by Rick R. Reed

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I kill, therefore I am…

Voices slam through the corridor of his wounded mind. The words of his dead sister cry out. His parents' taunts fill the silent room where he sits and waits--waits for the murderous rage, filling him with strength, driving him to kill, to touch the cold flesh, taste the warm blood--to feel alive again… A witness has seen him, but his killing only turns her on and now she wants to protect him. His wife suspects him, but the private detective she hired cannot stop him. Joe MacAree fears nothing--except that he may no longer be human. The thirst that drives him is relentless, moving deeper and deeper into his own shattering, private realm, where each murder is a delicious new gift of life, where revulsion is beauty, and the obsession will never let him go.

"A harrowing ride through cutting-edge psychological horror, this one's got a vicious bite. Rick R. Reed's Obsessed is a twisted nightmare." - Douglas Clegg, bestselling author

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012871732
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Publication date: 06/22/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 230,659
File size: 983 KB

About the Author

In their October 2006 issue, Unzipped magazine said: "You could call him the Stephen King of gay horror." And Dark Scribe magazine proclaimed: "Reed is an established brand - perhaps the most reliable contemporary author for thrillers that cross over between the gay fiction market and speculative fiction."

In spite of this—or perhaps because of it—he has been lately turning more and more to writing romance and illuminating the emotional lives of gay men. To date, Reed has more than sixteen books in print, and his short fiction has appeared in more than 20 anthologies. His novel, ORIENTATION, won the EPPIE Award for best LGBT novel of 2008. He lives in Seattle, WA with his partner and a very spoiled Boston Terrier.

Visit him on the web at www.rickrreed.com or at his blog at

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Obsessed 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You had my curiosity, but now you have my attention.
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
This novel is extremely graphic. It is horror, with blood and sex within the pages, and while I tend to avoid novels with any types of erotica in them as they don’t seem to lend anything to the story, this particular novel wouldn’t be a complete horror novel if these elements were missing. Reed focuses on the past abuse of Joe MacAree, explaining his crazed and erotic tendencies towards his victims as he yearns to be the controller and not the controlled. While he attempts to lead a normal everyday life with his wife Anne, his cryptic past eventually overshadows him, causing him to act out through murder. And yet, he never meant for this to happen. Joe is an extremely twisted individual, relishing his power over others, literally thirsting for their blood. He is a young woman’s nightmare and a psychologist’s fantasy, wrapped up in the erotica of watching the life slip from his victim’s eyes. Yet, Joe wasn’t always this crazed. Obsessed begins with the murder of a young mother-to-be, leaving her husband in an abject state as he attempts to come to terms with the gruesome discovery of her body, vowing to stop the murderer himself. But Joe is not yet a refined killer, simply choosing his victims on a whim; he’s skittish, constantly admonishing himself and looking for forgiveness, yet unable to fight his obsession and change his ways. Reed handles this novel beautifully as he shapes the character of Joe, taking him from one end of the sanity spectrum to the other. Through Joe’s obsession to murder, his abusive past, and his wife’s rejection, Reed paints a vivid portrait of a man who is quickly losing touch with reality; Joe is extremely distorted and utterly complicated. And, though Joe is an evil character, he is written so perfectly, truly encompassing sheer evil. And, through Joe’s psychotic actions, those lives he’s touched through his murders begin to crumble as well. A neighbor bound to a wheel chair begins to lose herself to fantasy through Joe’s quest for blood. An abject husband tortures himself with the quest for revenge. Joe’s wife loses her feelings of security, yet believes she can ultimately bring Joe back from the brink of insanity, though it may cost her her life. Watching those around Joe begin to combust added to the horror of the novel and made for an epic ending. This is true horror at its finest.