Oogie Boogie Centralby M. Stephen Lukac
...But they know one another.
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Footsteps echo in the darkness. We know not the passengers they carry. We cannot recognize their power, alleviate their burden, or understand their pain. We can never comprehend their sorrow, ease their loneliness, or experience their fear. The Gatherers and Hunters walk among us. They are everywhere, yet we do not know them.
...But they know one another.
Within its borders, what appears seldom is. The impossible is common. Identity is fluid. Death is not the end. Places exist not found on any maps, but they are there, known to those whose footsteps echo in the darkness.
...Welcome to Oogie Boogie Central.
Meet Milo Tucker, a quick-witted store detective, and Alex Harrison, a tragic youth who works in a bookstore. Their lives intersect when they confront Theodore Munsch, West Virginia's most notorious serial killer, and both are forced to confront their greatest doubts, their deepest fears.
...And a murderer who will not die.
Meet the Author
M Stephen Lukac is a married father of three, a professional bookseller and a still-aspiring writer. OOGIE BOOGIE CENTRAL was released in 2003, followed by BUT THEN AGAIN, YOU'LL HAVE THIS... later that year. In February 2008, Delirium Books released the long-awaited sequel OOGIE BOOGIE BOUNCE, simultaneously with a new edition of CENTRAL.
Steve's also a bit of a smart ass, which will come as no surprise to regular readers.
He loves stories set in coherent worlds, where the rules and situations –no matter how fantastic they may be- remain consistent across the author’s body of work. Experiencing the creation of a fictional universe –whether overt or subtle- is akin to peeking over God’s shoulder. Inhabiting those creations, regardless of the medium, is his second favorite thing.
His favorite thing is definitely not talking about himself in the third person.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read Steve Lukac's 'But Then Again, You'll Have This...' before reading this book, so I was already familiar with his dry wit and pleasantly off-kilter way of looking at the world. In his first novel, 'Oogie Boogie Central', this talent is applied to the telling of a story that is in turns intriguing, amusing, unsettling, but at all times entertaining. Lukac transports us to a universe where Charleston, WV, has a subway system and people have a tendency to get into other people's heads...literally. His characters--especially store detective Milo, his wife Sharon, his friend Keith, the villain of the story (who goes through several metamorphoses over the course of the novel), and the gang of mental entities that leap from person to person as the story goes on--jump off the page and make you wonder if you haven't met them somewhere before. The interplay between these characters is what made this story so appealing to me...this interaction indicates that Lukac has spent a lot of time observing people from all backgrounds and noting how they react to one another and to various situations. The story, which defies categorization (Horror? Adventure? Mystery? Satire? A little of everything, really...) is like a roller-coaster: anticipation mixed with a little trepidation, followed by a wild ride with ups and down and more than one unexpected twist, and at the end those who have truly enjoyed the ride are yelling for more. Count me in that group!
'Page-turner' is an understatement. I couldn't stop reading this until the last page! Then I turned back to the front and read it again. A edge-of-your-seat, fast-paced read! Don't miss out on this sci-fi, comedy, horror mix! This guy is one to watch!
Through a contact, I was able to read an advanced copy of this book. I must be honest and say I am not an avid sci fi or horror reader, so upon hearing the title and reading the plot, I wasn't exactly sure if I could get into the book. I was wrong! Lukac uses rapier sharp dialogue and attention to detail, and combines them with an astonishly unique and inventive story to deliver the reader into the world of these divergent, yet utterly fascinating characters. Fans of, but definitely not limited to, horror, thrillers, science fiction, and action/adventure will find Oogie Boogie Central as not only a can't put down "page turner", but also as a work of definite literary substance. To the vast majority of readers, this is a completely unknown author; but believe me, he won't be for very long.
A reviewer friend let me read this book in "galley" form, before it went to final proofing, and it knocked me out.There are hunters and gatherers in the world, and the rest of us are sublimely ignorant of their existence; all we can do is experience the fallout of their actions. This is a whacky novel in that it defies conventional genre lines. It is a thriller, a wee bit SF, something of a horror set piece and even, at times, a scathing social commentary. It's also wry and funny at the oddest moments. Highly recommended for the imaginative reader.