The Cursed Man

The Cursed Man

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by Keith Rommel
     
 

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PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE IN THE VEIN OF THE SIXTH SENSE, THE OTHERS, THEY RISE, JACOB'S LADDER & STIR OF ECHOES
COMING AS A MOTION PICTURE OCTOBER 31st 2016
PREMIERE AT THE ALEX THEATER IN GLENDALE, CA

Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.
With his

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PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE IN THE VEIN OF THE SIXTH SENSE, THE OTHERS, THEY RISE, JACOB'S LADDER & STIR OF ECHOES
COMING AS A MOTION PICTURE OCTOBER 31st 2016
PREMIERE AT THE ALEX THEATER IN GLENDALE, CA

Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.
With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death's preferential treatment.
But when a beautiful psychologist arrives at the institution and starts offering him care, Alister braces himself for more killings. When none follow, he tries to figure out whether he truly is insane or if death has finally come to him in the form of a woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013531673
Publisher:
Sunbury Press, Inc.
Publication date:
04/22/2016
Series:
Thanatology , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
433,921
File size:
421 KB

Meet the Author

Keith Rommel is a native of Long Island, New York and currently lives with his family in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Keith is a retailer, freelance writer and now a novelist. This proves dreams come true.

Captivated as a young man by the story of a real-life tragic event of a family friend, Keith Rommel was inspired to write The Cursed Man: a novel of dark suspense with an ending so ominous, it has to be fiction. Keith Rommel has had several writer how-to articles published and is currently working on his next novel.

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The Cursed Man 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
The Cursed Man left me breathless and I'll admit, a little frightened. This book reaches towards the deep, obscure trenches of the human mind and the indistinguishable haze of perception, and it's one that kept me on my toes throughout. Alister Kunkle believes that death is in love with him, which explains the gruesome, opportune slaughters of anyone who speaks to him, as well as his present confinement at Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. But when an alluring doctor enters his life and shows him how to open up his mind, even persuading him to doubt his own convictions, he leaves his mental ailment behind and enters reality—our curse-free, babble-less reality. Or so he thinks. The plot absolutely stunned me. It's a rollercoaster of a story that skillfully blurs the thin line between reality, insanity, and the paranormal in the freakiest of ways. It portrays the frightening side of hallucinations expertly, as well as the mere possibility that the people we call "crazy" may not be so crazy after all. What's explosive, is that readers know the truth about Alister's fate—we know the truth, whatever TRUTH really is—from the very beginning; it's just that as readers, we choose not to believe it because it's delusional—it's mad. We resist and juxtapose truth just as Alister does, and this hinders our knowledge of it, which is the mind-boggling, devastating reality The Cursed Man alarmingly reveals. We regard Alister's claims as deranged, but in The Cursed Man, we learn the tragedy and terror inflicted upon society when beliefs turn out to be viciously, startlingly real. We learn reality is something one can have one moment, then lose grasp of, the next. We learn from the perspective of the mentally ill—the unfair, uncommunicable perspective of not being understood and being labeled as insane. I was deeply affected by the book's highlighting of the brutal, disturbing consequences of malice and child abuse on conscience, self-esteem, and sanity, as well as its infectious rancor that never ends and forever consumes. I was also impressed with how well we get to know Alister through the book's limited third-person perspective. There's a detached elegance to Rommel's storytelling approach, and that's what makes the entire book so suspenseful. Stylistically, the narrative isn't anything wonderful, but it does have great flow and never gets boring. It combines the past and present, which I found to be an intriguing technique on the story's procession's part, but also confusing at times. While Rommel's writing isn't particularly sharp or lyrical or insightful, it is well-composed; I finished it with great ease and enthusiasm. Pros: Spine-tingling // Exceptionally gruesome // Fast-paced, smooth narration // Mind-blowing revelations of perception, psychiatric patients, and reality // Original, well-developed plot // Fantastic characterization and analysis on Alister // Marvelous heart-stopping moments Cons: Some bumpy transition from past to present // Readable, but not particularly masterful in style Verdict: The Cursed Man hurls readers on a deceptive, single-minded, magnificently instable ride that'll strip readers of their mental security and make them question what reality is. Akin to the metaphysique found in Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, the deeply disturbing, unhinged elements of The Cursed Man make for a brilliantly complex, brilliantly structured story. Chilling, fresh, and horrific in all the right places, this psychological thriller is a psychiatric nightmare that's come to life; it will force you to question existence and perception like you never have before  8 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended