Pay Phone

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January 1998.

While a fierce winter falls upon the streets of New York City, a vicious killer is on the hunt for new blood. From his third floor apartment window, he watches, waits, using the pay phone across the street as the key to finding his victims. With his voice and his charms, he lures them to his door...

...and one by one they meet their fate.

On a gray morning, he spies someone new. Someone different. Someone who reminds him of ...

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Overview

January 1998.

While a fierce winter falls upon the streets of New York City, a vicious killer is on the hunt for new blood. From his third floor apartment window, he watches, waits, using the pay phone across the street as the key to finding his victims. With his voice and his charms, he lures them to his door...

...and one by one they meet their fate.

On a gray morning, he spies someone new. Someone different. Someone who reminds him of someone he knows. Someone very, very special. And he'll stop at nothing to be sure that special someone... is next.

What ever you do, don't answer the phone. It just might be for you.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780984123322
  • Publisher: Arctic Wolf Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/10/2010
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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  • Posted July 17, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    HORROR THAT GETS UNDER YOUR SKIN ... AND STAYS!...

    "It was his only outlet ... he had nothing, he had no one." - pg.2

    PAYPHONE by Brandon Ford is an entertaining, easy-to-read horror novel. Beyond that it's also a character study of a psychopath not unlike Norman Bates of PSYCHO. In fact the novel will have you referencing numerous horror flicks, especially those of the grindhouse era, like MANIAC and even BASKET CASE, because while being set in 1998, it somehow harks back to an earlier, more homicidal, dilapidated view of New York City. It's a very gritty, fear-ridden (and in many ways claustrophobic) book, and the paranoiac setting plays an important part. And when I mention this novel in the company of MANIAC and BASKETCASE, I also mean that it has an equally deranged protagonist, whose mental illness seems linked to a haunted past and a lingering ghost he are still trying desperately to please. Like many horror stories, it's about loneliness too. Loneliness and alienation and the feeling of powerlessness in a frightening, sometimes unfair world. In fact all the characters (Jake, Ackley, Haley, Chelsea) in this novel share that one main quality: a sense of powerlessness. None of them are happy in life, or happy where they are at the moment. All them feel stranded and conflicted, and this adds a layer of desperation and sadness to their lives. The author has an obvious gift for dialog (which makes me feel he should be writing horror screenplays) and compact scene construction and the narrative moves at a brisk pace. Cool ending too. So -- even if you're not a fan of horror, I recommend you pick a copy of this novel ASAP. Makes an excellent summer reading. You won't regret it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    Pay Phone WILL have you checking the locks on your doors at night

    PAY PHONE is Brandon Ford's third novel and an impressive achievement. Set in New York City in January 1998, it's somewhat "timeless," as the imagery and events may easily conjure up for you the grimy, dangerous concrete streets of Times Square at it's 1970s and early 80s sleaziest.

    The novel features two isolated characters at it's core. Jake, a monster hiding in plain sight who uses a pay phone to entice his victims, and Chelsea, a vulnerable and optimistic young woman who gets ensnared by him without even realizing the door she's opened by answering a random ringing phone. Tight and tidy, this is spare storytelling. A 2 day timeline is pared to the essentials and the pacing is compulsive. Like evesdropping on an interesting stranger who's "in extremis" in real life, you simply HAVE to follow and find out what happens, even when you dread to look.

    Ford draws each character in the small assortment of players as humanely recognizable. Their idiosyncrasies and oddly unifying loneliness make the surprises of backstory and the explosions of cleanly, smoothly-detailed violence as shocking as the nasty surprises of real life. His descriptions of violent acts define "chilling." They're images that stay vivid in the mind's eye. I can't remember the last novel that actually made me gasp out loud -- and more than once, at that -- much less one that actually had me feeling powerless to intercede on a fictitious someone's behalf.

    Ford's previous novels CRYSTAL BAY and SPLATTERED BEAUTY demonstrated his eye for detail, which continues to engage here. Those novels and this one also brim with his vivid and memorable supporting characters who add layers of dimension and terrific red herrings. Ford generously engages us with all his characters, good and evil. His skill grows with every outing and you want to start following him now, as PAY PHONE is a surprisingly moving novel staking out his way forward. It's horrors lie in our mundane reality and that's more than good writing. The inevitability of events in PAY PHONE make it almost downright dangerous.

    There's nothing fantastical here, but this novel harbors a monster, the one who may be next door. You won't be able to stop reading. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Payphone

    Im on the paaayphooone tryin to call home all of my change ive speeent oooon yoooou. Where are the times gone baby your all wrong where are the plans we maaaaade for two? Yeah i. I know its hard to remember....... love yah, payphonegurl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Stuiped

    Payphone is a song an awesome song not a dumb book

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  • Posted March 16, 2013

    Ford is one of those authors who makes you feel as if you know h

    Ford is one of those authors who makes you feel as if you know his characters personally, and he more than delivers in this one!
    He has yet to disappoint!

    This story takes place over a two day span (in early January, 1998) where you first meet Jake - a 27-year-old unemployed man, who spends his days watching the streets below his NYC apartment in search of someone new to murder.
    (it is no surprise that you will soon discover just how sadistic and mentally unbalanced Jake is!)

    Thrown into the mix of characters are Chelsea & Haley (two roommates who despise one another), Susan (a girl from Jake's past), Arlene (a friend of Chelsea's), and Gladys (Jake's unemployment officer).

    Stir the above, and you have the perfect concoction that builds up to a riveting, tension-filled finale! What more can you ask for in a great book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Hawk

    Hey we can stay here or meet somewhere else of your choice?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Great Read!

    I normally don't care for horror stories, but Brandon Ford has made me rethink that idea. His stories draw you in and make you feel as though you are part of the story. Justbwhen you think you know what's going to happen, he goes in the other direction. I personally have fallen in love with these books and wish he would write faster!

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    Posted August 20, 2010

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