Rated 4.89/5 based on 11 reviews
Scars. They remind us who we are, what we are and where we have been. But when a scar takes away your identity, what would you do to get it back?

Jackson, a journalist in Houston, discovers links between several murders that have taken place in his city. His investigation draws him into the world of body art where he discovers an obsession worth killing for.

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Words: 20,410
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452388069
About Paul Cooley

Paul Elard Cooley is a software architect and writer in Houston, Texas. He is an avid open-source advocate and all his writing is done in Emacs at the console. You can find his original fiction at

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Review by: Francis W. Porretto on May 31, 2010 :
Tattoo is a superior horror novella. It's decently written, bordering on evocative throughout and occasionally getting all the way there. Cooley's scene-setting is particularly good. His characterizations, though not always perfectly convincing, suggest that he's put significant thought into how to bring a character alive. The plot itself isn't perfectly original, but the treatment is good enough to avoid making it purely a homage to its antecedents.

If Tattoo has a serious problem of any sort, it's that it could only end one of two ways. I don't mean to suggest that the ending is telegraphed; however, one could guess at it and have a fifty-fifty chance of being correct. Then again, horror tales are often like that; the genre itself imposes constraints on how such stories must develop and end, constraints the author dare not take lightly.

I plan to keep track of this writer.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jason Warden on May 24, 2010 :
Very well done, concrete characters and a well developed plot make this one a great read. It's hard to tell where the story ends and reality begins. Bravo
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Neil Illing on May 19, 2010 :
Paul Elard Cooley is a leading figure in the horror podiofiction arena and it's where I came across his novella, Tattoo. In Tattoo we meet Nigel who introduces Jackson into the hidden world of tattooing. This chilling story is well written and researched with very believable characters. I strongly recommend Tattoo!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: JP Harvey on May 16, 2010 : (no rating)
Tattoo is scary because it's believable. Very believable. Paul Cooley did his homework, wove an enticing story that grabs your interest and holds it to the end. And speaking of the end, the story stands alone but the stage is set for Paul to develop some of these characters even more in future stories. What's great about that is these characters are interesting enough that I want to hear more about them. I highly recommend Tattoo!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: phantomreverie on May 10, 2010 :
This story was masterfully done! The characters and plot had me hooked, right up to the end. As someone with several tats, I also loved the way Cooley nailed the art of tattooing (especially the pain). I couldn't put this one down.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Joseph Cartwright on May 09, 2010 : (no rating)
being a man with many tattoos, this thing really messed with my head. knowing tattoos and knowing what one goes through as the body is used as a canvas, Cooley has gotten this story right. after reading it, I had to keep one eye open for a few nights.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Anthony on May 09, 2010 :
I too have been inked in several places which hurt enough by themselves, but after reading this well crafted creepiness……shudder…kinda makes me rethink my desire to get more. I loved the podcast and can't wait to read the story. The Fiend Master does an amazing job of crafting a story with all sorts of *fun* twists & turns that really @*^#$ with your mind and keeps the suspense high.

Buy it! Or the Grubby Man will change stories.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Harvey on May 09, 2010 :
Awesome story. This novella had me hooked from the very begining. It is very creepy and at times made my skin crawl. I highly recommend this story. I loved every minute of it
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Pons Matal on May 08, 2010 :
I found Tattoo to be a very chilling tale. As I am one of the "Inked" community I found this story quite unsettling a times as should be in this type of novella. There were times during the story I cringed, squirmed, had my jaw drop and parts of my nether regions pull up inside me so far I'm not sure I will see them again. Paul Cooley is a master at spinning a great horror tale!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Brent Caudle on May 08, 2010 :
Like the ink on the body this story really gets under your skin, and the ink on the page can be as dark as that on the body, or in the mind. Too good a read to pass up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Audrey Sabin on May 08, 2010 :
I give this book 5 stars! It an awesome story! Love it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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