Invisible Fences

Invisible Fences

by Norman Prentiss

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BN ID: 2940013070936
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
Publication date: 08/29/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 175
Sales rank: 274,372
File size: 182 KB

About the Author

NORMAN PRENTISS won the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction for Invisible Fences, published by Cemetery Dance ( He also won a 2009 Stoker for his short story, “In the Porches of My Ears,” published in Postscripts 18. His latest book is Four Legs in the Morning, a collection of three linked stories from Cemetery Dance. Other fiction has appeared in Black Static, Commutability, Tales from the Gorezone, Damned Nation, Best Horror of the Year, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, and in three editions of the Shivers anthology series. His poetry has appeared in Writer Online, Southern Poetry Review, Baltimore's City Paper, and A Sea of Alone: Poems for Alfred Hitchcock.
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Invisible Fences 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
HunterShea More than 1 year ago
Invisible Fences is a lot like the small present you get on Christmas that turns out to be the best of your entire holiday haul. Beautifully written, nostalgic, mysterious, creepy, sometimes sad, Invisible Fences explores a childhood lost and the man bound by the limitations set by his parents and his own mind. And unlike so many books that start with a wondrous promise, Norman Prentiss's novella supplies a haunting ending that will surprise you. As I read the book, I kept drawing comparisons to the classic, Something Wicked This Way Comes, not so much for the thematic content, but more for the careful craftmanship that went into unfolding the story. This is what horror storytelling, no, all storytelling, is about. Highly recommended!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Nathan had an ordinary childhood until his half sister died; which plunged his mother into a depression that made her a recluse who could not leave the house nor throw anything out. Their home was covered with piles everywhere making it impossible to walk. Both his parents told him and his sister Pam cautionary tales that made each fear even crossing the street. Nathan and Pam were in the woods near his best friend Aaron's home. An accident occurs and Aaron falls into the overflowing creek and cannot get out. Neither of his two companions can swim, but both refuse to give up on rescuing Aaron. They come up with an idea, but as they leave the woods with their friend still in the water Aaron curses them. Later Nathan goes to visit Aaron; his friend's brother beats him up. Nathan and his family move to another state; where he grows up into a male "spinster", afraid to take even the slightest chance. However, after his parents die, something from their warnings surfaces to challenge Nathan's Invisible fences that allow no risks. The child is the adult as the impressionable boy is frightened by his parents by their stories into fearing life. Nathan faces a supernatural essence that is a horror from his childhood; leaving readers to wonder if he psychologically created his demon. This is a chilling tale as Norman Prentiss provides a profound look at the child inside the adult whose fear is palpable while the audience wonders if it is externally real or internal psychosomatically real. Harriet Klausner
pratchettfan on LibraryThing 22 days ago
A very good first novel which convinces with its concise and fluent storytelling as well as its portrayal of how storys told to children can affect their later life.
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A good story with a good main character. I liked how it all came together.
WallyC More than 1 year ago
The story led the reader along a nostalgic path with a deviation at the end that showed us that we were not on the path we thought. Very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book goes 75 pages at least before even a hint of a horror story evolves. Not worth a dime.