Houseguest [NOOK Book]

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Chastity Bream doesn't dance anymore. She also can't walk, speak or think. She's fed through a tube, turned twice a day and left alone in her bed. That is except for him - the one in her closet, who comes out to tend to her needs. And his.

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Overview

Chastity Bream doesn't dance anymore. She also can't walk, speak or think. She's fed through a tube, turned twice a day and left alone in her bed. That is except for him - the one in her closet, who comes out to tend to her needs. And his.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011242717
  • Publisher: Biting Dog Publications
  • Publication date: 3/12/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 170,905
  • File size: 80 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 kingdom unless there's a good story involved.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2011

    Great, Scary Horror.

    It's amazing to me that some of the folks writing reviews here could possibly have missed that this was a creepy horror story about an invalid and an evil guy in her closet. It was creepy as heck. It was weird as heck. It was scary as heck. The character was disgusting. So...this story did to me what almost every horror story tries to do and almost every horror story fails to do. In short, it's great horror. Don't read it if you can't handle disturbing, but don't miss it if you can!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    It¿s been a long time since I¿ve stumbled across a story like th

    It’s been a long time since I’ve stumbled across a story like this. It’s one of those so creepy it makes your blood curdle. The author does a great job of diving into the narrator’s madness. It reminds me of something from the Chimeraworld series. I’ll definitely read more from this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    think outside the box (or the closet)

    This book was recommended by a friend. I had never read anything on the lines of this book before in my life. I enjoyed this book and talked about it a lot. I was sad that it was a short story. I am looking forward to reading more by John Paul Allen. If you like Stephen King, you will like this author. He bring you to a place you never imagined existed.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Eeww

    Made my skin crawl. Just wrong

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Yuck

    Yuck

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    weird... creepy... disturbing

    Just the type of story I love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Creepy? Shocking? Sexy? Disgusting? True justice in life is ALL of these ...

    (Stingy review limits!) I was not ready for what I found. I am a busy person with aspergers. I CRAVE information and entertainment in all forms, but really prefer it to arrive at a pace that is compatible with my way of thinking both in terms of subtle observations, awareness of the multifaceted connections that sounds, smells and even lighting have upon my perception of the world as well as NOT being something that is a mere rehashing of what has gone past my senses before. To be short; I am just not all that in to trendy rechauffe.

    Chastity Bream is a handicapped woman in this tale. Her conditional details are not important; for we all at times are either labeled or otherwise perceived as being something that is defined. Something that is known and easily classified to the outside world; based on our outward appearances. Supposedly she is a brain dead body who is fed via tubes and might as well be dead. For all practical purposes miss Bream little more than a human nutrient consumption and waste production factory. But as they saying goes, appearances can be VERY deceptive.

    The love interest for Chastity is our hero,though many mainstream thinkers may not define the man in this wonderful and captivating story as such. He is someone who I feel in many ways lives inside of me. Passionate, intelligent, VERY observant and more than able to put the needs of others happiness above his own.

    And here is where the Authors uncanny ability to express observations in a way that I frequently do think but almost never state comes to play. Take this example of how the this heroic lover, whilst secretively hidden away among the parents of the disabled Chastity closet and other camouflage accoutrements, observes what is for millions an accurate depiction of the subtle cruelty of a ho hum relationship whereupon the sex act has become more of a duty, or even a chore, than the electrifying, sweaty and deliciously messy activities that unusually precede something as long term as a marriage. John Paul Allen writes: "They never made love, though at times they'd join long enough for Herb (The Father of Chastity) to fill her".

    Those sixteen words express in a deceptively simple way the vast wasteland and sick depression involved where love, meaning LIFE, is allowed to dwindle down to a flickering candle when a raging fire of romance once roared!

    Fortunately for Chastity Bream, that is a fate that will NEVER befall her. Not as long as THE HOUSEGUEST is part of the picture. There is a shocking developmental twists amid the story that I will not ruin herein. The type of thing where you THINK you know where this is all going, only to find you have been DELICIOUSLY fooled, and the mistaken comfort of your perception as to the story's progression leaves your world turned inside out, upside down, and no where close to what you expected! Suffice it to say to all the lonely and / or poorly attended ladies and wives out there, perhaps wondering when their knight in shining armor will arrive to satiate them, that you just never know from where or when a REAL man will arrive to rescue you from your unfulfilled desires. Filled with tastefully rendered though very graphic images of the acts of murder, love and even the pleasures of having more than one partner and yet still deeply loving each of them, the houseguest will TRULY leave you wanting much more! Author: As for me, I am anxiously awaiting further tales from the goings on at the Quinley Convale

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Fascinating short story!

    Mr. Allen demonstrates a vivid imagination in constructing this story. It is full of surprises. An excellent read.

    I take exception to the one star rating. The rater is critizing a horror story for having too much horror. If he doesn't like horror stories, he shouldn't read them. Would he also critizing a funny story for being too funny?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Entertaining and well written!

    House Guest is a great short story! I'll be back to purchase and read more of John Paul Allen's stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Loved it!

    Great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    whhaaaattttt??? JMM 44

    Is the "ghost" in the closet real?? MUST BE

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

    Morbid, sick, twisted, warped, bizarre. Words that come to mind

    Morbid, sick, twisted, warped, bizarre. Words that come to mind after finishing John Paul Allen’s “House Guest“. And one other word comes to mind as well, excellent.

    Told through the vantage point of the stories protagonist, an antihero that has taken up residence in Chasity Bream’s closet, John Paul Allen pushes social norms, acceptability and boundaries in, “House Guest“. A first person telling of a secret lover’s observations and desires as he lays in wait for when he can be alone with the object of his desire, who is now in a vegetative state. And that desire isn’t solely focused on her.

    The author cleverly leads his readers into (what many would consider) the delusional mind of his protagonist as he envisions himself as some type of heroic lover. Allen’s attention to detail to scenes that would offend one’s sensibility, adds to the spine chilling effect of the story.

    As a reader, I found “House Guest” disturbing on so many levels, which resonated long after I finished the story. That and the willingness of the author to push beyond the safe and acceptable conventions of story telling are the reasons that I thoroughly enjoyed my first reading of this author. It’s a dark, macabre and well written story.

    Note: In all senses, this is a bizarre and disturbing story involving rape. While I enjoyed the story and found no glorification or romanticizing of rape, I wouldn’t recommend it to younger readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Disgusting

    Well written and twisted, especially the ending. That was just sad and disturbing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    It was

    Contrived and not believable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    A truly evil horror story

    It was interesting it is written from the evil doer's point of view. We get an understanding of what is going through his mind as he prepares to make his big move. May not be suitable for some readers..

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

    Full disclosure: I won this "book" as part of a conte


    Full disclosure: I won this "book" as part of a contest via the publisher.

    As I've stated before, I'm trying to read other genres. While "Horror" is not my thing, I'm not sure that this book constitutes my version of horror. It is more psychological in nature.

    The point of view is from a person who seems to have a sexual addiction but the actual story is not what I'd term "hard core erotica". It is to the author's credit that a reader might feel the main character is "unbalanced" in some form or fashion. Personally, I was repulsed by most of the character’s actions but then again, there are real people with this mindset. If you can get beyond this aspect, you'll see this is really well written story.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    Good Book

    I was a bit to short but really gets you thinking!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Anonymous

    I could not wait to read this book with all the good reviews (5 stars) I should have saved my energy and time and not have even selected it to read. Awful read!! Very disapointed.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    belle

    a very good short story with an unexpected twist

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