoo Hoo Hollow,” chilled me-unexpectedly. So much the better, since the “scare” (aka “the yuck element”) wasn’t telegraphed. Kind of glad I no longer drive around those particular mountainous regions, looking for a place to refuel. This was a very different perspective, far from the routine and overdone “backwoods” approach so often seen and read. Very well attuned! But the chills don’t stop after the first story-oh, no! Every single entry in this collection is very well-written, very perceptive about peeling away that sheer veneer of civilization, and aptly introduced by real-life events that have served as inspiration. For example, I found “Hello Neighbor” every iota as chilling-perhaps more so-than the unexpected frights of “Pit Stop at Hoo Hoo Hollow.” This collection also contains the popular “House Guest” and the equally disturbing and thought-provoking “Weeping Mary,” a tale I’m not likely to forget.

    One persistent thought that I come away is that the author, John Paul Allen, simply sets these concepts before the reader, and lets the reader discern what to make of each one. There’s no over-inflated attempt to convince, or convict, or sway the reader’s beliefs or attention. He simply says: “Look, this is how I found this situation. Now you, reader, decide for yourself.” I found myself pausing during and between each story, letting the prior story settle into my recollection, before moving on. Although I read this in one sitting, I would recommend not doing so: take your time, take it easy, read a story at a time. Then let that story grow on you-fill your thoughts and inspire your dreams.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

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    Highly recommended

    Dark Blessings by John Paul Allen is a well written anthology that will appeal to horror fans and non horror fans. Included here are short stories dealing with a road trip to hell, a child with an unusual appetite and a closet lover with deadly intentions. Dark Blessings was really a surprise for me, I hadn’t heard of John Paul Allen but I read some good reviews and decided to give it a shot.

    The first story in this anthology is called Pit Stop at Hoo Hoo Hollow which follows a young couple on their way through West Virginia who have made a career out of scamming the elderly out of money. During a stop at Poogan’s Pass they end up where they didn’t expect to go and pay for their misdeeds. While this story is not bloody like some horror stories, it manages to scare in away you wouldn’t think about and makes a point that even if you think you are going to get away with something, karma will get you in the end.

    The next story in Dark Blessings is called Runs Like Rabbit and follows the story of a native american boy named Runs Like Rabbit that has to give up his heritage and move with his family so his father can take a job in the white man’s world. The family gives up their names and rejects the gods that they once worshiped in search of a better life. The family soon finds out its not easy to leave their heritage behind as they become isolated. Runs Like Rabbit leaves the family and they all pay in the end. The thing I love about this story is it makes you feel the pain and loneliness that Runs Like Rabbit feels but then the story leaves you with a surprise ending that changes your feelings.

    Keeping with the theme of John Paul Allen’s anthology which seems to be that all humanity is good but there is a dark self destructive side to it that makes us suffer. My favorite story in this book a love story called Marquee which has to deal with mistreating the ones you love, paying for your mistakes and letting go. The story follows a man named Scott who mistreats a mentally handicapped person named Duffy, but later finds out that he is connected to him through past lives. Duffy holds the key to Scott fixing his relationship with his wife. To talk to much about this story would give it away, it’s a different kind of love story that shows that sometimes to prove you love someone you have to let them go.

    Each story here is a gem and shows humanity at its worst and best. Another story here that I found disturbing but illustrates how good comes from something bad was Prader-Willie which tells the story of three boys left to watch a girl with special needs. The story shows that things aren’t always what they seem. Dark Blessings is psychological horror at its best and I look forward to reading more from John Paul Allen.

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