Invisible Fences

Invisible Fences

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Invisible Fences (Cemetery Dance Novella Series #19)
by Norman Prentiss
About the Book:
Do you see the point of the story, Nathan? We all cut parts of ourselves away, but we never lose them. Things stay with us—souvenirs with memories attached. We can't always choose what to keep, what to throw away.

Nathan's parents devised cautionary…  See more details below

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Invisible Fences (Cemetery Dance Novella Series #19)
by Norman Prentiss
About the Book:
Do you see the point of the story, Nathan? We all cut parts of ourselves away, but we never lose them. Things stay with us—souvenirs with memories attached. We can't always choose what to keep, what to throw away.

Nathan's parents devised cautionary tales for him and his sister—gruesome stories about predatory cars racing along the "Big Street" at one end of their neighborhood, or dope fiends lurking in the woods behind their house and ready to plunge hypodermics into the skin of foolish young trespassers. These stories served their purpose during Nathan's gullible childhood, essentially constructing an invisible fence around the yard and keeping the boy close to home where he'd be safe.

Such barriers are not so easy to discard in later life. As an adult, Nathan no longer believes his parents' stories, and yet they still confine him. He lives cautiously, avoiding serious relationships, avoiding risk. But despite his efforts, something from his parents' cautionary tales threatens to creep beneath that invisible border…and the enclosed yard might not be as safe and secure as it always seemed…

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Editorial Reviews

Mark Sieber
"Norman Prentiss is a multi-faceted writer and Invisible Fences is a multi-faceted work of fiction. Part nostalgic coming of age saga, part ghost story, part psychological puzzle, part metaphorical fantasy. Add it up to 100% originality and sheer reading entertainment... I sincerely believe that it will be one of the most talked about—and critically praised—books in the horror field. "
— Mark Sieber, horrordrive-in.com
Blu Gilliand
"Prentiss writes with an assured voice, weaving a tale of building disquiet. . . Invisible Fences is dark and atmospheric, a quick read that lingers long after the final sentence is read. It marks another excellent entry in the Cemetery Dance library, and an impressive debut for its author."
— Blu Gilliand, Dark Scribe Magazine
Richard Dansky
"Prentiss handles a story that could have been melodramatic or slight and instead infuses it with a quiet dignity and an admirable style. If you're missing the work of the late Charles E. Grant, you'll find what you're looking for here."
— Richard Dansky, Green Man Review
Kevin Lucia
"Norman Prentiss' debut is a haunting tale of reminiscence and regret, of how things thought laid to rest long ago still lurk at the bottom of our souls. His prose is smooth, nearly flawless, and his narrative voice invokes a Gothic, literary tone. Best of all, the chills lie solidly in the strength and substance of the story, rather than something tacked on in pastiche at the end... The chills are there, but they are subtle, part of the characters and their existence, rather than an affected
Douglas Clegg
"Beautiful, creepy, and haunting. A dark literary gem from an exciting new voice in the horror field."
— Douglas Clegg, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013070936
Publisher:
Cemetery Dance Publications
Publication date:
08/29/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
178 KB

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Meet the Author

NORMAN PRENTISS won the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction for Invisible Fences, published by Cemetery Dance (www.cemeterydance.com). He also won a 2009 Stoker for his short story, “In the Porches of My Ears,” published in Postscripts 18. His latest book is Four Legs in the Morning, a collection of three linked stories from Cemetery Dance. Other fiction has appeared in Black Static, Commutability, Tales from the Gorezone, Damned Nation, Best Horror of the Year, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, and in three editions of the Shivers anthology series. His poetry has appeared in Writer Online, Southern Poetry Review, Baltimore's City Paper, and A Sea of Alone: Poems for Alfred Hitchcock.
Visit him online at www.normanprentiss.com.

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