At fourteen, Donny Daniels let loose a horde of demons by opening a forbidden tome. His entire family paid for his crimes then. Now, years later, the past is catching up with him. The demons he unleashed are destroying the only life he's ever known, the only peace he's ever found, the only woman he's ever loved.
Donny is scared for more than just his life. The demons of his past are not just figments of his imagination. They are very real, and they are tormenting Donny now in ways he never thought possible.
|Publisher:||Damnation Books, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.15(d)|
|Age Range:||16 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My review of Donny's Day, a short run with Brandon Berntson Donny Daniels once stole an ancient book from an equally ancient hermit whom some in his small town called a sorcerer. The 14-year old athlete and his kid brother, Dallas, took it out one night and he opened it, to find words written in blood, blood that was not human. Donny, apparently mesmerized by the ancient tome, did not heed his brother's cries as Dallas was mauled and bloodied by the beings that rose hungry, to feed. Donny put on his running shoes a couple years later and left behind the whispers of folk who surmised he had killed young Dallas, and the bloody shoe prints he saw in his dreams awake and asleep. Donny ran, and kept running, from the memories and visions and dreams, leaving behind him a trail of bloody footprints wherever he stopped for a spell. Were there demons following in his wake, or had he become the demon of his dreams, guilt destroying his own chances at happiness, love, safe respite, not giving him a day of peace. The story is brief, with each scene in the 55 pages offering visceral, sensual impact. One flinches when Donny opens a closet door and one feels with Donny his need to run from the creatures that haunt his dreams and follow him into wakefulness. This reader ponders whether Donny is acting out his own destruction imposed upon him by the loosing of the ancient demons, or whether the demons follow in his wake and directly effect the horrific deeds that daily keep him on the run. Much of the story is related in back-story and several transitions are abrupt, but perhaps the intent is to instill in the reader the confusion and sense of urgency Donny experiences as each day he wakes from a dream made manifest, and understand his need to escape the bloody violence that follows in his wake, keeping him on the run. The visceral imagery and psychological ambiguity through Donny's Day call to mind the early work of Ray Bradbury, as in his October Country tales. The visual and sensory images further evoke in-your-face horror films. The author, Brandon Berntson is definitely a writer to watch, and run with. Review © 2010 Kate Sender http://kate2world.wordpress.com
Reviewed for MonsterLibrarian.com Donny's Day is the surreal, graphic tale of Donny, who has been running from demons ever since the day as a child that he stole and read from a book that let them into the world. It's short, very short coming in at fifty-five pages of story. More than two thirds of it is back story and dream sequences and there's no attempts to separate reality from delusions. But the imagery is strong, and creepy, straight out of the best "What was that?" horror movie moments. Berntson is a skilled writer. Donny's Day is just too musing and dreamy and lacks the forward momentum and engaging plot to be a satisfying read to most everyday readers. Private collectors who enjoy tales heavy on mood and theme will find enjoyment here, but public collections catering to a larger swath of readers will probably not.
What impressed me about Donny's Day was the overall mood, atmosphere, and sheer hopeless dread of the novella. The voice was strong and mature, descriptive, and if anything, Donny's Day is far from your average cookie-cutter crap horror. Brandon Berntson takes the genre very seriously. At 62 pages, it packs quite a whallop, and if you are a true fan of the genre, I mean, a true fan, Donny's Day needs to be in your collection. Brandon Berntson also has 9 free tales to peruse at his personal website www.bloodredtales.com