The Faceless One

The Faceless One

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by Mark Onspaugh
     
 

From a brilliant new voice in horror comes a riveting nightmare of ancient evil unleashed—and the bravery and sacrifice of those called to combat it.
 
In 1948, when he was just a boy, Jimmy Kalmaku trained with his uncle to be the shaman of his Tlingit village in Alaska. There he learned the old legends, the old myths, the old secrets. Chief…  See more details below

Overview

From a brilliant new voice in horror comes a riveting nightmare of ancient evil unleashed—and the bravery and sacrifice of those called to combat it.
 
In 1948, when he was just a boy, Jimmy Kalmaku trained with his uncle to be the shaman of his Tlingit village in Alaska. There he learned the old legends, the old myths, the old secrets. Chief among them was that of a mask locked in a prison of ice, and of the faceless god imprisoned within: a cruel and vengeful god called T'Nathluk, dedicated to the infliction of pain and suffering.
 
Now all but forgotten in a Seattle retirement home, Jimmy finds his life turned upside down. For when an unwitting archaeologist pries the mask free of its icy tomb, he frees T’Nathluk as well. Stuck in spirit form, the Faceless One seeks a human to serve as a portal through which he can enter our reality. The Faceless One can control—and mercilessly torture—anyone who touches the mask, which means there is no shortage of slaves to ferry it across the country to its chosen host.
 
Yet the Faceless One has foes as well: Stan Roberts, a tough New York cop whose pursuit of justice will lead him into a dark abyss of the soul; Steven, Liz, and Bobby, the family of the doomed archaeologist; and Jimmy Kalmaku, who must at last become the shaman of his boyhood dreams.

Praise for The Faceless One
 
“A stunning debut . . . With The Faceless One, Mark Onspaugh has given us a chilling dark fantasy with an Alaskan shamanic backdrop. The beauty of this weird world is as profound as its terror. I could not turn these pages fast enough!”—Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander and Paint It Black
 
“Mark Onspaugh’s writing captures that same eye-popping strangeness I loved so much in the works of Charles Beaumont and Fritz Leiber. The Faceless One is classic horror from an author who has earned his stripes and knows how to scare you blind.”—Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Dead City and The Savage Dead

“Spine-tingling . . . Onspaugh has swirled together the elements of great storytelling: odyssey, myth, duty, loss of innocence.”Ensuing Chapters
 
“The story line grabs you around the throat and keeps your eyes on the book. . . . Are you ready to go on a road trip with a demon? Get a copy and dig in.”Journey of a Bookseller

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345549181
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
410
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Onspaugh is a California native and the author of more than forty published short stories. Like many writers, he is perpetually curious, having studied psychology at UCLA, exotic animals at Moorpark College’s exotic animal training & management program, improv comedy with the Groundlings, and special-effects makeup. Mark has also written for film and television. He currently lives in Cambria, California, with his wife and three peculiar cats. The Faceless One is his first novel.

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The Faceless One 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been kind if burned out lately on YA novels, end of the world tales, or stories about vampires and zombies. Yuck! I wanted an epic tale about something...different. I decided to purchase this novel after reading a sample. Sometimes I regret trying a new author. The story is a bit choppy, or the writer takes short cuts telling the story, or the writer isn't very creative when it comes to word choices. Thesaurus please! Anyway, this story was a great ride that never let up. I laughed and cried along the way and was depressed that it ended! This is how every story should be! This is a fine work, and in my humble opinion this writer has great potential (just like some of the famous authors that he has been inspired by). Purchase this it will not disappoint! - Layla
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty happy with this book. Was looking for a good horror novel and came across this book in searches. I would recommend this book to anyone that is a Clive Barker fan or a H.P. Lovecraft fan. Will definitely be checking out this author's future work.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
The Faceless One  by Mark Onspaugh This book took a long time to get to read, unfortunately my file was corrupted on Net Galley. I found this book so scary and thrilling I could not believe that it took me so long to read it. The basis of the story set in modern America is confronting Native American gods in the modern world. The story is dark, deadly, and phenomenal in its context and history. It’s frightening beyond belief with its vicious attacks on the characters, and use of mythological connotations.  I would recommend the book for those thrill seekers, those who read horror stories, but also as a warning about respect of culture and how much human sacrifice it takes to live up to what our ancestors dreamed. 
donnasreview More than 1 year ago
If this is your genre you are going to enjoy this book. Good flow and easy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a hard time keeping up with characters on some books I read. But this book really had me going from the begining till the end and I got to know all the charatcters which they played awesome role in them. Great read!!! Keep it coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast paced, inventive thriller that will take you from horror to humor to compassion and through them all again I cant wait to read more from this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable book involving an elderly Tlinglit (Eskimo) from  shaman family and his equally elderly buddy becoming involved with an ancient evil god unleashed from a Tlinglit village. Very good character developments Some slow parts, definitely gory at times.  If it was well researched, I did like the "old tales" and totems of protection.  I did look for a follow up book which the writer leads you to expect. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With this as his first novel, Mark Onspaugh is going to be a force to reckon with the genre of horror and suspense. As a die-hard fan and longtime reader of horror, The Faceless One had me hooked from page 1 right through to the end. Another voice to the telling of the ancient story of good versus evil, Mr. Onspaugh crafted a tale fraught with story of the human condition, from the yearning to rise above oneself to the abdication to our darkest nature. His characters were believable, his pacing excellent, and his narrative full of color and life. It is not often I give 5 stars to a book but this one deserves it. There are quite a few scenes that I will carry in my imagination from the story, with the meeting of the whale and Stan being one of the most poignant. Kudos to the author for a story well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It held me from the first page to the last.  The book (for me) did not fall into the typical boring predictability of so many stories.  The author created characters one cared about, enough to evoke emotional responses to their plight.  I highly recommend this book.  Right up there with King.
Anonymous 6 months ago
It's was a fun read. I thought it was boring at first and put it down. I picked it up again and about 100 pages in I was hooked. Violent, suspenseful and intersting. I thought it had all of the aspects that you want in a horror novel. It is full of monsters ghosts and an evil god trying to destroy the world. What's not to love??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this down.
LadyJCL More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Great mix of characters and good story line. It was hard to put down!
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Couldn't put this book down. Hoping there is a sequel!
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Highly recommend. Hope the author writes more like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the characters, but the story really never took off.
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Needs a sequel.
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This is a great book, worth every penny! Please write more books soon.
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