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Life After Dane

Life After Dane

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by Edward Lorn

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A mother's love is undying... and so is Dane.

After the state of Arkansas executes serial killer Dane Peters, the Rest Stop Dentist, his mother discovers that life is darker and more dangerous than she ever expected.

The driving force behind his ghostly return lies buried in his family's dark past. As Ella desperately seeks a way to lay her son's troubled soul


A mother's love is undying... and so is Dane.

After the state of Arkansas executes serial killer Dane Peters, the Rest Stop Dentist, his mother discovers that life is darker and more dangerous than she ever expected.

The driving force behind his ghostly return lies buried in his family's dark past. As Ella desperately seeks a way to lay her son's troubled soul to rest, she comes face to face with her own failings.

If Ella cannot learn why her son has returned and what he seeks, then the reach of his power will destroy the innocent, and not even his mother will be able to stop him.

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Red Adept Publishing
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Edward Lorn is a reader, writer, and content creator. He's been writing for fun since the age of six, and writing professionally since 2011. He can be found haunting the halls of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Goodreads. He has blogs on both Booklikes and Wordpress, with such popular features as Ruminating On and Randomized Randomocity.

Edward Lorn lives in the southeast United States with his wife and two children. He is currently working on his next novel.

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Life After Dane 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I’ve read several of Edward’s books and I have to say Life After Dane is his best work yet. I would call it a psychological thriller and horror story. But it’s more than that. You could also call it a ghost story but it isn’t a house that’s haunted. They say a serial killer can be born one or made into one. I’m not sure which it was for Dane, but he was prolific, killing 42 people. His moniker, The Rest Stop Dentist, was earned because he stalked and killed his victims at rest stops and left a trail of their teeth, like bread crumbs, leading to their discarded corpses. Like in real life, the law does catch up with him and on October 25, 2013, Dane Peters is sent to hell. But Dane isn’t planning on staying there, and before long, he pays a visit to his loving mother, the chain-smoking woman who stood by and watched him suffer at the hands of his abusive father. Dane is back and he wants his own brand of justice. I like how the author showed you both sides of the story, both Danes and his mother, Ella May’s. It helped me to see behind their actions and connect with them. Dane is horrific, but you almost feel sorry for him. Good writing there. Ella May is sweet and loving, but she’ll tick you off, making you want to slap her down. More good writing. I would put the pacing of this story as relentless. Once you start reading, you’ll not want to stop until the white-knuckled read is over. When I reached the end, my heart was pounding in my ears and my jaw ached from clenching my teeth. I just sat there, thinking. Then I got up and grabbed a romance book to read so I wouldn’t be thinking about Dane when I went to sleep!
Yzabel More than 1 year ago
[NOTE: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.] Well, that was quite a twisted ride here. A sort of “making of a serial killer”, seen through the eyes of the killer's mother, Ella, as she reminisces about the past after her son's death, while stranger and stranger events start happening around her. Dane Peters, a serial killer known as the Rest Stop Dentist (after his places of killing and his “collection” of teeth from his victims), is gone, sentenced to death and executed. It's time for his mother, who followed the trial for months, to go back home, where she finds shelter in religion, the only thing she has left—and even that is less than certain, for Dane's reputation as well as an article by journalist Sven Gödel have tainted her, made her into “the killer's mother”, and he own church may not want her anymore. So Ella tries to go on as she can, but her enemies are many, tagging her house at night and leaving accusatory articles in her mailbox, while her friends, like Talia, are few. Enters Dane, his presence brought back through a DVD he left in Sven's care, a video containing a last message for the person he loved most. His mother? Well... This is when Hell on Earth breaks for Ella and Sven, haunted more and more by Dane. A real ghost? A common hallucination? A hallucination that can hurt and kill, for sure. Threatened and manipulated, the mother and the journalist have no choice but to go on a sick quest of Dane's making. But did Dane turn evil just because it was in his nature, or did someone made him into a killer? For me, the supernatural and horror aspects were intriguing, but what interested me even more was the abuse running rampant in Dane's family. While I would definitely disagree with anyone affirming that being abused as a child turns people evil, the fact is, abuse in any form is very, very likely to leave children (and their future adult selves) scarred, in one way or another. This novel is perhaps more a study of abuse than a ghost/horror story: a study in how a father perpetuates on his son what was done to him, on how a scared mother may choose to turn a blind eye on said abuse, thus becoming complicit in the daily torture, on how love can get horribly warped, on crappy justifications to horrible actions... As a result, the main characters felt unpleasant yet also sympathetic, a dichotomy that isn't so easy to achieve. Unpleasant because of their flaws, their tendency to justify them, their voluntary blindness to ugly truths, their hypocrisy, too (Ellaconsidering herself a good Christian, while letting the abuse go on). Sympathetic, because, all in all, Ella and Dane were victims first and foremost (to use the same example, Ella found refuge in her beliefs precisely because facing the truth alone was too hard and she was too scared). And, to be honest, the teeth motif particularly struck me: losing teeth is one of my deep fears, and in general, anyway, imagining people having their teeth ripped out of their mouths is... just frightening. It hurts terribly, it touches you directly in your face, so close to the seat of your thoughts, it disfigures you, and it's such a horrible way to bleed to death, too... Nice touch at the very end, too, but I'm certainly not going to spoil anything.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
Of Edward Lorn’s previous novels I’ve read, two were much more to my taste than the third. When I pondered the reason, I realized that while Lorn describes himself as a horror author, there was much more going on in my two favorites. One was a mystery with horrific elements, the other, while primarily horror, had a strong coming-of-age theme as well. I guess this means that horror is okay with me, as long as it doesn’t feel like horror purely for shock value. I can’t think of a fitting label to attach to Life After Dane other than horror, yet for me, like those other books that had something more going on, this story has a subtext that justifies the horror. I think it is a sense of karmic justice being served, at least it felt that way to me. Your thoughts might be different. And deciding how you feel about that will go far afield as you consider issues as far ranging as parental responsibility, victimization, and your definition of justice. Another thing that stood out for me was the obviously conscious effort to keep the language acceptable to all except the most sensitive. The worst word I saw was damn. How Lorn did this while remaining true to the story with characters who would make a sailor blush, was an interesting touch. It wouldn’t work everywhere, but it did in this book. And the ending. Oh, my. Didn’t see that coming. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 
BearWithMS More than 1 year ago
I will say I’m not one who likes to summarize a book and give away plots or spoilers, so I will keep this short and tell you why I liked the book so much. Once again, Edward Lorn does not disappoint with his book, Life After Dane. I have to say this is one of his best horror books EVER. When an author can build his characters, tell a story and surprise you with an unexpected ending, he’s done his job. Expect heart-pounding drama that, at times, is uncomfortable to read. The physical and mental abuse Dane went through as a child is horrific. I found myself wanting to crawl into the book and beat the crap out of his parents. Sometimes, however, life has a way of correcting itself with Karma. Bravo to another great book, Edward!  I encourage all horror fans to pick up a copy of this book and feel what I did. What’s a horror book without making your skin crawl…or teeth hurt?