Everymanby Justin Robinson, James Roy Daley (Editor)
David Tirado is a massive, hideous colony organism, a gestalt entity. The sum of Covey's discarded parts. A roiling, chaotic patchwork of
Ian Covey is a doppelganger. A mimic. A shapeshifter. He can replace anyone he wants by becoming a perfect copy; taking the victim's face, his home, his family. His life. No longer a man, but a hungry void, Ian Covey is a monster.
David Tirado is a massive, hideous colony organism, a gestalt entity. The sum of Covey's discarded parts. A roiling, chaotic patchwork of vast and varied personalities, memories, and physical forms that used to be a man − many men − David Tirado is a monster.
Sophie Tirado's identity has been eroded by the tides of a long relationship, and now the man she gave herself up for has been stolen away and replaced by a mimic. Caught between the Doppelganger and the Gestalt Entity, she will try to save her husband, but there might be nothing left of him.
Virtue has a veil, vice a mask, and evil a thousand faces.
"Move over Stephen King. Justin Robinson is an author to watch." ~ Gail Picado, author of Murder at Sea
"Justin Robinson has done it again. By taking one of the most flesh-crawling fiends one can imagine and turning him into a protagonist, we're given a unique spin on body horror that fans of classic Cronenberg would kill to dig their painfully mutating claws into." ~ Scott Closter, creator of SPi and Space Doubles
"Horror novelist Justin Robinson doesn't simply slip into the genre with his new novel Everyman, he creates a disturbing, yet satisfying impact that will ripple shock waves for some time. Riddled with subplots, treachery, and betrayals, Robinson's novel rings with an air of suspense, surprises, and unexpected twists. Wonderfully spooky and spellbinding, the pieces of the intricate puzzle come together with a zing that is sure to startle readers." ~ J.T. Seate, award-winning author of Secret Desires
"Justin Robinson has captured an dying art and made a truly nail biting, freeze locking book for all horror readers to enjoy." ~ Kristal McKerrington, author of Calling You Home
"Trust me, we're not related, nor am I saying this because he's my namesake. The universe has been awfully generous to this other Robinson, a deservedly rising talent in cross-genre horror and humor, though he can do either one individually, no sweat. Everyman exemplifies this, and delivers something sorely lacking these days: fresh ideas in a fresh voice that thrusts you immediately into the very yolk of it all. It's a cop-out to say he's an elegant Stephen King, because even though he is, Justin Robinson is also much more than that." ~ Mike Robinson, author of Prince of Earth
"Robinson gives "Identity Theft" a horrible new meaning as he weaves a dark modern fable of loss, consequences, and the ultimate question of who we are." ~ Clinton Wolf, writer of Zombie Ranch
"When I first picked up Everyman, I was reminded of the morality play with the same name. While there are underlying themes that are similar, Justin Robinson's story stands on its own. Using a rich, vivid writing style, Robinson has created a tale of horror, mystery, and intrigue that will keep you reading, and guessing, until the final page. With characters torn by indecision and uncertainty, Everyman will leave you enthralled." ~ Weston Kincade, author of A Life of Death
"With Everyman, Robinson strips us of our identity and leaves us asking not only who we are, but who is the person lying next to us at night. This confusion breeds a specific kind of terror, which Robinson nurtures throughout his novel, reminding us that the end of all we love is only the slip of the mask away." ~ Tonia Brown, author of Badass Zombie Road Trip
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More than identity stolen Looking around a room and seeing no one you know is bad. Worse is when people's eyes slide past you, not able or willing to see you. Not wanting to see you because you don't belong and acknowledging you would force them to accept the stranger in their midst. In Robinson's Everyman, that would happen, only it would happen in a room full of people that should recognize you. Your mother, your wife, your best friend. All ripped away, not by death but because who you are has been stolen. Everyman looks at how you define yourself and what you become when that is taken away. And it does it with Robinson's wonderful turn of phrase, character development and fantastic dialogue.
I'm still torn on whether or not I prefer Robinson's horror or his noir/comedy/snark. Either way, this is another shining example of the amazing command he has over scene setting and creep factor. There's something deeply unsettling about the antagonist, and it's something you pick up on as soon as he's introduced. It wasn't until I read this novel that I had any sort of fear of seeing my own doppelganger turn around, smile at me, and disappear into my apartment; shutting me out of my own life. Robinson's characters are always flawed and realistic, and feel as though they're modeled exactly after someone he might have known in real life. Watching David's life fall apart and seeing how Sophie handles it were particularly hard for me (it's always been pretty easy for me to imagine myself in someone else's shoes). None of his characters or ideas ever feel cliche, and I love that. The antagonist, while repulsive, does evoke pity. His victims aren't perfect people. The body horror scenes have enough details to fill your imagination with terrible things before you try to sleep, and the writing, as always, keeps me coming back for more.
This is one of the best books that I've read in a long, long time. A must read for horror lovers.