A panicked call from his ex-wife summons Ken Nicholson back to New Orleans, where his son has been attacked and left for dead. While his child’s life hangs in the balance, Ken endures visions connected to a terrifying time from his past. As a teenager, he witnessed the brutal deaths of several young men, an act orchestrated by his benefactor, Travis Brugier. Following the shocking spectacle, Brugier kills himself before Ken’s eyes. Now, decades later, someone wants Ken to remember, wants Ken to return to those violent days.
With the lives of his estranged family and his lover, David, threatened, Ken has no choice but to follow his nightmares back to their origin. There he will battle a corrupt and powerful being that believes every life is a story to be captured and rewritten, a being that doesn’t believe in happy endings.
Welcome back to Wonderland.
“Eloquent writing, wholly dimensional characters and spooky atmospherics power this compelling combo of chilling horror story and ultimately satisfying love story.”
— Richard Labonté, The New York Blade
“Offers further promise that Thomas could emerge as a leading voice in modern horror fiction.”
— Publishers Weekly
|Publisher:||Lethe Press, Inc.|
|File size:||335 KB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Lee Thomas is the Lambda Literary Award and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of more than 20 books, including: Butcher’s Road The German The Dust of Wonderland Like Light for Flies Torn Stained In the Closet, Under the Bed Ash Street Writing as Thomas Pendleton and Dallas Reed, he is the author of the novels, Mason, Shimmer, and The Calling, from HarperTeen. He is also the co-author (with Stefan Petrucha) of the Wicked Dead series of books for young adults. Lee currently lives in Austin, TX.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ken Nicholson is summoned back to New Orleans by his ex-wife as their son has been attacked and left for dead. Keeping vigil at the hospital, Ken has visions of his unsavory teenage years in the Quarter when he was the kept boy of Travis Brugier. Brugier’s stable of teenage boys pleasured the rich and powerful, until four of the boys were found dead, Brugier’s body hanging from the rafters of his beloved Wonderland. But are they just visions, or was his son attacked by someone from Ken’s past? Can he and his former lover David find out who is threatening his family? Or will they be too late? Thomas’ skill at handling horror tropes is such that you don’t notice they’re tropes at all. His touch is both deep and deft, and hebalances out Ken’s horrific visions with some wonderful characterization of both Ken and his ex-wife Paula, not to mention his ex-lover David. Still, there are shocking moments—two of which you won’t expect. It’s Thomas’ ability to change this up that keeps Wonderland fresh and exciting. The story grabbed me and never let go. In fact, I read it in three sittings. I should have been writing. Or sleeping. Or eating. But The Dust of Wonderland kept me reading. So, thanks for the sleepless nights, Lee.
Ken returns to New Orleans when his ex-wife calls him about his son's attack. Coming back to New Orleans returns memories of Travis and their haunting time together at Wonderland. Ken is divorced and holds no illusions of being in a relationship. But, he is soon faced with his ex, David, and the choice between him or his family. Lee Thomas writes a horrifying tale from beginning to end. I loved this book! It got me from page one and I didn't want to put it down! This is a really, really great read!